Twelve South Launches 'StayGo' USB-C Hub With Eight Ports

Twelve South today launched a new product called the "StayGo," which is a portable hub that connects to USB-C MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

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According to the company, the hub restores all eight legacy ports and connections to modern Mac notebooks. This includes: three USB-A ports (USB 3.0), one 4K HDMI port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB-C ports (one for power input and one for connecting to the computer), and independent SD and Micro-SD card ports.


The StayGo comes with a 1-meter cable that is long enough to hide the accessory and its connected cables out of sight when you're working at home. The company is pitching the new device as a combination home and travel companion, which means that it also includes a 6-inch travel cord (seen below on the right) that stores inside the hub.


StayGo is available for $99.99 on TwelveSouth.com and at Amazon.



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9 weeks ago
Watching him unplug the cable without ejecting the drive first gives me the same level of anxiety as watching Brienne of Tarth close the book before the ink dried.

problem is, it's a limitation of the format. 4K@60Hz takes up too much bandwidth, the USB can't go faster than USB2 speeds with that going on, the ethernet would be likewise strangled. Is why I reckoned Thunderbolt 3 is really the only way to go. (And the Retina Macbook too limited in being without it.)


HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort are both 60Hz, and there are several dongles that support have supported that for years. The CalDigit HDMI/DP dongles support multiple 4k monitors at 60Hz, so maybe the solution is just don't provide power pass-through. 30Hz is a dealbreaker in any product released after 2015.
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9 weeks ago
4K at only 30Hz. Pass.

(Too bad—otherwise it looks like a great product.)
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9 weeks ago
whooooops $99.99 for this generic hub?
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9 weeks ago
I got excited when I first saw this because I thought it was the USB-A/USB-C 8-port travel charger of my dreams. I should have known better, because it's just not gonna happen any time soon. USB-C uses too much power.

HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort are both 60Hz, and there are several dongles that support have supported that for years. The CalDigit HDMI/DP dongles support multiple 4k monitors at 60Hz, so maybe the solution is just don't provide power pass-through. 30Hz is a dealbreaker in any product released after 2015.


It has nothing to do with that. 4K 60Hz uses almost all of the 10Gbps that a single USB-C uses. By doing 4K 30Hz, they cut in half the bandwidth, allowing other USB ports, ethernet, SD cards, etc to all function over the same cable. I have done extensive searching and have never seen one, outside of Thunderbolt 3.0 that uses the USB-C connector, that can do 4K 60Hz AND provide all of the other ports. But I do have a USB-C to 4K 60Hz HDMI adapter that works quite well—I just can't use that port for anything else at the same time.
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9 weeks ago

whooooops $99.99 for this generic hub?


Yeah I have a hub with the exact same ports. $20.
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9 weeks ago

Link?


It was this

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FNGQ15Y

But it’s unavailable now for some reason. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the extra USB-C and only two USB-A 2.0. Not quite the same, but close.
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9 weeks ago

Yeah I have a hub with the exact same ports. $20.


Link?
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8 weeks ago

Yeah, I get the bandwidth issue. What's missing is some common sense from these manufacturers. 30Hz is a dealbreaker. It shouldn't even be an option. It's like a connecting flight with a 30 min layover. The goal shouldn't be a passive one-port solution to rule them all (at the cost of 60Hz).

For example, a double dongle solution could be:

* Power pass through + HDMI 2 + DisplayPort 1.4 @ 60Hz
* Data (various USB, cards, etc) + ethernet

Or combine power with data and ethernet if there's an advantage to that...

But as it currently stands, there are several options I don't need, and too many compromises to accomplish the few basic connections I'm trying to replace (from missing ports). It's like trying to buy a Toyota, and there are 10 different packages that are in conflict with each other.

Yeah, USB-C should have been 20Gbps right out of the gate. What you're looking for is USB 3.2 Gen 2x2, and yes, that is the actual name for 20Gbps USB, lol. If I remember right it's coming out sometime this year, so it might be in the redesigned MBP this autumn. There is also USB 4 around the bend and it is based on Thunderbolt, so everything should get much faster and much cheaper in a couple years. The specs are supposed to be finalized around now but usually don't show up in shipping products until a year or two later. However, I'm wondering since Apple is already so invested into Thunderbolt and all their ports are backwards compatible already if they will be ready sooner in time for the redesigned MBP. Just don't expect there to be many non-Thunderbolt (and therefore less expensive) accessories that take advantage of the 40Gbps.
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