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OWC Thunderbolt Dock 5

When it comes to Docks, I always find they are so specific! One portal wrong, one USB-2 rather than USB-3 and that’s it, you’ve wasted your money. Well, this one seems to have most things covered. And I really do mean it. 4K monitor? No problem, how about 2? 5/6/8K? All good! PC? New Mac1? Doesn’t care, bring it on baby! Headphones? Plug it in Jack! Err, I’d like to charge my notebook.. Seriously? You need to ask this? Sink it in the socket bro…

In all seriousness though, this sounds great but is it really that versatile? Well, now that Thunderbolt 4 Technology has made cross-compatibility much more of a thing (short, overly-simplified history lesson – Thunderbolt was Apple-only in early days, USB was everything else), devices like this Dock finally have a chance to be what they were intended to be from the start. There are 4 of the USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 connectors and 3 USB 3.2 connectors giving you plenty of options for multiple device connection and charging, an SD card reader (4.0), the afore-mentioned audio jack and a further USB 2 for any backwards compatibility you may need.

It’s not the snazziest looking docking station, it’s very functional looking, a simple block with multiple slots to connect devices. But it doesn’t need to be snazzy looking, it does what it needs to do and that’s really what matters. To top it off, it’s fairly affordable for what it does and offers. The ports are even future-proofed for USB-4 so you even have some longevity built in, not that common with the way tech advances so rapidly these days. RRP $299

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If you have multiple devices you need to connect or working from home requires you to have two 4k monitors or someone else in the household has a Mac and you don’t, whatever, this fits the bill.
  • Thunderbolt 4 Tech
  • Delightful Engineering
  • Affordable
  • Adaptability
  • 90+ Watts of charging ability
  • If you’re in to how a thing looks…