Vinpox 7-in-1 USB-C Hub


***NOTICE***

After further testing of this hub I have discovered a fault. After being plugged into my computer for some time the whole hub will unmount and disconnect from my MacBook. I have contacted VinPok and am now awaiting a response. Although until this issue is resolved I can no longer recommend this product. 

USB-C has dominated the ports on a MacBooks. What happened to all of the other ports you may ask? Still in use but slowly be phased out. So for all of those who have a newer MacBook or iMac USB-C hubs have been picking up speed in the market. These hubs let you connect many things into one adapter which is especially great for the MacBook and other thin notebooks which at the most have four of these ports. So the race is on to find the best USB-C hubs.

What is the Vinpox 7-in-1 USB-C Hub


With the race to find the best USB-C hub, I have ordered the Vinpox 7-in-1 USB-C Hub. This adapter, made by a Hong Kong company, as stated in the name, has 7 ports, a USB-C 3.1 port for charging only, two USB-A 3.0 ports, microSD, SD, HDMI with support for 4K displays, and RJ45 (ethernet). Just looking over the ports it seems to be able to make a great dock for your MacBook, just leave it at your desk with everything plugged into it, then when you get to your desk you only have the one adapter to plug in.

Design

This small hub is in the form of a silver aluminum wedge that is wrapped in a black plastic band. The adapter itself feels really solid, and when in use really hot. On the thicker end of the hub, you can find the HDMI, USB-As, and a status LED. On the other end of the wedge is the SD card slots. Opposite to the cable that plugs into your computer is the ethernet port which supports up to 10/100/1000 internet, and the single USB-C port. This wedged adapter appears to be at the perfect incline to be able to plug in everything nicely without having to lift it up. The only issue that you may find that the USB-A ports are too close to each other, so you may have trouble using two wider USB devices this space may also give you problems with the HDMI port. Now let’s talk about the USB-C end that plugs into your computer. First of all, you may find that this cable is really short, at only 13cm, so it doesn’t give you many options on where to place it around your desk.

How Well Does It Work

To see how well it works I loaded it up with anything that I usually plug into my laptop. For this test, I have plugged in a USB-A 2.0 and USB-A 3.0, power via USB-C, and filled the SD card slots. All ports seem to be performing at their expected speeds. Now the weird thing I have found about the SD card slots is the cards go in upside down. I have also found that the USB-C cable giggles out of my MacBook easily. On port that would be great on here would be a 3.5mm headphone jack, but I understand there is not much room to squeeze it on to this tiny adapter. On the positive end of things, and I am also kind of surprised by this, is the fact that this hub can mount both my 1TB and 750GB at the same time. This is surprising because usually, you need another power source for either the adapter or the drives for devices this large. I believe this will work out for me. It takes care of many of the ports that I would once have to economize with my one port I would have left after my other three ports are being used for power and two external displays.

Where To Buy

This adapter can only be purchased through their website https://vinpok.com at the time of writing this it was on sale for $49.99 (8/24/18), the original cost is $79.99 which is a savings of $30.00. So is it worth the price? Well, I think so, seven of the most commonly used ports all one compact adapter, why not.

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