Uni Accessories USB-C Hubs

A pair of USB-C hubs that are fast, well-made, and do what they promises to do.

Uni Accessories USB-C Hubs

Introduction

The Uni Accessories 8-in-1 hub weighs only 3.6 oz. and features the following ports: two USB 3.0 (5Gbps/[email protected]), a single USB 2.0 (480Mbps/[email protected]), SD card slot (UHS-1/104MB/s), MicroSD card slot (UHS-1/104MB/s), a Gigabit ethernet, HDMI ([email protected]) port, and one USB-C power delivery (PD) port that supports up to 100W charging. In both cases I'd recommend using a minimum of a 65w PSU. That's fast enough to charge a 16" MacBook Pro or iPad Pro. Both  hubs connect to your device via an included, detachable 8.7" braided USB-C to USB-C cable. Need a longer cable? You're in luck as Uni makes one perfectly suited for these hubs. The 6-in-1 hub has all of the same features as the 8-in-1 minus the gigabit ethernet port and a single USB 3.0 port. Both hubs come with multiple removable rubber covers that provide superior grip and that  really do help protect the hubs from short falls or getting scuffed up in general.

Uni Accessories 8-in-1 USB-C Hub Specs:

The 8-in-1 hub has the following ports: (1) Ethernet 1Gbps port, (1) SD UHS-I slot, (1) MicroSD UHS-I slot, (1) HDMI [email protected] port, (2) USB 3.0 ports, (1) USB 2.0 port, and (1) USB-C  port (up to 100w).

Uni Accessories 8-in-1 USB-C Hub

Uni Accessories 6-in-1 USB-C Hub Specs:

The 6-in-1 hub has the following ports: (1) SD UHS-I slot, (1) MicroSD UHS-I slot, (1) HDMI [email protected] port, (2) USB 3.0 ports, and (1) USB-C port (up to 100w).

Uni Accessories 6-in-1 USB-C Hub

Impressions

Initially I was going to only get one of these hubs for travel but decided, in the end, to buy both. One to go into my travel bag and one for home use with my MacBook Pro and iPad Pro. Prior to picking up these hubs, I had bought some USB-C and USB-C to Lightning cables and a few USB-A to USB-C adapter cables from Uni and I was extremely impressed with not only the build quality but the materials they used. Every single Uni accessory that I own has a cable that is wrapped in a heavy-duty fiber braid and terminated with solid, well-built  connectors that will last a long time. That being said, I had some previous experience with Uni and decided that grabbing both hubs would be a good idea.

Review

For this review I spent the better part of a week testing both hubs and I ended up with pretty favorable results for both. One of the first things I checked was the functionality of the USB-C ports. Unfortunately, the USB-C ports on each hub are for connecting them to your device and powering that device via power delivery. I cannot, for example, connect a hub to my MacBook Pro and then use the other USB-C port to access data on a USB-C drive. That's a bit of a bummer, but it's not a show stopper by any means. USB-C hub design in general is still evolving and I don't know of a single hub out there that lets me do what I just described. It'll happen sooner or later though.

To test the connectivity of the hubs I connected and tested a variety of SD and Micro SD cards, USB-A and USB-C flash drives, external SSD and HDD drives, wired mice, keyboards, a LaserJet printer, a HDMI projector, and even an old Canon PowerShot camera. I'm happy to report that everything just worked the way it was supposed to work. Not once did I have to install a driver, wait for a drive to mount, or wonder if my printer was going to print. The other nice thing about these hubs are their simple symmetric design. This means you'll have the same easy plug-in-play and unplug experience no matter which side of your device you plug your hub into.

Wrap Up

Uni Accessories has, at least for me, quickly gone from being an unknown player in the accessories market to the accessories maker to beat. Their designs are unique, you know a Uni device when you see one, the build quality is top notch, and they use extremely high-quality materials. There once was a time, not too long ago, when I'd go with Anker, Aukey, Belkin, or RAVPower when I needed a new cable or adapter. These days, Uni Accessories is where I look first. Wrapping it up, if you're looking for a USB-C hub that's fast, well-made, and does what it promises to do, then you really can't go wrong with either of these.

Links: Uni 8-in-1 hub and 6-in-1 hub.

— Patrick


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