Thunderbolt 3 adapter: Satechi USB-C hub for MacBook Pro (late 2016)

Since the Apple MacBook Pro was introduced in 2016, USB-C has been on everyone's lips and the search for the perfect USB-C adapter with all the necessary connections is an issue in many places. If you are still looking for a USB-C hub for the MacBook Pro late 2016, then maybe the one from Satechi Worth a look. Long awaited and on the market since April 2017, you can now buy the Satechi USB-C hub for the MacBook Pro on Amazon.

Satechi USB-C Hub for the MacBook Pro 2016 from Apple. Thunderbolt 3 becomes HDMI, USB-A, card readers, and more.

Satechi USB-C Hub for the MacBook Pro 2016 from Apple. Thunderbolt 3 becomes HDMI, USB-A, card readers, and more.

Satechi ST-CMBPM USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro 2016

This USB-C adapter from Satechi was specially designed for the Apple MacBook Pro late 2016 designed. It is designed to operate on the two USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports that can be found on the side of the Apple laptop. But don't worry: the hub occupies the two Thunderbolt 3 ports, but it also has two of them in addition to other interfaces. The power supply via USB-C and the connection of devices (or another dongle) are therefore no problem. Since April 10, 2017 you can order the device with the following connections from Amazon:

  • Two USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 ports for coupling with the MacBook Pro (13 inch or 15 inch)
  • One HDMI connection for 4K transmission (at 30 Hz)
  • Two USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 ports for power and data
  • Two USB 3.0 ports (USB-A)
  • An SD memory card reader
  • A card reader for micro SD cards
Satechi Thunderbolt 3 adapter for Apple MacBook Pro
Although this USB-C hub for the MacBook Pro late 2016 occupies two of the new USB ports, it also has two of them; In addition to two USB-A 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader and a Micro-SD card reader. What more do you need?

FAQ about the Satechi Hub

Now that the article is a few days old and the first customers have hit Amazon, there are a number of problems and questions that have arisen. I would like to briefly summarize these here in the form of bullet points so that you do not have to read through all the customer reviews:

  • Thanks to the two fixed USB-C plugs, the hub only fits the new MacBook Pro models (2016/2017), but not the MacBook. With other laptops you have to measure whether the distance between the plugs happens to fit.
  • You can use the hub to charge the MacBook Pro and connect a monitor via the display port at the same time.
  • More than one hard drive on the hub could cause unstable behavior. If the disks use too much power, it may happen that they are both "logged off" during operation. You should test whether it works reliably before working with important data on the hub. Satechi recommends using only one plate.
  • According to a reader (see comments) only one of the USB-C ports can be used for charging. A port is also limited to 5 Gb / s in terms of data throughput. I could not verify the statement, but I wanted to note it here anyway.
  • For some people, the hub seems to sit too loosely in the MacBook Pro - a criticism that only comes up every now and then.
  • Some users seem to have WLAN problems when the Satechi hub AND a USB 3 hard drive is plugged in. This is a known problem, but it is due to the poor shielding of the connected USB 3.0 device. You may be able to remedy this with a better USB 3 cable.

Still missing a port?

If you're working on a MacBook, Mac, or iMac, which ports do you need? Is this adapter for USB, USB-C / Thunderbolt 3, HDMI port etc. ideally equipped or is something missing (e.g. an Ethernet port?)? IPhone and iPad can be connected and charged via USB; Printers, scanners and the like can also be connected - maybe even via an additional USB hub? What do you think about the topic? Feel free to leave a comment :)

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5 comments

  1. Michael says:

    The adapter is a big bummer, I don't understand why this is recommended. The short USB-C connection keeps slipping out, causing data loss and interruptions to external sources. In addition, the adapter hangs in the air.
    Absolutely not recommendable. Better to use adapters with a cable.

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hello Michael,
      thanks for the feedback. Is this based on your own test? A recommendation for the device was not made directly in the article; it was only shown as a new solution for increasing connectivity on the MacBook Pro from last year.
      Best regards
      John

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hi Michael! Oh wow! Yes, a USB-C connector that likes to slip out, because you definitely don't want to have it when you have hard drives on the dock. There is a defective disk almost preprogrammed. Johannes has already mentioned that we couldn't make a personal recommendation here because we don't have the doc. It was just an idea of ​​what the dock could do (if it were any good). Which it doesn't seem to do.
      For those who are looking for an alternative, you sent me a link to a dock with cable by email: HooToo USB-C Dock. You are satisfied with it, as I could see from the mail. However, there are also some restrictions here, report about the other users. However, many give 5 stars, so that one can say that one is certainly not doing too much wrong here. Thanks again for your feedback! LG! Jens

  2. Torsten says:

    According to Satechi, there is only one USB C hub available for charging and at full speed.
    One USB C port is limited (5 GB / s, no charging).

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Torsten! Thank you for your contribution and your criticism (I deleted it because it is only of interest to us). When we wrote the article, Satechi did not have the statements that you seem to have found (what is your source?). I saw in the customer reviews that there were a few more things that are sure to be an interesting addition for interested parties. Accordingly, I will add a small paragraph on FAQs here. Nice weekend!

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