OWC Mercury Elite Pro Thunderbolt dock offers up to 28TB drive capacity

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in General Discussion edited October 10
Peripheral and Mac upgrade specialist OWC has introduced the Mercury Elite Pro Dock, a Thunderbolt 3 dock that also offers external drive storage with up to 28 terabytes of capacity alongside expanding the variety of a connected Mac's ports.

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock


Connecting to the host Mac via one of its dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, with support for being used to daisy-chain other Thunderbolt 3 devices and displays, the Mercury Elite Pro Dock includes connections for DisplayPort 1.2, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and gigabit networking on the back. On the front is an SD 4.0 UHS-II card reader to make it easy to pull images or video from memory cards.

Capable of supporting a 4K monitor, the dock also includes two drive slots to host up to two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA hard drives or solid state drives, with up to 28 terabytes of combined capacity across both drives.

The drives can be set up to operate in four different built-in hardware RAID configurations, including RAID 1 for mirroring, RAID 0 for striping data for speed and performance, and to span the drives into one large volume. It is also possible to set the drives in JBOD, keeping the drives as independent volumes.

OWC confirmed to AppleInsider power delivery is at 27 Watts, which isn't enough to recharge a MacBook Pro while it is running, but is more than enough to provide power to a connected iPhone or other devices.

Supporting macOS 10.14 and later, as well as PCs running Windows 10, OWC is selling the Mercury Elite Pro Dock for $319.99 without drives. Options are also available to include drives preconfigured for RAID 0, starting from $519.99 for 4 terabytes, rising to $1,399.99 for 28 terabytes.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,104member
    Good for a backup drive where access speed isn't critical. It only supports two 7200rpm drives (or SSDs but not blades) so it's not going to great for high data access workflows. OWC has plenty multi-drive and blade RAID hardware solutions with faster RW access. I do like this combination 2-drive RAID with parts of their TB3 dock included. The Toshiba 14TB drives might not be bad either.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,982member
    DisplayPort 1.2 is outdated.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 5,004administrator
    melgross said:
    DisplayPort 1.2 is outdated.
    Perhaps, but it will still deliver 4K60.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,516member
    These look like rebranded Akitio Thunder3 RAID Stations, after OWC bought Akitio earlier this year.
    From personal experience, they work well. For the Akitio-branded devices, power delivery is only 27 watts.
    edited October 9 commentzillawatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    cpsro said:
    These look like rebranded Akitio Thunder3 RAID Stations, after OWC bought Akitio earlier this year.
    From personal experience, they work well. For the Akitio-branded devices, power delivery is only 27 watts.
    I was just going to say that. I've own an Akitio Thunder RAID Station (dock) for over 2-years. You can get the bare unit (no drives) directly from Akitio for $299 but the OWC version seems to be slightly modified selling it for $319. The modifications look good but they are mostly cosmetic; they covered an Akitio logo light on the front that looks like an on/off button (it should have been a power button) and removed the fan switch from the back. All the other specs appear to be the same.

    The Akitio version provides 27w of power, which is enough to keep a 13" MacBook Pro charged under normal usage and will double the battery life on the 15" MBP. But I don't see any mention of TB power on OWC's site?

    Can I recharge my MacBook Pro with only 27W or 60W?
    https://www.akitio.com/faq/336-can-i-recharge-my-macbook-pro-with-only-27w-or-60w

    HUGE improvement over the Thunderbolt RAID solutions that OWC offered before, thanks to their buyout of Akitio. OWC mostly offered SOFTWARE RAIDs for TB but these HARDWARE RAIDs from Akitio are much better in just about every way for the price. They have maybe two-dozen Thunderbolt models (Enclosures, RAIDs and Docks) to include a wide array of eGPU boxes. They have some of the coolest gear I've seen in a long time - talented crew.

    Thunder RAID Station
    https://www.akitio.com/desktop-storage/thunder3-raid-station

    If you're looking for a TB dock. This is what I have! Easily the best I've seen. 85w of POWER.

    CalDigit Thunderboltâ„¢ Station 3 Plus
    https://www.caldigit.com/ts3-plus
    edited October 10 watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 5,004administrator
    cpsro said:
    These look like rebranded Akitio Thunder3 RAID Stations, after OWC bought Akitio earlier this year.
    From personal experience, they work well. For the Akitio-branded devices, power delivery is only 27 watts.
    I was just going to say that. I've own an Akitio Thunder RAID Station (dock) for over 2-years. You can get the bare unit (no drives) directly from Akitio for $299 but the OWC version seems to be slightly modified selling it for $319. The modifications look good but they are mostly cosmetic; they covered an Akitio logo light on the front that looks like an on/off button (it should have been a power button) and removed the fan switch from the back. All the other specs appear to be the same.

    The Akitio version provides 27w of power, which is enough to keep a 13" MacBook Pro charged under normal usage and will double the battery life on the 15" MBP. But I don't see any mention of TB power on OWC's site?

    Can I recharge my MacBook Pro with only 27W or 60W?
    https://www.akitio.com/faq/336-can-i-recharge-my-macbook-pro-with-only-27w-or-60w

    HUGE improvement over the Thunderbolt RAID solutions that OWC offered before, thanks to their buyout of Akitio. OWC mostly offered SOFTWARE RAIDs for TB but these HARDWARE RAIDs from Akitio are much better in just about every way for the price. They have maybe two-dozen Thunderbolt models (Enclosures, RAIDs and Docks) to include a wide array of eGPU boxes. They have some of the coolest gear I've seen in a long time - talented crew.

    Thunder RAID Station
    https://www.akitio.com/desktop-storage/thunder3-raid-station

    If you're looking for a TB dock. This is what I have! Easily the best I've seen. 85w of POWER.

    CalDigit Thunderboltâ„¢ Station 3 Plus
    https://www.caldigit.com/ts3-plus
    The CalDigit TS3+ is my favorite as well, and I've tried them all.
    commentzillawatto_cobra
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