OWC Ministack places up to 6TB of storage atop Mac Minis

Storage specialist OWC has a product for Mac Mini owners who are tired of hooking their fashionable micro-machines to ugly external disk enclosures. The OWC Ministack is a USB 3.0 external hard drive enclosure that shares the Mac Mini's dimensions and overall design language. That makes it easy to physically stack together with the diminutive Mac.

Ministack mounted on a Mac Mini

OWC sells the Ministack as an empty enclosure, or preinstalled with 7200-RPM disk drives in capacities ranging from 1TB to 6TB. The company says the box will supports sequential read and write speeds in excess of 200MB/s—as expected of a USB 3.0 device. The enclosure includes a cooling fan that OWC says is silent. The company offers one-year warranty coverage for version with only the base enclosure, or three years on models with pre-installed hard drives.

OWC says the Ministack should be available now from its authorized resellers like Adorama. The diskless version goes goes for $78, while the 6TB version caps the range at $349.

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    • uni-mitation
    • 3 years ago

    Why not talk about the new Macbook line refresh? How long has it been since Apple has neglected its laptops and desktops?

    Have you guys noticed that Apple is intent in neutering the functionality of its devices? It seems that every iteration they remove another port, or replace it with a proprietary one to later be abandoned. Oh, and please also talk about a price markup of about 200 dollars across its new Macbook line. Instead of making solid improvements like better battery life which are always welcome, they decide to go with gimmicky things like getting rid of the F keys for a wannabe-mini touchscreen.

    It seems a reasonable conclusion that people that buy Apple products place style over function. They seem to own these products as status accessories screaming to the world: “please rob me, i have too much money”.

    Please be aware of the Apple distortion field.

    Uni-mitation

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      “Why not talk about the new Macbook line refresh?”
      You mean something like the top commented article at the top of the site?

      [url<]https://techreport.com/news/30880/apple-latest-macbook-pros-ditch-the-f-keys[/url<]

    • nico1982
    • 3 years ago

    I understand the need to put their brand on top, but it masks the apple. I’m sure it will put off quite a few potential buyers.

      • aceuk
      • 3 years ago

      It looks like you could place the Ministack underneath a Mac mini too.

      OWC likely just placed it on top for marketing purposes.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    Who is buying peripherals for a 2+ year old SKU?

      • the
      • 3 years ago

      People looking for other sources of upgrades as Apple hasn’t offered in anything new in years.

      • Pwnstar
      • 3 years ago

      The Mac Mini was supposed to have been refreshed last week, so it wouldn’t have been old hardware if that had happened. This company got trolled hard.

      • aceuk
      • 3 years ago

      The enclosure could be useful for people/businesses who are using their Mac minis as servers.

        • drsauced
        • 3 years ago

        I don’t care what it looks like as long as it doesn’t die. Having a USB 3.0 disk system like OWC’s would not be my first choice for Mac storage. For a home server, it looks good, but I’d still go for something uglier with more reliability than a single disk.

        We have one of these as a ‘server’, and server grade the Mac mini is not. We have it hooked up to a thunderbolt RAID array for system images and update storage. It lives in the server room, breathing cool air, but I’m still a little nervous that the thing is gonna die.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Or you could buy a WD or Seagate 6TB USB hard disk for half the cost and just plug it into your wireless router.

    Bonus feature: Your Mac mini doesn’t double in size.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    The Mini has been basically this size since 2010. They’re just now releasing this?

    Also, could Apple make the Mac Mini more…mini? It’s kind of big next to NUCs and whatever else.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      I like what MSI did with their [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856167086<]Cubi NUC[/url<] by including a secondary base that houses a 2.5" drive. If you don't want/need anything more than an M.2 SSD, you can leave it in the shorter configuration.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Now that’s what I’m talking about. Nice looking machine. Nice idea about having a pluggable 2.5″ drive.

        Thing is for Apple to get the Mac Mini this small, it has to quit equipping the danged things with mechanical drives. For the price they’re charging for a dual-core Haswell box it’s time they went all SSD. Same for the iMac for that matter. There’s no excuse for shipping mechanical drives in “premium” desktops.

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      Other companies (NewerTech off the top of my head) have actually had stuff like this for years. Not sure why this got an announcement.

      The NewerTech one had an optical drive option for when they stopped putting them in the Mac Mini.

      • the
      • 3 years ago

      They were probably hoping to ride the wave of a new Mac Mini announcement. Apple trolled them hard.

      • Archer
      • 3 years ago

      No…TR is just now reporting on them. These have been out for eons.

      • adisor19
      • 3 years ago

      The form factor is ok honestly. It’s the innards that leave a LOT to be desired.

      This is the computer that was made to lure PC users to macOS and the Apple ecosystem. There is no way that it does its purpose with its current specs.

      I have the last Mini to include a dedicated graphics card and that was a 2011 model. Ever since, the Mini feels more and more like abandonware and the same can be said about the Mac Pro.

      Adi

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    I like that idea!!

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