QacQoc USB Hubs for MacBooks are top notch devices designed with the highest technology to meet simple day to day transfer, charging, and other USB needs. They are lightweight with a sturdy, seamless design that matches or compliments the color of your MacBook.
The QacQoc GN30H USB Type-C hub came in a nice, sturdy box. The product fit snug in the box and was a little difficult to retrieve. As soon as you hold the device you can feel the solid aluminum construction, not flimsy plastic. It fits in the palm of your hand and has a cable with a USB Type-C port on the end to plug into your MacBook.
The device includes:
- 3 USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 HDMI Video Output Port (4K at 30 Hz or 1080p at 60 Hz)
- 1 Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet Port (also works with 100 MB)
- 1 TF Memory Card Slot
- 1 SD Memory Card Slot
- 1 Type-C Port for Charging
Supported Platforms (with a USB Type-C port)
- Mac OS X 10.2+
- Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista
One of the added benefits is the flexible USB-C cable. There are other connectors on the market that connect flush to the MacBook and tend to get jostled around. The MacBook USB-C hub gives you a bit more flexibility than other Type-C hubs because they move with the movement of your laptop creating an additional pivot point so that your devices don’t get disconnected.
What Is USB Type-C?
Briefly, USB Type-C is a new USB standard and it is commonly referred to as USB-C. It allows for faster data transfer speeds and solves the age-old problem of the reversible connector. Unlike older USB ports, no matter which way you plug it in, it will work.
The connector looks similar to a micro-B connector in size and shape however they are not interchangeable. The USB-C connector is oval-shaped and symmetrical.
You can read more about the USB 3.1 port in the new MacBook here.
Let’s Have A Look!
When you plug the device into your MacBook there is a blue light near the cable that tells you it’s connected and working. That’s a minor but important feature. If your USB devices, HDMI, or SD/TF cards stop working you can quickly see that it’s because you accidentally pulled out the main cable.
This device was built to be able to use all of its ports at once. So you can watch movies through the HDMI port, backup files to a USB port, transfer pictures from your memory cards and even charge your MacBook with the USB-C port on the opposite end.
The USB-C hub works on Mac, Windows, and Linux. It comes with a 12-month warranty. Let’s look at some of the individual features below.
USB 3.0 Ports
For starters, you can transfer a 3D movie in just seconds using the fast USB 3.0 ports. And three ports should be more than enough for most people. Transfer rates were as promised.
If you have very wide USB devices or thumb drives they may overlap one of the other ports so you may not be able to use multiple devices at the same time.
There is one HDMI port which can handle 4K video however only at 30 Hz. A more typical setup would be to connect 1080p monitors at a standard 60 Hz.
SD/TF Memory Cards
When we inserted our memory cards we noticed that they needed to be inserted upside down. Not a big deal – they still worked just fine. But be careful when you insert them so that you don’t accidentally break them. They should go in smoothly. The microSD card was a little difficult to use but other than that the speeds were as promised.
Gigabit Ethernet Port
Our Ethernet connection worked great and provided us with Gigabit Internet speeds. You may need to use an app to configure the Ethernet. You can download the Zip file here to install the app or simply visit their Download page for the latest drivers.
You can power and charge your MacBook while you use this device using the Type-C connector on the opposite end. However it only provides about 17 watts of power versus 29 watts which means that your MacBook will charge more slowly. But at least you’ll be able to charge it and use your devices at the same time.
This USB-C port is not available for data transfer.
Multiple Colors Available
As we mentioned at the beginning, this device looks very nice against your MacBook and there are other colors available to compliment your device.
- Rose Gold
Does It Get Hot?
A typical concern with many USB hubs is that they don’t dissipate heat well. Powering, charging, and transferring data to multiple devices tends to cause a lot of heat. In our testing we didn’t notice any problems with the temperature of the device however your mileage may vary.
The reason why a USB heats up is that it is built with low-power voltage intake which forces it to strain in order to give a full charge. This USB has a powerful voltage that helps to boost the charge rate.
QacQoc is a consumer electronics and mobile brand specifically aimed to give users simple tech life. Even tech wizards don’t want to always deal with complicated stuff unless they are solving a problem. This is where QacQoc comes in handy. The company has positioned itself to make devices that are simple, highly user-friendly and stylish at the same time. For the quality these USB’s have to offer, they are worth a try. The company is located in Shenzhen, China.