We are looking forward to Pax West 2021, as it will be our very first in-person convention since CES 2020, followed by the pandemic. As we slowly gear up for our trip, we had to reacquaint ourselves with all the necessities we would need for our travels. We were fortunate enough to electronically meet up with Other World Computing (OWC), makers of a wide variety of PC accessories geared towards enhancing productivity. At the last Pepcom event, OWC showcased their latest portable connectivity solution, the USB-C Travel Dock E. This highly portable dock offers six ports and fits into the palm of your hand. Discovery of this travel dock could not come at a better time.
Sure enough, we were given the chance to try out OWC’s USB-C Travel Dock E for ourselves. Let’s dive right in to check out what this travel dock has to offer.
The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E offers expanded connectivity for practically any device that houses either a USB-C or a Thunderbolt 3 port. The dock grants access to two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, an SD card Reader, a gigabit ethernet port, and a USB-C power passthrough. More than just a port hub, the ports themselves sport some respectable bandwidth and transfer rates. The HDMI 2.0 connects to displays while supporting up to 4K resolution. The SD card reader handles transfer speeds of up to 312MB’s per second. As you would expect from any respectable docking station, the power pass-through port allows for up to 100W of charging power, which is enough to power most notebooks.
Right off the bat, you can imagine expanding connectivity on some of the newest slim form factor machines on today, which rely on USB-C or Thunderbolt ports for their space-saving designs. Many of these designs take ethernet ports completely out of the equation, leaning on wireless connectivity as they strive to keep their laptops as thin as possible.
This is makes perfect sense when you are working on the go. However, when you are settled in an office, hotel room, or a temporary desk space, you should be able to enjoy a more comfortable desktop layout whenever possible. Here is where the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E comes in. This dock stows away a short USB-C cable on the bottom, making the dock easy to tote around and fast to deploy wherever you settle. With more and more machines utilizing either USB-C or Thunderbolt as their battery’s charging source, this dock’s power passthrough port becomes that much more essential. With this dock and access to some basic desktop peripherals and accessories, your quick desktop possibilities are endless.
In my first usage scenario, I threw the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E at a Thunderbolt-ready Lenovo laptop. Imagine having a laptop that features two USB-A ports, two Thunderbolt ports, a Display Port, and no ethernet port. What if you are at a desk space with a monitor that only supports HDMI and wired internet? None of this is a problem for the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E, where I was able to plug in a wireless headset, a wireless mouse dongle, HDMI video, and wired internet. Just like that, I had a working desktop setup where I was even able to charge my laptop while I worked.
In my second scenario, I endeavored to achieve an even more mobile setup. Thanks to Samsung Dex, I was able to employ a fully efficient desktop setup off of my Samsung Galaxy S20 Android device. It is pretty cool that you can just connect your Android mobile device to your favorite portable keyboard and mouse combo and bring it to any HDMI-ready monitor. If you have a compatible mobile device and the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E, you can leave your laptop at home and set up your mobile office quickly wherever you decide to settle down.
In this setup, I used a Razer Orochi V2 wireless mouse, a Razer Blackwidow V3 mini wireless keyboard, an HDMI-supporting monitor, and USB-C power. All of this was connected to my Samsung Galaxy S20, running Samsung Dex. I even comfortably wrote my Razer Barracuda X headset review with this setup!
In both scenarios, there was no input or output delay with any the peripherals I used. I was also able to continuously recharge the devices I had connected to the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E, while I worked. It was as simple as plugging a USB-C power source into the dock’s power passthrough port. Just as you would with any traditional docking station, you are able to keep your device powered while it is connected to the dock, as long as the device accepts power via USB-C or Thunderbolt.
At $64.99, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E is a solid and effective traveling companion. Its small form factor and stow away USB-C cable make it easy to deploy and pack up at a moment’s notice. It powers various mobile productivity setups, is easy to transport, and comes at a respectable price point. Whether you use a notebook, tablet or mobile device for work on the go, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E knocks connectivity out of the park.
While it may not come with me to Pax West 2021, I know this product is definitely coming with me to CES 2022. If you are in the market for a solid portable dock, you should definitely consider the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E for your own purposes as well. Do check out the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E for yourself by clicking here.
† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided an OWC USB-C Travel Dock E for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.