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OWC Makes MacBooks ‘Pro’ Again With Game-Changing OWC DEC

back-to-back-computersv3OWC today announced the OWC DEC, the first-ever expansion solution designed specifically for the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro. The OWC DEC is the finishing touch to a MacBook Pro, allowing users to take their laptops to the next level, extending the life and the functionality of the already-exceptional 2016 MacBook Pro. The DEC is the latest in OWC’s long line of upgrades for nearly every Mac made and continues the company’s legacy of providing the best solutions for Mac owners.

The OWC DEC attaches completely flush to the bottom of the 2016 MacBook Pro, providing additional flash storage and connectivity, ultimately increasing the performance of MacBook Pros. With the OWC DEC, users will get an enhancement path for their 2016 MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to keep their system upgradeable for the long term in a clean and integrated fashion. On top of the core functional benefits, the OWC DEC also touts a sleek design. When installed, the OWC DEC and MacBook Pro will be as thin as a 2012 MacBook Pro, allowing this advanced solution to retain the attractive light weight design that users favor.

This patented solution has a range of features, which include:

  • Up to 4TB of additional Flash/SSD storage (for a maximum of 6 TB, including factory capacity)
  • SD Card Slot/Multi-Media card slot
  • USB 3 Type A Ports for standard USB cabled devices
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • And other features to be announced at a later date

Larry O’Connor, OWC Founder and CEO, will personally showcase the OWC DEC prototype in Las Vegas this week. The OWC DEC enables the new MacBook Pro to be updated and expanded in order to operate at peak performance and ultimately be relevant for years longer than may otherwise be expected.

“We’ve been developing this concept for over three years and feel now is the perfect time for this ground-breaking product,” said O’Connor. “Storage space is always at a premium on a laptop and without the potential to upgrade the factory drive, the OWC DEC brings that option back in addition to cleanly supporting the gear we all rely on.”

Related: OWC CEO Introduces the OWC DEC at the 2017 NAMM Show

The release of the OWC DEC comes on the heels of a significant year of new product announcements from OWC, including the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, OWC USB-C Dock, Aura SSD and the newly released Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini and Mercury Elite Pro Dual.

OWC will ship the highly-anticipated OWC DEC in late 2017. OWC Upgrades are available from MacSales.com and other fine retailer and e-tailers in the U.S. and around the world.  For more information, please visit www.owcdigital.com/DEC.

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    • The DEC concept is alive and well. We’ll be soon announcing a DEC “Lite” product that plants our flag in the expansion solution niche. Often there are market-driven and proprietary aspects to consider, so we thank you for your patience, interest, and support!

  • Can we get an official statement about this product? Either “it has been cancelled” or “it is still in development”?

    This product would be a game changer to MacBook Pro users. Please don’t leave us hanging.

    • Never probably. Especially since Apple took the data recovery port off the bottom of the logic board with the latest MBP redesign as that was probably at least partially how this thing was going to connect.

      • And then I see to hooks up to USB-C on the side. D’oh. Seriously, where is this? This would have been so badass if it’d come out.

  • WHERE IS THIS? I am hoping this is still in development and to be released soon. It would be perfect for what I do. Please tell me if this is going to be released.

  • Is this going to have Type-C ports that actually hold onto the Type-C plug? I’m really tired of the way the power cable keeps coming loose from my late 2016 MacBook Pro. As others have said, Apple really has lost its way.

  • This press release came out in 2016 — it is now nearing 2018. It seems the project hit a snag. It is a great idea though and I would love, love to have my spare hard drive permanently attached to my machine. Good luck.

  • I’m sure you’ve been asked this a million times already but here goes one more. Will this work with the Kaby Lake MacBook Pros that were just announced?

  • Here we are a half year later…. So now that WWDC has come can we please finally get this thing?

    Will the USB 3 be fast?
    How about the SSDs? M.2? Possibly to get speeds above 750MB/s?

