CES 2016: Satechi Type-C USB Hub Updated With Pass-Through Charging for Retina MacBook

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Today at CES accessory manufacturer Satechi announced a newly updated Type-C Hub for Apple's Retina MacBook lineup, which replaces one of the traditional USB 3.0 ports with a new USB-C alternative to allow users to charge the MacBook while using the dongle. Otherwise, the hub still includes an SD card slot and Micro SD card slot in addition to two USB 3.0 ports.

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In terms of new products, the company announced the Type-C Card Reader, which will let users access SD and Micro SD cards at the same time using the USB-C dongle. As a cheaper alternative, the Card Reader is smaller than the hub and lacks the USB 3.0 ports of the bigger accessory.

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Both products are available in space grey, silver, and gold colors to complement Apple's chosen colorways on the 12-inch MacBook line. Satechi hasn't given the Type-C Card Reader any specific launch date besides "early January," but confirmed the accessory will run for $19.99 in its press release, although the site mentions a $24.99 price point. Starting today, those interested can purchase the new Hub for $39.99 from the company's site.

Top Rated Comments

bushido Avatar
66 months ago

I guess that explains why dozens of USB-C-compatible accessories were released at CES, and HP released a new EliteBook Folio (a business notebook) with only USB-C ports. :rolleyes:

USB-C and wireless the future. The MacBook is the first of many notebooks that rely exclusively on USB-C for the increasingly fewer times we need to connect to peripherals with wires.

its not about the port its about only having ONE port. those other laptops announced still got at least two and are just as thin
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lyngo Avatar
66 months ago

I remember the good old days when this sort of thing was just built right into the computer...Oh wait it still is except for Apple

And this is exactly why Apple should have left these ports on the machine. Instead they insist on simplifying it so much, forcing us to purchase things like this, thus increasing Apple's profit margins. Thanks Apple! ...greedy sons a...

If you need those parts included in the machine there is always the MacBook Air and Pro models. Personally, I welcome the simplified model because it cuts down on the weight of my luggage while traveling. There are also other workarounds such as Airdrop and emailing files.

It's all in how you use your computer. While you seemingly don't like the changes found in the MacBook away from things that you think should be built in, I'm glad they have provided the option for me to not have it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
L-U-R-C-H Avatar
66 months ago
And this is exactly why Apple should have left these ports on the machine. Instead they insist on simplifying it so much, forcing us to purchase things like this, thus increasing Apple's profit margins. Thanks Apple! ...greedy sons a...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannys1 Avatar
66 months ago

forcing us to purchase things like this, thus increasing Apple's profit margins. Thanks Apple! ...greedy sons a...

Explain to me how buying 3rd party adapters increases Apple's profit margins...
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I remember the good old days when this sort of thing was just built right into the computer...Oh wait it still is except for Apple

So apparently Apple only sell the Retina Macbook now and not the other 4 form tops of laptops with multiple specs available for each. Ok then.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
appledefenceforce Avatar
66 months ago

And this is exactly why Apple should have left these ports on the machine. Instead they insist on simplifying it so much, forcing us to purchase things like this, thus increasing Apple's profit margins. Thanks Apple! ...greedy sons a...

Then don't buy this model. There are other Mac models that have these ports. Complain complain complain.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Amazing Iceman Avatar
66 months ago
Why is this under the iOS Blog?
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