The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E adds the most commonly used ports to your Mac or iPad. It allows you to use an HDMI monitor, two USB-A accessories, Ethernet and more. Elegant center ready for use in the office or on a business trip.
I ran the kit through a series of tests. Read on to see how well it stood.
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OWC USB-C Travel Dock E Review
In 2019, OWC introduced the original USB-C Travel Dock. This has recently been followed by a version that adds Gigabit Ethernet. Hence the name ‘E’ was added.
They both take on the same general task: adding different ports to your Mac or iPad. Apple only installs USB-C in MacBooks, which allows them to be very stylish, but forces anyone who wants to use USB-A accessories or an external display to use adapters.
OWC has built a hub that includes six ports in a series of types. He wrapped them in a thick case made of aluminum and plastic that seems strong enough to withstand the kind of punishment that many of us subject our equipment to. But he still manages to look professional.
Hardware and design
Aluminum and black plastic are key parts of the design of any MacBook, and the same goes for the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E. All four sides are covered with a relatively thick layer of aluminum. The top and bottom are made of black plastic, so the device fits well into the look of MacOS laptops.
Aluminum and plastic are thick. Although the OWC claims nothing about robustness, this accessory seems to be almost sturdy enough to drive a nail.
The hub is compact at 3.1 inches square and 1.0 inches thick. But he weighs 0.4 pounds — the downside of his toughness is his above-average weight.
A thick connecting cable is built into this accessory and bends to fit into the recessed slot. So it is protected and not in your way.
The USB-C connector which connects the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E to your computer is located on the end of the 6-inch cable I just mentioned. It will easily connect to a MacBook or Mac mini.
But don’t ignore that this hub works with most Apple tablets. The iPad Pro and newer iPad Air and iPad mini models have USB-C and can use any port built into OWC accessories. Its cable is also long enough that this hub can be used with an iPad mounted on the keyboard.
The parade function really begins two USB-A ports so you can connect a keyboard and mouse at the same time. I tested this setting without any problems. It will also work with an external storage drive.
These ports use USB 3.2. This allows them to transfer data at speeds of up to 5Gbps. In my tests, I copied a 1 GB file from an external drive to a computer in 12 seconds. Copying in the other direction took 38 seconds. It’s not particularly fast compared to the Thunderbolt, but about the best you can hope for from USB-A.
The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E also includes HDMI 2.0 port which offers up to 4K video at 60Hz. I tested the port – it works great.
An SD card reader allows you to easily drag images from a camera using one of these removable cards. It uses UHS-II and offers a maximum of 312 MBps. Of course, real-world performance is slower. In my test, copying a 1 GB file from a card to a computer took 12 seconds, while transferring in the other direction took 34 seconds.
As mentioned, the big difference between the USB-C Travel Dock E and its predecessor is that Gigabit Ethernet port. It is useful in places where Wi-Fi is slow or not secure enough. The RJ45, 1000BASE-T port provides connections up to 1 Gbps … hence the name. In my tests, it can easily handle my user-quality internet connection.
There is ia USB-C port at the OWC hub. This helps you keep your Mac or iPad powered while using various accessories. Through it you can work up to 100W. However, the port cannot be used to access other USB-C peripherals. I tested to make sure.
OWC USB-C Travel Dock E last thoughts
A multi-port hub really expands the potential of any Mac. And it can be very useful for most iPad devices as well. OWC’s USB-C Travel Dock E puts the most commonly used ports in a solid but relatively compact exterior. Suitable for your office or cafe.
Six ports passed all my tests with the best results. They only do what they are advertised for.
The USB-C Travel Dock E costs $ 64.99 on OWC’s MacSales website.
If you can go without Ethernet, the original is available on Amazon for $ 54.99. Read my review on this to learn more.
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