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.
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.
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.
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.
As you possibly can see under, the Samsung X5 pulled significantly better numbers below Disk Velocity, however these don’t actually bear out on the true world as you’ll see within the subsequent picture.
Whereas the Envoy Specific’s efficiency in our actual world 48GB switch assessments couldn’t match the Samsung X5, take into accout it’s so much cheaper. It nonetheless matched up properly to the costlier Fledging Shell Thunderbolt with a Samsung 970 EVO inside, and the Sabrent XTRM-Q (Thunderbolt 3/USB) with its Sabrent Rocket X 8TB SSD.
To reiterate, because the Envoy Specific appears restricted to simply over 1500MBps, populating it with a top-tier SSD is basically a waste of cash.
The Envoy Specific isn’t the quickest Thunderbolt Three storage answer obtainable, nevertheless it’s nonetheless darn quick, and you may leverage price range NVMe SSDs for essentially the most reasonably priced answer I’m conscious of—round $200 for 1TB in comparison with the Samsung X5 at $400. The caddy can also be a really good contact.
Thunderbolt Three with out breaking the financial institution. Who would’ve thunk it?