Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

The Mercury Helios 3S is an aluminium dual-port 85W charging Thunderbolt 3 expansion box with a dedicated DisplayPort 1.4 port for an 8K display. The Mercury Helios 3S accepts one PCIe (x16) slot for half-length, full-height, single or double-width cards. You can daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. OWC added the capability to install a U.2 Shuttle in the Helios 3S. My test unit came preconfigured with OWC Aura P12 Pro SSDs.… Read More Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 cable 2m

[CalDigit] has been releasing new docks since Thunderbolt 4 was only just announced and now it’s shipping a new Thunderbolt 4 cable as well. The new cable is a hybrid. It hooks up Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C type 4, type 3.2, type 3.1, 3.0 and 2.0 devices. I received a 2m cable to test.… Read More CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 cable 2m

Review of OWC’s Envoy Express NVMe module enclosure

The OWC Envoy Express enclosure is an empty NVMe enclosure with Thunderbolt 3 port and cable. Its cable isn’t integrated as with many other such enclosures, which is one huge plus. In addition, the Envoy Express comes with a clear plastic mounting plate that you attach to any Mac’s or PC’s surface with a glue-less strip. That allows you to mount and unmount the attachment plate many times without losing any of its attachment power. It’s all quite unique and attractive.… Read More Review of OWC’s Envoy Express NVMe module enclosure

Fast is the word: ProGrade Digital’s newest CFexpress, SDXC, microSDXC cards, Thunderbolt 3 reader

ProGrade Digital updated its range of fast memory cards. The microSD cards were upgraded to faster speeds of up to 250MB/sec, support ProGrade Digital’s Refresh Pro software and are available in 256GB capacity. The new CFexpress Type-B Cobalt class memory cards leverage PCIe, Gen 3 interconnects with NVMe host controller interfaces for use in future mirrorless, dSLR and high-definition video cameras. It offers read speeds of up to 1600MB/sec.… Read More Fast is the word: ProGrade Digital’s newest CFexpress, SDXC, microSDXC cards, Thunderbolt 3 reader

The fastest external NVMe SSD drive: OWC ThunderBlade

With a price of $1379 for my test unit, I don’t need to be clairvoyant to assume you’ll be one of the not so many who process large files on a high-end workstation like the iMac Pro or Mac Pro. Such an assumption could be wrong, though, because the throughput figures — as impressive as they are — don’t tell the whole story.… Read More The fastest external NVMe SSD drive: OWC ThunderBlade