CES 2021: OWC Envoy Professional FX

As a part of its CES 2021 bulletins, OWC supplied particulars of the Envoy Professional FX – an IP67-rated dual-mode SSD able to working optimally with each Thunderbolt 3 / 4 and USB hosts. We’ve got usually been impressed with the economic design of OWC’s exterior SSD choices – actually, the OWC Envoy Professional EX USB-C was one of many prime performers after we in contrast the most recent USB 3.2 Gen 2 SSDs final 12 months. The Envoy Professional EX Thunderbolt 3 was based mostly on an ordinary Phison reference design (additionally shared with the Plugable TBT3-NVME drives) with a rugged industrial design.

The brand new Envoy Professional FX combines the perfect of each SSDs – enabling 2GBps+ efficiency with Thunderbolt 3 hosts and 1GBps-class efficiency with USB 3.2 Gen 2 hosts. OWC carries ahead its smooth premium aluminum housing from the Envoy Professional EX line. The FX is IP67-rated for utilization in soiled and moist environments – even permitting for submersion in water at depths of 1m for as much as half-hour, and likewise carries MIL-STD810G certification for ruggedness. The SSD is bus-powered, and likewise has non-skid rubber ft.

The OWC Envoy Professional FX is offered in 4 capacities – 240GB ($169), 480GB ($199), 1TB ($299), and 2TB ($479). Given the capability factors, these drives are unlikely to be utilizing QLC NAND. The IP67 ranking and certain utilization of 3D TLC are potential justification factors for the ~$130 premium over different dual-mode SSDs just like the Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q we reviewed lately.

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