OWC USB-C Travel Dock Gen 2 with 4K and 100W pass-through (review)
OWC USB-C Travel Dock Gen 2 has 4K@30fps and 100W pass-through upstream power making it an ideal travel companion for those with USB-C or Thunderbolt ports that need extra ports on the go.
It has 2 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1 x HDMI 2.0 4K@30fps, an SD card reader and a USB-C upstream port. The dock has a nifty wraparound USB-C cable to the PC or Mac. It also works with Android smartphones and tablets.
OWC USB-C Travel Dock Gen 2 with 4K and 100W power pass-through
Note this is not the Gen 1 with 60W power pass-through
|Price||$94.99 plus shipping $9.90|
|Warranty||2-years OWC and ACL warranty from Macfixit and authorised resellers|
|Country of origin||Taiwan|
|Company||OWC (Other World Computing Est 1988) is an American computer hardware company and online store for Mac upgrades and accessories.|
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First impression – very useful
Perhaps it is best to start by saying it is closer to a mini-dock than a dongle. Why?
The interface is USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps and Thunderbolt 3/4 compatible). It then shares that among the HDMI 2.0, 2 x USB-A (these are USB 3.1 Gen 1 5Gbps ports) and the SD card reader. It can take up to 100W USB PD chargers and uses 5W passing through 95W. Or it can use 5V/3A/15W drawn from the USB-C port (no pass-through).
So, if all you need is an external monitor, keyboard and mouse, this replaces far more expensive docks, and it is equally happy on Mac or PC.
Tests (With Microsoft Surface Pro 8 Thunderbolt 4 port)
- HDMI 2.0 4K@30fps – pass
- USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps – passes 500MBps using OWC Envoy Pro Elektron 1TB (review 9.5/10)
- Apple – works on 2021 Apple M1 MacBook
- SXDC – Supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC media cards. Compatible with UHS-II (Ultra High Speed). Can achieve speeds up to 156MB/s (SDHC) or 312MB/s (SDXC).
- Smartphones – supports Samsung DeX and smartphone mirroring
Cybershack view – OWC USB-C Travel Dock Gen 2 with 4K and 100W pass-through is for me
I have been using many low-cost dongles when travelling, but this outperforms them all. To be fair, its USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt compatibility put it ahead of all 3.1 Gen 1 dongles.