MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Stand and Hub for Mac Mini From Satechi

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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's brand new Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hubs, designed for the latest Mac mini models.

Priced at $80, the Mac mini Stand and Hub is designed to be used under the Mac mini, adding valuable additional ports that are normally not available on the Mac mini.


The hub features a USB-C data port, three USB-A ports, a micro SD card reader, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Mac mini is already equipped with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI port, so Satechi's hub basically adds support for using USB-A accessories and SD cards.


As with all of Satechi's Mac accessories, the Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hub is made from an aluminum that's designed to match the finish of Apple products, in this case, the Mac mini. The ports are designed to be at the front of the Mac mini, making them easily accessible.


There are built-in air vents that are designed to help regulate temperature and encourage airflow, as the Stand and Hub sits right under the Mac mini. The stand is thin and it fits in well with the Mac mini's design, looking more like an additional component than an accessory.


We have five of Satechi's Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hubs 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 (November 29) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 6. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 6 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

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jayducharme

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The thick of it
It's a nice design, but for the size of it I would have expected a greater number of ports. That said, it's affordable and doesn't require a power brick.
 

JosephAW

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I wonder if I can use a thunderbolt to usb c adaptor for my older Mac mini?
 

JeffDM

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You could just use a USB-A to USB-C cable.
More specifically, it needs to be a USB-C female on the end of that cable, assuming that works. It's disappointing that USB-C cable is hard wired to the hub. It's possible that won't work because the hub doesn't have a separate power input. At least I didn't have luck with a hub withouth power adapter that I tried on my 2014 Mac mini.

Satechi FAQ says it won't work with any other mini, but it only mentions the cord length, not any technological or power limit.
https://support.satechi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360036027552-Will-this-stand-hub-fit-my-older-Mac-Mini-
 
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Ed217

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This unit connects to mini via a Thunderbolt connection, which means you lose one. If you already have your mini faced with ports forward, the added ones are then on the back.
 

phoenix155

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What’s the point of this thing, anyways? The Mac Mini already has 4 -C and 2-A ports. What else do you need?
 

SteveW928

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Is there same, but with power supply and some good GPU inside?
Kind of. :)

Unfortunately, I don't have a photo handy, but I have my Blackmagic eGPU sitting on top of my mini, and now have lots of ports and a good GPU. I think the Blackmagic helps cool the mini just slightly too, as it draws air across the case and up and out.

I love it, it keeps my desk looking neat. And, running my i7 6-core mini most of the time with Turbo Boost disabled (and given the Blackmagic is nearly silent), I hardly ever even hear anything from the 'tower of power.' If I really push the CPUs, then I can hear it a bit, but less annoying (by far, IMO) than a MBP (or probably iMac, from what I've read). If I am trying to meet some deadline, I suppose I could re-enable Turbo Boost, but I mostly just leave it off.

(Note: with Turbo Boost on, the fans spin up way too easy. With it off, like mentioned, you can do quite a bit of stuff before you ever hear the fans.)
 
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ayale99

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To ensure that I win this contest, I went ahead and bought one. Looking forward to my email confirmation.
 
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SteveW928

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You haven't ran into any issues with this?

Also, what is the best method to turn off Turbo Boost? I have read this program will do it for you easily: http://tbswitcher.rugarciap.com
Yes, that's the utility I use.

And, no, I don't think so. I've had the machine freeze up maybe twice in the last year or so, overnight while the screen was locked (running that screen saver with all the Apple logos), but I thought maybe it had something to do with that, so I went back to a simple Apple one... so far, so good. I suppose it could also be due to turning TB off, but I doubt it. (That said, one or two freeze-ups per year isn't that crazy given the last decade of macOS... so I also might just chalk it up to bugs. And, there was some indication it might have been OS issues with the BridgeOS crashing, though Apple never mentioned the mini... but maybe?)

The thing is, I'm super-picky about a quiet machine. The laptops just get too noisy. I've heard the newer iMacs are too (I had a quad-core one from late-2012 that was pretty quiet too.) The one thing I was disappointed about when I got the mini, was how noisy it was in comparison to my nearly silent eGPU. It seemed, doing even small things would sent the fans ramping up. The only other quiet machines were the iMac Pro or the 2013 Mac Pro, so I went with the mini.

I read somewhere to try turning Turbo Boost off, and that did the trick. It is a small peak performance hit, but with the six cores, I don't notice any difference aside from outcomes if I timed something intensive. I'd rather have quiet than 5-10% more performance, or whatever that amount is.

I often run Folding@home at about 35-40% CPU in the background, and don't hear it. I don't hear it for most anything I do either, except for encoding video... but even then it isn't much now that I've learned to encode to HEVC/h.265, as that mostly uses the T2 chip (and is *blazing* fast by comparison too!). I anticipate once I get back to 3D rendering, I'll have to put up with the noise, but probably only when doing a rendering job.

For everything else, it is quiet which is appreciated especially when doing audio recording with a condenser mic! With the eGPU, I just can't see any other Mac that I'd rather have aside from maybe an iMac Pro (but then the screen is fixed and single-use), or the upcoming Mac Pro. Both of those are a bit out of my budget at the moment.
 
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wayoutwest5505

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So Happy with my 2011 17 in. MacBook Pro, i7, 16 Gigs, 1 TB SSD, Ports, & even a CD burner, Anti Glare Screen. Logic Pro User. Utah