OWC Launches New USB-C Travel Dock With Built-In Cable and Support for 100W Pass-Through Power

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    OWC today announced the launch of an updated version of its compact, square-shaped Travel Dock, adding new capabilities and design changes.

    The new version of the dock features built-in cable storage at the bottom of the accessory, so you can make sure you always have a USB-C to USB-C cable with you when you need it while on the go.


    It also supports up to 100W of pass-through power for the first time, up from the 60W supported in the previous version. That means it has enough power for all of Apple's MacBook models, including the 85W 15-inch MacBook Pro.

    The OWC USB-C Travel Dock continues to offer a 4K HDMI port, an SD Card reader, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and the aforementioned USB-C power pass-through port.


    OWC says the dock is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows, and Chrome notebooks and tablets, and for Apple users, it will work with Mac devices and the USB-C iPad Pro.

    The OWC USB-C Travel Dock is available from the OWC website for $54.99.

    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with OWC. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

    Article Link: OWC Launches New USB-C Travel Dock With Built-In Cable and Support for 100W Pass-Through Power
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.

    Odd word choice, better would be

    And for Apple Users, it will work with Mac devices and the USB-C iPad Pro.

    (An iPad is not a Mac, Macs are normal computers like iMac/MB/MM.)

    As for the Hub, pricing is affordable.
  3. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    USB-C isn’t proprietary to the Mac. The days of these Mac accessory companies overcharging for inferior products is drawing to a close. There are many better options on the market that provide more ports for less money and still have attractive bead-blasted aluminum enclosures and good reviews.
  4. K1llD4shN1n3 macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2019
    Would love to know how people like this. I had purchased 2 or their other USB-C docks and they were absolutely garbage. I had to unplug and replug in the dock to get it to work ever few hours.
  5. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.

    Could be OS related, I have a thunderbolt external drive, it gets ejected for no reason.
  6. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    This is what we need! A reasonably priced hub that can accommodate the needs of a wide variety of users for a reasonable price. I’d probably use this for both home and travel. I’m so tired of products with huge prices just so we can get our ports back.
  7. jumanji macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
  8. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.
    Thunderbolt hubs are still expensive.
  9. delegagtor macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2015
    I have a device that comes with 2 USB-A Ports, an SD Card Clot, HDMI, 2 mini-display ports, and full power pass-through. It's called a Mid-2015 MacBook Pro.

    Honestly though, the lack of any VGA connectivity is a problem. Too many presentation venues still have VGA connectors for their projectors, so just having HDMI for video simply isn't enough.
  10. polymersayb macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    They released a firmware update at some point but, get this, the updater software runs on a Windows PC only.

    At least this remodel probably has the latest version...
  11. spazzcat macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2007
    We have the bigger OWC, it solved all our dock issues.
  12. Lucky736 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004
    If someone has an original they want to upgrade from let me know. Seen them on sale fairly inexpensively and missed the sale.
  13. Zdigital2015 macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2015
    East Coast, United States
    Considering that Apple hasn’t had a standard-sized VGA (D-Sub) connector directly on a portable computer since the PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet), I would think that anyone one needing to regularly interface with VGA peripherals would be an expert in solving the issue regardless of the Mac model by now, right? It’s been 17 years since Apple last sold that PowerBook G4.

    Whether or not VGA is still widely used is irrelevant at this point. It’s horribly obsolete, yet it clings on well past it’s expiration date. It had a very long life and did it’s duty, but let’s not pretend that it’s continued use is a problem for Apple or, for that matter, any other PC OEM.
  14. delegagtor macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2015
    Sure, it's obsolete and shouldn't be considered. Like USB-A, right? Why should any manufacturer care about costing its customers hundreds of dollars in new adapters? I don't disagree that Apple doesn't care...but they should, because this is an issue that has caused plenty of people to lengthen their hardware replacement cycles.
  15. Zdigital2015 macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2015
    East Coast, United States
    Why should Apple care? Why should any PC OEM care? In reality, they shouldn’t.

    There are solutions and they don’t cost hundreds of dollars. I have zero use for a USB-C to VGA cable, so it’s not costing me any additional money for something I don’t use. I did need some new cables for my devices and it cost me about $50 in new USB-C to Type-**** USB cable to replace the old ones. Done and done.

