OWC / Other World Computing 12 Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock

OWC / Other World Computing 12 Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock

OWC / Other World Computing 12 Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock

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Product Highlights

  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • 5 x USB 3.0 Ports
  • 1 x FireWire 800 Port
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b with 4K Display Support
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio Input
  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio Output
  • Thunderbolt Cable Included
  • Universal Auto-Switching Power Supply
  • Mac OS X 10.9.5+ Compatible
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OWC / Other World Computing OWCTB2DOCK12T1 overview

  • 1Description

Connect a variety of Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and 3.5mm audio peripherals to your Mac system using the 12 Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock from OWC / Other World Computing. This dock contains 2 x Thunderbolt 2 (20 Gb/s) ports, 5 x USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) ports, 1 x FireWire 800 (800 Mb/s) ports, 1 x HDMI 1.4b port, 1 x 3.5mm mic/line in port, and 1 x 3.5mm audio/line out port.

In addition to allowing device connectivity to be expanded beyond the limits of your system, this 12-port dock performs several other functions. For example, two of its USB 3.0 ports are equipped as high-power charging ports for devices such as smartphones, tablets, and virtually any device that may be charged via USB. The Thunderbolt 2 ports will allow up to five Thunderbolt devices to be daisy-chained together, plus a display. The FireWire 800 port will allow up to 63 devices to be daisy-chained together, while the Gigabit Ethernet port will provide a wired network connection to systems that lack an Ethernet port, such as a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro with Retina display. Additionally, the HDMI 1.4b port supports resolutions up to 4K/30 Hz, and there is DisplayPort 1.2 support for resolutions up to 4K/60 Hz. Lastly, the mic/line in and audio/line out ports will allow items such as microphones, headphones, speakers, and other 3.5mm-compatible accessories to be connected to your system.

The 12 Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock is compatible with any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac running OS X 10.9.5 or later. It operates using an included universal auto-switching 100-240 VAC power supply and also includes a 3.3' / 1.0m Thunderbolt cable.

2 x Thunderbolt 2 Ports
Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports can provide up to 20 Gb/s of bandwidth and allow users to connect and daisy-chain up to five Thunderbolt devices plus a display
5 x USB 3.0 Ports
Five USB 3.0 ports can provide up to 5 Gb/s of bandwidth and allows users to connect compatible devices to their system. Additionally, two of the USB 3.0 ports double as high-powered charging ports for devices that may be charged via USB
1 x FireWire 800 Port
The single FireWire 800 port can provide up to 800 Mb/s of bandwidth and allows up to 634 devices to be daisy-chained to this system
1 x HDMI 1.4b
HDMI 1.4b supports resolutions up to 4K/30 Hz for displaying video on an external display, TV, or projector
DisplayPort 1.2
DisplayPort 1.2 is also supported, with resolutions up to 4K/60 Hz
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
The Gigabit Ethernet port will provide a wired network connection to systems without an Ethernet port, such as a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display
2 x 3.5mm Audio Jacks
The 1 x Mic/Line In port and 1 x Audio/Line Out port allow devices such as microphones, headphones, speakers, and more to be connected to your system


Dual monitor support requires the use of at least one Thunderbolt display. If you connect a display to the HDMI port, then the only display that will work through the Thunderbolt port is a Thunderbolt display. If you are not using the HDMI port, then you can use a Mini Display Port cable or adapter to connect a display to the Thunderbolt port
DVI, VGA, DisplayPort, and other connections require the use of a Mini DisplayPort cable or adapter
USB 3.0 ports are only bootable on Mid 2013 and later Macs
Thunderbolt, FireWire, and Ethernet, are bootable on all Macs with a Thunderbolt port
Charging iPad 1, 2, 3, and also Apple SuperDrive support are enabled by OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock drivers
UPC: 812437021080
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing 12 Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock
  • 3.3' / 1.0m Thunderbolt Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    OWC / Other World Computing OWCTB2DOCK12T1 specs

    USB 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    Thunderbolt 2 x Thunderbolt 2
    Ethernet 1 x RJ45 (10/100/1000 Mbps)
    FireWire 1 x FireWire 800 (9-Pin)
    Display 1 x HDMI 1.4b
    Audio 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Microphone
    Memory Card Slots None
    Data Transfer Rate 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2
    5 Gb/s USB 3.0/USB 3.1 Gen 1
    800 Mb/s FireWire 800
    Compatibility MacBook Thunderbolt
    Operating System Support macOS/OS X
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power 12 VDC at 6 A
    Dimensions 9.05 x 0.98 x 3.54" / 23 x 2.5 x 9 cm
    Weight 0.8 lb / 0.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.3 x 5.4 x 3.3"

