OWC Envoy Specific evaluation: Roll-your-own exterior Thunderbolt Three storage

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You will have seen that exterior SSDs from top-tier distributors are dear—particularly after they’re Thunderbolt. In case you’re trying to reduce your monetary ache slightly, then OWC’s $79 Envoy Specific T3 (Thunderbolt 3) enclosure is perhaps simply what the physician ordered. Populate it with a price range M.2 NVMe SSD, and also you’re in your method to exterior storage nirvana for a really affordable value. 

The kicker? A intelligent caddy that adheres (semi-permanently) to your laptop, laptop computer, or show and lets you preserve the drive useful, however securely in place and out of hurt’s method. See under.


OWC supplies a clear caddy you can keep on with any flat floor to maintain the Envoy Specific properly out of the best way. The drive slides out and in so you possibly can take away it for secure conserving.

Design and specs

The Envoy Specific measures roughly 4.1 x 1.6 x 0.5 inches, and weighs round 3.Three ounces—together with SSD. The metallic case is all black with a brushed-metal stripe down the center bearing the title and OWC emblem. 

Although proven within the picture under, no SSD is included with the Envoy Specific. That is merely an an exploded view to indicate you the place and the way the drive mounts. The one factor not displayed is the included screwdriver.

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OWC’s Envoy Specific with the quilt off to indicate how the drive installs. 

The enclosure ships with a brief Thunderbolt cable which is captive when the quilt is screwed to the drive, however could also be eliminated when the quilt is off (as proven above). This makes the cable tremendous straightforward (if not low cost) to interchange ought to it put on out, otherwise you want an extended one.

Past that, there’s not so much to say concerning the Envoy Specific. As menitoned beforehand, OWC features a sturdy, clear plastic caddy that the enclosure itself slides out and in of. The caddy has semi-permanent adhesive on the again so you might mount it on the again of your laptop computer or iMac, or every other computing gadget, show, and so forth. This retains it out of the best way but nonetheless useful. Good contact.


I largely examined the Envoy Specific utilizing a 1TB Aura P12 M.2 NVMe SSD supplied by the corporate and whereas it didn’t fairly attain the 1533MBps OWC states is feasible, it was nonetheless very quick.

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That is the Envoy Specific’s efficiency on Blackmagicdesign’s Disk Velocity take a look at working on a 2019 MacBook Professional.

After all, I used to be curious to see the way it carried out with a top-of-the-line drive, so I threw a Samsung 980 Professional inside. That acquired me the efficiency that OWC claimed with the Aura P12 Professional, however no extra. A high of the road 980 Professional may be very a lot a waste of cash on this circumstance.

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