    USB-A is not considered legacy at this point and Apple offers adapters for those who have captive cables that cannot be switched out with a USB-C equivalent. I have a couple for those items that are stuck at USB-A and I have an adapter for them. Otherwise, it’s time for new cables, simple as that. Why this is made out to be some huge imposition on customers is beyond me. Technology changes, by its very nature. Occasionally, changes are more abrupt than others. You adapt and change with it or you don’t and you stay stuck in whatever time period you dig in your heels.

    This is not a new phenomenon, when USB was released, companies had to create solutions for serial and parallel connections, first adapters and then cables became the primary way to connect to an older device. They survived for a period of time and eventually, both connectors mostly died out. Sure, there are edge cases, but this is true of technology all the way around. Very little survives the march forward. Listing all the obsolete ports that are no longer in use since the 1970s would take quite a while.

    Things don’t move forward if companies don’t force change, it’s that simple. Honestly, should any one of us with zero use for VGA be held back by still having to have that port on a modern computer. The answer is no. It takes up space for something more advanced and more versatile. The same goes for USB-A...it’s still used fairly widely, but even now the tide is turning with more and more devices either have moved to a USB-C port or are offering both cables for users. Eventually, the momentum will shift and USB-A will fade into the sunset. It’s inevitable.
  16. grayskyz macrumors regular


    Nov 21, 2008
    Los Angeles
    With no removable cable? Maybe I don't need it hanging off my laptop stand because the cable is short putting stress on my TB3 port. Pass.
  17. Zdigital2015 macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2015
    East Coast, United States
    My CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock has a short captive cable, and so I had to perch it on the glass monitor shelf beside my mStand to keep things on an even plane.

    My CalDigit and the OWC USB-C are both meant more for travel than anything, so the captive cable is more helpful in that use case.
  18. CyberBob859 macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2007
    I had the previous version for my MacBook. One day, using the pass-through charging feature, I smelled a pungent odor, touched the dock and noticed it was VERY hot. I unplugged everything, contacted OWC and told them my experience. I sent it back, and they quickly replaced it. Haven't had an issue with the one they gave me.
  19. alksion macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Orange County CA
    Wanted to chime in for what it’s worth. I bought an adapter from amazon with 3 x USB-A 3.1, 1 x USB C with passthrough charging, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, SD & Micro SD and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

    It’s a 2019 version and works phenomenal. It was only $70.00 and I have no complaints at all. I actually have just one. They only made it in space grey and I have mid 2019 MacBook Pro in silver. It’s awesome to have all the ports and more than my older units had, plus I only need to take it out when needed.

    I agree with the one post regarding companies like OWC. Companies like them are getting left in the dust with my only exception being CalDigit. I have a separate docking station from them for my desktop setup and not for traveling, which I absolutely love but that puppy set me back almost $300.

    Just my two cents.
  20. foobarbaz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2007
    Please don't bother advertising 4k support if it's not 60Hz.
  21. kissmo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    Budapest, Hungary
    I wonder how long will these dongles and adapters be a thing?
    I know many will not replace terminals fast but my opinion is that eventually everything will become USB-C and you won’t have to carry these around...

    Nevertheless, I have some dongles myself and honestly I personally only use for some USB-A situations.
    Not really sure if it’s worth investing in these unless you really need it for all these connections....

    External SSDs already come out with USB-C support, same as memory sticks and Monitors.
  22. gnomeisland macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    New York, NY
    I have the previous version and really like it, although I was disappointed when I discovered ti doesn't support HDR. I'm glad that this one seems to but I don't think I'll pay for the upgrade.

    One thing that gets overlooked about this hub is the UHS-II support. Very few hubs (especially travel sized hubs) support that standard and if you're ingesting a lot of media it makes a big difference.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 14, 2019 ---
    I might. Send me a PM.
  23. Lakailb87 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    San Francisco
    Don't touch this if you want a dock that works.

    Went through 2 OWC USB-C docks that never worked even when brand new. Support did nothing but make it worse.

    Garbage company

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