OWC Envoy Express - The First Bus Powered Thunderbolt NVMe SSD Enclosure
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The OWC Envoy Express is an ultra-compact, bus-powered Thunderbolt NVMe SSD enclosure for high-speed storage on the go.

OWC Envoy Express Thunderbolt-certified NVMe SSD enclosure. Credit: OWC

The OWC Envoy Express

Weighing less than 100 g, the OWC Envoy Express is an ultra-compact, high-performance storage device that allows editors to work from anywhere. It is currently available to pre-order for an early price of $ 68. All you have to do is add the M.2 NVMe SSD of your choice. OWC claims the Envoy Express is a world first. However, there are other NVMe SSD cases that have been on the market for some time. So "world novelty" doesn't seem to be much more than a marketing slogan for anyone who doesn't know it.

Your choice of SSD and capacity

The OWC Envoy Express is now and in the future compatible with every 2280 M.2 NVMe SSD. This way, you can easily replace the SSD with a larger capacity without having to replace the entire drive. Currently, M.2 NVMe SSDs are available for up to 4 TB for about $ 850, and 2 TB SSDs are available for $ 230 to $ 250. If you only need 500 GB, you can find compatible SSDs for well under $ 100.

The OWC Envoy Express Thunderbolt NVMe SSD case has been opened and shows an OWC SSD inside.

OWC Envoy Express Thunderbolt-certified NVMe SSD enclosure with OWC SSD. Credit: OWC

In terms of value, buying an OWC Envoy Express and SSD of your choice is still just about competing with other external SSD options of similar capacity. You can have an OWC Envoy Express with a 500 GB SSD that delivers up to 1553 MB / s for around $ 150. This is slightly more than a 500 GB Samsung T5 or T7, but these are USB 3.2 Gen 2 and only support up to 540 MB / s or 1030 MB / s.

Compact and screen mountable

OWC Envoy Express attached to Macbook Pro screen.

OWC Envoy Express attached to Macbook Pro screen. Credit: OWC

While all external SSD drives are compact, the OWC Envoy Express is slightly smaller than most others. OWC includes a mounting glue that can be used to mount the Envoy Express on the back of a laptop screen. The adhesive can be easily removed without damaging one of the surfaces.

Realistically, the OWC Envoy Express isn't quite as groundbreaking as you think, but it's another great high-performance storage option from a reputable brand at a reasonable price. You have the flexibility to install the desired SSD and improve the capacity in the future.

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