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To use several devices such as classic USB sticks, external storage devices, monitors, printers, etc., or SD cards on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a USB-C connection, a USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is the solution. But if such a device is also compact and therefore easy to transport, it should be particularly attractive for photographers, videographers, and all other users who work in different locations or on recording sets/locations.

  1. The USB-C Dock makes it easy to connect your entire workflow and add all the ports you need. It’s the perfect dock for USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 equipped laptops, and great for adding easy-to-access ports to desktop workflows as well.
  2. OWC USB-C Dock was designed to deliver the ultimate connectivity companion in both function and form. And with a choice of colors, USB-C Dock matches your style. An aluminum chassis completes the design story, so your dock is robust enough to handle your life, wherever it takes you. Reliability and Support You Can Count On.

The space gray 10-Port USB Type-C Dock from OWC / Other World Computing is designed to charge and expand connectivity to your plugged-in devices. There are four USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, two of which provide power, along with a single USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port. The OWC USB Travel Dock brings back portable connectivity to your USB-C equipped Mac or PC, and up to 60W pass through power. The USB-C Travel dock lets you drive an HD display, connect, power or charge up to two USB 3.1 devices and access photos from your camera's SD card. Add a USB-C power adapter and have a stand-alone charging station. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E reduces the hassle of adapter and dongle heft, while expanding your connectivity options with six essential ports: USB 3 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB-C power pass through.

A few weeks ago, OWC announced a new version of its mobile USB-C dock Travel Adapter for the first quarter of 2021 with its new “OWC USB-C Travel Dock E” model, the letter “E” of which probably stands for Ethernet. Now, this E-model with an additional RJ-45 connection for Gigabit Ethernet or a wired network (LAN) is available from first dealers.

With the new OWC USB-C Travel Dock E, users of (mobile) computers, tablets and smartphones can connect dispense with a bag full of different adapters, because the compact dock expands the connectivity options by six important connections: two USB 3.2 with classic type A socket, HDMI 2.0, an SD card reader (UHS-II) and brand new for this USB Multiport dock model a Gigabit Ethernet and USB-C 100W Power Pass-Through.

Thanks to its integrated USB-C connection cable, users of the compact Travel Dock E can transform any place, be it a studio, a classroom, a meeting room, or a cafe, into an office. With the dock, computers, tablets, and phones equipped with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 can be connected as desired and the corresponding devices can also be charged. However, external monitors can also be used for displays and external storage, and SD memory cards.

Based on the “OWC USB-C Travel Dock”, the new “OWC USB-C Travel Dock E” USB-C Digital AV Multiport adapter with its network connection enables fast and reliable sharing, streaming and surfing, because nothing can inhibit productivity more than slow WLAN. The dock’s Gigabit Ethernet port has an industry-standard connector (RJ-45), so you can use it anywhere for a fast server connection, uninterrupted downloads, and reliable file transfers.

Unlike other mini docks that sacrifice ease of use to remain portable, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E isn’t a heavyweight resembling a desktop dock. This compact USB-C Digital AV Multiport adapter is about the size (8 x 8 x 2.5 cm) and, at 174 grams, the weight of a hockey puck. It can be used via bus power if there is no access to a power socket, or it can be operated via an optional or any USB-C power supply unit. With its USB-C power supply connection, other devices can also be charged with up to 100 W power while on the move or at work, at home, at school or in the studio.

When you have finished using the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E, you can safely disconnect it with one click using the free OWC Dock Ejector software. This program was developed by the OWC engineers to ensure that all data is written to one or more attached drives before the connection is disconnected, which saves time and protects against data loss.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E price and availability

The new OWC USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is available in space gray color for $64.99 on Bhphotovideo.com. The dock will later be offered in a total of four colors.

Earlier this year, OWC Computing has introduced the small external portable SSD named Envoy Pro Elektron with USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) and USB-C and with capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

Does OWC's Travel Dock E do more than add an Ethernet port? I test it out to see whether or not it's worth the money.

I recently reviewed the OWC USB-C Travel Dock without an E designation. Unfortunately, it needed some tweaks to durability to make it a viable travel solution. I have here the OWC Travel Dock E, which adds an Ethernet port and ups display support to [email protected] I've been using it for about a week to see whether or not it's worth adding to your tech bag for your next trip.

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OWC USB-C Travel Dock E review:

  • Price and specs
  • What I like
  • What I don't like
  • Competition
  • Should you buy?

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E

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Bottom line: The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E is a compact hub that adds Ethernet and [email protected] display support. It's an affordable option that gets the job done, but you might want to shop around for something with less plastic.

Pros

  • Now includes Gigabit Ethernet
  • 100W AC power passthrough
  • UHS-II SD card reader
  • Host cable has a dedicated slot
  • Two-year warranty

Cons

  • Host cable cannot be removed
  • Single [email protected] display support only
  • AC passthrough issues

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E: Price and specs

© Provided by Windows Central USB-C Travel Dock on top, USB-C Travel Dock E on the bottom.

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E costs about $65 and is available from major retailers like Newegg, Walmart, and B&H. Compared to the previous version without the E, this is only about $10 more and now includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and better 4K display support up to a 60Hz refresh rate.

Here's a rundown of the dock's specifications.

