Accessories and peripherals manufacturers are having a party at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 and Other World Computing (OWC)Of course, I couldn't be left out. The company took advantage of the largest electronics fair in the world to present several interesting news, from a huge drawer for GPUs to a tiny support for USB-C cables. See below.
Mercury Helios FX 650
The market for external GPU drawers for Mac is growing rapidly and this new creation from OWC has everything to become one of the most popular models in the segment. Also compatible with PCs, the Mercury Helios FX 650 connects to the computer via a Thunderbolt 3 cable (which can also charge your Mac / PC) and has HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI connections for external monitors.
The internal fan has a variable speed and temperature detector for precise control of the connected GPU, and the power source is bigger and more powerful than in previous models. In addition, the drawer is made entirely from recyclable materials, which makes its disposal much more environmentally responsible.
The Mercury Helios FX 650 comes out $ 400 and OWC is offering a package in which the drawer comes out $ 550 already equipped with a Radeon RX 580 board. Both versions can now be purchased on the manufacturer's website.
Envoy Pro EX
The OWC line of external SSDs also gained new features with the new version of Envoy Pro EX, compatible with Macs and PCs. Equipped with an NVMe M.2 SSD and communicating via Thunderbolt 3, the accessories reach a transfer speed of absurd 2,500MB / s, ideal for photography or video professionals who want to edit material directly from external devices.
In addition, the drives have an impact resistant design, with an external rubber protection. There are two versions: the ?common?, with 500GB options ($ 280), 1TB ($ 380) and 2TB ($ 730), and the Video Edition, with optimizations for video editing, with options of 1TB ($ 680) and 2TB ($ 1,000). All can be purchased now on the manufacturer's website.
Mercury Elite Pro
OWC also announced an update to its Mercury Elite Pro storage drawers, now supporting higher speeds. The accessories feature aluminum design and design options for 2.5-inch SATA drives or SSDs, with eSATA and USB-C connections on all models with transfer capacity of up to 540MB / s.
Separate, the drawer costs US $ 70 on the manufacturer's website; There are also options with HDDs of 5,400 RPM or 7,200 RPM between $ 100 and $ 200 (up to 4TB), in addition to 500GB SSD versions ($ 200), 1TB ($ 320) and 2TB ($ 500).
Finally, a curious accessory from the manufacturer: ClingOn is a ?cable stabilizer? designed to prevent the USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 connection from your computer to your accessory being compromised or lost by movements, flexions or stresses on the cable.
The accessory, consisting of a rigid plastic exterior and a silicone interior, can be glued to the USB-C port on your computer and protects the cable from any movement. It will start to be sold in the coming weeks on the manufacturer's website for $ 10 or $ 19 in the package with two units.