The big giants in the tech world have made a big push to make us as wireless as possible. The most obvious indication of this push is the removal of the headphone jack. This forces many consumers to choose between using headphones that use the charging port or going with Bluetooth headphones.
It’s ironic that while smartphones are becoming more wireless, laptops seem to be the exact opposite. Let’s use the MacBook as an example. There is only one USB-C port that is geared to supply everything a casual user needs for their day-to-day. Apple’s sentiment is that you don’t need all the cables to get your work done. I am a casual user outside of work and I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be able to get my writing done for deTeched using a MacBook without a dongle. Just uploading my photos would require a dongle because there is no SD card slot. If you think about it I have fewer cables on my current Dell XPS because I can stick my SD card directly in without having to use an adapter.
This can be exceedingly frustrating for people who are deeply in the Apple ecosystem. I get it. Apple makes great products seamlessly work together. But we all know that Apple won’t magically add ports just because the consumers want it. The solution is to get an all-in-one dongle that will cater to all your needs. If you need more ports, go ahead and check out the QacQoc USB-C Hub. It’s got everything you need to keep up with your workflow.
Sleek design inspired by the MacBook
If you’re a MacBook user, you’ll appreciate the design of QacQoc’s USB-C hub adapter. It’s made from a machined aluminum similar to the classic body of the MacBook and MacBook Pro. QacQoc definitely uses the MacBook as inspiration because the different color options are the same as the color options for the MacBook. This is great if you have a MacBook and you want your adapter to match your laptop. I don’t usually say this about adapters, but this one looks pretty sleek. It even has the cold, machine feel just like the MacBook has. It is ultra-portable and it fits into the palm of my hand. That’s saying a lot because I have tiny, stubby hands.
Ports on ports
The million dollar question is “what ports are on this adapter?” With the QacQoc USB-C hub adapter, you get (3) USB-C 3.0 ports, (1) HDMI port, (1) SD card slot, (1) MicroSD card slot, (1) USB-C port, and (1) Ethernet port. Crazy, right? You get eight different ports on something that fits into the palm of your hand. Let’s take a detailed look at some of the ports.
The main connection to your laptop uses USB-C so you should make sure your laptop has this port. There are only a few compatible USB-C devices that can support the power delivery feature as well. Click here to check to see if your laptop is on the list. You can still use this adapter even without the power delivery feature as long as you have a USB-C port. It’ll provide data on anything you connect to the adapter. I am currently using the adapter on a Dell XPS 13 without any trouble. For those that have a newer MacBook or MacBook Pro, you can take full advantage of the power delivery feature. This enables full-speed MacBook recharging while simultaneously connected to the USB 3.0 and SD card slot. Just plug your adapter into the USB-C port and plug your USB-C charger into the USB-C port on the adapter.
QacQoc doesn’t sacrifice speed despite its slim design. The USB 3.0 port transfers data up to 5 Gbps. This kind of speed can transfer a high-definition movie in seconds. The 1 Gigabit Ethernet port can reach network speeds of 1000 Mbps which is perfect for people who want a wired connection to the Internet. This is great for people who game on ultrabooks. Most ultrabooks are too slim to house an Ethernet port. I can’t understate how necessary it is for a gamer to have a fast, reliable connection to the Internet. You can’t beat the Ethernet port.
This adapter is great for visual output as well. The HDMI port can support resolutions up to 4K. Simply plug in your connection to your monitor and revel in the beauty of 4K resolution. The only bummer is that it only supports 4K at 30 Hz which can be a deal breaker for some people. This is not a big issue for me because my external monitor is Full HD (1080p). This adapter supports Full HD at 60 Hz.
One thing to note is that this adapter will get hot fairly quickly when you connect multiple peripherals to it. This didn’t impact the adapter’s functionality but might be uncomfortable if the adapter is sitting on your leg while you’re using your laptop.
The QacQoc USB-C hub adapter is durable due to its aluminum design and thick outer covering of the USB-C connecting cable. I would imagine that the aluminum finish is susceptible to scratches and knicks based on my experience with MacBooks. This is more of a cosmetic issue than a functionality one. The cable that connects the adapter to the USB-C port is really thick which is good for durability. I saw no issues twisting the cable into different angles that would mimic real-world use.
The QacQoc USB-C hub adapter can turn any laptop with only a single USB-C port into a workhorse with a plethora of functionality. In addition to having a ton of ports, this adapter is well designed with a machined aluminum finish. It even comes with a carry case that prevents scuffing inside your bag. If you’re looking for one adapter to fit all your needs, I would highly recommend the QacQoc USB-C hub adapter. MacBook owners should consider getting this right away because you can’t really do much with one USB-C port especially if that is also the charging port.
The QacQoc USB-C hub adapter is priced at $59.99 which is a fair price for its wide functionality. For those that are curious, the model number is GN30H. You can find this awesome adapter at QacQoc and Amazon. Click here for more information about QacQoc.