The Satechi Type-C Pro Hub plugs into both USB-C ports on the left of the MacBook Pro 13-inch model or both sides of the MacBook Pro 15-inch model. As Satechi suggests, this hub “acts as a missing puzzle piece” and adds ports that’ve been on MacBook Pro notebooks in previous generations. This includes a Thunderbolt 3 Port, 4K HDMI port, a standard USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD/Micro-SD card reader.
Without the hub, users have two USB-C ports on the side of their MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 capabilities. With the hub, they have one of these ports as well as a USB-C port without Thunderbolt capabilities. As such, the trading of the use of one Thunderbolt-capable port for a standard USB-C port gives the user 2X USB 3.0 ports, a memory card reader, and a 4K HDMI port.
Seems like a pretty good trade – supposing the extra tiny bit of bulk is acceptable to you. We’ll be reviewing this hub on SlashGear very soon with a standard 13-inch MacBook Pro. From there we shall have judgement, to be sure.
The Type-C Pro Hub from Satechi is available starting this week from Satechi or Amazon online. The hub is available for around $100 in both Silver and Space Gray. Satechi made a very similar hub back in 2015 called the USB Type-C hub for the first MacBook with USB-C ports – now it’s time to go Pro.
-Chris Burns , Slash Gear