OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock Has 13 Blissful Ports for Amazing Connectivity

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The Mini DisplayPort shares the Thunderbolt 3 bus and allows a second display to be connected, while the 3.5mm audio in/out port allows external speakers, mics, and other audio equipment to be connected. Pro-grade digital audio output for a lossless signal transfer is accomplished using the S/PDIF output, network connectivity is achieved using the Gigabit Ethernet port, and the integrated SD card reader lets you download photos and videos from your digital camera or other device.

That’s a lot of flexibility and speeds from something as unassuming as this. I’m especially surprised by the inclusion of the S/PDIF optical audio port. I doubt I’ll make use of it but including it in the dock makes clear that OWC is targeting this dock to consumers and professionals alike. Here’s a video of it in action.

When I heard I had one of the docks on the way for review, I was excited. I knew it would go a long way toward helping to turn my 13” MacBook Pro into a powerful desktop.

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock Has 13 Blissful Ports for Amazing Connectivity

Before it arrived, however, I received a monitor with a built-in dock that I am also reviewing. That eliminated the need for this dock at home.

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock Has 13 Blissful Ports for Amazing Connectivity

Instead, I brought it to my office at the synagogue and hooked it up to my 27” iMac.

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock Has 13 Blissful Ports for Amazing Connectivity

The iMac has a decent amount of ports but adding this dock gave me a level of flexibility that is great. I am using it to connect speakers, a scanner, an external drive and more. And, thanks to its clean lines, it gives a neat, professional appearance with power to spare. At $299 this dock is a bit pricey, but it is incredibly powerful and delivers everything it promises and more. Check it out here.

Source: Company Supplied Review Sample of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock

What I Like: Clean lines; Easy setup; Plenty of ports; Super-fast speeds balanced by legacy connectivity; Powers a MacBook

What Needs Improvement: Pricey but worth it if you want to turn your MacBook Pro into a desktop with little to no compromise

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.