Instantly expand your MacBook’s connectivity with one sleek hub [Deals]

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CASA Hub 5E
There's no need to limit yourself to the one or two ports that come with your MacBook.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

New MacBooks are true processing powerhouses, with tons of features for creating and consuming content of all kinds. But when it comes to connecting to other devices, they come up short. After all, most just have one or two Thunderbolt ports.

Tiny USB-C hub doubles as a hard drive

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Minix Neo Storage USB-C SSD
Minix Neo Storage is a USB-C hub that’s also a 240GB SSD.
Photo: Minix

There’s a innovative option for people who want to make the most of the limited number of USB-C ports on their MacBook or iPad Pro: the Minix Neo Storage is a 4-port hub that also includes up to 240GB of built-in storage. And the price for all this is under $100.

UPDATE: Cult of Mac has published a Minix Neo Storage review.

LG’s latest UltraFine 4K monitor is two big steps forward, half a step back [Review]

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LG UltraFine 4K (2019) review
The updated LG UltraFine 4K is larger than its predecessor, and looks great.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The LG UltraFine 4K comes with a recommendation from Apple, and it’s not hard to see why: this 23.7-inch monitor was designed to work well with recent Mac models, and even the latest iPad Pro. There are several welcome enhancements in this latest version, but one change is less positive.

We went hands-on with this beautiful, $699.95 display so don’t miss our review.

This laptop stand hides underneath your MacBook [Deals]

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MOFT- The _Invisible_ Laptop Stand
Stick a slim, lightweight laptop stand right to the bottom of your laptop.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

If you’re a mobile worker, you need a lift for your laptop so that your neck doesn’t get a permanent crease. But laptops are supposed to be portable, and most laptop stands are anything but that. But thanks to clever origami-style engineering, the MOFT hides right underneath your laptop.

Get a notepad designed with your desk in mind [Deals]

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This cleverly designed notepad stays out of the way and well within reach.
This cleverly designed notepad stays out of the way and well within reach.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

With all the technology at our disposal, there’s still plenty of room for a good old fashioned pad of paper. But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for the notepad to change. In fact, since our desktops are dominated by tech, it’s time for the notepad to catch up.

USB 3.2 update gets faster and maybe less confusing

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USB-C cable
You can’t tell which version of the USB standard a cable uses just by looking at it.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today released a description of the next version of USB.  This brings welcome improvements in data transfer speeds, and USB 3.2 also attempts to remedy some of the confusion the public experiences trying to understand what USB products offer.