Sonnet has unveiled a new addition to its Echo series of Thunderbolt expansion products, the Echo 5 Hub, which offers four Thunderbolt 4 ports as well as a USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Type A charging port with up to 85 watts of charging power. The Echo 5 Hub is suitable for working with any PC with a Thunderbolt 3 or 4 port, as well as Apple&s new M1 Max, M1 Pro and M1 Macs, and all iPad Pro models with a Thunderbolt port.
Sonnet Echo 5 Thunderbolt 4 Hub.
The Sonnet Echo 5 Thunderbolt 4 Hub allows you to use up to nine devices (including up to two monitors) simultaneously while powering your computer with up to 85 watts - all from a single cable. This is especially handy when the computer itself - as is often the case with many notebooks - only has a few Thunderbolt ports, or when a mobile workstation including peripherals simply needs to be provided with different laptops.
A Thunderbolt 4 port (including charging function) is used to connect the hub to the host computer - the hub then provides three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports with 40 Gbit/s and a USB Type A charging port with 10 Gbit for connecting peripherals. Depending on the computer or iPad Pro model, the Echo Hub supports the connection of one 4K, 5K, 6K or 8K monitor. Alternatively, two displays can be connected: These can be two monitors each at 4K or 5K, or a combination of one up to 6K and one 6K display.
Sonnet Echo 5 Thunderbolt 4 Hub
What makes the Echo 5 Thunderbolt 4 Hub special is the ability to connect three bus-powered Thunderbolt end devices instead of connecting multiple separately powered devices in a daisy chain. In total, the hub&s three Thunderbolt ports support up to five Thunderbolt peripherals. Users who have more USB peripherals than Thunderbolt peripherals benefit from the dual function of the Thunderbolt 4 ports: these also support USB4 and USB 3 devices (including monitors) at the end of a Thunderbolt device chain. The prerequisite is the connection with a suitable cable or adapter.
The Echo Hub&s 10Gbps USB Type A charging port supports most USB peripherals at full speed - including super-fast USB NVMe SSDs. Unlike hubs from other vendors, the Echo 5&s USB Type A port delivers up to 7.5 watts of power. This ensures that bus-powered devices can operate without interference and charge smartphones or tablets.
Sonnet Echo 5 Thunderbolt 4 Hub Connectivity.
Thanks to the hub, multiple devices can also be connected to the iPad Pro with Thunderbolt port at the same time and it can be charged in parallel at full power. In order to provide the charging current, the Sonnet Echo 5 Thunderbolt 4 Hub has its own 20 volt 5A power connector along with a charger.
The Sonnet Echo 5 Thunderbolt 4 Hub (ECHO-HB5-T4) is available now at a price of 271 Euro.