USB C Hub

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EsTriFee, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. EsTriFee macrumors newbie

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    So I finally decided to get a MacBook pro 15 inch, as it comes with USB C ports only and I would occasionally know would need a usb a port or something I thought instead of getting all the different dongles for each type of connector I'd just get a one small usb c hub that has all of them and just have that around rather than searching for the right one each time. (since I don't really plan to need this daily, but more of a incase someone hands a usb drive or want to connect an SD card or something, a small Adapter for everything to carry around all the time)

    I saw some posts about them when the new MacBook pros came out, but for some reason can't find the specific ones I remember seeing, so asking if anyone has tried some out and have any suggestions?

    Ports needed(anything beyond this is would be extra and I definitely don't want to pay extra for charge pass through and the likes): HDMI, 2x USB A, SD card reader (a big shame they no longer includes this)
    On my venture on amazon I found this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074DTHY4W
    But it seems a bit weird especially with the picture of "CHIP STRONG PERFORMANCE" also only 5 reviews

    Trying to find something cheaper as the laptop itself is already quite a lot, and since I won't be even using this Hub most of the time

    Is it cheaper to just go with separate adapters for everything?
     
  2. bartvk macrumors 6502

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    Even cheaper than 30 quid, that doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Unless you have a real nice insurance on that laptop :p

    Satechi offers some nice hubs. I don't have experience with this particular model, though. https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01FWT7MEK
     
  3. EsTriFee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I think that's the one I saw on here before, but kind of expected it to be around 50 rather than a 100, seems a bit expensive for something that's gonna be rarely used. Also are all the hubs expected to be hot when in use? so far all the ones I saw mention that it tends to get warmer than you'd expect of a simple hub to be.
     
  4. wbrad01 macrumors newbie

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    Just fyi, I'm a musician and have used a Satechi hub on stage interfacing multiple keyboards to my mb pro with no issues. Plug in, unplug and pack many times. Very reliable.
     
  5. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    We use these ones at work and have found them to be reliable.
     
  6. EsTriFee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This seems like it would be pretty good, it says on their website "Via USB-C from host (bus powered) for low-energy peripherals or via USB-C port from external charger for simultaneous charging of the host computer and peripherals."
    So would this mean that connecting an external harddrive or something similar would require me to connect the USB-C power cable into the hub? cause I don't plan to use the "charging" portion of the hub at all, do you have any experience with that?
     
  7. robvas macrumors 68030

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    Yes. You could plug a mouse and keyboard in but if you are going to use a USB hard drive that doesn't have it's own power source you would need to connect the hub to power.
     
  8. EsTriFee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Any idea what happens if I plug the "usb c charge port" from the hub to another port on the mac? would that actually work? as all MacBook ports should provide enough power for the peripherals
     
  9. noteple macrumors 65816

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  10. EsTriFee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I saw that one as well, but kind of trying to avoid the ones that keep on coming up as *sponsored* on amazon.

    Anyway decided at the moment that I'm not in real hurry to use any ports honestly so will give it some time before i find the right one. (bluetooth mouse makes me not need any ports atm and getting a usb-c/usb-A thumb drive should solve the over major issue of transferring files from old to new computer )

    Thank you for the ideas that people suggested
     

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