Having released multiple docking stations for working in studios and offices, OWC this week introduced a new dock designed for digital imaging technicians who need a vast collection of connection options. The 10-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock has all the ports necessary to attach devices commonly used by creative professionals, including displays, DAS, and high-speed local networks.

According to OWC, their Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock was designed primarily for digital imaging professionals, so it has a DisplayPort 1.2 connector as well as an additional Thunderbolt 3 port to plug in two 4K monitors (or one 5K display). The docking station also has a CFast 2.0 and a SD 4.0 card reader to extract data from appropriate memory cards speeds at up to 370 MB/s. Furthermore it can connect to an eSATA (with port multiplier support) or TB3 DASes using appropriate headers.

The dock also comes with a 10 GbE port and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) connectors to plug in various peripherals like a mouse, a keyboard, and specialized controllers.

Meanwhile the dock comes with an external 150 W PSU, giving it ample power to drive all of the devices connected. This includes the host notebook, where the dock can provide up to 60W – which is plenty for a 13.3-inch machine, but under load will be right on the knife's edge for 15.6-inch laptops, which typically ship with ~80W adapters. Meanwhile, to ensure stable operation under high workloads, the device has a fan, which can be temporarily turned off using a switch to eliminate unwanted noises during filming.

OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock is available now directly from the company and from Amazon for an MSRP of $339.99.

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  • FreckledTrout - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    I wonder if they ever thought to merge something like this dock and a kvm? Reply
  • jb510 - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    Aside from that very rare person that desperately needs eSATA pr Compact Flash I can't see why _anyone_ would buy this over the CalDigit TS3+ https://www.caldigit.com/ts3-plus (which I have and love).

    60W power is laughable for a "Desktop dock". One free USB-C port is laughable. You're supposed to manually turn the fan on/off?!?!

    CF Slot, but not XQD? Near term obsolescence built in for half the market that would find this een remotely interesting.

    OWC has weird product designers... this seems to be a thing for them.
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  • AdditionalPylons - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    10GbE is a pretty good reason. That alone would be about $150-200. But if you don't need that, eSATA or CFast then the OWC/AKiTiO is obviously not a very good option.
    The set of ports on the CalDigit is great. For instance: there's 7 USB ports, of which 2 are USB-C!

    Personally I'm looking for a TB3 dock and I would prefer to have 10GbE, at least two USB-A, one USB-C and one eSATA. The latter I actually find extreme useful for copying data from repurposed S-ATA hard drives, as well backing up to external drives. 10GbE is more of a deal-breaker though, considering the high cost of adding it separately and the possibility of using a somewhat slower USB dock for the HDDs.
    Does anyone know of other 10GbE dock options? (Other than OWC/AKiTiO I mean.)
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