Satechi Launches New 'Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub' for iMac

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    Satechi today announced a new stand for the iMac, called the Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub. The accessory features seven built-in ports and an ergonomic design that the company says is aimed at maximizing desk space and providing easy access to USB ports.

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    In total, the hub has one USB-C data port and three USB 3.0 ports (each running at 5 Gbps), slots for microSD and SD cards, and one audio jack port. The stand is made with a brushed aluminum finish to match Apple's iMac and iMac Pro line. It also raises the iMac monitor a few inches off of the desk to provide a more comfortable viewing level when working on an iMac.

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    Satechi is selling the Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for $89.99 in silver and space gray, on both Satechi.net and Amazon. The hub also comes with Satechi's Aluminum Type-A to Type-C Adapter.

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    Article Link: Satechi Launches New 'Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub' for iMac
     
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    For the price it really needs a UHS-II SD card slot. Many professional cameras today use UHS-II compatible cards, which are backwards compatible with UHS-I, but offer around three times the read and write speed which makes it much faster to dump photos to your computer. The iMac Pro also uses UHS-II.
     
  3. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    The hub itself doesn't look bad.

    And those two HomePods look really nice by the iMac. I'm assuming they're paired for a stereo sound. If you try that, you'll find out the keyboard audio controls are useless as they don't work for iTunes AirPlay. Just saying. Quite disappointing.
     
  4. MacFan23 macrumors 6502

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    Cmd + Up and Cmd + Down if you were looking for a keyboard solution to this.
     
  5. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, MacFan. I know this works as it is shown in the iTunes menu. But the dedicated Apple volume keyboards don't work.
     
  6. Uaaerospace2 macrumors newbie

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    I like having the flexibility to change both local and airplay with keyboard. For my use case, it’s designed ideally.
     
  7. alexgowers macrumors 65816

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    I really just hate the look of these iMac boosters. They look dreadful and wobbly to boot. I’d vastly prefer to see ones as long as the iMac is wide with a super low profile and loads of ports on a solid face. You could then have wireless charging pads built in and more.
     
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    The issue with the Cmd + Up/Down shortcuts is iTunes must be the active application in order for them to work.
     
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    USB-C and USB 3.0 aren't mutually exclusive. One is the shape of the connector, the other is a protocol for connection and power. Further, USB 3.0 is now properly USB 3.2 Gen 1 x 1.

    What protocols are supported by the USB-C port? I assume the "USB 3.0" ports are USB-A?

    (I hate the USB IF for making this so damn confusing.)
     
  10. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

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    True. But in the case shown one can rather simply tap the volume controls on top of a HomePod. Point being it’s just not that big of a deal. First world problem for sure.

    As for the stand... yep a tad pricey but will appeal to minimalists.
     
  11. theluggage macrumors 68040

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    ...Darn, and I'd just about gotten used to it being USB 3.1 gen 1 - I wonder why people get confused about USB ports and protocols? :)

    Meanwhile, since Satechi don't trumpet the capabilities of the USB-C port, or list any restrictions when the hub is plugged in to a USB-A port. They do say 5Gbps - so I think its safe to assume that its just a garden variety differently-shaped USB 3.0 port.

    They don't say anything about power delivery capabilities, either - can it drive more than one bus=powered disc drive, for example? Unpowered (or bus-powered) USB hubs can be a problem that way.

    In theory its should be able to get extra power from the computer when connected by USB C (not sure what the iMac's power delivery capacity is, but it ought to be at least 15W over USB-C, right?) but in the absence of information I'd assume not, and that this is just a garden-variety $15 unpowered USB 3 hub in a $75 box.

    Would be nice if someone produced an iMac-centric Thunderbolt 3 hub that could sit under the stand like this - with a ton of USB2/3/C connectivity and less emphasis on MacBook charging, ethernet and multiple display outputs. The CalDigit TB3+ would do the job but its a bit of an overkill (particularly the ability to charge a MBP which means a huge power brick).
     
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    Does anyone have the dimensions(length and width) of the iMac stand? I can't find the dimensions for this new satechi stand/hub and I'm thinking this might be kind of neat to put my 2018 Mac mini on
     
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    Unfortunately, my HomePods aren't within an arm's reach of my desk chair. Navigating to iTunes in order to adjust the volume gets annoying. Perfect solution would be a global shortcut; a modifier key + normal volume up/down key to control iTunes' volume.
     
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    I like the concept of this stand, but some of the ports should be on the back, to avoid cable clutter.

    At minimum, the USB-C port should be on the back, since it is intended to attach to a matching USB-C port on the back of the iMac. I would probably move all but one of the USB-A ports to the back as well, leaving one on the front for impromptu connections (like thumb drives).

    I also agree with @jev425 that it would be nice for a Mac mini. IMO, it would be perfect if it would be wide enough for a mini to fit snugly underneath, making the final result look like a slightly-taller mini with front-facing ports. But it appears that it isn't tall enough for that, even if it might be wide enough.
     
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    Not a lot of value as speakers considering the mediocre sound imo
     
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    Understand if they don't work you. I have three of them and think they sound great.
     
  17. jev425 macrumors 6502

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    Ended up buying it and putting my Mac mini on top of it. It would of been nice if the Mac mini fit under but the stand is not tall enough. The usb-c cable that connects to the back of the computer actually is back/under the stand. The front usb-c port you can use to connect something, for example, a SSD. Overall I like what this adds to the Mac mini in regard to easy to reach ports. I truly only bought this to add the SD card slot to the "front" of the Mac mini since I use that the most(photography).
     
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    Thanks. The photos did not show that, but after browsing Satechi's web site, the Quick Guide shows it very clearly.
     

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