Quality USB-C Hubs?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by orbitalpunk, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. orbitalpunk macrumors 6502

    orbitalpunk

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    Can anyone recommend a quality USB-C hub that has both USB-C and standard USB ports. At least one of each. Ethernet would be a plus but not mandatory. Apple makes one but I don't need the HDMI and I am trying to avoid the really cheap stuff found everywhere on Amazon. Any suggestions would be great.

    Thanks
     
  2. zhenya macrumors 603

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    I don't think there is anything actually available yet. Closest things are Apple's hub and the Anker usb/Ethernet hub which is available with both usb-a or usb-c ends but no pass-through charging. I use the Apple hub with the usb-a variant for additional ports and Ethernet.
     
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

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    There aren't any yet. USB-C is a new standard, and requires a lot of complex circuitry to work right. Most of what you see advertised on Amazon are just USB 3.0 hubs that have USB-C connectors attached to them. Unfortunately, they cannot reliably charge the MacBook, or in many cases provide more than USB 2.0 speeds.

    That's why the KickStarter projects like Hub+ and Kadi Port are all significantly delayed. The most descriptive so far has been HydraDock, who has a very detailed explanation as to what is going on with their project (though they basically accuse the other projects of being scams).

    There was/is some suspicion around Hydradock, as well, though they appear to have a professional website with names, pictures, and a real address, and have been a lot more transparent about the issues. That said, you might want to wait until one of these companies actually has a shipping product before committing any money.

    https://hydradock.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/project_updates#preorder-nav

    It seems Apple is one of the few companies who had working true USB-C devices. They probably have monopsony buying power right now and left little for anyone else. They could have made some decent sales had they made a dock of their own, but I'm guessing they view that as incompatible with the vision of the MacBook.
     
  4. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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  5. zhenya macrumors 603

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  6. Flunkyturtle macrumors 6502

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    I've pre ordered the one from OWC, which was about 100 dollars, but it's already been pushed back twice, it says 20th november shipping at the moment.

    Hub+ has stopped taking orders all together.
     
  7. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    Ah...oops. You're right ;)
     

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