  • You do not show the ports on the new device, did you? How much does it weigh. Approximately how much will it cost? I looked at the video from Vegas. This dec could get me to buy the 16 model, where I was considering the 15 model but I need to know the price of it. Thanks for the great creations

  • I’ve been an enthusiastic Mac user for 17 years. The need for this product and all the discussion below is why I am moving to a windows machine with my next equipment purchase. I love the old Mac system but Apple has lost its way. Can’t justify the expense and complexity of staying with Apple. Sorry to leave but logic dictates saying goodbye.

  • Rumors of a upgrade due from Apple on the Mac Pro, at Developers conference next month, how will that chance this product offering.
    I like your ideas… may just buy one.

  • Hola que tal–queremos–cuando por favor!!
    Seriously I’d love to know ‘about’ when this is going to be released?

    Suggestion–expand-ability to accommodate better bigger faster external video cards and storage for 4K. Thank you! Alec

  • I hope you are using comments here as a basis for including functionality needs. The biggest issues in my mind are more than double battery life, hard drive capacity, ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen 2, not Gen 1, connectivity, high end memory card support, and firewire or eSATA, in that order. The device should not use more than 2 of the MBP USB-C ports. Good luck.

  • Looks like a great accessory to fix Apples screw up with the MacBook Pro having all the ports like USB and LAN ports. Also love how it can increase storage. My biggest concern is battery life. Hope this will also have a battery so it does not tax the battery in the computer. Also the only thing that I was disappointing in is no HDMI port which we use when we want to hook our MacBook up to the TV to watch movies or use the TV as a second monitor. I hope they will add that port to and maybe even make optional a optical drive. If they do those thing then will diffidently be worth the investment but it is a good start bailing out Apple’s screw up

  • Firewire and Thunderbolt 2 Ports Should be mandatory. It should be Totally Backwards Compaible. So Post Production Professionals could utilize this great product. Everything else that is already discussed in great! Such as Ethernet and SD Cards. A wired Internet is always Better then Wired.

  • To say I’m excited about this upgrade is an understatement.

    I use the new Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar 15” for many tasks.

    The main reason for buying it (I already have 3 other 15 MBP’s) was the availability of the 4 Thunderbolt 3 Ports.

    We do a lot streaming and the ability to connect devices like the BlackMagic Design Mini Recorder is a priority for our work.

    On The Previous MBP we could only connect 2 recorders (2 thunderbolt Ports) and we where really excited about the potential to do Multicam with just a MBP instead of a Mac Pro 2013 which we have for the task.

    On buying the new MBP we ended up having to invest close to €600 for dongles etc. and now I have a bag just for them.

    It turns out that the 4 thunderbolt ports are neutered depending on how you use them. For example the BMD Mini Recorders are not externally powered and used bus power. So if you connect 3 you get a warning that it only supports two devices of this type due to power limitations on each bus. Bummer!

    So we ended up buying this machine and not being able to use it the way we hoped.

    However the new BMD Studio HD Switchers have changed the game again and we are back on track.

    Secondly, with a BMD streaming setup we actually need 2 Ethernet connections. Yes I have dongles for that too. Many people do this to connect the Internet and to the devices to operate them.

    In order to reduce the dongles and the multiple connections it would be great if the new DEC had 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

    This would also free up the Thunderbolt 3 Connections for other devices such as the BMD Mini Monitor and the a power connection.

    Also, an SD Reader would be great and the ability to connect CFAST cards too. All our cameras use CFAST. Not having to worry if we have the CFAST readers with us would be awesome on location for editing.

    Cant wait to see what the actual product ends up being. :-)

  • I was going to look into this, but I don’t see any reference to how fast the USB 3 ports are. Is it like the Thunderbolt 3 dock? How could you go with Generation 1 ports? I’m going to have to look elsewhere I guess.

  • I may just buy a newer macbook pro just for this solution. I’ve got the last of the non-retina macbooks, and didn’t want to go retina just because it did not appear to have the ability to be upgradable.

