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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Choetech to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of Choetech's 7-in-1 USB-C Hubs designed to work with Apple's USB-C MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.

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Priced at under $30, Choetech's USB-C hub plugs into two of the ports on a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, adding port options that are no longer available on Apple's notebooks.

The 7-in-1 USB-C Hub features a Thunderbolt 3 port that supports power input up to 100W, offering up to 87W of passthrough charging while also supporting connected peripherals, up to 40Gb/s data transfer speeds, and the option to connect up to a 5K display at 60Hz.

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It also features a 4K HDMI port that supports 4K displays, a USB-C port (for data transfer), two USB-A ports, a microSD card reader, and an SD card reader.

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The hub has a simple design, plugging into the side of a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. It's made from a silver gray aluminum that is meant to match Apple's notebooks. The hub weighs 1.4 ounces and tucks neatly into a backpack or bag, so it works while on the go or at a desk at home.

According to Choetech, the USB-C hub is compatible with the 2016 and later MacBook Pro and the 2018 and 2019 MacBook Air models.

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We have 15 of the 7-in-1 USB-C Hubs from Choetech to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (April 24) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on May 1. The winners will be chosen randomly on May 1 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 7-in-1 USB-C Hub for Apple's Macs From Choetech
 

Sebosz

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This kind of hubs will very likely bend the ports in your MacBook which might result in replacing whole motherboard at the Apple Store. I'd pass this one if I were you guys.
 
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dannyyankou

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This kind of hubs will very likely bend the ports in your MacBook which might result in replacing whole motherboard at the Apple Store. I'd pass this one if I were you guys.
Apple feels confident enough to sell them in stores, so I'm confident enough to buy them.

I entered the giveaway, but this is sold at a very good price to begin with. I might buy one anyway.
 

aroom

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This kind of hubs will very likely bend the ports in your MacBook which might result in replacing whole motherboard at the Apple Store. I'd pass this one if I were you guys.
you are right that anyone should avoid this sort of adapters, but that being said, you won't need to replace the whole motherboard. usb-c connectors are on a separate board that can be easily changed.
 

az431

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Shouldn't even need this. The damn thing should come standard with all these ports. SMH

Seriously? This happened nearly 4 years ago. Time to get over it, and move on with life.
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This kind of hubs will very likely bend the ports in your MacBook which might result in replacing whole motherboard at the Apple Store. I'd pass this one if I were you guys.

It's very likely if you grab the macbook by the hub and shake it up and down. Normal usage? Not likely at all.
 
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Relentless Power

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For What it’s worth, it looks like it’s a fairly minimalistic attachment. As in like..it doesn’t really add that much ‘bulk’ in terms of being obtrusive, especially given it adds a ton of functionality. And if you don’t have a need for it at the time you’re using your MacBook, then you can simply just detach it. Honestly, this might be something I would also consider for my 19 MacBook Without even entering this giveaway.
 

Darth Tulhu

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Dongles for the ports we told you were not needed.
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You are not getting it. Apple tells you what you need. When it doesn't work out someone will sell you a fix.

Yep. I could see having USB-C only on the Air, but not the Pro.

Alas, we're raging against a machine that has already left the building.

Apple users are more than used to the #DongleLife by now.
 

Darth Tulhu

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Do they have a choice short of using older laptops?
Yes.

Aside from dongles and older laptops, there's Windows machines.

Apple WILL NOT backpedal on this. I wish they would, but they made the decision and will stick to it for the foreseeable future. The industry's been catching up too, so eventually it'll be moot.

I think the ship-jumpers swam away already.
 

Mac Daddie

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Apple feels confident enough to sell them in stores, so I'm confident enough to buy them.

