UGREEN is not a new brand, here at Cyberlayman we have tested several products of this brand (for example we tried Ugreen 70411). These are batteries, accessories, chargers that offer an excellent relationship between price and performance. This is the case with this UGREEN USB-C HUB 6 in 1 hub (€ 35.99 on Amazon)
Aesthetics of UGREEN USB C HUB 6 in 1
When UGREEN USB-C HUB 6 in 1 was reported to us as a product of some interest to the Apple world and we took an excursion to Amazon to check its characteristics, we must say that from an aesthetic point of view we were not particularly impressed. Live its look is much more pleasant and also pleasant to handle.
The glossy tempered glass that covers the board is much better than in the photo, as well as the side in satin aluminum (to better dissipate the heat) and the quality of the connectors. If it is pleasant to the touch, the small size is an intriguing aspect to consider for all those who have bags that are not so large and have to measure every single object they carry. Yes, because the HUB is really tiny: 18 x 10.2 x 1.8 cm for only 136 g, very little for a HUB.
For the rest of course inside the box there was nothing else of interest, the UGREEN USB C HUB 6 in 1 is powered by the USB-C port of the computer and no drivers are needed because just plug it in and it works, both on Windows and on macOS.
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What is it for and who is it for
Small we said: we are not talking about a Dock, but an adapter. The aim is to give more options for peripheral connectivity to a computer equipped with a USB-C port in a simple way; in practice you take it out of the bag, attach what you need and do more.
In detail we find three USB-A ports at 5 Gbps, two readers for SD and MicroSD with reading speeds up to 104 MB / S with also double simultaneous reading (which the new Macs have lost compared to the previous generation, but which are very used) and an HDMI connector 4K 2.0 up to 60 Hz.
Basically, it allows you to connect mouse, keyboards, webcam, printer, external hard disk, main display and manage camera cards all simultaneously (limited to 3 USB devices). In short, if it is not a real Dock it offers an interesting operation, which in fact is needed in portable Macs.
Connected to a 13 “MacBook Pro, it held a 2.5” mechanical hard disk (the WD_Black P10), a mouse with lighting (the Razer Viper mini), all by loading an iPad Air and projecting onto a second screen ( the Desklab Portable Monitor) via HDMI.
The only flaw is the lack of a USB-C Pass Through port where to carry the Mac charging cable: in most Macs there are several other ports to exploit, but in the MacBook Pro in question there were only two (and in the older MacBooks only one) and a through USB-C port would have been handy.
The holiday time has not yet arrived, however during a long weekend we were able to appreciate it as a portable dock for all MacBook Pro peripherals in particular for reading from SD cards, the absence of which from the new Macs is for a long time a not negligible gap
Among other things, we really liked the much longer USB-C cable length than the competition. When using this Ugreen hub on your desk it moves your devices away from the Mac, also promoting heat dissipation
UGREEN USB-C HUB 6 in 1 is as mentioned at the beginning, an interesting product, not a desk gladiator, because there are much more products capable of this, but a useful complement to always have in your bag for those who travel a lot.
It's not perfect, because the lack of a USB-C port is a perceptible limitation in some situations, especially if you have a 13 ″ MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar, but it's still interesting because it's small, powerful and when not in use at all. bulky.
The price is another interesting factor: at the time of writing around 35 Euros, few for the advantages offered, especially if you have to work with the Mac (in any situation).
• Interesting materials • The HDMI 2.0 port is a big surprise for this category • Light and small
• A USB-C input port is missing
• 35.99 Euro
UGREEN USB C HUB 6 in 1 is available on Amazon.it