After Apple announced the new MacBooks Pro, with its only two or four doors USB-C, we saw the announcement of products such as Belkin’s Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD and Other World Computing’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock.
Today, the OWC itself announced something much nicer, which it calls DEC.
Instead of sitting on the table next to the MacBook Pro, the DEC positions itself below it – as a complement to the machine, giving the appearance that it is (quite) thicker than it was originally, more or less as it was a 2012 MBP (2.41cm versus 1.55cm from the current one).
The product is still in the prototype phase and will be demonstrated this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, but it already has up to 4TB of extra flash / SSD storage, SD card slot, conventional USB-A 3.1 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Until its launch, it can be equipped with even more features.
OWC says it has already applied for a patent for the product, which obviously will not be cheap when it comes to the market. It just wasn’t very clear how it will connect to the MacBook Pro, but I imagine it will be through a USB-C cable itself (that is, it will be a little less elegant than the promotional images show).