    OWC / Other World Computing OWCTB2DOCK12T1 reviews

    12 Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from After 3 months, failure. Well, I love the dock; When it works.. It worked flawlessly for about 3 months.. Then started 'resetting' while in use. I think its overheating. If I unplug, let it cool, it would work for a few days, then act up again. I have 1 Thunderbolt monitor and 1 HDMI monitor connected, plus a few USB devices. Which is exactly the use case they said it was good for. Luckily it's under warranty.. but I'm concerned that this will be a normal thing. OWC won't do rapid replacement. I have to ship it in, at my own dime, then once they receive it will supposedly ship a replacement. Meanwhile, I'm down a dock, my other monitor and a whole lot of ports. This sucks.
    Date published: 2015-04-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Heat and power cycling /resetting issues Great but after a couple of days the OWC TB2 Dock started to reset. After a few weeks, after a few hours of use, the unit gets hot, and then power cycling starts. And soon becomes more frequent e.g. every 45 seconds. All connections are lost when the unit resets. For me that means loss of audio production midi controllers, keyboard/mouse and also that Logic X is triggered into audio device scanning when the OWC dock switches back on. It is a workflow killer. I am waiting on OWC support. The review above is the first time I have seen the same issue. Does not bode well for this model:( Apart from that, great!
    Date published: 2015-04-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Essential gear for iMac The iMac's ports are not conveniently placed (at the back) and there's not enough of them. So, this item can help a lot. Even better, if you want to use a second monitor (I do a lot of editing in Premiere) the HDMI port can be linked to any HDMI screen for monitoring. That's great! I thought I would need to get an AJA T-Tap but no, this thing does the trick. It does get a bit hot, but it works well even then so not a big issue. I also like the fact that the 2 USB ports with more power are on the side, so they are more accessible. I would recommend this to anyone who gets an iMac.
    Date published: 2016-01-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plenty of ports, but be sure you understand the combination Overall, a durable product with plenty if ports. I agree with most of the positive points others have stated. Here are a couple of 'cons' you should be aware of: When the MacBook Pro is asleep, the Dock emits a very loud popping noise via the audio port intermittently. Search the web and you will see others say this is a Thunderbolt issue and not an OWC Dock issue. I have two external monitors... both HP. Once is connected via a DVI to Mini DisplayPort converter (to the OWC Dock) and on via an HDMI cable. Unfortunately, I cannot plug it into the OWC Dock HDMI port so I ended up using the MacBook Pro's HDMI port. Here's what the OWC manual has to say: If you are connecting only one display to the dock, you can do so via the following connection types: Thunderbolt, Mini Displayport, HDMI. HOWEVER, if you intend to connect two displays simultaneously, you MUST use BOTH a native Thunderbolt display and a native HDMI display. Other combinations or adapters will not work. Guess I need to buy a native Thunderbolt display in order to use it along side an HDMI display... didn't realize this when I purchased it.
    Date published: 2015-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1.5A USB ports are a big plus This item is a must for anyone setting up a small studio around an iMac. But what makes it really indispensable is the fact that it offers 2 USB ports with 1.5A power. Some devices (in my case it was an M-Audio M-Track) really need that power to work properly. After lots of research and time spent with M-Audio trying to find a solution to my problem, I tried plugging it into one of those ports and so far it seems to have solved the problem. You have to know that your iMac's USB ports only provide 1A of power and even less when many of them are used at the same time.
    Date published: 2016-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for my new iMac I have a home studio used for video production and audio recording. I'm always needing more connections of every kind from the back of my iMac. The new 27 does not have a firewire 800 port and I have a few old raids that I still need to get into from time to time. . . the thunderbolt to FW800 were not reliable (randomly and frequently ejected the external hard drive) So this was the ticket. After a few weeks of solid use it it very stable and not one issue. I'm pretty close to maxing it out as well. I'm using the HDMI for a second display, FW 800 to an external raid, Thunderbolt to a new external hard drive and many of the USB's for other accessories. its great!
    Date published: 2015-03-18
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pricey for what you get, audio issues. This dock works ok for a first generation attemp. There are better second generation docks out there without heat reset and audio pop issues. I have to make sure it's located in a well ventilated space or it will reset the TB chain causing all kinds of protests. When connecting a powered speaker, it will pop every time the dock sleeps, very annoying. Much happier with a second gen star tech brand TB dock that sells for less and includes cables.
    Date published: 2015-12-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from not bad the dock seems to go to a sleep mode which leads to messages about the drive I have attached not being ejected properly. Otherwise no issues,
    Date published: 2015-08-17
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