December 19th, 2014 by Lyle Smith
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 Announced
CalDigit has announced the Thunderbolt Station 2, their successor to the original Thunderbolt Station, which now features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, dual eSATA 6G ports, HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and Audio in/out. The Thunderbolt Station 2 also has the unique ability to be in either a horizontal or vertical position, which is ideal for people who have to manage with limited desk space.
The Thunderbolt Station 2 allows users to connect all their devices through a single Thunderbolt cable. In addition, its dual Thunderbolt 2 ports enable 4K workflow integration, giving users the ability to connect a high-resolution 4K monitor to the HDMI port. Professional users who need to connect multiple 4K displays to their computers will find this particularly useful.
The Thunderbolt Station 2 is also equipped with three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, with the front facing connector featuring Stand-Alone Charging. This allows users to charge their devices without the Thunderbolt Station 2 being connected to a computer. Additionally, the new CalDigit device now has dual eSATA 6G interfaces for connecting eSATA devices, including RAID storage. Thunderbolt Station 2 also has a Gigabit Ethernet port so users can connect to a more stable internet connection and its Audio In and Out ports make it convenient to disconnect these devices with just a single Thunderbolt cable. All of these new features make it useful for professional users who need to have the convenience of multiple interfaces.
Price and Availability
The Thunderbolt Station 2 is now available for pre-order at a special discounted pre-order price (until January 25th, 2015) for $169.99. After January 25th, 2015, the Thunderbolt Station 2 returns to its normal price tag of $199.99. All units will ship on January 26th, 2015.