OWC Announces First Thunderbolt 3 Certified Bus-Powered Storage Enclosure

OWC today introduced the Envoy Express, which it describes as the first Thunderbolt 3 certified bus-powered storage enclosure for Macs and PCs.

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Designed to support any 2280 M.2 NVMe SSD, the key benefit of the Envoy Express is that users can install their own drive in it, including OWC's Aura SSDs with up to 4TB of storage or larger-capacity options in the future.

The Envoy Express supports sustained data transfer rates of up to 1553 MB/s and has an integrated 10.2-inch Thunderbolt 3 cable.

The Envoy Express can be pre-ordered on OWC's website now for $68.

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Top Rated Comments

oneMadRssn Avatar
53 months ago
I like how the cable is connected internally. Easy to swap if needed later on.

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Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lusty Avatar
53 months ago
A perfect time for Mac users to be buying Intel Thunderbolt accessories!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
satinsilverem2 Avatar
53 months ago
For being TB3 it doesn't seem that fast. 1500MB/s is barely more than USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds. Im wondering if this is only using 2 lanes or something like that. still the $68 price isn't horrible for a TB3 device.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
53 months ago

The Envoy Express supports sustained data transfer rates of up to 1553 MB/s and has an integrated 10.2-inch Thunderbolt 3 cable.
M.2 NVMe SSDs are usually around 3,400MB/s for reads and 3,000MB/s for writes.

Shouldn't Thunderbolt 3 be able to reach those speeds?

Hell... you can now get USB 3.2 drives that are at least 1,000MB/s... so this Thunderbolt drive doesn't seem too impressive.

EDIT: And the user above me agrees! :p
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PBG4 Dude Avatar
53 months ago

A perfect time for Mac users to be buying Intel Thunderbolt accessories!
My intel MBP isn’t going to magically upgrade itself to Apple Silicon. :)
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Blackstick Avatar
53 months ago
I remember this lady at my Starbucks had a 500GB Lacey hard drive glued to the lid of her MacBook with the same yellow spray foam a handyman uses to patch holes in stucco. Horrific look.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)