  • The DEC is brilliant. Adding more battery would be cool. The next version might have modules to swap out functions.

  • I have Macbook Pro Retina 15″ (late 2013 model), and it work flawless. I wish you could make the dock for it, I’ll love to have one.

  • Be aware of the touch bar macbook pro!

    I have a touch bar now [15-inch, 2016, MacBooKPro13,3]- 1TB SSD, relatively loaded. $3200 bucks, $400 in dongles. Here is the list of issues I have:

    Keyboard downgraded terrible – noisy and bad feedback. Space between keys is much smaller now. Noisy, sloppy, and hardly any travel.
    Touch bar is bad – ESC key is a flat image now which gives no feedback. Using VI now is horrible. Any key you like to use often that is now soft on the Touch Bar is horrible to use.
    Touch Bar buttons are super-easy to “fire off” – accidentally brushing them causes them to activate. There is no travel – its flat – so any capacitive touch fires them off.
    Battery is smaller, to hide this they remove the Hours Remaining in the battery widget now as of Sierra 10.12.2. They cut the battery – I think from 99.5 WH to 76WH to reduce weight. Typical usage? about 4 hours for me. Nowhere near 10.
    No 32GB ram. That’s right, a $3K+ laptop still with 16GB ram.
    Force Touch Pad is now way too large. Accidental touches and gestures easy to actuate harder to control.
    No ports. NONE. Only USB-C ports. That means even a lowly USB drive needs a dongle.
    No more magsafe – so if you trip over a cord now prepare to at least destroy the cable.
    No more charging light on cable. Yep. USB charging cable is nothing special.
    No more glowing apple – that’s right. Its just an silver apple now.
    Ugly color (space grey). Shows every smear and dirt and smudge.
    Fingerprint reader is annoying now – it is considerably faster to enter a password than to wait for this thing to read the finger.
    Battery Spec:
    – Late 2016 15″ (Touch Bar) – BTO/CTO – A1707 – 3072 Touch Bar MacBookPro 13,3: 76.0 W h Li-Poly
    – Retina Mid-2015 15″ (DG) – A1398 – 2910 MJLU2LL/A* – MacBookPro11,5 : 99.5 W h Li-Poly
    – 25% less battery.

    • the touchbar needs an Esc key “disable” or “double tap to confirm” or something … really annoying to touch it by mistake … same with the power / lock button.

      My only real beef with the MacBook Pro 2016 is the lack of beef — outdated cpu, limited gpu, limited ram, limited battery …

      As for this “pro” clip-on, I could use it mostly as an extended battery, so why not stuff it full of battery storage?

      • I agree completely with the need for a physical escape key. Take the area on the far left, build a physical button with a built in OLED screen, bang, it can be escape, or close, or whatever else Apple wants to put in that far left slot but a physical button is a necessity for people who have to regularly use that key.
        I’ve remapped the escape key to caps lock since I really don’t use caps lock very often to overcome this limitation but I’m really wondering how this got past internal review given how critical escape is the doing any sort of development work on a Mac.

        I actually don’t mind the GPU, its fast enough for moderate gaming (boot into windows and play overwatch for example) and the CPU was the latest model at the time, though they did update to Skylake mere months before the Kaby Lake was available.

        Limited battery however is unforgivable, light usage, say on a day I only need to type, lasts 10 hours easy, normally though, on a work day, 3-4 hours at most, Xcode eats the battery very quickly due to the continuous compile, I’ve been able to stretch it to 5 hours with that turned off but that seems a rather sad compromise to have to make in a pro laptop.

  • I am not able to use the Touch Bar mac – the soft ESC key is horrific. A host of other issues makes using the touch bar mac impossible and I have returned it to the company IT department and gotten the latest / max config of the previous generation of mac.

    • I had to remap the escape key to the caps lock key to make it usable for myself. If I was unable to get used to it I would probably have had to return it as well.