OWC debuts refreshed Thunderbolt Dock, Envoy Pro FX SSD, USB-C Travel Dock, U2 drive Shutt...

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OWC on Thursday introduced a new lineup of accessories compatible with Apple Mac devices, including a Thunderbolt 4 portable SSD and refreshed dock, a 3.5-inch drive carrier, and a USB-C travel dock.

Credit: OWC
Credit: OWC


The Thunderbolt Dock, priced at $249, features a range of different connectivity options to expand the port options on a computer. It features three Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A ports, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Thunderbolt 4 Dock features a plethora of ports that connect to a Mac or PC via Thunderbolt.
The Thunderbolt 4 Dock features a plethora of ports that connect to a Mac or PC via Thunderbolt.


It connects to a computer via a single Thunderbolt port, and can drive up to two dual 4K displays or a single 5K, 6K, or 8K display. It also supports high performance storage solutions like NVMe; audio/visual mixers; and a range of other accessories.

OWC also debuted the USB-C Travel Dock, which sports two USB-3 ports, and HDMI port, an SD card reader and a Gigabit Ethernet port. It also features 100W pass-through power to keep devices powered, but remains about the "size and weight of a hockey puck."

OWC's USB-C Travel Dock is aimed at users on the go.
OWC's USB-C Travel Dock is aimed at users on the go.


Aimed at users on the go, the USB-C Travel Dock is focused on providing bus-powered dock capabilities in remote workflows. It sticks with Thunderbolt 3, but is compatible with Thunderbolt 4.

Along with the docks, the accessory maker also debuted the Envoy Pro FX, which it calls "the fastest and most compatible portable drive ever made."

OWC calls the Envoy Pro FX the
OWC calls the Envoy Pro FX the "fastest and most compatible" portable SSD ever.


The Envoy Pro FX features high performance read and write speeds in a durable footprint. It's encased in an aluminum housing and is rated at IP67 dust- and water-resistant. It's compatible with Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4 and USB4.

The U2 Shuttle is a swappable RAID-ready solution for 3.5-inch drive bays.
The U2 Shuttle is a swappable RAID-ready solution for 3.5-inch drive bays.


Lastly, OWC unveiled a carrier shuttle for 3.5-inch drive bays. The U2 Shuttle combines up to four SSDs into a single RAID solution. Priced at $149.99 when empty, it can also be configured with up to 16TB of storage.

OWC has told AppleInsider that it will be discussing the products in more detail during the virtual Consumer Electronics Show.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    I have one of the current OWC TB3 Thunderbolt Dock's, they're absolutely fantastic if anyone is looking for a dock, as we get less and less connections on the Mac, I can recommend them.

    The only slight issue is extracting a micro SSD card - takes a big of jiggling but I rarely need it anyway, other than that it's a great product and has all the connections I need.


    edited January 7
  • Reply 2 of 8
    I like OWC products, but I’m adverse to devices with non-detachable cords.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    Awesome! Are they shipping, yet? I'm waiting on my order!
  • Reply 4 of 8
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,145member
    the travel dock with 100W pass through sounds pretty good but should have had a pair of Tb ports as well for dual monitors.
    What is the power supplied by the thunderbolt 4 dock?
  • Reply 5 of 8
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,307member
    Anyone looking for a TB sock should also check out the Caldigit TS3+. I got one a couple months ago and it’s fantastic. 
    chasm
  • Reply 6 of 8
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,399member
    I like OWC products, but I’m adverse to devices with non-detachable cords.
    OWC does make an Envoy model that has a detachable TB3 cord. I have one -- I love that it is very easy to open the case up and swap out the NVME inside, and as mentioned it is detachable from the board inside the case. My one and only complaint with it is that OWC cheaped on the chipset, so the read/write speeds don't match the TB3 potential. That said, it is tiny, light, and plenty fast for my purposes.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,399member

    entropys said:
    the travel dock with 100W pass through sounds pretty good but should have had a pair of Tb ports as well for dual monitors.
    What is the power supplied by the thunderbolt 4 dock?
    Um, if you're "traveling" with dual monitors ... maybe you don't quite grasp the concept of a "travel" dock.

    Whenever I get to take my MBP with me on a trip (which hasn't happened in a while and probably won't for some time to come), I've found that using Sidecar is more than satisfactory (and wireless!). Sounds like you need one of the "fuller" TB3 docks for your "travel" needs.
  • Reply 8 of 8
    jdb8167jdb8167 Posts: 621member
    MplsP said:
    Anyone looking for a TB sock should also check out the Caldigit TS3+. I got one a couple months ago and it’s fantastic. 
    For a travel dock that has USB-A, USB-C, HDMI, Display Port, and Flash, Caldigit makes the SOHO dock. It doesn’t have ethernet or a headphone jack though. The best part is it can be used bus powered or you can plug in your MacBook Air/Pro power adapter and have it power your notebook pass through. 
    edited January 9
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