Satechi today announced a new stand for the iMac, called the Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub. The accessory features seven built-in ports and an ergonomic design that the company says is aimed at maximizing desk space and providing easy access to USB ports.
In total, the hub has one USB-C data port and three USB 3.0 ports (each running at 5 Gbps), slots for microSD and SD cards, and one audio jack port. The stand is made with a brushed aluminum finish to match Apple's iMac and iMac Pro line. It also raises the iMac monitor a few inches off of the desk to provide a more comfortable viewing level when working on an iMac.
Satechi is selling the Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for $89.99 in silver and space gray, on both Satechi.net and Amazon. The hub also comes with Satechi's Aluminum Type-A to Type-C Adapter.
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Meanwhile, since Satechi don't trumpet the capabilities of the USB-C port, or list any restrictions when the hub is plugged in to a USB-A port. They do say 5Gbps - so I think its safe to assume that its just a garden variety differently-shaped USB 3.0 port.
They don't say anything about power delivery capabilities, either - can it drive more than one bus=powered disc drive, for example? Unpowered (or bus-powered) USB hubs can be a problem that way.
In theory its should be able to get extra power from the computer when connected by USB C (not sure what the iMac's power delivery capacity is, but it ought to be at least 15W over USB-C, right?) but in the absence of information I'd assume not, and that this is just a garden-variety $15 unpowered USB 3 hub in a $75 box.
Would be nice if someone produced an iMac-centric Thunderbolt 3 hub that could sit under the stand like this - with a ton of USB2/3/C connectivity and less emphasis on MacBook charging, ethernet and multiple display outputs. The CalDigit TB3+ would do the job but its a bit of an overkill (particularly the ability to charge a MBP which means a huge power brick).