Expanding the possibilities of your Mac with Sonnet
19 Dec 2023

Expanding the possibilities of your Mac with Sonnet

By Marcus Swales | Technical Product Specialist, Holdan

In the dynamic world of Mac computing, Sonnet Technologies stands as the unsung hero of expansion solutions, redefining the capabilities of your Mac with a blend of practical and functional products. While their Thunderbolt™ docks and PCIe expansion chassis have long been industry favourites, let's explore the Mac specific products that house and increase the capabilities of your Apple devices.

The Sonnet Technologies xMac Studio, available in three versatile configurations including a base frame without module, the Echo I module, and Echo III variants. The xMac Studio, a 3U rackmount enclosure, seamlessly connects PCIe card slots to the Mac Studio, allowing users to leverage high-performance PCIe cards for resource-intensive tasks in audio and video post-production. Its mobility-enhancing design, featuring firm rubber cushions, is ideal for studio setups and server rooms alike. The front-to-back airflow management ensures optimal cooling, even when the xMac Studio is sandwiched between other rack-mounted components.

Expanding the possibilities of your Mac with Sonnet

The xMac Studio with Echo I module caters to those requiring a single PCIe slot, accommodating full-height, full-length cards. It comes equipped with a 40Gbps Thunderbolt port, a 400W power supply, and dual Noctua quiet fans. The front panel includes a power switch and integrated USB-A ports for added convenience. On the other hand, the xMac Studio with Echo III module offers three PCIe 3.0 slots, including one x16 and two x8 slots, supporting a variety of PCIe cards. It features two 40Gbps Thunderbolt ports, a 400W power supply, and dual Noctua fans. Both configurations include an easily accessible design with a removable front panel and space for storage, allowing users to add up to three USB or Thunderbolt SSDs. 

Designed with pro workflow flexibility in mind, the xMac Studio serves as an indispensable tool for creative professionals, offering a range of options to suit specific needs. Whether used with the Echo I or Echo III module or as a standalone enclosure, the xMac Studio ensures that Mac Studio users can tackle demanding projects with ease and efficiency.

Alternately for simpler solution that house your Apple Mac computers Sonnet offer a range of desk mounting and rack mounting options to safely and convenient store your devices.

Expanding the possibilities of your Mac with Sonnet

Take the MacCuff Mini 2 which redefines how users can secure their Mac mini, offering a sleek and functional solution for diverse mounting scenarios. This heavy-gauge steel design mounts seamlessly to the back of a monitor, utilising VESA 75 and 100 patterns, providing a secure and space-saving option. Alternatively, it can be easily installed under a desk, table, or even on a wall using the included drill template and screws. The refined finish protects against scratches while maintaining a modern aesthetic. With a wraparound, pry-resistant security feature and a Kensington Security Slot on the locking bar, users can trust that their Mac mini is shielded on all sides. The MacCuff Mini 2 simplifies cable management with an included 35 cm HDMI monitor cable, reducing clutter and ensuring a neat setup. Compatible with a range of Mac mini models, including those up to the early 2020 version, it also extends its compatibility to Apple Airport Time Capsule models from early 2008 to mid-2011.

On the other hand, the MacCuff Studio brings the same level of security and convenience to Mac Studio users. This steel bracket, designed for under-desk or wall mounting, features a heavy-gauge steel design with a double powder-coated finish, offering protection and a refined appearance. Its wraparound, pry-resistant security ensures comprehensive protection for the Mac Studio, complemented by the Kensington Security Slot on the locking bar. The straightforward installation process, aided by a drill hole template and included screws, makes it easy to secure the Mac Studio under a desk, table, shelf, or on a wall. Cable management is simplified with self-adhesive-backed cable management clips, maintaining a tidy workspace. The MacCuff Studio is a versatile and reliable solution for users seeking a secure and discreet mounting option for their Mac Studio.

If you’re looking for a rackmount option Sonnet, have you covered there too with the RackMac Mini and RackMac Studio

The RackMac Mini offers a robust 1U enclosure, securing one or two Mac minis within a rugged steel frame. Designed for versatility, it's an ideal fit for server rooms, boasting standard mounting holes for easy integration into any equipment rack. With front-to-back airflow management, it ensures ambient temperature control, even when sandwiched between other rack mounted components. The front panel operation allows easy access to power buttons and USB 3.0 ports for each computer, offering seamless connectivity. Road-trip ready, the RackMac Mini boasts an 8.25-inch mounting depth and firm rubber cushions, ensuring secure transport in portable racks and moulded cases. Compatibility spans from mid-2010 to the current Mac mini models, making it a versatile solution for various setups.

Expanding the possibilities of your Mac with Sonnet

Meanwhile, the RackMac Studio provides a 3U enclosure for one or two Mac Studio computers, offering a compact and rugged steel solution for standard 19-inch racks. Tailored for server rooms, it simplifies computer access with a removable front panel secured with thumbscrews, requiring no additional tools. The front panel power switches and USB-A ports enhance user convenience, while a covered opening beneath each Mac Studio provides space for Thunderbolt or USB SSDs, secured in place with adhesive-backed magnets. With open slot and port access, connecting and disconnecting cables is a breeze. Road-trip ready with a 9.5-inch mounting depth and firm rubber cushions, the RackMac Studio excels in portable racks and shallow moulded rack cases. Front-to-back airflow management ensures optimal cooling, even between other rack mounted components. It's the perfect solution for those seeking a secure and efficient rackmount setup for their Mac Studio computers.

In conclusion, Sonnet Technologies has crafted a comprehensive suite of solutions that redefine the possibilities for Mac mini and Mac Studio users across diverse environments. From the powerful xMac Studio series, offering flexibility and performance, to the secure and sleek mounting options provided by MacCuff Mini 2, MacCuff Studio, RackMac Mini, and RackMac Studio, each product reflects Sonnet's commitment to design and practicality. Whether in a studio, server room, or on the move, Sonnet Technologies empowers users with secure solutions, ensuring that the creative and computing potential of Apple's devices is fully realised. With a focus on functionality, aesthetics, and optimal performance, Sonnet's offerings represent a transformative step forward in the world of Mac accessories and rackmount solutions.

For more information please contact our Sales Desk:
+44 (0)1457 851000 | sales@holdan.co.uk.

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