June 24, 2019

OWC Announces World's Fastest Portable USB-C Drive

OWC hits a sweet spot between speed, form, price and ruggedness with the new USB-C Envoy Pro EX.

Other World Computing has just announced a ruggedized USB-C version of the already well-regarded Envoy Pro EX line of external hard drives. These portable drives offer screaming fast data transfer speeds up to 980 MB/s in a tiny, weatherproof form factor. This brings great on-the-go performance to Windows users and a more affordable and durable option to Mac users who don't need the 2,800 MB/s throughput of their Thunderbolt 3-only drives (while retaining Thunderbolt 3 compatibility).

In addition, these drives are housed in an IP67 rated 100% dustproof and waterproof anodized aluminum case. The IP67 rating certifies that it will survive 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water. The operating temperature range is from 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. All of this in a bus-powered form factor that weighs only 148 grams. The retail price for the 2.0TB version is $429.75, an unimaginable price-point for this kind of performance in this form factor only a couple of years ago.

Credit: Courtesy of Other World Computing

Key Features

  • Transfer speeds up to 980MB/s
  • Room for hi-res 4K files—up to 2TB capacity
  • IP67—Dust and waterproof
  • Set and studio ready—fanless for silent operation
  • Fast NVMe M.2 SSD
  • No power adapter required—bus powered
  • Weight: 148 g (.33 lbs)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C)
  • Thunderbolt 3 compatible
  • 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty
  • Mac and PC compatible, plus direct-connect to devices like the latest USB-C cameras from Blackmagic Design

These drives are shipping now directly from OWC and expect them soon at other retailers.     

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Sansdisk also has drives around the same price point. Slightly slower, but still faster than most portable hard disk drives.

June 24, 2019 at 3:46PM

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Kyle Dockum
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The Sandisk drives are a very good product and at a good price, but there's a big difference between 550MB/s and the 980MB/s tansfer rate for the OWC's. The OWC's are NVMe M.2 SSD's and the Sandisks lack the water and dust proof rating, apples and oranges. Are the Sandisk's Thunderbolt 3 compatible as well?

June 24, 2019 at 4:46PM, Edited June 24, 4:55PM

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Craig Mieritz
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Yes, they have the same connections. Its listed as USB 3.1 Gen 2.

June 24, 2019 at 6:25PM, Edited June 24, 6:27PM

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Kyle Dockum
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You can DIY for around 240 U$ with Intel 660p for around 194 U$ and an USB-C - PCIe-NVMe-M.2-Enclosure for 45U$. You will reach the same speed. I used one from Icy Box https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71zR9qhSdfL._SL1500_.jpg, but there are many others.

June 25, 2019 at 2:52AM, Edited June 25, 2:57AM

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Lutz Leonhardt
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Very cool, but for comparison, not waterproof/weather-sealed, also looks heavier? I don’t know about the chipsets, there are a lot details to compare and price out. In the end, I think it comes down to what your needs are.

June 25, 2019 at 9:00AM

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Craig Mieritz
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