Belkin Thunderbolt Express dock caters for upcoming Ultrabooks

Belkin has announced its new Thunderbolt Express Dock at CES 2012 in las Vegas, which promises some pretty spectacular speeds for any Ultrabook or Macbook user.

As Pocket-lint recently reported, the Thunderbolt system will be coming to PCs in a big way in 2012 and this device is set to jump on the back of this introduction. The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock enables Macbook and Ultrabook users to hook up a multitude of USB devices onto the dock and then connect to their laptop through a single cable - very handy.

The upshot of this is that you'll be able to watch Full HD videos at the same time as transferring large data files and viewing online content at gigabit Ethernet speeds.

And as we can expect a raft of Ultrabooks with the new Thunderbolt port, one of the latest being the svelt Acer Aspire S5, this should prove a popular device, as now you don't have to be a lover of Mac to get the full benefits associated with the tech.

"People purchase the MacBook Air and Ultrabook for ultimate portability, but constantly plugging-in and unplugging numerous cable-connected peripherals is an annoying and time consuming ordeal," said Martin Avilla, general manager of Belkin’s Core Business Unit. "The Thunderbolt Express Dock provides a much-needed solution that creates a cleaner, faster, more productive workspace and reliable connectivity to desktop devices and the Internet."

The Thunderbolt Express includes three USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire 800 port, one HDMI port,  one 3.5mm Audio port, one gigabit Ethernet port and two Thunderbolt ports (one upstream and one downstream) for daisy-chaining to another Thunderbolt compatible device.

Timing for launch is also crucial, so it's good that the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock will be launching in the autumn of 2012 for $299, which coincides nicely with the expected Q2 launch of the Aspire S5.

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