While the tech world continues its slow but steady migration to USB-C, there are still a plethora of USB-A (your standard USB port today) flash drives and other accessories that you need to connect to your MacBook or MacBook Pro. That’s where hubs like the USKY USB-C Powered hub comes in handy and can get you connected to monitors and peripherals all in one small package.
Measuring just under six inches long, this aluminum chassis and casing hub has two USB-A ports, a USB-C passthrough, and a HDMI port to connect your Mac to a monitor. It is truly an all-in-one hub for your Mac and at $32.99, it is one of the best built and performing hubs for the price.
Design and Construction
The USKY hub measures 5.7 x 3.2 x 0.7 inches and weighs 1.6 ounces. That heft comes from the all aluminum chassis and casing that makes up the hub, making it far more durable than plastic cased hubs. On the top edge of the hub you will find the 3-inch, rubber coated cable with a Standard USB-C connection at the end. This is how you plug the hub into your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or if you have a contemporary Chromebook, to use it. The cable itself is flexible so you can turn the hub on your desk in a way that makes it easy for you to get to the other ports on the hub. On the opposite narrow end is where you find the HDMI port.
Looking along the right side long edge of the hub is where you find the two USB-A ports as well as the USB-C passthrough port. The left side long edge has no ports.
What I like about the USKY hub is the aluminum casing. It feels much more solid and well constructed than lesser expensive, plastic hubs. The number of ports the Chinese company has packed into this little hub is impressive too.
Perhaps the most important port on the USKY hub is the USB-C charging port. It is a pass through port, meaning that you can connect the cable from your AC adapter for your MacBook or MacBook Pro, and the current will pass through and charge your laptop while you are using the other ports. Some lesser expensive hubs only function as a hub and don’t have the ability to allow power to pass through the USB-C port to charge your laptop. That’s fine if you have multiple ports, but in the case of the MacBook, you have one. Charging is a must.
Along side the USB-C port are two USB-A (Standard USB ports) that support the USB 3.0 protocol. That means you get up to 5Gbps transfer speeds on these ports. This is great for USB flash drives or external hard disks that you want to connect to your laptop.
Finally, there is the HDMI port at the end of the hub. It allows you to mirror or extend your screen to an external monitor. It also supports 4K Ultra-HD (at 30Hz) and 1080p Full HD.
A word of caution: The hub only supports laptops that support DP Alt Mode and not MHL mode devices. This has to do with how the HDMI port will (or won’t) work on your laptop. Generally speaking, you should be good on any 2016-current laptop but be sure to check with your devices manufactures. If you are using a MacBook or MacBook Pro, you are good-to-go.
Conclusion & Recommendation
I have no hesitation in recommending the USKY USB-C hub for your laptop needs. It is portable and the flexible connecting cord gives you the ability to tuck the hub away behind your laptop if you want to do so. The ports all perform as expected and the solid construction means that you can toss it into your backpack and not worry about it getting damaged.
Currently the USKY USB-C hub is $32.99 at Amazon (Affiliate Link)