Is it time to think outside the box? or is it too little to late?
What is the big deal about the new thunderbolt device from Akitio, The Thunder2 PCIe Expansion unit, T2PC-TIA-AKTU ?
The PCI Express solution from Akitio, is a thunderbolt solution to an age old problem - how can I put a big PCI-E card in my laptop? Akitio have been established a great deal of time, originally going by the name Macpower, Macpower pleiades, Macpower taurus, then pairing up with Inxtron and finally breaking away and being Akitio Technology.
Being able to harness the power of PCIE X16 is quite an advantage in the current apple portable devicemarket, upto and including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and many others. Apple has really been pushing the adaptability of the thunderbolt port for use of a thunderbolt display for 4K Video, for masss storage devices and as a means of harnessing that fantastic 20Gb/s connetion via dual Thunderbolt2 ports.
This device, though not made to accomdate Graphics cards (due to a kernal issue with Quicktime) is completely iOS compatible, Window Compatible and is available now from SPAN.COM
But is it any good? is this PCIe Box the answer to your prayers? Will it bring you a giant leap forward in TB2 goodness? Find out today.
The portable Thunderbolt™ 2 PCIe expansion box provides an additional PCIe slot for systems that do not support or have enough available space for expansion cards. The external Thunderbolt 2 connection allows you to daisy-chain up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices, making this the ideal plug and play companion especially when you have to take your system with you. Replacing the card is a simple matter of removing three hand tightening screws, so no tools are required.
Two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports for lightning fast speeds of up to 20Gb/s
1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting half-length, full-height, double-width cards
4 lane PCI Express 2.0 compliant interface at 5.0Gbps
Removable back panel for double-width cards
Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt™ devices
Durable and rugged aluminum casing
No tools required for installation
4K Workflow with Thunderbolt 2 Technology
Thunderbolt 2 technology incorporates DisplayPort 1.2 support, which allows for video streaming to a single 4K video monitor. If you are a video editor, you can now use a single port to connect your external Thunderbolt devices and a 4K display.
4 Lane PCI Express 2.0 Compliant Interface
The PCIe (x16) slot accepts half-length, full-height, double-width cards and provides a maximum of 25W. Replacing the card can be done without tools, simply by removing two hand tightening screws for the chassis and one for the card.
Provides Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports for Daisy-Chain
The second Thunderbolt 2 port lets you daisy-chain up to five Thunderbolt devices together. For example, you can attach additional external drives and even a display, all connected to the computer through a single cable.
This video should not be treated as a review - it is an unboxing and overview of the product in general. For more specific information, do not hesitate to contact us at SPANTV or SPAN.COM via the link below:
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