All Posts by Date or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
also by Lloyd: diglloyd.com photography and WindInMyFace.com

Thank you for buying via links and ads on this site,
which earn me advertising fees or commissions.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Other World Computing...
B&H Photo...
Amazon
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Upgrade the memory of your 2018 Mac mini up to 64GB
Upgrade the memory of your 2018 Mac mini up to 64GB

OWC Announces miniStack STX World’s First Thunderbolt™ 4 Certified Storage and Hub Expansion Solution

The OWC miniStack STX is in essence the OWC Thunderbolt Hub with two internal storage options. Pretty much everyhing you need for a desktop setup.

  • Form factor matching Apple Mac mini, but works on any Mac, PC or other computer with with Thunderbolt 4.
  • Three-port Thunderbolt 4 hub.
  • Internal NVMe M.2 SSD slot.
  • Internal 3.5-inch SATA drive bay for hard drive or SSD (up to 18TB possible with an 18TB hard drive).
  • 60W charging power.

Get OWC MiniStack STX at macsales.com.

CLICK TO VIEW: Internal storage options for OWC miniStack STX

There is one limitation worth noting: the I/O bandwidth has to be distributed among all the ports, and so the maximum data transfer speed allocated to internal storage is a modest 770 MB/sec. So if not just fast but an ultrafast SSD is a requirement, plug in an OWC Thunderblade or OWC Envoy Pro SX or similar fast external SSD directly to your computer.


OWC miniStack STX port layout with Apple Mac mini on top

 

OWC Announces miniStack STX World’s First Thunderbolt™ 4 Certified Storage and Hub Expansion Solution

2021-11-18

Perfectly sized to seamlessly stack with the Mac mini and the ideal storage and connectivity expansion companion for Thunderbolt™ or USB equipped computers and devices.

OWC®,the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company,and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC Docking Solutions, Network Attached Storage, and Performance Upgrade Kits,announces the OWC miniStack STX, the world's first Thunderbolt™ 4 Certified storage and hub expansion solution that seamlessly stacks with the Mac mini. It is also a Plug and Play expansion companion for Thunderbolt™ or USB-equipped Macs, PCs, iPads, Chromebooks, and Android tablets. Three Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB-C compatible) ports connect to millions of Thunderbolt™, USB-C and future USB4 devices and accessories. A universal HDD/SSD bay and an NVMe M.2 SSD slot provide massive storage capacity expansion and can be combined in a RAID 1 configuration. With up to 770MB/s of storage performance, the OWC miniStack STX is great for bandwidth-intensive video editing, photography, audio, virtual machines, and everyday data backup and access tasks. Its heat-dissipating aircraft-grade aluminum with an internal heat sink and high-efficiency fan provides cool, nearly silent operation. 


OWC miniStack STX underneath Apple Mac mini

The OWC miniStack STX lets you edit, save and access like a pro with multiple drive configurations available. Move 5GB of GoPro footage in about 6 seconds. Transfer 1000’s of photos of that priceless event in mere seconds. Use the SATA drive for Time Machine or File History backups while working off the NVMe drive. With heavyweight performance like this, the OWC miniStack STX is great for multi-stream compressed 4K video editing, photography, audio, virtual machines, and everyday data tasks. Building your music setup can be daunting, but with two configurable drives in the OWC miniStack STX, it’s easy to create a pro audio storage powerhouse for recording and playback of essential tracks in real-time. You can even store your entire loop and sample libraries on the NVMe SSD for in-a-flash use with near-zero latency.

The OWC miniStack STX lets you expand your connections by connecting to nearly any past, present, or future device and accessory via three Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB-C) ports. Just like the miniStack STX's innovative storage capability, these three ports have a second super ability. They reinvent the daisy chain by allowing you to create three independent chains with up to five Thunderbolt™, USB, or display devices. You can now also remove devices from one chain without affecting the other chain(s). "We understand having confidence in gear reliability is paramount to our customers, and OWC is constantly developing revolutionary products to complement Apple's innovations," said Larry O'Connor, CEO and Founder of OWC." While great for the Apple Mac mini, the OWC miniStack STX packs a lot of capabilities in a small footprint that expands the functionality of any Mac or PC notebook or desktop computer."

If you own a 2018 Intel Mac mini or the latest M1 version, the internal factory drive can't be upgraded, making it no longer a reason to sell your beloved little powerhouse. The OWC miniStack STX maximizes your mini's investment with a mighty capacity punch for a fraction of the time and money you would spend in buying and setting up a new machine. You're not left behind if you own a Mac, PC, or device equipped with USB-A only. With a USB-C to USB-A adapter cable (sold separately), you can utilize the OWC miniStack STX's SATA drive bay to transfer data to/from your machine, plus infuse your trusty setup with additional device connectivity. 

"Thunderbolt 4™ technology enables our partners like OWC to deliver super-fast storage and abundant docking capabilities in new ways," said Jason Ziller, General Manager of Intel's Client Connectivity Division. "Thunderbolt™ 4 continues to build on the innovation of Thunderbolt™ 3 for a truly universal cable connectivity experience, and we're proud that Thunderbolt™ 4 has just been recognized as a CES 2022 Innovation Award Honoree6 for its design, innovation, and engineering." OWC miniStack STX Highlights:

  • Massive capacity: add over 200x greater data storage to your Mac mini1
  • Mega Thunderbolt™: use more accessories and devices with three Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB-C) ports
  • Maximum compatibility: use with Thunderbolt™ or USB equipped Macs, PCs, iPads, Chromebooks, Android tablets virtually anything that supports external storage2, 3
  • More Connectivity: add a mix of up to five Thunderbolt™ devices, three USB devices, and two displays2, 5
  • Power while working: 60W of notebook charging power via Thunderbolt™ or USB-C
  • Pro-grade performance: save/access/backup data and edit 4K video with up to 770MB/s real-world tested performance
  • Easy backups: Apple Time Machine and Windows File History ready
  • Data Security: RAID 1 support
  • Plug and play: includes Thunderbolt™ cable
  • Whisper-quiet: aluminum housing with internal heat sink and high-efficiency cooling fan provides cool, nearly silent operation

Pricing & Availability The OWC miniStack STX is available for pre-order now on Macsales.com starting at $299.00.

View all handpicked deals...

SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card
$100 $55
SAVE $45

diglloyd.com | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__