MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Pro Hub Adapter From Satechi

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of Satechi's Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub Adapters, designed for Apple's 2016 and 2017 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. With these machines, a hub is a must because of the limited number of ports and the lack of USB-A.


    Satechi's Pro Hub measures in at 4.5 inches long and 1.1 inches wide, and it plugs right into the side of a MacBook Pro, using two USB-C ports on either the left or right side (or just the one side on 13-inch non Touch Bar models).

    Made of aluminum and available in either Silver or Space Gray, the hub matches well with the MacBook Pro, and at just 1.4 ounces, it's super portable and can even travel plugged right into your machine.


    The Pro Hub features an HDMI port that supports 1080p video at 60Hz (4K at 30Hz), two USB-C ports, 2 USB-A ports, an SD card slot, and microSD card slot. The USB-C power delivery port supports 5K video (or 2x4K), 40Gb/s data transfer speeds, and passthrough charging up to 87W, so it works with all USB-C MacBook Pro models. The second USB-C port does not support passthrough charging, but offers data transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s.


    Satechi sells the Pro Hub for $99, but we have three to give away to MacRumors readers for free. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

    Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older 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 (August 11) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on August 18. The winners will be chosen randomly on August 18 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 USB-C Pro Hub Adapter From Satechi
  2. bluespider macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2009
    Space Coast FL
    This could actually be useful, especially in the office... :)
  3. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    I'd suggest against this, or something bad will happen either suddenly or gradually.
  4. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Awesome stuff, I'm not elegible because I'm not US resident. I wish everyone luck, Satechi makes really good stuff
  5. larrylaffer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
  6. TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I've been looking at this since taking delivery of my new MacBook Pro last week. Here's hoping!
  7. Peepo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
  8. travelsheep macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2013
    It all started with the hunchback battery pack... escalated quickly. Wonder what crazy design flaws iPhone 8 will bring to the table
  9. LaraCroft835 macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2014
    Adelaide, Australia
    Other US site do giveaways so its this is a copout and I agree they do make great stuff
  10. ctj macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2009
  11. larrylaffer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
  12. scotty588 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2007
    Carlsbad, CA
    FYI this one does not support the full power requirements for power pass-thru. MBP 2017 needs 87 watts and full draw, this only supports 49 watts.

    The USB-C hub for the giveaway does support 87 watts but only on 1 USB-C port. I have this adapter and it's ok, but it's very finicky if you bump it. I've had it disconnect on my while reading a SD card just by slightly moving the laptop.
  13. iHack13 macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2009
    city of octoberfest
    I have something like this built-in in my MBP from 2012.
    Believe it or not. It's crazy I know.
  14. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Yeah... not a great idea mechanically. If you put this down on an uneven surface, or let the MBP tilt as you pick it up or put it down, all that strain goes on those two little USB-C connectors. Now, maybe Apple have got the design right and the body of the plug is held straight by a significant thickness of aluminium case - or something solid bolted to the case (so, worst case, you'll break the plug). Otherwise the case could become the fulcrim for a lever, with the innards of the socket and the circuit board holding it on the receiving end.
  15. ColdShadow macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2013
    A reminder of Apple's ignorance removing all these necessary ports from the so called "Pro" Macbook..heh instead they are offering a silly and completely useless emoji bar..what a failure.
  16. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately
    Nice adapter, I have a couple of similar ones on my Amazon wish list.
  17. interessiert, Aug 12, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017

    interessiert macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2012
    We hope this was the last coup of Jony Ive - the wrong direction of laptop designs was taken in 2012 and earlier with MB - just 1 USB-C but headphone socket! #1
    Apple Watch and Air Pods and to give his voice to Ad-videos - these are his "playgrounds" he is talented for...

    Buy MB Air 13" or elder Mac Book Pro as long as available, because the change of MB and MBP designs will need time :( ;-)

    By the way: better take the smaller SATECHI using just 1 USB-C socket and connect it to MBP with a USB-C/USB-C cable to escape any mechanical damage - the free USB-C you use for third party MagSafe adapter for e-supply.
  18. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Every time someone nags about the USB-C only situation... Just don't buy the Mac. I have two of these computers and I welcome the thinner and lighter computer over a bunch of bunch of legacy ports I don't use anymore.

    There is a so may great computers on the market today. If you don't like the design of the Mac, I seriously recommend the Surface Book or a maybe a Thinkpad X1 Carbon. I have both of those very solid design and Windows 10 is really good.
  19. johnmacward macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2011
    I don't completely agree. I got a previous generation USB-C hub from them which was originally designed for the MacBook (the super slim one) and while it feels like aluminium all around it turns out the connector side wall is plastic and near its screws where it's most thin, it has broken on both sides. This leads often to the internal circuit board popping slightly out when I disconnect the hub - not very good at all... for the €49 I paid for this thing it should be all aluminium and a little heavier in my opinion.

    I would also love if it was magnetised on MBP side so that removing tightly attached USB devices wouldn't pull out the hub as well.

    Nicely designed devices but with their weaknesses and flaws.
  20. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    It's called a transition.
  21. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    Apple should have named these macbook pros to macbook lite. Sure, people would still buy them but it's very inconvenient.
  22. GregJA macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2013
  23. JuBe macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    Maybe one day, Apple will be able to include these ports internally... adding the convenience of not having to carry around a device so that people can actually use the ports that they need.

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