I entered the giveaway, but this is sold at a very good price to begin with. I might buy one anyway.
I've never seen this device in an Apple store......They do carry Satechi
 

haganah

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Let's see, my mouse and keyboard are bluetooth. I have a yubikey that is usb-c. I have a monitor with 4 usb-c plugs in the back. My ethernet is attached via a usb-c converter. I rarely use the memory stick I have but that's usb-c. I do have an external hard drive that is USB-A but I have a tiny USB-C converter on it and when I do use it (mostly use cloud) it's not a problem. My iPhone has a USB-C charger.

Life is easier for me and my only complaint is that lightning is still used and we didn't go full usb-c.
 

litedesign

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Feb 13, 2008
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Yes.

Aside from dongles and older laptops, there's Windows machines.

Apple WILL NOT backpedal on this. I wish they would, but they made the decision and will stick to it for the foreseeable future. The industry's been catching up too, so eventually it'll be moot.

I think the ship-jumpers swam away already.
But the BRAND NEW iPhoneSE still comes with a USB-A cable. Apple is behind on its own push for USB-C!
 

Saturn007

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"To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address."

Not sure what's going on, but that "widget" doesn't display in Safari 13.1, under Mojave, on a MacBook Air.

Perhaps one of my tracking blockers is preventing it from appearing...

Anyone have any ideas? Maybe there's some other setting that's off -- or, I don't what I'm looking for! :cool:
 

iStorm

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This kind of hubs will very likely bend the ports in your MacBook which might result in replacing whole motherboard at the Apple Store. I'd pass this one if I were you guys.

I have been using HYPER's HyperDrive version of this every work-day for nearly three years and have had no issues. (Plugging it in when I get to work, unplugging when I go home; sometimes plugging/unplugging multiple times during the day.)

If anything, the hub itself is just starting to get worn out. The male USB-C ends on the hub do not snap or click into my MacBook very well anymore. It is not the ports on my MacBook that have gone bad because other USB-C devices/cable still snap or click in great.
 

iStorm

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Can these ports work on the other side of the MacBook? I always see them pictured on the left side. Do they sell a left /right side model?

These can be used on either side. There are a few things to keep in mind though:
  • The headphone jack will be blocked.
  • The hub may not be as flush with the top of the MacBook since it is upside-down (unless you plug it in right-side up and pointing away from you).
  • Some hubs have writing/labling on the bottom. This would be exposed if plugging it in upside-down on the right side.
 

sideshowuniqueuser

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Yes.

Aside from dongles and older laptops, there's Windows machines.

Apple WILL NOT backpedal on this. I wish they would, but they made the decision and will stick to it for the foreseeable future. The industry's been catching up too, so eventually it'll be moot.

I think the ship-jumpers swam away already.
Is the industry catching up? When I go to buy an external drive or flash drive, they are almost all USB-A, and the rare USB-C ones have a huge premium on the price!

I am suspecting that USB-C is more expensive and complicated to produce, partly because there are so many options to have to deal with: data, power, HDMI, etc. It also seems to be a less reliable physical plug, as I've heard mixed reports of connections dropping out due to loose plugs, including on macs. I remain unconvinced that USB-C is a superior port.

Apple did backpedal on it's keyboard, even though it took 3 or 4 years. There is still hope it will backpedal on ports and the jack (on the phone + iPad, as obviously, Apple has yet to decide that the jack is too outdated technology for the mac)
 
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japanime

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This looks just like the adapter I bought from Satechi awhile ago.

Is this just a knock-off by Cheotech ?

More likely just a rebranding of a hub made by a single factory that slaps the internal components into a variety of slightly different cases and silkscreens them with the names of countless companies. If you search Alibaba for "USB C Hub 7-in-1," you will find dozens of them that are nearly identical to those sold by Satechi.
 

entropys

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Yes.

Aside from dongles and older laptops, there's Windows machines.

Apple WILL NOT backpedal on this. I wish they would, but they made the decision and will stick to it for the foreseeable future. The industry's been catching up too, so eventually it'll be moot.

I think the ship-jumpers swam away already.
Yes, tell me when they will catch up though? It has been four years. there are too many peripherals and cheap USB sticks that only need USB-A.
 
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