CategorySpec
ConnectionUSB-C
Ports

USB-C (Power passthrough)

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HDMI 2.0

SD card reader (UHS-II)

Gigabit Ethernet

Max display resSingle [email protected]
Cable length5.9 inches (15cm)
Dimensions

3.1 x 3.1 x 1.0 inches

(8cm x 8cm x 2.5cm)

Weight0.38 pounds (174g)
ColorSpace Gray
WarrantyTwo years

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E: What I like

© Provided by Windows Central Travel Dock E is just a bit taller than its counterpart.

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E is mostly the same as the OWC USB-C Travel Dock I reviewed a couple of months ago. I came away ultimately disappointed with the original dock due to durability issues, which I have tested again for this review. Let's take a look first at the dock's features before attempting to take it apart.

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E adds RJ45 Ethernet and [email protected] display support.

The USB-C Travel Dock E is a compact piece of hardware designed to go with you for use with your USB-C PC. This is not a Thunderbolt dock, but it will work with Thunderbolt ports thanks to their compatibility with USB-C.

A channel is built into the bottom of the dock to house the permanently affixed host cable, a far better solution than just letting it hang loose. The dock has four rubber feet to keep it in place on a desk, and there's a single blue LED on the top to signify a proper connection. The top and bottom of the dock are plastic, ringed with an aluminum strip with cutouts for ports.

Like the non-E version, the dock includes two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1) ports with speeds up to 5Gbps and about 4.5W of charging power. There's a USB-C power pass-through port that handles up to 100W of power from a USB-C adapter (about 92W for the host device and about 8W for any connected accessories). HDMI 2.0 now handles a single 4K display at up to a 60Hz refresh rate, up from 30Hz in the previous model. A UHS-II SD card reader performs well with read and write speeds in the area of 230 MB/s and 160 MB/s, respectively.

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The E part of the dock is the addition of an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port with dual-status lights. This is a worthwhile addition that doesn't make the dock any larger. If you're caught somewhere without Wi-Fi, or you just need a fast, reliable connection, this port will do the job.

The non-E dock I tested arrived in two pieces despite factory packing, which didn't bode well for the longevity of a product designed for travel. The newer version has a thicker top portion with a slightly wider aluminum band. I disassembled both the new and the old dock (a version that wasn't broken on arrival) to see how they differ. While still using plastic mounts and metal screws, the Travel Dock E has slightly longer mounts that touch the bottom portion when the dock is together. The non-E dock has shorter mounts (also plastic) that don't touch the bottom portion, leaving an open area bridged by the screw.

© Provided by Windows Central Travel Dock E on the right with longer mounts.

Apparently, this makes a difference. I attempted to no avail to break the dock apart by smashing it repeatedly on the ground. When it was clear this wasn't having a negative effect, I tried pulling the host cable free. Again the dock withstood my abuse. It still works now, supporting the display and SD card needed to edit review photos.

Since the mounts are still plastic, you might get a bad batch when buying, but for the most part, it seems OWC has done a better job in terms of durability. You can still get far more robust docks, but the relatively affordable price here is certainly a selling point. There's a two-year warranty attached to the dock, which helps with any quality issues.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E: What I don't like

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With durability issues seemingly fixed (or at least worked on), the Travel Dock E casts a much brighter light. However, there are still some drawbacks to note. The host cable is still firmly attached to the dock. Due to its static nature, if it's damaged, you will most likely have to replace the entire dock. A lot of docks are going the way of a removable host cable, but at least there's a dedicated channel to hide the cable when not in use.

Like the standard USB-C Travel Dock, the Travel Dock E has some issues with passthrough charging when using certain AC adapters. The XPS 13 9300 I used to test the dock has a 45W AC adapter which went completely unrecognized when plugged in through the hub. I had to move up to a much larger AC adapter to get any power through the dock. If you have a smaller Ultrabook with a similar power plug, you will likely need to figure out an alternative solution for passthrough charging.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E: Competition

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The best laptop docking stations will take your connectivity much further than a compact travel hub. For PCs with USB-C only, something like the CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock is ideal for a more permanent setup. It is considerably larger than the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E, but it also adds nine ports and better external display support through dual DisplayPort 1.2. This dock costs about $210.

If you'd like something with a lot less plastic and a lot better durability, the CalDigit SOHO dock should be considered. It's compact enough for travel, it's made primarily from an aluminum block, and it has dual external display support for 4K monitors at up to 60Hz. It also has both SD and microSD UHS-II readers, up to 100W charging power, and a removable host cable. However, it doesn't include Ethernet. This dock costs about $70, only $5 more than the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E.

Check out our collection of the best USB-C hubs for more similar hardware.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E: Should you buy it?

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You should buy this if ..

  • You want an affordable USB-C hub
  • You need an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • You want something small enough for travel

You shouldn't buy this if..

  • You want dual external monitor support
  • You want a removable host cable
  • You want less plastic and more aluminum

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E has seen some improvements that make it more durable and better connected than the standard USB-C Travel Dock. The addition of Ethernet is important for those who often work without Wi-Fi, and the extra display refresh rate support at 4K is also appreciated.

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And while the dock still uses a lot of plastic, it seems the longer screw mounts inside the dock can better withstand abuse. Whereas the previous version of the dock arrived broken, this one was able to withstand targeted and repeated abuse.

If you need a compact USB-C hub for travel, this is an affordable option with Ethernet connectivity. There are similar products available, however, and you might be swayed in another direction if you don't absolutely need wired internet and want a more robust build.

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The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E is a compact little hub that adds Ethernet and better external display support. It's affordable, but there are better options within the same price range.