CES 2019: OWC Showcases A Whole New World of Products


OWC, or Other World Computing, makes good stuff. At CES this year, the company brought plenty of equipment, from the brand-new 2019 Envoy Pro EX SSD, with a rubber bumper, to the entire 2019 family of Mercury Elite Pro Mini storage solutions. We also saw the Mercury Helio FX 650 eGPU chassis, along with the newly acquired Akitio line of products. They share a clean design that makes them great companions for Mac computers.

Equipped with both a Thunderboltâ„¢ 3 interface and M.2 (NVMe) SSD, the Envoy Pro EX manages to reach speeds of up to 2500 MB/s. This is a professional-grade, on-location storage solution with outstanding speed and durability. The new rugged bumper adds to this protection and makes sure it'll survive short drops without any hiccups. There will also be a Video Edition (VE) for editors who need guaranteed performance with steady read/write speeds.

USB Type-C finds its way into the Mercury Elite Pro Miniseries for faster performance and compatibility with the latest devices. They offer USB 3.1 Gen 2 and an eSATA connection for those who need it. Both standard 2.5" SATA and SSD options are available to fit different budgets and needs and all are bus-powered for true portability. The series boasts transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s and up to 4TB capacity. A new item that is a perfect match for this device is the ClingOn, a small attachment that creates a more secure cable connection with your drive. It'll work with nearly any USB Type-C or Thunderboltâ„¢ 3 device and will reduce the chance of accidental disconnects during use.

Another announcement is the notice that the Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU Chassis is now available for purchase. This external chassis supports the latest graphics cards and has a Thunderboltâ„¢ 3 connection to upgrade performance of your existing computer without needing to open it up. It also supports 100W charging for connected laptops. This is a solid device if you need improved performance without the hassle of upgrading your computer.

One other item of note is the already out 5-port USB Type-C Travel Dock. Seen at the show working with the latest iPad Pro (2018), this is a perfect little tool for working on the go. It features 2 USB Type-A ports, a UHS-II SD card reader, HDMI port, and USB Type-C auxiliary power port. There is also support for 60W of power delivery.

OWC has always made great products for upgrading your computer, and now with Akitio under its umbrella, it will be exciting to see what they come out with next. Are you a fan of OWC? Sound off in the Comments section, below, and follow along for more CES 2019 news.