Accessory firm Satechi today announced a new hub that it believes will give professionals access to the additional ports they need when using the 2016 MacBook Pro.
While USB-C may well be what we all use in the future, right now, that isn’t quite the case, which means anyone with the usual array of accessories and such is likely in a position where dongles are the only way they can get work done. Satechi’s new aluminium USB type-C Pro Hub will provide the ports and power input that the MacBook Pro is sadly lacking.
The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar sports four USB type-C ports, which is sadly no good to those who require the older USB standard, or a microSD card slot, heaven forbid. By taking up two of the USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro, the fancy-looking Pro Hub has most people covered as far as expansion goes.
The Pro Hub gives users back all the ports they had before the 2016 MacBook Pro refresh, something so many people will likely jump at the chance of. With the Pro Hub installed, they will have access to one HDMI, one Thunderbolt 3, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, an SD and a microSD slot. That’s a lot considering we are only using two USB type-C ports to get it.
Getting hold of one of the Pro Hubs isn’t a cheap affair, though. The Satechi Type-C Pro Hub is available now in Silver or Space Gray colors for $99.99 on Amazon, and while it may not be cheap on the face of it, we suspect you cannot really put a price on getting all those ports back, even if it does involve using a hub to do it.
Hubs are better than dongles, and dongles are better than nothing. It’s like the circle of life, but with cables and stuff.
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