Accell provides a nice USB-C hub for travel.
One of the challenges of upgrading to a new computer is always having the proper accessories to go along with it. That’s even more true with the new MacBook Pro and it’s exclusive use of USB-C ports. I suddenly found myself at a loss. While I had collected some adapters, I didn’t have a good portable dock for travel use. So, I found the USB-C Mini Dock from Accell.
The Accell USB-C Mini Dock comes packaged in a simple cardboard box. The system requirements are displayed on the backside — source must support DP Alt mode, USB-C port, Windows XP and above, Mac OS 10.6 and above, Chrome OS — along with a diagram of the ideal arrangement of laptop/monitor/mini dock. When you open the box, you find a the mini dock surrounded by cardboard packaging and the user manual is nestled below the dock.
The dock is very lightweight and compact. One of the main features I like about this dock is that the USB-C extension cable is built directly into the device. It folds up neatly beneath the dock and pops out when needed. This is a big benefit to me because I know the cable won’t get broken off easily and it’s one less cable I have to carry with me. There are three ports included on this mini dock — a USB-C charging port, HDMI, and USB-A port. This is one thing I don’t like about this dock — the standard USB port is only a USB 2.0 port. Since USB-C can handle up to 10 Gb/s transfer speeds, I would hope that a dock utilizing USB-C would include at least USB 3.0 as it’s main mode of transfer.
I do really like how incredibly lightweight this dock is, but wish the transfer speeds were greater. I will definitely use this when I travel as it’s so compact.
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