Combining connection options and features value always gets my attention. I recently tested the Inateck 9-in-1 USB C Hub, which combines several connection options for those with mobility needs. In its compact and light footprint that’s driven by USB-C, it delivers the following ports: USB-C, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 Ethernet, 1 SD, and 1 Micro SD memory card readers. For those that travel and have equipment with USB-C ports, it’s an awesome addition – with one caveat.
Connectivity is immediate and all the ports work well, but when using the built-in network adapter, network performance was visibly muted. My current goto setup is an ASUS C302 Flip Chromebook and the USKY adapter to drive USB-C (connects to the unit and provides additional USB-C connectivity), USB 3.0 (runs my keyboard and mouse Bluetooth receiver) and HDMI (drives my multi-monitor setup). For most, the network adapter won’t be an issue because WiFi is the network connection of choice. But, for those that might sit at a desk sometimes – one that has a wired network connection available – this particular port might drive them nuts.
For me, compared to my most current setup (the USKY adapter), the lag in network performance was enough to send me back to using it, but I’ll be definitely taking the Inateck device with me when I travel due to the additional number of port options.
Available from Amazon.com for around $60: Inateck 9-in-1 USB C Hub
- Easy to Carry: With dimensions of 12.2 x 7 x 1.4 cm, the hub is similar to the size of an iPhone 8. It integrates 9 ports with different functions, including data transmission, Ethernet connection, charging, video transmission and etc. The integral design of the product allows the USB cable to be hidden into the product itself for convenience when carrying around.
- 9-Port USB C Hub: Extends from one single USB-C port on your computer into 9 ports, including 1 PD charging USB-C port, 1 5 Gbps USB-C port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 VGA port, 1 Ethernet port, 1 SD and 1 Micro SD card readers.
- 100W PD USB C: It can charge your MacBook Pro when connected to a power supply, it also has a maximum current at 20V/5A. You can also utilize the rest ports at the same time.
- HD Video Transmission: An HDMI port supports transmitting video data with 4K resolution (3840×2160@30hz), and a VGA port with 1920×1200@60hz resolution.
- Plug-and-Play: No drive needed, hot-swappable, just plug and play! Compatible systems include Windows 7/8/10 as well as OSX and etc.