OWC has expanded its portfolio of products with the miniStack STX, which it calls “the world’s first certified Thunderbolt 4 storage”. It is compact storage that matches the size and appearance of your Apple Mac mini. Of course, it can also be used with other Thunderbolt or USB-equipped systems such as desktops and laptops, Chromebooks and tablets.
The universal hard drive and solid state drive bay can accommodate HDDs up to 14 TB. In addition, there is an M.2 slot for NVMe-enabled SSDs. Without drives, the OWC miniStack STX costs $ 299, with a maximum configuration with a 14TB HDD and a 4TB SSD for $ 1249. Includes a Thunderbolt cable.
The storage drives can be combined into a RAID 1 array. Transfer rates are up to 770 MB / s. According to the manufacturer, this is enough for editing videos, photos, audio, running virtual machines and day-to-day data backup and sharing. Cooling of drives is provided by an aluminum heatsink and a fan.
The second feature of the OWC miniStack STX is to expand your connectivity to a wide variety of external devices with three USB-C compatible Thunderbolt 4 ports. Thanks to them, you can build three independent chains. Disconnecting or connecting in one of them does not affect the operation of devices in other chains. You can use separately sold USB-C to USB-A cables to connect devices equipped with a USB-A port. In total, you can connect up to five Thunderbolt devices, up to three USB devices, and up to two displays. Supports up to 60 watts to charge your laptop or mobile device.