|Item model number||TBOLTMM50CM|
|Item Weight||0.96 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.91 x 5.91 x 0.39 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5.91 x 5.91 x 0.39 inches|
StarTech.com 0.5m Thunderbolt Cable - M/M - Thunder Bolt to Thunder Bolt 0.5 Meter Cable - M/M (TBOLTMM50CM),Black,1.5ft / 45cm
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- Connect your Thunderbolt devices with reduced clutter
- Supports both Thunderbolt 1 (10Gbps) and Thunderbolt 2 (20Gbps) devices
- Compatible with Thunderbolt equipped computers such as Apple Mac Pro, Acer Aspire S5 and more
- Also compatible with displays such as the Apple Thunderbolt Display 27", LG 34UC97 and more
- 0.5m Thunderbolt Cable / 1.64ft Thunderbolt 2 Cable / 0.5 Meter Short Thunderbolt Cable
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Supports Power-over-cable, for bus-powered Thunderbolt devices
You can find the perfect connection to suit any application, with our wide range of Thunderbolt cables. They’re available in a variety of lengths. We have an optical cable available in North America and through our International website that can reach up to 10 meters (32 feet) and we have our regular cables that are available worldwide that range from 0.5 meters (1.6 feet) up to 3 meters (10 feet).
Supports native peer-to-peer file sharing when supported by the OS
Compatible with Thunderbolt 1 (10Gbps) and Thunderbolt 2 (20Gbps) devices, our cables support bi-directional data transfer capability and power delivery for bus-powered devices. All of our Thunderbolt cables are constructed of highly durable materials and designed to the highest quality standards. Plus, our optical cables use optical fiber instead of copper so you don’t need to worry about signal loss or EMI interference.
Connect your Thunderbolt devices with reduced clutter
Connect a Thunderbolt-equipped external drive enclosure or RAID array.
Connect two Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computers, for Target Disk Mode file transfers.
Connect a Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pro to an iMac, to use the iMac as the display for the MacBook Pro.
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What's in the Box
1 - 0.5m Thunderbolt Cable - M/M.
- Compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 specifications
- Supports Power-over-cable, for bus-powered Thunderbolt devices
- Supports native peer-to-peer file sharing when supported by the OS
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This 0.5m (1.64ft) Thunderbolt™ cable offers a dependable, high-quality solution for harnessing the speed and power of Thunderbolt technology while combining both data and video into a single high-performance cable. The TBOLTMM50CM supports both Thunderbolt 1 (10Gbps) and Thunderbolt 2 (20Gbps) devices. Plus, with bi-directional data transfer capability and support for power delivery (for bus-powered devices), this cable offers the performance needed for optimal connections. This shorter Thunderbolt cable is perfect for close-range device connections, and provides a portable solution that makes it perfect for carrying as a laptop accessory. Expertly designed and constructed of only top quality material, this high performance cable is backed by StarTech.com’s 2-year Warranty.
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The StarTech cable works fine, and is slightly less expensive than Apple branded. The company has a good reputation, and the cable seems well constructed. 3 meters (~9.9 foot) is about as long as is available in a copper-based Thunderbolt cable. Longer distances require specialised, and even more expensive optical fibre cables. I have used this cable as a connection in a chain of fast external drives, in connecting one Mac to another in target disk mode, and in a more rarely used function, to use one iMac as a external monitor for another. In each of these capacities the cable has been flawless.I cannot discern any difference in speed between this and the shorter Apple branded cable.
More About Uses:
I have two 27 inch iMac's. One is brand spanking new, and very fast. In addition to a 4 GHz i7 processor, it has a remarkable 1 TB flash drive. As a composer, using a flash drive allows me to a load samples (for example, the sounds of a string section in an orchestra) very quickly, greatly improving the overall functioning of the several software packages. My other 27 inch iMac is quite elderly and recently became cranky. It was clear to me that in addition to a small, faltering internal hard drive, that a couple other issues were causing problems. What I was happy to discover is that by attaching it via a Thunderbolt cable, I can use it as a second monitor for my newer iMac, or for my Mac laptop. it can be used as either a mirror (showing a duplicate of your primary monitor), or as additional display space. You can’t do this with a dead machine. The iMac being converted into a monitor must still be able to boot. Only after booting can it be employed in target monitor mode.
