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Case X protects your MacBook while adding extra storage and ports

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Case X protects your MacBook while adding extra storage and ports. It's three accessories in one.
Case X from Byrdbyte Creations is three MacBook accessories in one.
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There are cases for MacBooks. And there are USB-C hubs. And external hard drives, too. Case X is all three of these. It clips to the top of the laptop, adding six extra ports and up to 4TB of additional storage.

Byrdbyte Creations’ product is still at the crowdfunding stage, though.

HyperDrive USB-C dock packs HDMI and DisplayPort into pocket-size hub

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HyperDrive USB-C dock packs HDMI and DisplayPort into pocket-size hub
Plenty of USB-C hubs have HDMI ports, but far fewer include DisplayPort. The HyperDrive USB4 Mobile Dock offers both. And more.
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The HyperDrive USB4 Mobile Dock offers ports for both HDMI and DisplayPort, giving users additional options for an external monitor. And the just-launched USB-C hub also includes dual USB-A ports, Ethernet and more.

And all this fits into a package not much larger than a Magic Mouse.

Add Ethernet and 6 more ports to MacBook with this clip-on USB-C hub [Review]

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HyperDrive Duo Pro 7-in-2 USB-C Hub review
The HyperDrive Duo Pro clips to a MacBook and adds HDMI, USB-A, Ethernet and more.
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The HyperDrive Duo Pro 7-in-2 USB-C Hub plugs into the side of a MacBook to add a variety of useful ports. The standout is Ethernet, but there’s also USB-A, HDMI and microSD.

I did real-world testing of the 2022 version of this clip-on hub, and found that it lives up to the hype.

This stylish iMac stand is also a multiport hub [Review]

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Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for iMac review
Lift your iMac with the Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub, and add some ports, too.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for iMac adds some extra height to the all-in-one desktop. And it makes room for four additional USB ports, an SD card reader and an audio jack.

I put stand/hub combo through its paces to see how it stands up in everyday use.

Connect 3 displays to your MacBook with Hyper’s new 4K docking station

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Hyper's new 4K docking station lets you easy run three external displays with your MacBook.
Hyper's new 4K docking station lets you easy run three external displays with your MacBook.
Photo: Hyper

Feel the need for more external screens to go with your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? On Tuesday Hyper rolled out its new HyperDrive 4K Multi-Display Docking Station. It’ll help you connect up to three 4K displays with a 60Hz refresh rate.

And what’s more, the dock works with every MacBook made since 2016, Hyper said.

This 9-in-1 USB-C hub has it all for only $99

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Get the most productivity from your device with this hub.
Add nine ports to your MacBook or iPad with this USB-C hub.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Owning a sleek, modern laptop doesn’t mean you need to give up all the ports that make your computer useful. This Casa 9-in-1 USB-C hub only takes up one of your MacBook’s ports, but gives you nine different ways to connect.

And right now, it’s on sale for $99 (regularly $119).

Add 3 super-fast ports to your Mac with Plugable’s Thunderbolt hub [Review]

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Plugable USB4-HUB3A Thunderbolt hub review
The Plugable USB4-HUB3A doesn’t take up much room on your desk, and adds three Thunderbolt 4 ports to your Mac.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

If you want more Thunderbolt ports for your Mac, the Plugable USB4-HUB3A hub offers a trio of them. And they are fully functional, offering up to 40 Gbps transfer speeds and support for 4K monitors. Plus, there’s a USB-A port for good measure.

I put Plugable’s new Thunderbolt hub through a round of testing to be sure it lives up to specs.

Add ports to your M1 Mac with a Satechi USB-C Multiport MX Adapter [Cult of Mac giveaway]

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Satechi USB-C Multiport MX Adapter
Add the ports you need with this powerful yet sleek USB-C hub.
Photo: Satechi

If you have a new M1 Apple computer, you are going to want to enter our latest giveaway. Cult of Mac is giving away two USB-C Multiport MX Adapters from Satechi. This adapter allows you to experience the full potential of your M1 Mac with multitudes of data ports using just a single USB-C port.

The USB-C Multiport MX Adapter supports dual-display output on two external monitors for a top-of-the-line desk setup. If you want options for your M1 Mac, be sure to enter this giveaway.