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If you have a newer laptop that doesn’t have as many ports as you’d like, peripheral makerIt may interest you to connect things like storage devices, network cables, headphones, and external displays. The $ 249 dock works with Apple’s new Big Sur Macs and Windows laptops powered by 11th-generation Intel processors (codenamed Tiger Lake) — the only laptops to support Thunderbolt 4, a new release of Intel’s new high-speed connection technology.
Docking rules are handy when you want to connect your laptop to a range of devices when you get to work or a home office. A single cable connected to a single laptop port accommodates a wide range of devices.
One of the major improvements to Thunderbolt 4 is that you can now connect multiple Thunderbolt devices to a hub or dock instead of just one. OWC’s new Thunderbolt Dock has three Thunderbolt ports, and you can connect USB-C devices to them as well. Thunderbolt 4 should also run more reliably on Windows laptops, but its top speed of 40Gbps is unchanged from Thunderbolt 3.
The OWC’s new Thunderbolt BaseAdvertised online for this year only these, Contains the following: Three Thunderbolt 4 ports that also accept USB-C devices; A fourth Thunderbolt port that connects to the computer and provides up to 90 Watts of charging power; Old-fashioned USB-A port works at relatively slow USB 2 speeds, and is suitable for devices such as keyboards; Three 10Gbps USB-A ports; 1 Gigabit Ethernet port; 1 SD card slot; And 3.5 mm audio port for headphones or microphones.
Each Thunderbolt port on the dock can handle up to two 4K or 8K displays.
Other OWC devices at CES 2021
OWC also announced several other products at CES:
TheAvailable in sizes from 240GB to 2TB, a durable external hard drive that plugs into USB-A, USB-C, and Thunderbolt ports. It will be available in January. It costs $ 169 for 240 GB, $ 199 for 480 GB, $ 299 for 1 TB, and $ 479 for 2 TB. The drives are dust and water resistant and can transfer data at 2800MB / s.
$ 65It has two 3.2Gbps USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, an SD card reader, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a USB-C port for connecting the power adapter to your laptop. It will be available before the end of March.
The, 3.5-inch drive bay accommodates up to four NVMe M.2 flash drives. The four volumes can be connected as RAID devices to improve data protection. The U2 Shuttle, $ 149, in January connects to computers with a U.2 port and some OWC storage devices.