Belkin recently updated their popular Dual Video Docking Stand with support for MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs – though they have to be running a modern version of OS X (anything 10.8.5 and up will work, including the soon-to-be-released OS X Mavericks 10.9). The Dual Video works over USB 3.0, the theoretical 5Gbps transfer speed of which means you can use a single USB connection to offer Ethernet, video, sound, and more USB ports.
Because it does use USB, the Dual Video is a much cheaper alternative to Belkin’s other high-tech docking stand, the Thunderbolt Express Dock. At over three hundred dollars, the Thunderbolt Express is over a hundred dollars more expensive than the Dual Video, even if it is thoretically faster.
USB docks aren’t new, but it hasn’t been until USB 3.0 that they’ve really become useful. At these speeds, USB is about as capable as DVI at transmitting standard monitor resolutions.
The Dual Video dock gives users that DVI port, but also a DisplayPort input, a combo mic/headphone jack, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet jack.
A folded metal stand lets you use your notebook open, to take advantage of its secondary display, or closed and standing on edge, for maximum efficiency.
The support for MacBooks should be a simple software download for Mac users, so if you or your business already owns one of these stands, it should already be compatible. For everyone else, the stand is available from Belkin’s online store for $199, or from Amazon for $20 cheaper.