OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock significantly expands the MacBook installation

Today’s MacBook Pro setup features a secret weapon that many laptop computers should have: a multiport adapter like a USB-C or Thunderbolt dock. In this case, an iOS and macOS developer runs his M1 Max MacBook Pro through an OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock, connecting the laptop to various peripherals.

A USB-C hub or docking station with multiple ports greatly expands connectivity to peripherals such as monitors and storage drives. And it often offers high data transfer speeds and even powers devices. In short, your setup can do a lot more for not too much money.

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Developer Expands M1 Max MacBook Pro Connectivity OWC Thunderbolt 4 Dock

iOS and macOS developer and Redditor EpicSyntax (“Syn”) showed off the beautiful setup in a post titled: “Updated MacBook Pro setup for software engineering and music production.”

It uses a 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro with 32 GB of unified memory and a 1 TB SSD for storage via an OWC Thunderbolt 4 Dock connected to a 34-inch Alienware Curved Gaming Display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and other peripherals.

Last week we looked at his well-equipped M1 Max MacBook Pro and his impressive KRK Rokit 5 G4 studio monitor speakers. We’ll take a closer look at the Thunderbolt dock on Monday.

Many laptop owners want more ports

M1 Max MacBook Pro ports
Apple silicon MacBooks like the M1 Max MacBook Pro in the Apple image above are quite well equipped with ports than some older models. But a hub or dock brings more (and more variety).
Photo: Apple

Like many laptops, the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air does not have very many ports, or a large number of ports. Syn’s M1 Max MacBook Pro offers more ports than some older models, but there’s still not a huge number (see the image above).

That’s why a multiport adapter like a USB-C hub or docking station is so important. Sync using a substantial Thunderbolt 4 dock, but even a simpler USB-C hub from a manufacturer like Satechi, Plugable, or OWC can be useful. Some connect to the MacBook via a USB-C cable, while others connect directly to a USB-C port on the machine. Or you can go beyond Syn and get a 13-port monster Thunderbolt 4 hub like this one.

Docks and hubs let you connect a variety of peripherals to your laptop, expanding its connectivity and functionality. And often a dock or hub also supplies power. Even better: Thunderbolt 3 and 4 docks offer lightning-fast data transfer speeds compared to standard USB-C. That can make quick work of transferring even large files like videos.

OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock

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Look at all the ports you get with this OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock.
Photo: OWC

The OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock offers a nice array of ports and the lightning-fast data transfer speeds of Thunderbolt 4.

Dock features and specifications:

  • Thunderbolt 4 host port delivers up to 96W of power to the host computer; Thunderbolt 4 device ports (for external drives and other devices) provide 15W of power; The USB port provides up to 1.5A of power for bus-powered drives and device charging.
  • Supports up to one 8K display at 60 Hz, two 4K displays at 60 Hz, one 4K display at 120 Hz, one 4K display at 60 Hz, or two 5K displays at 60 Hz; Display support per port: Thunderbolt 4: Up to 8K@60Hz or 4K@120Hz via a native Thunderbolt 4 display or other display that supports USB-C connections and DisplayPort 1.4. Supported Intel-based Apple Mac models and Thunderbolt 4 PCs support dual displays.
  • Ports: (1) host port – Thunderbolt 4 up to 40 Gb/s (5000 MB/s); (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports; (3) USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports up to 10 Gb/s (1250 MB/s) – USB 2.0/3.0 backward compatible; (1) USB 2.0 port; (1) Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) RJ-45 port; (1) 3.5mm stereo audio input/output combo port; (1) Secure Digital (SD) SD 4.0 UHS-II.
  • Host ports support: Thunderbolt or USB port (USB-C or USB-A); Works with Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, USB4, and USB host computers and mobile devices; Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 Mac models are supported via a USB-A host connection; Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 host connection not supported; USB connection may limit certain functionality; certified OWC Thunderbolt 4 cable included.
  • Compatible with Macs with an available Thunderbolt 3 or later port running macOS 11.1 Big Sur or later, Windows PCs with an available Thunderbolt 4 port, and non-Thunderbolt USB-C machines such as Chromebooks and iPads, USB-C equipped MacBook , iPad, Chromebook, Android device.
  • 2 year OWC limited warranty

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M1 Max MacBook Pro installation
A 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro powers this developer’s setup. You’ll see the OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock under the display to the left of the toy figure.
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OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock

OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock

OWC’s Thunderbolt 4 dock features 11 ports to connect your Mac to more peripherals like displays and storage devices with fast data transfer speeds and more.

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