OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock Adds Every Port Missing from New MacBook Pro and More

If you move to the new USB-C-based MacBook Pro, you get a lot but you give up a lot. Despite the Pro moniker, the latest high-end MacBooks don't have an SD card slot, an HDMI slot, or even a traditional USB slot. Fortunately, there's Other World Computing. The company makes a lot of accessories that fill in the gaps in Apple's product line. I was able to try a pre-release version of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock ($299).

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They should call this thing the "Kitchen Sink" because it adds so many ports: 13 ports in fact, including FireWire 800, Audio in/out, S/PDIF, an SD card slot, and a mini DisplayPort. The dock has a compact, stylish design. It isn't cheap, but it includes so many different things that you'd have to pay for otherwise. For example, the dock comes with an A/C power supply, saving $80, and the various hubs and dongles and cables it would take to achieve a comparable setup would cost way more than that, and you wouldn't have a one-plug streamlined solution.

Pros

  • 13 ports 
  • Even includes FireWire, SD card slot and mini DisplayPort
  • Compact, stylish design

Cons

  • Pricey

Final Verdict

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock from Other World Computing is the docking station Apple should have made and offers all the ports you could want and more. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.