The only time you really think about storage media is when it fails. If a drive is doing its job right you shouldn’t have to think about it which is why it took me so long to figure out how much I appreciate the OWC Envoy Pro.
This simple drive is unassuming, fast, quiet and very reliable. It’s also very cost effective too. As I’ve been slowing overhauling my workflow this summer I realized just how much I do with my Envoy Pro.
For some time the drive just sat around with the G-Tech ATC doing nothing as I spent time using drives that I know mainly the Lacie 256GB SSD Rugged. I never got into the G-Tech ATC because of the size and performance. To be fair the ATC is super durable and in my review I drove it through a carwash. You can check out my review on the G-Tech ATC here. The Lacie is reliable and fast yet it’s bulky and costly but since I’ve been using Lacie Rugged drives for years I stuck with them.
The Envoy Pro vs Lacie Rugged vs G-Tech EV
Eventually, I just got tired of taking the Lacie with me because of it’s size. That’s when I gave the Envoy Pro a chance and I’m happy that I did. The drive is small so it fits into any bag I have without taking up room plus it runs cool, rarely heating up. I’ve been using the Envoy Pro mainly for 4K video work with Premiere Pro and Lightroom working with raw files. For both tasks, it’s very fast. Strangely enough, when I tested the external drives I use most the Envoy Pro was the fastest even though it runs over USB 3 vs Thunderbolt 1 of the Lacie SSD, yet another reason to use the Envoy Pro. FYI since many people will use their older internal SSD’s inside the Envoy Pro that could affect speed but in my testing, I didn’t see much difference at all.
Disk Speed Test
Envoy Pro Assembly and Style
The Envoy Pro comes either as a kit with the SSD or as an enclosure. I found my way to the Envoy Pro originally when I upgraded the internal drive of an older MacBook Pro Retina. Installation took me about 5 minutes and I was working shortly after that.
One thing that needs mentioning here is the lack of branding on the drive. To me, that’s a huge plus since I like to brand my gear with my own logo. Having the Giulio Sciorio brand logo on my drives not only looks good it’s a point of conversation if I’m working on the road. In certain situations like working at a coffee shop or work share space, the more points of conversation you can have with your gear the better. In this regard, the Envoy Pro becomes a conversation starter.
The looks, performance, price point and utility of the OWC Envoy Pro have made it my favorite external drive and I didn’t even have to think about it.
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