That USB hub

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  1. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a

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    Who makes that grey USB hub that attaches to the side of the MBP 2016? It's popular in YouTube videos but I can't remember the brand...
     
  2. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. vinsalducci macrumors member

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    No.

    I bought one of these for my 12in rMB. Good quality, works well (it does get a little warm-not hot, but warm)

    I did, however, find that I actually used it very little. Between Dropbox, email, and Airdrop, I didn't need to hot-swap files with a jump drive. Didn't use the SD or Micro SD slots at all.
     
  4. GBlansten macrumors regular

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    No. It gets its power from the USB-C port.
     
  5. Balaamsdonkey macrumors 6502

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    I'll be using it for the SD slot on the road and maybe charging my phone. At home I'll use a normal dock.

    Do you use it quite a bit? Some of the amazon reviews question its build quality and one person said it was too hot to take off after two hours of use.
     
  6. Sohappy macrumors member

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    I'd like to know the speed of the sd card reader of this hub.
     
  7. StuMcBill macrumors 6502

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    Can you use 2x USB powered Hard Drives on this at the same time?
    Stewart
     
  8. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    I was considering that one myself. However I'm not sure it looks too secure, in that I think if you used it with everything connected, it could fall out easily and stuff if you knock it or move the laptop. I just grabbed a few USB-C to whatever I needed, and a USB-C - A adapter for the odd occasion. And I'll get one of the better hubs with a separate cable for the desk.
     
  9. GBlansten macrumors regular

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    "The SD card slots fared just as poorly as they do using Apple’s USB-C to Type-A adapter and a generic card reader: with a “45 MBps” UHS-I Class 10 SD Card, about 33 MBps write speed and 37 MBps read rate and about 12 MBps write and 36 MBps read for an identically rated microSD card. (The MacBook with a card reader sometimes reached 14 MBps for writes, but that’s negligibly different and wasn’t consistently repeatable.)"

    From here: http://www.macworld.com/article/304...ew-tiny-powerful-extension-for-on-the-go.html
     
  10. Sohappy macrumors member

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    Thank you for your answer
     
  11. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, having looked at the reviews I wasn't convinced in the end either. I got a couple of these instead -

    www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015Z7XE0A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_17FoybYF49GG9
     
  12. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    I think it's probably a better bet (Although I'm still concerned about the extra weight on the port, I did consider those though). If they arrive soon let me know what they're like!

    The other thing as well is you'd rarely need all the ports those hubs add. So it seems futile to have a multi-adapter directly plugged in for a single USB-A port. I just need to find a decent SD card reader now for the camera bag.
     
  13. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Will do mate. They seem well made and light enough not to cause strain - they are tiny after all. The hub would have caused some strain no doubt.
     
  14. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    anyone order direct off their website? Or just amazon
     

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