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Review: Twelve South's USB-C StayGo Hub Offers Plenty of Ports and Two Handy Cable Sizes

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Twelve South recently launched the StayGo, a portable USB-C hub that's designed to add additional ports to USB-C MacBooks and MacBook Pros. There are a lot of hubs out there on the market, but Twelve South is known for its high-quality Apple accessories, so I thought I'd take a closer look at the StayGo.

Design wise, the StayGo offers a simple but attractive design that's slim, portable, and easy to carry so it can go wherever you need it, but it's not quite as slim as some other USB-C hubs on the market.


The StayGo is made from a black aluminum material with a dot design on the front, and it measures in at about five inches by 2.5 inches and it's half an inch thick. There are four little rubber feet at the bottom so that it's stable and won't move when on a flat surface, and on the whole it's about as attractive as you can expect a USB hub to be.


The rectangular shape of the StayGo houses multiple ports and a short built-in USB-C to USB-C cable so that you're never without a cord to use the StayGo with a Mac notebook. There's also a longer USB-C to USB-C cord included for when you need to position it further away from your Mac.


The longer USB-C to USB-C cable is meant to provide users with a way to tidy up the cables on their desks while also providing additional ports, which it does successfully. The idea is to set it up away from where the Mac is, hiding most of the mess of the cords for a tidier workspace.


The built-in cable is a unique feature that other USB-C hubs don't include, and I appreciated always having a USB-C to USB-C cable on hand. The cable comes all the way out of the StayGo using a little button on the cable that you can push up to expose it.


There's a single USB-C port at the top of the StayGo next to the built-in cable, which can plug into a power source and supports passthrough charging up to 85W, enough to charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro using the power adapter that comes with your Mac if needed (a power adapter is not included). From an external power source, the hub supports up to 100W of power.


A second USB-C port on the side connects the StayGo to the MacBook Pro, and then there's a Gigabit Ethernet Port, a 4K HDMI port that can support a 4K display at 30Hz, three USB-A ports that provide power and support transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s. Two of the three ports offer 900mA power, while the third is a BC 1.2 port that supports up to 7.5W.


At the bottom, there's an SD card slot and a micro SD card slot that work with the cards used in cameras, drones, and other devices. In testing, all of the ports on the StayGo worked as expected, and file transfer speeds were about as promised, though I did not test the HDMI port because I don't have a 4K monitor.


It's worth noting that if you use a 4K display, the StayGo does not support 4K at 60Hz, plus it doesn't work with the faster UHS-II SD card specification, and it doesn't support faster USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speeds, so it may not be the best choice if you're looking for maximum performance. It is, however, a good all around hub for day-to-day usage when tops speeds aren't a priority or if you're not dealing with huge file sizes or a ton of file transfers.

Bottom Line

Twelve South's StayGo is more expensive than some other hubs on the market, but it has a greater number of available ports (most don't offer three USB-A ports), more port variety (Ethernet ports are rare), and it's flexible when it comes to usage because of the two cord lengths.


If you're looking for a USB-C hub that's going to be reliable and that takes up minimal space, the StayGo is worth checking out. The StayGo isn't going to offer the speeds and versatility you're going to get with a Thunderbolt 3 hub, of course, but it's much more affordable than Thunderbolt 3 docks if you don't need the TB3 connectivity.

How to Buy

The StayGo from Twelve South can be purchased from the Twelve South website for $99.99.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Twelve South. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Twelve South provided MacRumors with a StayGo for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Article Link: Review: Twelve South's USB-C StayGo Hub Offers Plenty of Ports and Two Handy Cable Sizes
 

unashamedgeek

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I already bought this and have been using for a week or so and I like the longer cable as I can hide it under my desktop. My only complaint is that the network lights are bright. I mean really bright. I had to cover them with a bit of electrical tape as they can light up a dark room.
 

avedis

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I just got it yesterday.... Is it normal that it runs real hot? Using it with my 2018 15” MBP...

Also wish they’ll come with a travel pouch as well....
 

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Luke MacWalker

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I wonder why it looks like no brand can make such a hub with video, ethernet and power behind, maybe one or two USB A too, USB C on the side (ideally both sides), and USB A and SD card on the front. I think it would be much more convenient when you want to keep everything connected and just plug and unplug your MacBook… I'm still baffled that it looks like every designers think it's convenient to have everything on one side only!
 

jaygee7

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Is 4K @ 60hz not possible over USB-C? It seems all these hubs only do 30hz (which is painfully laggy). Anyone know differently?

Duh, nevermind... Apple makes one now, thought it doesn’t provide Ethernet.
 

m0dest

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Is 4K @ 60hz not possible over USB-C? It seems all these hubs only do 30hz (which is painfully laggy). Anyone know differently?

Duh, nevermind... Apple makes one now, thought it doesn’t provide Ethernet.

Yeah, they lost me at 30 Hz; nobody wants to spend all day with a display running at 30 Hz. What's the maximum resolution supported at 60 Hz? If it supports 2560x1440 @ 60 Hz, they should just say that.
 

tomnavratil

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I wonder why it looks like no brand can make such a hub with video, ethernet and power behind, maybe one or two USB A too, USB C on the side (ideally both sides), and USB A and SD card on the front. I think it would be much more convenient when you want to keep everything connected and just plug and unplug your MacBook… I'm still baffled that it looks like every designers think it's convenient to have everything on one side only!

I was thinking the same. Could be possibly heat management or simply an issue of not having enough space? I guess for many users portability is not a primary concern though so increasing the dock size could work.
 

torontotim

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Cable Matters makes one with USB C PD at 60w, 100 Ethernet, 2 USB A and 4K 60hz DisplayPort.

Not ideal but it’s $40 on Amazon so WAY less than any other 60hz USB C dock with PD on it.

I wish it had gig Ethernet as I have a wall jack beside my desk at home but it does the trick for a single cable desktop solution.
 

MarkAtl

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I was thinking the same. Could be possibly heat management or simply an issue of not having enough space? I guess for many users portability is not a primary concern though so increasing the dock size could work.
It's a bandwidth issue. I bought the CalDigit dock last year and they offered a firmware "side grade" that gave you 60Hz @ 4K in exchange for USB 2 speeds while still keeping gigabit ethernet. Unfortunately unlike TB3 there's no way with USB-C to keep USB 3, 60Hz and gigabit all in one.
 
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acader

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What's the point in making a sleek notebook and then adding all these clunky devices to "expand" functionality? HDMI, USB-A, B, C, Ethernet, SD Card...why not standardize on the ports and ensure that products compete on quality, not on ports. Wonder what would happen if VGA, LPT1 still existed.



 
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