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Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook eschews all ports and traditional charging methods for a single USB Type-C port, which is used for charging and to connect peripherals to the machine. With just a single port to work with, hub solutions are a must for anyone who wants to attach more than one accessory at once and use older accessories that aren't compatible with USB Type-C.

Popular Apple accessory maker Satechi is today announcing a new Type-C Hub Adapter, which expands the capabilities of the USB port on the MacBook. The small hub, which plugs into the side of the MacBook, includes three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a Micro SD card slot, and an SD card slot.

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The Type-C Hub Adapter is available in gunmetal, silver, and gold, three colors that are designed to match each shade of the Retina Macbook. When plugged in, the thin adapter sits flush with the MacBook, and a green light comes on when it's in use.

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It should be noted that the USB-C hub does not include a second USB Type-C port for passthrough charging, so while the hub is in place, the MacBook won't be able to charge through its USB-C connector.

Satechi's Type-C Hub Adapter is available from the Satechi website and from Amazon.com for $34.99.

Article Link: Satechi Announces Type-C Hub Adapter for MacBook
 
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TheRealTVGuy

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I currently keep an older HP printer connected via USB Type A all day at work because it prints faster than connecting to the printer via wifi. If I've been doing a lot of work, or forgot to charge up the night before, then I'd need pass through charging to keep me going.
 
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69Mustang

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In between a rock and a hard place
Yeah looks like a massive design flaw.
I would have bought it if it had USB-C pass through
Do you think it could have been a conscious decision to ensure hitting that $34.99? If that's the case, like you guys, I think that was a glaring omission. USB-C pass through could have garnered a $50 MSRP in my opinion.
 
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Justim

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No thanks. With no pass through USB C, it doesn't compete with my AV multi port adapter or the $2 small-as-all-get-out USB C to A adapter I bought off eBay. It's really a shame, though. I could have used a low profile hub.
 
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djbuddha

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Do you think it could have been a conscious decision to ensure hitting that $34.99? If that's the case, like you guys, I think that was a glaring omission. USB-C pass through could have garnered a $50 MSRP in my opinion.

I honestly think that if you're paying for the Retina MacBook at its price-point, you'd pay $50 for the USB-C passthru on this hub. It would make it an extremely compelling accessory.
 
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Markoth

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Wow. Where did you come from?

Does it not advertise it plugging into an Apple Macbook?

Look at the Belkin TB dock or one of the others - they are $250+
When you say "An Apple accessory", in most forms of English I know of, that generally means an accessory from Apple. On the other hand, if you had said "A MacBook accessory", we would have interpreted that as an accessory for the MacBook. You can't have an accessory "for Apple", since Apple isn't something you can plug accessories into, so one naturally interprets that as an accessory "from Apple".
 
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Mcdevidr

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The apple branded multiplier adapter can be had on eBay for $45 sometimes. Why buy this.
 
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Nuvi

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No pass thorough and awesome potential to break the USB C connector. This should have been designed as a break out box with a lead connecting to computer.
 
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knemonic

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Why are chipset manufacturers having such a tough time coming out with a pass through? There was a Kickstarter for a hub that failed because they couldn't find a chipset that worked well and provided pass through. You shouldn't have to sacrifice charging your laptop to plug other devices in.
 
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TechGod

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Wow. Where did you come from?

Does it not advertise it plugging into an Apple Macbook?

Look at the Belkin TB dock or one of the others - they are $250+
Wow. Where did your rude snarky response come from? Do you not have a strong grasp on the English language? If you said "an Apple accessory" I'm going to assume you meant an accessory that Apple manufactures and sells.

Some people really make this forum a toxic wasteland.
 
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OldSchoolMacGuy

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As much as the actual laptop only having a single port you mean?

The vast majority of users never have anything more than the power cord attached to their computer. And on the incredibly rare chance they do need to connect something else, the 12 hours of battery life the MacBook offers is more than enough time to attach that other device to get their work done.

Do you honestly believe Apple didn't do their homework here and just randomly makes these changes simply because they feel like it?
 
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