Plugable freely admits its new 7-in-1 USB-C hub for Mac or iPad is entering a crowded market. But the accessory maker promises its new USBC-7IN1E multiport adapter stands out from cheap competitors with better hardware.
Nevertheless, the cost is just $30.
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First off, Plugable commits to “simultaneous port functionality so you can actually use all 7 ports at the same time.” Not all hubs can make that claim.
In addition, the built-in HDMI port supports 4K at 60 Hz, not the usual 30 Hz, making it better suited for gamers and creatives. DisplayPort 1.4 is required, but recent Mac and iPd Pro models support that.
“The USBC-7IN1E uses one of the best chipsets available on the hub market to ensure universal compatibility,” notes Plugable. “This new hub has lasting power and quality that others in the space lack.”
Plugable USBC-7IN1E has all the most-used ports
In addition to HDMI, the new adapter includes a pair of USB-A 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card reader and a microSD card reader.
USBC-7IN1E connects to the desktop, laptop or tablet via an integrated USB-C cable, and the hub includes a USB-C Power Delivery charging port. This can handle up to 91 watts to charge most MacBooks at top speed.
Mac and iPad users won‘t need drivers for any of the ports. And Plugable’s accessory also works with Windows 10, Linux, ChromeOS and Android devices.
The Plugable USBC-7IN1E is shipping now for $34.95. There’s a $5 off coupon on Amazon, lowing the cost to $29.95. And the device is also available from Walmart and Newegg.
The product was unveiled at CES 2021, an enormous electronics trade show that’s brought plenty of new electronics.