With a single cable, your laptop can become a desktop with an external screen, full size keyboard and a mouse.
As our laptops have become thinner and lighter we've lost DVD drives and various connection ports.
Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD is a $349.95 solution to that problem. It's not cheap, but unlike old-style docking stations, its single cable connection allows you to use it with any computer that has a Thunderbolt connector.
We tested the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with a MacBook Pro connected to an older 27-inch Apple Cinema display. We connected the display's USB and Thunderbolt cables to ports at the back of the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD and then connected the dock to our MacBook Pro with a single Thunderbolt cable that was included in the box.
The Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD boasts two Thunderbolt 2 connections, three USB 3.0 connections, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and audio out so you can easily connect a set of headphones or speakers to your laptop. All those ports can be accessed through a single Thunderbolt connection to the laptop. One of the USB connections and the audio output are at the front of the device so you can easily access them.
We had a USB audio device connected to our Cinema Display - it has three USB ports integrated - and even though we had that running back through the Express Dock HD it worked perfectly. Similarly, there weren't any USB or other devices that didn’t work.
Windows users will need to download some drivers to use the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD and Mac users will need to download software to use the Ethernet port but otherwise the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD is an easy to use docking device that will work with your current and future laptops.