Satechi’s slim USB-C multi-port hub is right for Mac or iPad [Review]

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Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2
The Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 lives up to its name.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

A USB-C hub really adds capabilities your computer. The Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 was created with Macs in mind but it expands the capabilities of Apple’s iPad Pro as well.

It’s slim and portable, but still has room for many of the most-used ports.

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Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 Review

Satechi’s accessory is quite small, as UBS-C hubs go, coming in at 4.7 inches by 1.2 in. by 0.35 in. That’s not counting the 6.0 inch connecting cable which essentially doubles the size. The weight is 1.8 ounces. It comes in gold, silver, and space grey to match your computer.

The Multi-Port Adapter V2 has an HDMI port, a USB-A port and a USB-C power port. We tested these and they worked just as designed.

But this accessory doesn’t stop there. There are also microSD and SD card readers. These are quite handy for people who want to import images or video taken with other cameras. We tested to be sure and both slots performed flawlessly.

There’s also a second USB-A port in this Satechi hub, handy if you want to plug in a thumbdrive while another peripheral is already connected, like a keyboard.

Missing from the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 is a headset jack, presumably because Macs and most MacBooks already have one.

Satechi didn’t include an Ethernet adapter. This wouldn’t fit into a slim accessory like this one, though. And these aren’t as necessary as they once were. Anyone who has to have one should consider investing in the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter ($29) — we tested this USB-A peripheral with both hubs and it performed perfectly.

The Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 was designed for a MacBook but works with iPad Pro too.
The Satechi Multi-Port Adapter V2 was designed for a MacBook but works with iPad Pro too.
Photo: Satechi

Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 final thoughts

Satechi’s Multi-Port Adapter V2 works well as a hub between a desktop Mac, MacBook and iPad. That said, it’s great for anyone who wants to transfer pictures off an SD/microSD card to their iPad.

The cost is $69.99, a good price considering how much individual adapters would set you back. The Apple USB-C SD Card Reader by itself is $39, for instance.

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