Other World Computing (OWC), a U.S.-based company and online store for Mac upgrades and accessories located at MacSales.com, today announced the ultimate docking station for your brand spanking new MacBook Pro.
With the new Pro the Cupertino firm is (rightly) betting on USB-C, effectively putting us in a dongle hell for now. Enter the new $279 Thunderbolt 3 Dock, a successor to OWC’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock and USB-C Dock.
Billed as the best expansion solution they’ve ever made, it offers the speed of Thunderbolt 3 technology coupled with a whopping thirteen expansion ports to help get the most out of the new late-2016 MacBook Pro.
OWC’s dock lets you connect and charge up to six USB devices, hook up your notebook to Ethernet networks, transfer data and more—all at twice the speed of Thunderbolt 2 and all through a single cable.
You get the following ports:
- 1x SD card reader
- 1x expanded analog audio in/out
- 5x USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
- 1x S/PDIF
- 1x FireWire 800
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet
- 2x Thunderbolt 3
- 1x mini DisplayPort
I wish they built an adaptor in the box to give it an HDMI port, too!
Because it uses Thunderbolt 3 that delivers 40Gb/s bandwidth, the dock supports custom display setups with a pair of 4K external displays or a combination of 4K, HD and other displays with the mini DisplayPort port and additional Thunderbolt 3 port.
Creative pros with specialized and legacy ports like FireWire and optical audio will be delighted to learn that the dock offers a FireWire 800 port, analog stereo audio, S/PDIF digital audio and an SD card reader.
“With our critically-acclaimed Thunderbolt 2 Dock and USB-C Dock, OWC defined a new standard in providing more connectivity at a time when new computers were shipping with fewer ports,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, OWC.
“The all-new Thunderbolt 3 Dock is the best expansion solution we’ve ever made, offering the incredible speed of Thunderbolt 3 technology coupled with 13 ports of connectivity, perfect for getting the most out of the new 2016 MacBook Pro.”
The new Thunderbolt 3 Dock is covered by OWC’s two-year limited warranty and can be pre-ordered through the OWC website. Those who pre-order it will be treated to a free 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3/USB-C cable.
The accessory is expected to start shipping in February 2017.