Montreal, Canada, based Matrox has introduced Matrox DS1, a Thunderbolt docking station that confers connectivity and productivity benefits of a desktop computer to MacBook and Ultrabook users. From a single Thunderbolt connection, users can connect multiple peripherals, including a large DVI or HDMI display, full-size keyboard, mouse and other peripherals to create an office or home workstation connected via a single Thunderbolt cable.
The Matrox DS1′s port array includes a gigabit Ethernet port that provides connectivity to wired corporate networks and other LANs – enabling data transfers 18 times faster than Wi-Fi. There’s also one SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input jack, and a speaker/headphone output jack. The dock’s aluminum construction and sleek design harmonize nicely with Apple laptop design themes.
“Today’s MacBooks and Ultrabooks are powerful enough for most corporate users but their limited connectivity makes them inconvenient, and their small screens and keyboards make them uncomfortable to use in the office all day,” says Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox. “The new Matrox DS1 docking station easily enables the creation of an ergonomic workspace and brings much-needed expandability for printers, scanners, storage, smartphones, optical drives, cameras, flash drives, and other peripherals.”
“Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility, and simplicity to personal computing,” comments Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “Products like the Matrox DS1 docking station help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible.”
Matrox DS1 will be showcased at Computex Taipei 2012 in the Intel booth, M0410 located in the NanGang Exhibition Hall.
Priced at $249 US, not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox DS1 is projected be available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers beginning in September.
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