I evaluate USB-C hubs against two broad criteria: fit and function. The Satechi Slim Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2, with its short cable, fits most USB-C devices well, even the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (though it does leave the hub dangling a bit). At about a tenth of a pound and measuring in at 4.7 x 1.08 x 0.4 the type C adapter fits easily in even the smallest accessory bag. The Multi-Port Adapter comes in silver, space gray, and gold. And with a wide array of ports, it provides the majority of functions people look for in a mobile USB-C hub.
What we like
For a MacBook, the USB-C Hub’s primary market, the hub offers all the ports needed by those who complain about USB-C only designs of the latest Apple products. A single USB-C port becomes a micro-SD Card, SD Card, two USB-A ports, and a 4K HDMI port along with a USB-C Power Delivery (PD) for passthrough charging. Satechi’s compact design maximizes the space available through the slick aluminum package. For many, this hub may prove all they need for the home office or the road.
The hub works on all my Macs and my iPad Pro 12.9, as well as my HP Dragonfly. The company’s tech specs include a wide range of compatible devices from Microsoft Surface to Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
The use of a cable rather than just a USB-C connect eliminates the issue of compatibility with cases on the iPad Pro, an issue faced by Satechi’s Aluminum Type-C Mobile Pro Hub (read our review here).
The beautifully engineered adapter will provide the functions required by most people on most trips.
What could be improved
A version of the Satechi USB-C Hub with a slightly longer cable and an audio port would improve its functionality in the iPad Pro market.
Because of limited power through the device, the USB-A ports will not charge iPads and Satechi recommends limiting bus-powered devices to one at a time. This means that the Satechi hub is not ideal for applications that require a number of simultaneous device connections.
Some may wish for a wired Ethernet port, but I find it rarely needed these days.
Satechi Slim Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2: The Bottom line
Satechi engineers good looking products with solid specs. The Slim Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 is no exception. The adapter’s elegant aluminum housing and a full assortment of ports complement MacBook and iPad Pro port needs, as well as the Apple design aesthetic—and it also works with a variety of Windows notebooks too. A well-made hub, that for most, will result in only one dongle in the bag, be it for a day trip or month-long business venture.
The Slim Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 was provided to Serious Insights for review purposes. Images courtesy of Satechi.
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Daniel W. Rasmus
Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.