Sonnet announces Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 Dock with four Thunderbolt ports

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The newly announced Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 Dock has 11 ports, four of which are backwards-compatible Thunderbolt ports.

The Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 Dock
The Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 Dock


Thunderbolt 4 is a backwards-compatible spec that allows for a single device to work across multiple port specs. Connect the new Sonnet dock to any Thunderbolt 3 Mac, including the M1 Macs.

The Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 Dock has four Thunderbolt ports, one for connecting the dock to your Mac and three additional Thunderbolt ports for accessories. The Thunderbolt 4 spec will allow you to connect any device to those ports that uses a USB-C port.

The dock connects via a single Thunderbolt cable so the maximum data that can be carried from the dock to your computer will be limited to 40Gb/s. This means that even if you connect fast NVM-e Thunderbolt drives to each of the three ports, they all cannot transfer data simultaneously at 40Gb/s, with speeds managed by the controller in the dock.

When using the dock with an M1 Mac only one external display can be connected at up to 6K resolution through a Thunderbolt port. The dock is rated for a maximum output of two 5K displays with Intel Macs.

Turn one Thunderbolt port into 11
Turn one Thunderbolt port into 11


The ports included on the Echo 11 Dock are:
  • 3 Thunderbolt 4 peripheral ports
  • One Thunderbolt 4 90W charging port
  • Three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports
  • One USB 2.0 Type-A port
  • One SD 4.0 Card Slot
  • One Gigabit Ethernet Port
The Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 Dock is available for preorder now, for $199.99. The price reflects a $50 savings off the final retail price. Preorders are expected to ship in April.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    What a coincidence, same port layout as OWC's.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,308member
    It only supports 1 display even on the M1 mini?  I thought the mini supported 2 since it doesn’t have the internal display.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    Ugly as sin. Why do companies design products that look like poo? These ports don’t line up, there’s no centerline or anything. Sheer crap.
    sphericwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    chadbag said:
    It only supports 1 display even on the M1 mini?  I thought the mini supported 2 since it doesn’t have the internal display.  
    The M1 Mac mini does support 2 x displays.  One of these has to be connected to the built-in HDMI port.  The other one is on the TB ports.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    MJ23FE said:
    Ugly as sin. Why do companies design products that look like poo? These ports don’t line up, there’s no centerline or anything. Sheer crap.
    Still better than the stuff from CalDigit. They stop updating Ethernet drivers on  their dock  that is just 2 years old.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6
    nicholfd said:
    chadbag said:
    It only supports 1 display even on the M1 mini?  I thought the mini supported 2 since it doesn’t have the internal display.  
    The M1 Mac mini does support 2 x displays.  One of these has to be connected to the built-in HDMI port.  The other one is on the TB ports.

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