The USB-C is spreading with decent quickness in the mobile arena, while the computer is still hard to find. I learned to appreciate it with the MacBook Retina, where certainly you can feel the limits of a single port but you have the convenience of being able to recharge anywhere the computer taking a simple standard cable. You can also place a dock station at home or in the studio and get so many doors and mains connect a single cable, which is not possible with other MacBook. On Pro Retina 15″, for example, I need to use both the Thunderbolt that the MagSafe to accomplish the same thing.
The hub Minix Neo C is the most complete I’ve found between those for mobile, without going out of solutions with a transformer and plug. This is available in two versions that differ only by the video output: HDMI 4 k for a VGA and FullHD for each other. Both are on the one hand long side, next to the USB-C that works both for connecting devices to convey the power and charging the battery in your MacBook.
The construction of this hub is certainly one of its strengths. The structure, although it is very light and is characterized by a solid block of metal with precise openings in the gates. There are no sagging or uncertainties, is really excellent in this regard. On the short side is the Gigabit Ethernet port, which most differentiates the Neo C from other cheaper hubs.
On the other long side are two USB 3.0, microSD slot and SD. The doors are not very spaced but not too close, but I would rather have one on each side in order to limit possible hindrances. Connected all possible elements, here is the result:
The Ethernet port is the only one that requires installation of driver (This is the link), but then is regularly recognized by MacBook as the ASIX AX88179:
I did several tests with the hub Minix Neo C, as well as with all other tested in recent months, and I have reached the conclusion that the MacBook 2015 (I haven’t tried the 2016), struggling to feed correctly all the ports that the USB-C allows. Actually if we connect the hub and then add one by one different elements in cascade, everything works normally. Problems arise with connections and disconnections to come, because it happens that they are not recognized all or a subset of devices. If we are to exploit all ports simultaneously will then connect the power supply, which helps stabilize the hub’s efficiency and performance.
The beauty of Minix Neo C is replacing virtually every door that we may need. Ethernet, USB, HDMI, USB-C and even SD and microSD slot, each with its own. We can take with us only him and be aware that they have all necessary connection. Without power holds up fairly well and any limitations are due to the MacBook. It happens in fact having to disconnect and reconnect some devices, if unrecognized, and even restart your Mac in a few cases, but it is a problem that you have with the other hubs on the market. On the desktop, however, after putting a USB-charging, we can give a lot more C load with a good degree of safety. Too bad the connection cable to the laptop is so short, otherwise he could compensate very well also to fixed locations, where it is preferable to have all wires hidden behind the monitor. The price of £ 89 on Amazon is a decent deterrent, but if we consider the sum of the devices used to have all these doors, I think that the advantage of a unique product and compact can make a difference.