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OWC Unveils Portable, High-Performance Storage Solutions for Content Creators

In advance of the NAB Show kicking off in Las Vegas, NV, Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the addition of four high-performance and ultra-portable storage solutions to enhance the creative workflow of professionals. These offerings include high-performance memory cards and portable storage options designed to meet the sophisticated needs of today’s photographers, videographers, and technology enthusiasts.

In advance of the NAB Show kicking off in Las Vegas, NV, Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the addition of four high-performance and ultra-portable storage solutions to enhance the creative workflow of professionals. These offerings include high-performance memory cards and portable storage options designed to meet the sophisticated needs of today’s photographers, videographers, and technology enthusiasts.

Atlas Pro CFexpress 4.0 Type A memory cards

First up is the Atlas Pro CFexpress 4.0 Type A memory cards, a high-performance storage solution aimed at professional photographers and videographers. Available in 480GB and 960GB capacities, these cards are engineered for speed and reliability, promising a new era in memory card performance. They’re specifically optimized for compatibility with Sony’s high-end Alpha, FX, and FR7 cameras, boasting read and write speeds of 1850MB/s and 1700MB/s, respectively. This ensures that professionals can capture every moment with precision, from wildlife encounters to high-octane film sequences, without compromising speed or quality.

The new Atlas Pro CFexpress cards feature VPG200 certification, ensuring a minimum write speed of 200MB/s. This is crucial for handling the demanding data rates of 8K video and high-speed RAW photography. It allows users to fully leverage their Sony cameras’ capabilities, including 8K recording and bursts of high-resolution RAW images. The cards have undergone extensive testing to verify their performance under the most challenging conditions, guaranteeing reliability for creatives in any environment.

In addition, OWC has focused on future-proofing the Atlas Pro CFexpress cards. They utilize the latest CFexpress 4.0 technology for faster data transfers and are equipped with a Type A-to-Type B adapter for versatility. OWC also introduces Innergize software within the Atlas Pro ecosystem, enhancing card maintenance and longevity.

The Atlas Pro memory cards are engineered to withstand the rigors of professional use and feature exceptional durability against various environmental challenges. These cards are built tough, offering resistance to impact, bending, and shock, ensuring your data is protected even in the most demanding shooting conditions. Additionally, they are safeguarded against electrostatic discharge (ESD), harmful UV rays, and X-ray exposure, making them reliable companions for photographers and videographers who travel frequently or work in harsh, unpredictable environments.

Atlas Pro CFexpress 4.0 Type A Memory Cards Specifications

Specification Details
Memory Card Bus PCIe 4.0 x2
Memory Card Specification CFexpress 4.0
Memory Card Type CFexpress Type A
Total Capacity 480GB, 960GB
Sequential Read (Max) Up to 1,850MB/s
Sequential Write (Max) Up to 1,700MB/s
Sequential Write (Average) 1500 MB/s
Dimensions Height: 0.2 cm (0.1 in), Length: 3.2 cm (1.3 in), Width: 2.4 cm (0.9 in)
Country of Origin Taiwan
TAA Compliance Yes
Ambient Temperature Operating: 10.4°F to 161.6°F (-12°C to 72°C), Non-Operating: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)

OWC Envoy

The OWC Envoy is an ultra-portable USB-C NVMe SSD offering a blend of performance, reliability, and affordability designed for a wide range of applications, including content creators, professionals, and students. It boasts speeds of over 1000MB/s and is meant to store everything from professional projects to personal backups. Designed for universal compatibility, it works seamlessly with an array of USB-C, USB4, and Thunderbolt devices across various platforms, ensuring it meets the needs of both current and future tech ecosystems. Its compact, bus-powered form factor, combined with a rugged aircraft-grade aluminum casing, provides a durable and convenient solution for data storage on the go.

The new external SSD includes an LED indicator for power and activity status and a USB-C cable for immediate connectivity with millions of devices. In addition, OWC guarantees the Envoy’s long-term reliability with a 3-year limited warranty, underscoring their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. The drive is formatted for immediate use with Apple devices and can be easily reformatted for Windows, offering flexibility across operating systems. It also supports built-in encryption for macOS and Windows, allowing users to secure their data effectively.

