Satechi MacMini Hub Review
I use a MacMini for most of my daily work - it's a great little powerhouse which is reasonably priced and looks smart and professional on my desk. It's got plenty of power for all of my work and I can happily recommend it to small business owners, FileMaker database developers and home users.
My MacMini (the 2018 3.2Ghz 6-Core Intel i7 version) comes with four USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports and, a woefully inadequate, two USB 3 ports.
Two USB 3 ports. Really? Pitiful. To make matters worse, they're positioned at the back of the MacMini, which although in keeping with its smart lines, makes for a pest of a job to remove / plug devices into them. I'm often using memory cards (I frequently transfer data between two of them) and it's a right faff having to unplug devices at the back.
So I started looking for a hub - a device which would increase the number of ports I had access to. There are plenty available and the price range varies enough to satisfy most pockets. However, not wanting to have ANOTHER device on my desk and even more cables scattered about the place, I decided to spend a bit more and get a hub which was pleasing on the eye and functional to boot.
Browsing Amazon, I found the Satechi Hub - a MacMini form-fitting block of usefulness which provides the same functionality as a cheaper device but doesn't look like a box of cogs. I bought mine during December 2019 and it cost around £70 (about $90 / €80) so the price was higher than if I wanted to keep the price low (around twice as much).
The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub uses a single USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 from the rear of the MacMin and provides 6 ports in its place:
- SD port
- Micro SD port
- Three USB 3 ports
- USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 port
- 3.5mm headphone socket
So, it provides all of the ports I need and is in keeping with the rest of my kit. Any caveats? Well the USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 port isn't fully powered so although it will charge low power devices like my Apple Keyboard and Apple Magic Trackpad, it can't be used to power something heavy duty, such as a monitor. No biggie - I'm fine with that.
In short, yes, I'm happy to recommend this hub.
Browsing Amazon, I found the Satechi have their heads screwed on right and have a great range of other neat products which you might want to check out.
Igeek are based in Weston-super-Mare and develop FileMaker database software for clients in Bristol and the South West of England. I hope you enjoyed the review!