4 Thunderbolt Ready Peripherals For Your New Macs

4 Thunderbolt Ready Peripherals For Your New Macs

Joel Pirela
Jul 11, 2011

With data transfer speeds of up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and even 12x faster than FireWire, there's no way we are going to ignore this new way of connecting compatible peripherals like hard drives and even monitors. The key, is the dual data channels going at 10-Gbps, so you use one connector to pair a DVI, HDMI, DisplaPort and even VGA displays.

LaCie Little Big Disk
Thunderbolt technology supports daisy-chaining up to six computer peripherals. LaCie Little Big Disk includes two ports to join a daisy chain with compatible peripherals such as hard drives, monitors, cameras, etc. Also, a single cable attached to one of the ports provides two channels of up to 10Gb/s in both directions. This means that video and data can be pushed both ways without compromising the bandwidth. On a single line, an editor can digitize HD from a video source while playing high resolution images on a display. It uses two 250GB Intel 510 Series Solid-State Drives (SSD).

Sonnet Fusion RAID
If your work requires film, video editing system and professional content creation, this is the set up to get! The Fusion Raid is based on cost effective SATA storage devices which are some how reliable and budget friendly. Out of the box, they are already optimized for video editing and they are available in different configurations, ranging from 2, 3 and 4TB all the way up to 8TB of storage. You can swap disk drive modules to your liking for a total customized drive.

Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D
The UltraStudio 3D is compact, portable and affordable (if $995 for an uncompressed editing in HD is cheap for you), yet has high performance for SD, HD or 2K capture and playback in film, broadcast television or post production formats. UltraStudio 3D even supports two streams of full resolution video up to 1080p HD for new stereoscopic 3D workflows. Wow!

Matrox MX02
The good news about the Matrox MX02 is the current support for Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. It's a cost effective solution for HD monitoring for Avid and compatible to Windows and Mac platforms. You can connect almost anything, anywhere and keep working with your favorite applications, outputting to the web, mobile, Apple TV, Blu-ray, discs and even tape. Talk about versatility!

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