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OWC launches the Envoy Express, the "world's first Thunderbolt 3-certified" SSD enclosure

The new OWC Envoy Express. (Source: OWC)
The new OWC Envoy Express. (Source: OWC)
There are many products on the market that claim to convert M.2 NVMe SSDs into fast portable external storage. However, OWC claims that its own such housing is the first to come certified for Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Accordingly, it may achieve 1.533 gigabytes per second (GB/s) in "real-world performance".

There are many solutions out there for a build-your-own external hard drive that can incorporate the SSD of the user's choice. However, OWC asserts that its own take on such an enclosure officially confers the Thunderbolt 3 spec on the desired M.2 NVMe SSD. This is done by connecting it to a compatible PC using the Envoy Express' 10.2-inch USB type C cable.

However, obviously, the speeds achieved in reality depend on the SSD in question, not to mention the machine it gets paired with. Nevertheless, OWC is confident in this potential advantage of its new DIY-drive, and also in its potential for upgradability and future-proofing. 

Furthermore, at only 3.3 ounces in weight, and measuring "less than a ballpoint pen" in length, it may prove a compact source of external storage...with the right storage. The Envoy Express' black anodized aluminum chassis is also rated for "field-tough" data protection, which may raise confidence in its portability.

Finally, OWC is also throwing in a plastic slide for the drive, which can be stuck to the back of a notebook with residue-free adhesive gel. Therefore, the user can slot their new drive into it and out of the way, rather than sourcing extra space for it in an already-cluttered or minimal workspace

This new bare-bones external hard drive has now been released for pre-orders. It is currently set at a special introductory offer of US$68, although it may revert to its 'normal' price of $79.99 soon. However, it is not shipping until August 2020, and will not be billed for until this is fulfilled.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-06-29 (Update: 2020-06-29)