OWC's miniStack STX adds storage and ports to your Mac mini

Owc Ministack Stx
Owc Ministack Stx (Image credit: OWC)

What you need to know

  • The OWC miniStack STX adds storage and more connectivity to a Mac mini.
  • People can order up to18TB of storage with prices starting at $369.
  • Buyers can add their own 3.5-inch HDD and NVMe M.2 SSD if they prefer.

The folks at OWC have today announced the new miniStack STX, a storage and Thunderbolt hub solution for Apple's Mac mini. The accessory is stackable and is designed to live beneath a Mac mini, offering it more storage and additional ports in the process.

With prices starting at $299 for the barebones version and with fully kitted-out options featuring 14TB of HDD and 4TB of NVMe M.2 SSD storage also available, this little bit of kit should be suited to everyone. Inside you'll find space for any 3.5-inch HDD, while an NVMe M.2 SSD can also be fitted for those who need a little more speed.

The miniStack STX isn't all about adding storage space, though. Those on the hunt for more ports are catered for as well.

With a universal SATA HDD/SSD bay AND an NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD slot, you can expand your mini's storage capacity to gigantic proportions. Three Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports enable you to connect to millions of Thunderbolt, USB, and future USB4 drives, displays, A/V mixers, cameras and tablets; as well as desktop accessories like a keyboard, card reader, or mouse. Now the possibilities of how you can use your Mac mini are limited only to your imagination.

Don't have a Mac mini? No problem, the miniStack STX is also designed to work just fine with notebooks, tablets, and more. It's small and sleek enough to disappear no matter the setup.

The Mac mini is already one of the best Macs around for all kinds of use cases and workflows, but it does lack in terms of storage and ports. This little thing fixes that in one rather attractive little box.

Those keen to pick one of these things up for their own desk can place a pre-order now over on the OWC website. OWC says people should expect delivery in the middle of December.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.