Satechi’s new compact USB-C hub adds 3 USB ports + SD card slots to single-port MacBooks
We’ve already seen several crowdfunding campaigns for USB-C hubs to expand the capability of Apple’s 12-inch Retina MacBook, which features a single USB-C port for connecting accessories, and Satechi is joining the scene with its own USB-C hub available now.
Available in three color-matching aluminum finishes that fit Apple’s gold, silver, and space gray MacBooks, Satechi’s Type-C hub adds three USB 3.0 ports plus two SD card slots, both standard and Micro, to the USB-C-only Retina MacBook. This allows you to use standard USB cables and accessories like flash drives simultaneously with a single adapter. Satechi highlights its hub’s portable size, which appears to minimally extend the edge of the laptop with similar dimensions to an extra column of keys.
As a daily MacBook owner myself, one observation I have is Satechi’s hub’s lack of an additional USB-C port for charging while using it. Real world battery usage for me generally spans around 4-5 hours on one charge. Satechi notes that only one SD card reader may be used at a time, too, although that’s a reasonable limitation.
Satechi’s USB-C hub for MacBooks is available now for $34.99 (reg. $39.99) plus shipping on Amazon. Both the color and form-factor should appeal to Retina MacBook owners. Also check out my 12-inch MacBook review here plus Dom’s video review here.