With the release of the new version of the MacBook Pro, Apple removed a number of ports from the notebook, including widely used ports like HDMI, USB and the SD card slot, but there are a number of ways to get some of these ports back.
A lot of these are pretty expensive so you might be more interested in this cheaper option that we are going to be reviewing today, the AUKEY USB and HDMI hub for USB-C devices.
The hub will add a total of four 5Gbps USB 3.0 ports, and a HDMI 1.4 port that supports 3,820 x 2,160-pixel output.
It also has a USB-C throughput port that allows you to charge your notebook at the same time as using these ports.
It also features a pretty sleek and compact design that means that it can be slipped into a laptop bag or backpack, without taking up too much space.
Here’s the full list of specifications:
Technology: USB-C Power Delivery, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4
Input: DC 5V
USB Output: DC 5V 900mA (total)
Interfaces: 4 USB 3.0 data ports, HDMI port, USB-C port (host device charging only)
Maximum Data Transfer: 5Gbps
Maximum Display Resolutions: 3840 x 2160
During my time using this device, I found no problem at all, in fact, it’s a pretty handy piece of kit that brings back some of my most used ports to my new MacBook Pro, aside from the SD card slot and Ethernet port, it is a complete one stop solution to plugging in your gear.
However, there are also some pretty great competitors to this product that feature slightly nicer looking designs, more features, and even without any cable from the hub to the notebook.
That said, at just £34.99 on Amazon it is a bit of steal compared to these other devices.
[alert type=blue ]Disclosure: AUKEY sent us a sample of this product for the purpose of this review.[/alert]