OWC 12 Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock Review

Even though there are laptops such as the MacBook, where the only possibility of wired connection is the single USB-C, anyone who works with the computer knows that the doors are never enough. It starts with a drive, then a second, maybe a card reader, a HUB for pendrive to bear on the front, a microphone, a DAC, you know, most stops. Most of the Mac desktop or portable, they have a decent set of connections, only for desktop computers are located at the rear and the MacBook you lose convenience if you need to attach and detach continuously different cables. The great thing about multi-standard, as the above USB-C 3.1 or the Thunderbolt, is that with a single cable can “contain” different formats, which include audio, video and network.

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After much research on those Thunderbolt, I concluded that the best in terms of structure, quantity, quality and distribution of ports was the Dock of OWC. This is specific to the Thunderbolt 2, which can provide well 12 ports with a single cable. This can be useful as an expansion for an iMac or a Mac mini or a Mac Pro, but where it can really make a difference is for laptops. Imagine you have a MacBook Pro 13 or 15 “always with you and leave a nice big monitor, storage disks, network cable and various devices, all connected to the Dock of OWC and ready for operation by attacking a single Thunderbolt cable to your computer.

Another potential advantage of these products, at least for the first generation, it is that allowed you to emulate USB 3.0 in Mac that I possessed. Today it is no longer useful because all Thunderbolt 2 Macs already have USB 3.0. It should also be considered that even if you can physically connect to a Thunderbolt 1, this has half the bandwidth available and will not work properly. Just to check I tried it on an iMac of 2011, which only had USB 2.0, but using those 3.0 of this Dock were continually disconnected devices.

In its 23 x 9 x 2.7 cm, the OWC 5-port USB 3.0 includes Dock 2 Thunderbolt, audio input and output, Firewire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI with support for 4 k and a Thunderbolt 2. Most of these connections are placed in the back, so you don’t have to have wires on your desk, while 2 of 5 USB 3.0 is on the right, so that you have quick access to attach the fly a pendrive or external drive portable.

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Also the Thunderbolt also brings with it the display port, so you can connect up to 2 additional displays. The external structure is all about robust metal, while the upper and lower areas have a pleasing glossy black plastic cover. Your device has an external transformer, not too bulky, that connects a traditional power cord.

Using this Dock with Mac Pro I found myself very well, but in truth I have appreciated fully the capabilities. My computer has already a good dowry of connections and the only one that actually I would miss is the one Firewire, but I get with a more simple adapter created by Apple connected on one of 6 Thunderbolt at my disposal. In the end I only 5 USB 3.0, which are certainly convenient, but only for that is infinitely cheaper than a USB HUB. The real advantage of a Dock of this type I could appreciate with the MacBook Pro 13 “, because it can turn into a complete workstation desktop in a snap.

Doing just one of the possible examples, we can connect 2 USB 3.0, USB 3.0 HUB 1 discs for less relevant devices, headphones, a microphone, a mixer or disk Firewire, gigabit, monitor 4 k. With this configuration, 2 USB 3.0, this is leaving side to use for pendrive or charging, and a Thunderbolt 2 to use chaining to any other compatible device, with a RAID set. The possibilities are really endless with 12 court available.

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Conclusion

Like many products of OWC that I got to try over time, even this Thunderbolt 2 Dock is just awesome.The build quality, reliability and convenience of this Dock is amazing, because it does not require any drivers to function. I also found very well chosen the arrangement of doors, because I’ve seen several in which there are many on the front and on the sides, whereas here most are hidden on the back, as it should be. The few that are to the right are for a reason, right for those devices that will be connected. In this regard, the only quibble, however also not attributable to the product but the technology in use, is that the USB ports support charging up to 1.5 A, so it is not possible to charge an iPad big but only to Exchange data. The price on the manufacturer’s website is $219, which do not include taxes or shipping, but is also found on Our site for 299 €.

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