Overall, the OWC Envoy addresses a wide range of storage needs with its high-speed performance and robust build. Its universal compatibility and ease of use make it an excellent choice for a diverse user base.

Envoy Pro Elektron

Also announced is the Envoy Pro Elektron, which stands out as a potential contender in the portable SSD market, boasting excellent durability and high-speed performance. With real-world speeds of up to 1,011MB/s and powered by advanced NVMe technology, its universal compatibility ensures it works seamlessly with various devices across different generations, from Thunderbolt and USB Macs or PCs to iPads, Chromebooks, and Android tablets. The drive’s build is also impressive, featuring crushproof, dustproof, and waterproof (IP67-rated) certifications, all while being compact enough to fit in your pocket. This makes it an ideal choice for users who demand durability and speed in their portable storage solutions.

Compared to the OWC Envoy, the Envoy Pro Elektron offers superior speed and increased toughness, with its IP67 rating ensuring it can withstand harsher environments. Both drives come with a 3-year warranty, highlighting OWC’s confidence in their reliability. The Elektron’s compact size and ability to be “bootable” provide more flexibility for users who need to launch applications directly from the drive or those working in demanding conditions. While Envoy emphasizes compatibility and convenience for a broad user base, Elektron focuses on users with more intensive performance needs and challenging physical environments without sacrificing the ease of use and wide device compatibility that OWC products are known for.

The Envoy Pro Elektron offers speed, durability, and versatility, making it a potential standout in the portable SSD space. It’s a rugged storage solution for professionals on the go. It ensures ease of use across devices and operating systems while offering added security with built-in encryption support for sensitive data.

OWC Envoy Pro mini

Lastly, OWC has launched the Envoy Pro mini, a portable SSD with a pocket-sized design and high-speed capabilities. The Envoy Pro mini offers up to 2TB of storage with real-world performance speeds reaching up to 946MB/s and is built to meet the diverse needs of users across the board. Its universal compatibility ensures it works seamlessly with various devices, including Macs, PCs, iPads, Chromebooks, and even gaming consoles, making it a viable tool for data storage, backup, and sharing.

With features like bootability for quick OS and app launches and compatibility with Apple Time Machine and Windows File History, the Envoy Pro mini seems like a versatile solution for a wide range of people–from professional creatives to casual users.

It features a sleek, heat-dissipating machined aluminum exterior that can easily fit in your pocket. It is built for users to carry around, access, save, and share large volumes of data effortlessly. OWC essentially wants to provide a high-performance storage solution that supports a vast range of platforms and devices as a ‘works with everything’ solution.

The Envoy Pro mini includes several user-friendly features, such as a safety breakaway neck lanyard for easy carrying and a USB-C connector cap tethered to the housing to prevent loss. Moreover, it’s designed to keep adjacent ports accessible when plugged in, emphasizing its convenience and practicality for users on the go. OWC backs this device with a 3-year limited warranty.

OWC Envoy Pro mini Specifications

Specs Details
Total Capacity 250GB to 2.0TB
Boot Support Yes
Host Interface USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
Compatibility macOS (Sonoma to Snow Leopard), Windows (Server 2008 to Windows 11), iOS, iPadOS, Android, Chrome OS, Linux
Power Supply Bus-powered
Housing Material Aluminum
Dimensions Height: 1.1 cm (0.4 in), Length: 8.0 cm (3.1 in), Width: 1.7 cm (0.7 in)
Weight 26.0 g (0.06 lbs)
Country of Origin Taiwan
TAA Compliance Yes
Ambient Temperature Operating: 32°F to 158°F, Non-Operating: -40°F to 185°F
Humidity Operating: 20% to 90% non-condensing, Non-Operating: 20% to 95% non-condensing

Pricing and Availability

These new OWC storage solutions will be available for pre-order soon, with shipping scheduled for May. The Atlas Pro CFexpress 4.0 Type A cards are priced at $319.99 for 480GB and $519.99 for 960GB. The Envoy SSD will retail at $149.99 for 1TB and $279.99 for 2TB. The Envoy Pro Elektron is $579.99 for the 4TB model, and the Envoy Pro Mini is $299.99 for 2TB.

OWC Atlas Pro CFexpress Type A Memory Card

OWC Envoy USB-C NVMe SSD

OWC Envoy Pro Elektron

OWC Envoy Pro mini

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