OWC

Portable SSDs with NVMe-based internal drives and a Thunderbolt 3 interface are the fastest bus-powered storage devices currently available in the market. We have been following this market since inception with a steady review of incoming products, while also experimenting with DIY models. The recent glut in the flash market with low-priced, yet high-performance, 3D TLC memory and the availability of Phison's Thunderbolt 3 external SSD reference platform has enabled vendors to put out relatively cheap high-capacity Thunderbolt 3 SSDs. Today, we take a look at two 2TB Thunderbolt 3 SSDs that do not break the bank - the OWC Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 (Standard Edition) and the recently launched Plugable TBT3-NVME2TB.

OWC’s Intros Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock with 10 GbE, USB 3.0, eSATA, Card Readers & More

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...

13 by Anton Shilov on 11/7/2019

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock / DAS Combo: TB3, up to 28 TB, USB 3.0, DP, GbE, SD

OWC has started sales of its new DAS device that can also serve as a Thunderbolt 3 dock. The Mercury Elite Pro Dock is aimed at creative professionals with...

14 by Anton Shilov on 10/15/2019

The OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Review: An NVMe Upgrade For Older Macs

Apple was an early adopter of PCIe SSDs, introducing them in 2013 when the NVMe specification was still in its infancy and before any M.2 NVMe hardware was available...

30 by Billy Tallis on 6/5/2019

OWC Launches Aura Pro X2 NVMe SSD Upgrade For Macs

Other World Computing (OWC) has launched a new line of NVMe SSD upgrades for several Mac models that used Apple's custom not-quite-M.2 form factor. The new Aura Pro X2...

16 by Billy Tallis on 4/16/2019

OWC Unveils Second-Gen ThunderBlade External SSDs: 2800 MB/s Starting at $799

OWC this week introduced its second-generation ThunderBlade external SSDs, which are aimed squarely at the high-end, max performance external storage market. Offering up to 2800 MB/s sequential read speeds...

1 by Anton Shilov on 2/4/2019

OWC Acquires AKiTiO, Creates Peripheral Powerhouse

OWC on Thursday announced that it had acquired AKiTiO, creating one of the industry’s largest suppliers of storage and other peripherals aimed at professionals and prosumers. One of the...

1 by Anton Shilov on 1/3/2019

OWC Launches Drive Dock with USB Type-C: Two SATA Drives, Up to 981 MB/s

OWC has released its new Drive Dock external storage solution that can accommodate two hot-plug-capable HDDs or SSDs. What makes this latest drive dock particularly notable is that it...

15 by Anton Shilov on 12/10/2018

OWC Announces 14-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock: Now with microSD, 85 W Power Delivery

OWC this week introduced its new flagship Thunderbolt 3 dock, which features 14 ports. Living up to its flagship aspirations, the “one dock to rule them all” can also...

22 by Anton Shilov on 11/14/2018

OWC Ships ThunderBlade External SSDs, Touts SoftRAID Tech for 3800 MB/s Speeds

OWC this week began to ship its ThunderBlade external SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface. The new DAS can deliver up to 2800 MB/s read speeds, which is beyond...

10 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2018

OWC Launches 13-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock: GbE, USB-A, SD Card, mDP, FireWire & More

OWC has launched its new docking solution aimed primarily at Apple’s latest Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pros. Designed to be the “one dock to rule them all", OWC's Thunderbolt 3...

18 by Anton Shilov on 9/21/2017

OWC Previews DEC Add-On For MacBook Pro

At CES, Mac accessory and upgrade supplier Other World Computing (OWC) showcased prototypes of an upcoming add-on for Apple's latest MacBook Pro models. The OWC DEC is in many...

29 by Billy Tallis on 1/13/2017

OWC Introduces SSD Upgrade for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air PCIe SSDs

Apple's Retina MacBook Pro and all but the earliest MacBook Air models have relied solely on SSDs for internal storage, as Apple slimmed down the designs to the point...

24 by Billy Tallis on 3/9/2016

OWC and SoftRAID create ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition

One of the most poignant uses for Thunderbolt has always been Direct Attached Storage (DAS). Alongside supporting high resolution displays, Thunderbolt is all about the daisy chaining of both...

16 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2014

OWC to Bring Aftermarket SF3700 PCIe SSD Upgrades to 2013 Macs

I was pleasantly surprised to drop by OWC's booth at CES to see a mechanical sample of its forthcoming LSI SF3700 based PCIe SSD. OWC plans on offering aftermarket...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2014

OWC Mercury Electra 3G MAX 960GB Review: 1TB of NAND in 2.5" Form Factor

The decrease in NAND prices has opened doors for bigger SSD capacities. 512GB SSDs have been available for a couple of years now but even though prices have come...

38 by Kristian Vättö on 10/18/2012

OWC Announces 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

In our review of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display I mentioned that the base $2199 configuration is near perfect, save for its 256GB SSD. With no room for...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/14/2012

OWC Releases 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD

OWC has released a 960GB version of their Mercury Electra 3G SSD series. The drive uses two SandForce SF-2181 controllers, configured in RAID 0 using Silicon Image's RAID controller...

20 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2012

OWC Releases Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD

OWC has released their first PCIe SSD, the Mercury Accelsior. OWC has used SandForce controllers throughout its history in the SSD world and the Accelsior is no exception. It...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 4/18/2012

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Air

OWC released a SandForce SF-2281 based 2011 MacBook Air SSD upgrade earlier this year in 120GB and 240GB capacities (the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G). Using Hynix 2x-nm NAND...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now