A senior colleague of mine has an M2 MBA and is very happy with it apart from only 2 ports to which she’d like to attach (when in her office) a lot of stuff: power, iOS devices, and a couple SATA-based SSDs interfaced through USB-C. Nothing dramatic so I figured a simple little 4-port USB-C hub with support for >35W on the host port as well as 15-W supported on those 4 client-side ports would fix her problems.
To my big surprise our department’s IT suppoprter said he knew nothing that fit that bill. Hubs with downstream USB-A ports aplenty, but not USB-C. ??? WTH? I couldn’t believe it, so I started searching Newegg and Amazon and others, only to find indeed he was absolutely right.
Thanks, yeah, but unfortunately those just offer USB-A ports downstream. Considering the advantages of USB-C and its predominance in Apple world over USB-A, I’m looking for a hub with USB-C downstream, not A.
Thank you. That fits the bill. Looks like a cheaper version (without the extra 3 A-type ports) of the CalDigit Elements TB4 hub I linked to above. It’s actually a decent deal: at $125 it’s just half the price but still offers the same 3 C-type downstream ports. And on both I detest the port placement. I’d really like one side (ideally the front) with nothing but perhaps a downstream port and all else kept to the back.
I’d really like to see one of these hubs with more than 3 downstream ports. I wonder what the issue really is. There’s plenty of 3.2 hubs with 4-7 A-type downstream ports, but with C-type you almost always see just 3 max. And usually those are technically TB4 hubs, not just C. I wonder if there is indeed some kind of odd limitation with C-type USB. Power perhaps? After all, every downstream port should in principle be capable of delivering 15W.
Well thank you. This is almost a winner. It’s got 3 downstream C-type ports that can each deliver 7.5 W. That’s not exactly huge when you’re charging an iPad, but so far it’s the best I’ve seen for any non-TB hub. And at $59 shipped here in the States it’s also quite a steal.
This is a fairly new product so not many reviews so far to go on. I’m anxious to hear if anybody has any hands-on experience with it. Maybe I’ll just have to get one myself to test.