CES 2021: OWC Introduces Thunderbolt 4 Dock, New Storage Drives, and More

Ahead of CES 2021, OWC is introducing four new products compatible with Macs, including the Thunderbolt Dock, USB-C Travel Dock E, Envoy Pro FX storage drive, and U2 Shuttle storage carrier for 3.5-inch drive bays.

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OWC's Thunderbolt Dock

Priced at $249, the Thunderbolt Dock is equipped with four Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, and a combo 3.5mm audio in/out. The dock connects to a Mac with a single Thunderbolt cable, with up to 90W of pass-through charging. With the dock, users can create a daisy chain with multiple bus-powered Thunderbolt drives, and connect a single 5K/6K/8K display or up to two 4K displays.

OWC's USB-C Travel Dock E features six connectivity options in a compact design: two USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, an SD card reader, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a USB-C port that delivers up to 100W of pass-through charging.

The Envoy Pro FX is described as "the fastest and most compatible portable drive ever made," with read/write speeds up to 2,711 MB/s and compatibility with both USB-C or USB-A with an adapter. The drive features an aluminum housing with IP67-rated water resistance, a drive status LED, and silent operation without a power adapter. Pricing starts at $169 for a 240GB drive, with 480GB, 1TB, and 2TB storage capacities available.

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OWC's Envoy Pro FX

The U2 Shuttle is described as "the world's first" U.2 carrier shuttle for 3.5-inch drive bays, combining four NVMe M.2 SSDs into a swappable, RAID-ready storage solution. The enclosure is available empty for $149.99 or with up to 16TB of storage.

The Envoy Pro FX and U2 Shuttle are available to order now on OWC's website, while the Thunderbolt Dock and USB-C Travel Dock E can be pre-ordered and will begin shipping in mid-January and February, respectively.

Top Rated Comments

00001000bit Avatar
8 months ago
Docks are great. Being able to go to my desk and plug in a SINGLE cable to get charging, 2 additional monitors, an external drive, real keyboard, wired network, better speakers, and a mouse is a whole lot better than having to plug in a bunch of different cables.

If you don't use any of that stuff, then it shouldn't matter if docks exist. Just don't use one.

But for those of us that have a lot of external stuff (but still need the flexibility to go mobile with the computer at times) they're awesome.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chabig Avatar
8 months ago

Dongles, hubs, and the likes would be a thing of the past if apple just puts the ports back into their Macs. Plenty of space given how small the M1 based logic boards so it shouldn't be a brainer.....but maybe apple doesn't want to lose on that cash train on accessory sales huh?
Please don’t make me pay for your ports.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jimmy James Avatar
8 months ago
I’m always a bit dismayed at the price of hubs & docks that essentially let you plug things into ports that used to come standard on laptops.

Granted, your getting more ports and a hub is very nice. But still...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
8 months ago
not very long ago, we didn’t need to use docks with laptops. Is this progress?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Christopher Kim Avatar
8 months ago
It's interesting that they don't have any displayport or HDMI outputs for external displays. So you have to have a Thunderbolt / USB-C connection monitor, or use a special cable / adapter. I personally would have preferred at least 1 DP port given my monitor only has DP / HDMI connections, but understand having the extra thunderbolt port provides more optionality.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
8 months ago
I vastly prefer bus powered hubs, which USB-C Travel Dock E is. I replaced all my USB-A cable with USB-C cable (e.g., micro-B to USB-C), so I have little need for USB-A ports. I wish someone would make a hub with several USB-C ports.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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