If you’re tired of having to reach behind your iMac or iMac Pro to access the ports, Satechi’s $89.99 Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub is just what you’re looking for. It features seven built-in ports and an ergonomic design.
On the iMacs (for the sake of design and style I guess) all the ports are on the back, out of easy reach. The Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub makes the most-used ports easily accessible.
The USB-A ports uses USB 3.0 and can transfer data at up to 5Gbps. The memory card slots support UHS-I with a maximum data transfer speed of 104 Mbps. The USB-C port is only for data. You can’t charge through this port, as it maxes out at 5Gbps. Which means it doesn’t provide enough juice to, for example, power my 6TB MyPassPort Pro external hard drive, so keep this in mind.
On the plus side, the Satechi stand/hub ships with the company’s Aluminum Type-A to Type-C Adapter (a $5 item), meaning even older iMacs can be used with it.
The stand boasts a brushed aluminum finish, a unibody construction, and is available in silver or space gray “flavors,” so it looks good with any of Apple’s all-in-ones.
The non-adjustable stand raises the iMac an additional 1.6 inches. The folks at Satechi say that, by lifting your eye level, the stand helps to reduce neck strain and encourage better posture when working for extended periods of time. With it’s maximum loading weight of 50 pounds, it can easily handle all current and, most likely, future versions of the all-in-one.
This Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub takes up a single USB-C port on the back of the iMac and attaches perfectly. If you’re tired of having to go to the back of your all-in-one to connect/disconnect items, check out Satechi’s device.
Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★