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Apple’s MacBook Pro is an elegant device with outstanding features and performance. But there’s a drawback when using MacBook Pro. It has insufficient ports for connecting USB or any cable. Before you decided on something to extend your MacBook Pro's usability, you should consider what you need it for. There are three types of port extenders that are perfect for different types of users, namely they are adapters, docking stations and hubs. Let’s see what they are and how they work first.
Adapters are also sometimes called dongles. They usually have just a few different types of ports. The simplest will have just a single USB-A to USB-C adapter. Some will have a couple of different ports, like VGA, HDMI, MicroSD etc. A lot of adapter makers will also call these "hubs," mostly because they provide so many port options.
Adapters are for people that only need limited options. You don't necessarily need super-fast pass through or you only need a USB-C to USB-A adapter. They are the least expensive of the three and the most portable as well.
Docking stations are designed for multi-display use with charging support. Some of them are very similar to hubs, while others mount to MacBook Pro. There are even some docking stations that let you set up your MacBook Pro in clamshell mode. Docking stations are meant for a more stationary desktop setup. They have their own power supply so they won't drain your MacBook Pro's power. They'll usually even charge your laptop while connected.
A hub is a stand-alone box with a number of ports which offers a little more power than just extra ports. Hubs often have USB-C ports, other USB ports, Micro SD slots, HDMI cable, charging port and also Ethernet. USB Type-C is the port of the future, because it draws power, sends data and even extends displays.
Unfortunately, some laptop makers are rushing to the future -- producing laptops with just Type-C ports, while consumers are still using older drives, monitors and accessories.
Fortunately, Type-C hubs exist to give users the USB Type-A ports, HDMI outputs, Ethernet jacks and SD memory readers that have gone missing from laptops. All these ports are helpful when you are working on any project, studying on MacBook or any business activities.
Hubs more expensive than adapters, but they are a workhorse all their own.
Hubs can only extend the ports of Macbook Pro, what we are going to introduce you today is a Versatile USB-C Hub, which is not only a hub but also serves as a PD Power Bank-- Zendure X6. The new X6 comes with USB Hub mode (compatible with USB 2.0) that provides data transfer functions over its USB ports. When you connect the USB-C Hub port to USB-C port of your device, you can seamlessly charge your device as well as sync and manage your files with 2 USB-A ports between USB-C HUB port.
- X6’s Hardware Modification
The new X6 utilizes the GL850G USB 2.0 Hub-Charger Controller, which is Genesys Logic’s advanced hub solutions, and which fully complies with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0. Its IC's are widely used in high-end consumer electronics including the Sony PlaySation. With a switch to select between power bank mode and USB Hub mode, it is simple to activate USB hub function while minimizing power consumption.
- Full Speed Charging for Macbook Pro
USB-C Power Delivery technology allows devices to be charged at speeds previously unimagined in USB power supplies. X6 from Zendure provides up to 45W PD output, which means some of your favorite gadgets get the same or even better performance from X6 that you’d expect from their native chargers.
- 3 hours recharge to full
X6 has an industry-leading 45W USB-C PD input & output. Despite its 20,000 mAh capacity, it can recharge itself in 3 hours if using a 45W PD charger, the fastest in the industry.
With 20,000 mAh of charge storage, that 3 hour fill-up can get you pretty far.
- Five outputs
X6 is the only USB-C PD power bank that has 5 outputs, allowing you to charge up to 5 devices at the same time. The more, the merrier, right?1 comments