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StarTech 7-Port Metal USB 3.0 to USB-C Hub With Fast Charging

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Just like you can expand home electrical sockets with a power strip, you can expand the USB ports of a computer, laptop or iMac with a USB hub!
With a solution like the StarTech 7 port USB C hub model HB30C5A2CST not only you increase USB connections for peripheral devices but it also saves you from having to swivel your iMac around or climb behind a desktop tower to access the ports. Even better, it can be desk mounted or mounted on a wall.
The StarTech 7 port USB C hub is self-powered too so the hub gets its power from an electrical socket; hence you are able to power devices from the hub while increasing the transfer rate in the process.
Bus-powered hubs, in the other hand, have speed and power restrictions; hence certain peripherals such as removable storage devices and card readers won't work when plugged-in to a bus-powered hub because they require a higher amount of power than your computer can deliver.
Being compact is also important so it's great that the StarTech 7 port USB C hub has such a small footprint without taking too much space on a desktop.
When mounted on a wall you use the included metal brackets and screws, but you can also keep it securely on your desk via the included 3M adhesive rubber strips. You can even stick it to the side of your PC tower with velcro adhesive strips (not included).
Having the StarTech 7 port USB C hub is convenient and productive particularly for people who own an iMac which hides its input/output ports in a difficult position.
The StarTech 7 port USB C hub features four standard USB 3.0 ports on the front, one USB 3.0 fast-charge port, and two USB-C ports on the back end. Each port features led power indicator lights. There is also a hub power led to let you know the hub is active.
Something worth mentioning about the StarTech 7 port USB C hub is that while it is a USB 3.0 hub, it uses USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard so each USB 3.0 port can deliver speeds up to 5Gbps. Also, the USB-C ports can only transfer data, meaning you cannot use the USB-C ports for charging.
The USB 3.0 quick charge port supports USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2 so it can deliver up to 5V 2.4 of power to charge devices (standard USB 3.0 can only deliver up to 5V 0.9A of power so it's a huge increase)
The other end of the StarTech 7 port USB C hub features a power switch, a power supply barrel socket and the USB 3.0 connection port which connects to your computer via the included USB 3.0 to USBC cable.
Included is also a universal power adapter with detachable international plug sockets for North America, Japan, United Kingdom, European Union, Australia and New Zealand.
12V 3A output

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