The new Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Sonnet Technologies’ latest product in its comprehensive line of Thunderbolt 3 expansion products is compatible with both Mac and Windows systems and, apart from offering the usual dose of extra interfaces that are no longer available on slim laptops, is also able to power not only other peripherals, but also the laptop itself. The slim desktop dock connects a user's multiple peripheral devices and links them to their computers through the included Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable. Through the same cable, the Echo 11 delivers up to 87 watts to charge and power compatible notebook computers, such as the MacBook Pro 15-inch computer, allowing users to leave their computer’s power adapter packed away when connected to the dock.
“There are many Thunderbolt docks on the market today that scrimp on USB ports or power delivery, or both,” says Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "The Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Dock uniquely offers a full array of ports, including five USB 3.0 ports plus the 87 watts of power delivery that a MacBook Pro 15-inch needs to operate and charge — all at a value price.”
The Echo 11 Dock offers one Gigabit Ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and five USB 3.0 interfaces, plus a handy UHS-II–compliant SD card reader. Eleven devices plug in directly to the Sonnet Echo 11 Dock. Two of its five USB 3.0 ports are conveniently placed on the front of the enclosure, with one supporting quick charging of an iPhone, iPad, or other similar device even when the user’s computer is sleeping, off, or disconnected. The dock’s SD card reader supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC media at their maximum transfer speeds. The Echo Dock features a second Thunderbolt 3 port to support daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripherals, plus a 4K display or a USB device at the end of the chain.
The Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Dock also includes support for connecting two 4K 60-hertz ultra-high-definition (UHD) or lower resolution displays, or one 5K Thunderbolt display. One display connects directly to the dock’s HDMI 2.0 port, while another display connects to the dock’s second Thunderbolt 3 port, either directly or further down the Thunderbolt chain of devices.
The Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Dock (part number ECHO-DK11-T3) is available now at a suggested retail price of $299.