Last updated on March 22, 2022
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It’s a great laptop – bright screen, lots of power under the hood, good amount of storage space, decent amount of USB-C/Thunderbolt ports. However, it lacks some common ports I need from time to time – like gigabit ethernet and USB-A (for things like USB flash drives).
I toiled around a bit, and found this USB hub (in purple, of course, ASIN B09LCHDRP9) with halfway decent reviews. It’s made by a company I’ve not heard from, UtechSmart. They make a bunch of different USB-C style hubs, a gaming mouse, and a gaming mouse pad.
Ordered one, and it came a few days ago.
So, not bad, off to a good start. It’s metal with a rubberized cord that feels nice and not flimsy. Lets see how it looks to macOS when we plug it in.
Of particular interest is the AX88179A device, which is the gigabit Ethernet controller. Luckily its fully supported out of the box with no extra drivers needed. It’s also fully supported under iPadOS on my iPad Pro 11inch 2020.
I’ve confirmed that the Ethernet port does work as expected. I haven’t experienced any latency or performance issues that I can see (yet).
The one final thing I needed to verify, was that it would pass USB C PD power through correctly, since it claims to be able to pass up to 100W through.
Plugged directly in, my Apple supplied 65W USB C PD charger supplies 65W:
But, when connected through the USB C hub:
So, a little bit of a power drop through the USB C hub. I’m assuming this is to be expected.
All in all, it seems to be a decent device. As I use more of its features, I’ll add to this review. If you have your own experience with this device, let me know in the comments!