This setup gives me additional screen space, and allows me to place it directly in front of my midi keyboard. the old monitor typically displays the score that I’m working on, and all the controls are placed on the other screen. Macs have incredible displays, and it seemed a shame to me to spend $1000 or more( AOC Q2770PQU 27-Inch (2560x1440 Quad Resolution) LED IPS Monitor ) for a (2560x1440) monitor, when my old iMac’s screen still functioned well. It turns out that nearly all Thunderbolt equipped iMacs can be used this way. Some older iMacs models require the use of the DisplayPort rather than Thunderbolt cable to connect. There is an Apple support page about this.
Of course, it’s also possible to use the Thunderbolt cable as a kind of super network connection, allowing for extremely rapid flow of data from the target machine. It can also be used conventionally to connect high-speed external devices like secondary processors and fast drives.
The only problem I have with Thunderbolt is the expense. I did some reading to find out why. The answer most frequently given has to do with licensing. It is commonly said that Apple created a high licensing fee to prevent competition. It turns out, that licensing is an issue – but not for the reasons most often given. Intel, the creator of Thunderbolt and its partner Apple, in order to prevent the production of inferior cables, require that all manufacturers using the term "Thunderbolt" purchase a license. Part of the requirement for licensure is a commitment on the part of manufacturer to assure the quality and technical specifications of the cable.
If you've tried to buy a Thunderbolt cable here on Amazon, you'll find dozens of manufacturers create DisplayPort cables that are marked as "Thunderbolt compatible." if you read carefully, or if you buy one and try it, you'll find out that it is only a DisplayPort cable. The connector is the same, but the function is not. It doesn't carry data signals, it's only meant to connect monitors. Licensing is an attempt to make sure that any cable actually marked with the Thunderbolt symbol meets some very exacting technical specifications. From what I've read, this really doesn't seem to be an attempt to make money, so much as a way of preventing Thunderbolt from getting a black eye. When you read on, you'll understand why this is important
The second reason true Thunderbolt cables are expensive is their complexity. They are not simply bundled wires with connectors at either end. In addition to wires and connectors, each cable contains a total of 12 chips plus a variety of small components, mostly resistors – all encapsulated within the plastic shroud at each end. This technology permits the formidable flow of both power and data, both at rates unavailable from any other competing type of cable. Unlike HDMI or USB, the Thunderbolt makers (which is not really a consortium, so much as a moment to moment alliance between Intel which created Thunderbolt as a proprietary technology, and Apple which early on was looking for an alternative to FireWire and slowpoke USB) wanted to develop a cable which would permit sufficient data rates as to connect virtually any type of component, be it a computer or high-speed device. In the latest versions of the Mac Pro – which is one of the fastest desktop machines available, Thunderbolt is the principle connection for external drives and components, even replacing eSATA and other short distance high-speed connection types. When this computer arrived on the market there was an almost audible intake of breath. It's a very small device, and there's no room for internal expansion. Apple relies on Thunderbolt for virtually all system expansion except memory.
You don't need Thunderbolt for an inkjet. You might want it when you buy the next generation 3-D printer. At 40 Gb per second connection rates, the current generation permits copper wire, three meter connections to fast monitors and hard drives that is currently unparalleled. The next generation is going to be even more extraordinary. USB-C, has great potential. It seems that Apple, Intel and others involved in the development of Thunderbolt are going to the USB 3C connector to Thunderbolt usage. What seems very likely is that these new 3C cables are likely to be considerably more expensive than ordinary USB.
I went ahead and bought an official Apple cable (for a few more dollars, granted) and it works just fine.
I purchased this cable to daisy chain connect my 2013 Mac Pro and 3 Thunderbolt enclosures. 2 units are Pegasus 6 drive enclosures with Thunderbolt 2 connections and the third is a Pegasus 4 drive enclosure with Thunderbolt 1 connection. This cable connects on the end of the chain, so it is Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 1 and the drive is accessible and works as expected. The speeds have not been slow in usage but I have never tested speeds. I have over 3TB worth of data on the drive and access it with ease. All of these enclosures sit side by side in distance.
The price on it is slightly more expensive due to Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C style cables being the new standard.
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I have ones of each, both Apple 2m (white) and StarTech 3m (black), and I slightly prefer the latter. Not just because of length, but also because it's black (so is easier to hide, & more importantly doesn't show dirt/scuffs as easily), and also I find it's slightly thinner than Apple's ones, so is that little bit easier to handle/roll-up when needed.
So, to summarise: It's just a cable, really. It works, but (as all these things tend to be these days!) it's a bit pricey, hence a star drop accordingly for all these Thunderbolt cables.
Given that the apple part is more or less the same price but longer that may be the better buy for you. If black fits in with your desk and you don't want the extra cable; the startech cable is a worthy substitute.