Welcome to this edition of OWC in the Press: News and Reviews, where we showcase some of the latest headlines and most helpful articles from publications across the globe. This week we have some fantastic pieces from Geek Dad, Forbes, Tedium, The Verge, Windows Central, and Newsshooter.
“I’ve been evaluating a lot of Chromebooks and ultra-light laptops lately. Many of these are now following a trend started by Apple: dumping legacy ports in favor of a pair of USB-C ports. I appreciate the speed and versatility of USB-C, and absolutely those ports should be there. But would it really kill anyone to also keep a few legacy ports as well? Like USB Type-A? After recently switching my own laptop to an M1 MacBook Pro, I got a hands-on taste of what life is like trying to work with just a pair of USB-C ports (one of which is being used for power). This dock is perfect for someone like me, who has a lot of USB Type-A peripherals, still uses SD cards, and has a workstation built around a laptop with only USB-C ports.”Geek Dad
“A few years ago, the Envoy Pro FX would have seemed tiny. Today, it’s still a small and very portable drive, but it dwarfs some of the ultra-portable options out there. It’s also heavy. But all this is by design. There’s no plastic here, the enclosure is a chunk of aluminum. It’s prominently ridged down the sides — not for looks but because the extra surface area turns the entire case into a heatsink. This lets the drive operate at full speed for extend periods without overheating. If you need fast, rugged, high capacity portable storage, the OWC Envoy Pro FX Portable SSD should be on your radar. It’s not a cheap drive, but it’s wicked fast and built to last.”Forbes
Thunderbolt Road: How Thunderbolt, the ultra-fast connector that recently turned 10, started life with a completely different look
“Thunderbolt has been around a long time at this point, but with people remote for the first time, I wonder if a lot of folks are in the same boat as me: Suddenly interested in whether they should invest in it for their home office. In that spirit, I personally just got my hands on my first device—a unit that was sent in for review by Other World Computing for my MacBook Air M1. (This is that review—standard mumbo jumbo about them not seeing my opinion on it before publishing it out into the world.) Until now, I had mostly stuck with USB-C hubs and docks for compatibility and cost reasons, but decided to give the Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock a swing, and I honestly get the appeal of a device like this, which solves most of my frustrations with traditional USB-C docks … even if it has a few things I don’t really need.”Tedium
“The final Big Thing on my desk is an OWC ThunderBay 4. Being into video production and photography. I accumulate a lot of absolutely massive files: I’ve currently got 11TB of data spread out across 17TB of drives.”Verge
“OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock is a high-end option for anyone who needs downstream Thunderbolt 3, readers for removable SD storage, and dual display support at 4K resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. The UHS-II SD and microSD card readers don’t work simultaneously, but they are quite convenient for photographers and videographers. Two Mini DisplayPort handle video out, and there are a further five USB-A, USB-C, 3.5mm audio, Ethernet, and S/PDIF connections. When connected to your laptop, the dock manages to deliver up to 85W of power in order to keep the battery topped up. This is a great dock if you need the extra USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, as well as two Mini DisplayPort hookups.”Windows Central
“The Envoy Pro FX feels and looks really well made. The drive comes in a heat-dissipating aluminum housing that is IP67 rated. It also features MIL-STD810G certified military-level drop toughness. This all means that the drive is suitable for use out in the field in inclement weather conditions. This all combines to make the Envoy Pro FX a really good option for field use, no matter where you may be working.”Newsshooter
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