Most modern PCs and Macs have USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 5Gbps ports. It is a step up from USB-A 2.0 (480Mbps) and carries power, data and ALT DP video. If you need to know what USB-C, Thunderbolt and PD charging is (and you will) read our Dummies Guide here. This also supports Thunderbolt 3 and 4.
This mini-dock uses 8W and power Pass-through means just that – it sends the balance (92W) power upstream to the PC. Regrettably, it does not come with a USB-C charger so make buy a 100W or use your laptop charger.
HDMI – 4K – yes
one 4K@30Hz (or lower resolutions) via HDMI 2.0. We also tested with a
1080p@60Hz, and it was fine.
USB-C – to/from EXCEED
also work with Thunderbolt 3 devices, so it’s a low-cost way to add some dock
To enable support for the Apple Super Drive, Apple USB
Keyboard, and charging for iPad 1/2/3 generation devices on the dock’s USB
ports, install the Dock Ejector application for Mac.
SDXC card support
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
Smartphones as well
If your smartphone supports OTG, then you may be able to use
this to add a =n external monitor, keyboard and mouse (tested with Samsung
Galaxy S10 but most brands should be fine).
OWC makes good gear, and this is a keeper. We like the
I have been
using a variety of lower-cost dongles but beginning to see the limitations, especially
with Thunderbolt 3 Window and Mac devices.
This solves a lot of angst and provides just enough expansion for a traveller or a desk jockey. And adding smartphone support is the icing on the cake.
OWC USB-C Travel Dock Gen 2
A terrific low-cost way to add an external 4K monitor, USB ports and SD cards.
Value for money
Ease of Use
Premium build and construction
Flexible – smartphones, tablets and laptops (including the new Surface Pro 7)