Dec 09, 2014

How does the Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock compare to the original Elgato Thunderbolt™ Dock?

The Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock and the original Elgato Thunderbolt™ Dock are similar, but there are some important differences:

 
Types of Thunderbolt Ports


Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock has two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports, while the original Elgato Thunderbolt™ Dock has two Thunderbolt™ 1 ports.

For both Docks, you will have one free Thunderbolt™ port, since the other of the two ports will be connected to your computer.

 
4K Video


Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock can deal with 4K video. 

The original Elgato Thunderbolt™ Dock cannot deal with 4K video in most circumstances.

See this article for more about 4K video and Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock:

Can Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock use 4K displays?

 
Amplified Audio


Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock has amplified audio out, while the original Elgato Thunderbolt™ Dock has a quieter audio out port.
 
Elgato Thunderbolt™ Dock: 0.7 V rms (32 Ohm)
Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock: 2.0 V rms (32 Ohm)
 
USB Charging


Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock can charge things via USB, even if your computer is not connected to it.  The original Elgato Thunderbolt™ Dock can only charge items if your computer is connected to it.

See this article for more details:

Can I charge USB devices using Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock?