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CES 2018: OWC news includes a new Thunderbolt dock and the fastest external drive on the market

The technology companies of the world are already in full swing presenting the news that will put on display in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, this year's edition of the world's largest electronics fair that officially starts tomorrow (9/2) in Las Vegas.

Among them is the Other World Computing (OWC), a famous manufacturer of high performance peripherals and accessories for PCs and (especially) Macs; Today, the company is announcing a series of new products that should make users happy for years to come.

OWC ThunderBlade V4 External Drive

The coolest thing about ThunderBlade V4, rated by OWC as "the fastest external drive available on the market today". Aimed at professionals who work with very heavy media and files, the accessory connects to the computer via a Thunderbolt 3 port and is compatible with any Mac or PC with this interface.

The drive can reach incredible speeds of 2,800MB / s (read) and 2,450MB / s (write), achieved by the high performance SSDs inside. The housing, in turn, is designed to provide impact protection and any external actions. Available in 1TB to 8TB (!) Models, the ThunderBlade V4 will be available later this month for prices ranging from $ 1,200 to $ 5,000. Certainly not a product for mere mortals, but one that fills the eyes, certainly fills.

For a more affordable option (although their prices have not yet been revealed), it may be interesting to consider the line Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3, also from external SSDs. Here the maximum speeds are 2,600MB / s (read) and 1,600MB / s (write); the design focused on durability and impact proof very similar to that of the most expensive brother. This line will be released soon, without a specified date.

For those who really need a lot of space, however, the best option is the updated line of storage drawers. Thunderbay 4, which offers up to 48TB of space for professionals or (extremely) advanced users. Also connecting via the Thunderbolt 3 interface, the drawer provides space for four 2.5 ″ or 3.5 ″ drives, with no need for adapters. The accessory starts at $ 750 for the 4TB version and will be released in the coming weeks.

Another really interesting release especially in these days of Macs with only one type of door the Thunderbolt 3 Dockwhich, as its name implies, plugs into a Thunderbolt 3 port on your Mac or PC and significantly multiplies your physical connections menu.

OWC Thunderbolt Dock

The accessory features two Thunderbolt 3 ports (which can even be used to charge your computer), five USB 3.1 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, one S / PDIF and one Mini DisplayPort, plus one real SD card slot with one plugged into your Mac, there will certainly be no complaints about accessory compatibility. The dock will be launched in two colors, silver or space gray, and will cost $ 300 when it hits the market in the coming weeks.

For those who just want to connect their Mac or PC to an external monitor that has no Thunderbolt input, OWC is also launching the Thunderbolt 3 Dual Display Adapters, which come in the HDMI or DisplayPort options. There are two video outputs so you can connect your computer to up to two screens simultaneously, with the ability to transmit the maximum resolution of 5120 × 2880 pixels at 60Hz (for one monitor) or 4096 × 2160 at 60Hz (for two, simultaneously). DisplayPort or 3840 × 2160 at 60Hz (for two monitors) on HDMI.

The adapters are already on sale at MacSales, OWC's official online store, for $ 80 (DisplayPort) or $ 100 (HDMI). Good news, no?