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USB-C Docks from OWC and StarTech - Review

MyMac.com | September 9, 2016 | By John Nemerovski
Original Article Link: http://www.mymac.com/2016/09/usb-c-docks-from-owc-and-startech-review/
OWC USB-C Dock
Other World Computing
$114.75 U.S.

Apple's newest MacBooks have only one multipurpose USB-C port. Other World Computing (OWC) has an affordable, versatile solution to expand usage to include USB-3, HDMI, audio out, SD card, Ethernet, and a second USB-C port. Buy the OWC USB-C Dock and put it into action today. It will make your computing life more efficient, enjoyable, and productive, especially when at a fixed location. This dock is compact enough to be usable also when traveling. Thanks, OWC!

OWC offers four different color choices for the outer metal frame, to match the four colors available in Apple's new stylish MacBook lineup. The physical product is substantial and solid, is constructed from metal and durable plastic, is roughly one inch high, and is (like its competitor below) a bit longer than an adult male hand with fingers together. Black rubber corner blobs keep the dock in place on a table or desk.

OWC Dock

The front face has the SD card slot, combo audio headphone and microphone port, and high-powered USB-3 port. The rear has another high-powered USB-3 port plus two standard USB-3 ports, two USB-C ports, one each Ethernet and HDMI port, plus the port for the power unit. The bottom front has one each LED for poet and active data. One short USB-C cable and one USA power plug cable is provided, versus the four international plugs in the dock described below.

A slim, thorough written manual in English is included, with troubleshooting and technical support information. OWC has outstanding support and customer service before and after purchase.

I commando-tested the OWC USB-C Dock with an unsuspecting MacBook owner, and he was so impressed he ordered one immediately. He uses it daily when in his home office. I asked him what rating we should give out of a maximum of 10. "How about 11," he said, with a smile.

OWC Dock

Outstanding product, Other World Computing. Our MyMac Review Rating is a perfect 10 out of 10. The typical MacBook owner will love it.