OWC Launches New USB-C Travel Dock Suitable for MacBooks

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    OWC has launched a new USB-C travel dock suitable for Apple's latest MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks.


    The dock connects to a Mac or PC with a single USB-C cable and provides access to the following five ports:
    2× USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
    1× USB-C port for power
    1× HDMI 2.0 port
    1× SD card reader
    The USB-C port provides up to 60W of pass-through charging, while the HDMI 2.0 port can drive a 4K display at 30Hz.

    The compact-sized dock is available on MacSales.com in MacBook-like Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray for $49.99 in the United States.

    It's also available on Amazon in select colors.

    Article Link: OWC Launches New USB-C Travel Dock Suitable for MacBooks
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    Looks good, although they have been working on it for a while, I would have liked the Hyperdrive type design influence the product. There is still potential in that space.
  3. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    does anyone know if there is a dock that has a detachable USB-C cable? A lot of these docks have really short cables and I'd like to be able to put a longer one to hide the dock behind a monitor.
  4. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    That's a good price for all those ports/capabilities. But I like the compactness and shape of my HooToo.
  5. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    I prefer the Satechi style that attaches to the side.
  6. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
  7. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Not bad. I find it strange that so many companies charge hundreds of dollars just for ports.
  8. tjleonard macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2013
  9. dvhoosier macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2015
    I have an Aukey USB-C port dongle and it absolutely kills wifi reception of the MBP. Is it a bad product or inherent to a dongle lifestyle?
  10. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    Bad product.

    It probably doesn't have the right casing like the first wave of LG's 4K monitors for Macs a couple years ago.
  11. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    "The HDMI 2.0 port can drive a 4K display at 30Hz."

    Ugh. Seriously OWC?? It's either 1.4 driving 4K30 or 2.0 driving 4K60. In this case, it's definately an HDMI 1.4 as USB-C driving HDMI 2.0 needs to support display alternate mode.
  12. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Those darn royalties, and the fact they know us suckers are willing to pay for the convenience. None of the many docks currently available seem to cover all the bases though, but at this price that's forgivable.
  13. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    I have a Aukey USB-C to USB A adapter and it works perfectly for my Logitech mouse. It sticks out a little bit but no interference, it came with 2 in a box for like $8.00
  14. JM-Prod macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2011
    I'm so glad Apple made their pro laptop a millimeter or two thinner, so that I can have this box as a companion.
  15. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Until USB-C hosts with DisplayPort 1.3/1.4 support come along, you can't get 4k@60Hz down a USB-C cable and have USB 3 data at the same time. So maybe it is technically HDMI 2.0 hardware-wise (i.e. a DisplayPort-to-HDMI 2.0 converter) but OWC have had to peg it at 4K@30Hz because at 60Hz all the other ports would have to be throttled back to USB 2 speed.
  16. Deemr macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2014
    I am wondering when we are going to see a device like this that adds the following features:
    - Ability to charge the notebook (Why should include a second device to charge my notebook when traveling)
    - Support for VGA and Ethernet (I know, but some meeting rooms require that kind of ancient technology)

    Besides of this I really can recommend the device from Aukey that has HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and USB. This is the one and only dongle I had in my hand that works flawless. It also does not require a order to connect to HDMI. Connect display first to the dongle or connect the dongle first to the Mac, it just doesn’t matter.

    Some dongles require that the display is connected first to the dongle which is bad in terms of usability or when the USB-C slips out of the port (that happens!) and then needs to be reconnected. This is something MR should test with any dongle.
  17. bobdobalina macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2010
    Lol. "Live the dongle lifestyle, with Apple." Could be their next marketing phase.

    Apple. Dongle.
  18. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009
    So you buy a thin laptop that can’t be upgraded and then have to add a dumb box like this. Oh boy. :)
  19. SteveW928 macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2010
    Victoria, B.C. Canada
    So, now I have to carry a smaller laptop around, along with a bunch of boxes and cables.

    Until USB-C gets more mature (if ever), this sure seems like a big step backwards. If it weren't for wanting TB3 architecture, I'd immediately order a 2015 MBP. These new models seem to be balls of trouble, so now I wait until next year? And, wonder if Apple even cares enough anymore to fix the problems (or if that's even possible given the direction they've gone).

    For the first time in like 30+ years, I don't have a clear path of what to buy in terms of the Apple platform. :(
  20. macpeach55 macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2010
    Germany, & the Rest of the known World
    I honestly don't think things are going to get any better with the MBP line next year. I bought a 2015 15" MBP early this year to replace my 2008 MBP, & I find it the perfect balance between portability & ports! :)

    Not to mention the price versus the newer MBP's. & that is another thing that I doubt will improve. A shame that you need TB3 otherwise I'd say get a 2015 now while they are still in reasonable supply! ;)
  21. mbfanos macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2011
    I just checked this dongle on Amazon and it is only $65, so much cheaper than Charjenpro, Hyperdrive and other hubs. Thanks for recommending it.
    If it works, then the whole bunch of Satechi, Charjenpro, Hyperdrive (Ultimate), and Apple AV dongles gonna be returned haha.
  22. SteveW928 macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2010
    Victoria, B.C. Canada
    Yes, I am seriously debating how much of a *need* it is vs a want. I'll eventually want to add an eGPU and TB2 (vs TB3) is another performance hit on already tight bandwidth for that kind of purpose... and then there is external storage and Ethernet, etc. to be added.

    So, I'm also debating whether to just go back to the desktop and (lesser) laptop combo.
  23. Bart Kela Suspended

    Bart Kela

    Oct 12, 2016
    Just use a USB-C extension cable.
  24. mpainesyd macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Satechi has a USB-c dock that has ethernet, HDMI and pass-through charging. I take that with me to meetings with my Macbook. Apple, of course, has a VGA-usb-c adapter with pass-through charging.

    There still doesn’t seem to be a dock that acts as a USB-c hub - where several USB-c cables can be plugged in and retain pass-through charging. I guess the necessary chip does not exist!
  25. SteveW928 macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2010
    Victoria, B.C. Canada
    No doubt... if the idea is to push USB-C adoption, it's going to be a fail so long as everyone goes USB-C -> multiple USB-A anyway. Apple needs to make one - and a good one - if no one else does. And, if the point wasn't to try and force USB-C adoption, then it was a terribly stupid move by Apple not to include at least one USB-A port on the MacBook Pros.

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