By Larry Jordan
Both the 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops only have USB-C ports. This means that if you need access to HDMI, USB-A (USB 3.1 Gen 1), or an SD card reader, you will either need to use a bunch of dongles … or a dock.
The folks at OWC loaned me an USB-C Travel Dock for a week to play with. Here’s what I learned.
The OWC USB-C Travel Dock is a small, light, bus-powered accessory that provides a variety of common data ports for laptops that have USB-C connections.
While the actual speed of any USB connection is dependent upon both the computer and the peripheral you are connecting to it, USB-C (also called USB 3.1 or USB 3.1 gen 2) has a top speed of 10gpbs, which is twice as fast as USB 3.1 gen 1 (also called USB 3.0, sigh…)
As long as Apple manufactures its professional laptops with only USB-C ports, we are going to need the OWC Travel Dock.
The OWC Travel Port is solidly built, small, light and with all the standard ports you’d need for most peripherals. While the speed of the ports is slightly slower than native ports on an iMac, speed takes a second seat to portability, connectivity and ease of use. Here, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock shines.
Read more of Larry’s review here.