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Satechi updates its Mac mini USB-C hub with an SSD enclosure

The updated Satechi Mac mini USB-C hub features a M.2 SATA SSD enclosure. (Image: Satechi)
The updated Satechi Mac mini USB-C hub features a M.2 SATA SSD enclosure. (Image: Satechi)
Satechi has updated its multi-purpose Mac mini USB-C hub. In addition to re-releasing it in the classic Apple silver color to match the new M1 Mac mini, the hub now also includes a built-in SSD enclosure.

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Satechi has been making Apple-focused accessories for a number of years now. One of its most interesting accessories is its multi-purpose Mac mini USB-C hub that also does double-duty as a stand. The accessory has been on the market for a couple years now but it has just been refreshed following the launch of the M1-powered Mac mini.

With the Mac mini shipping only in Apple’s classic silver, Satechi has given it a fresh coat of paint to match while adding a very handy SSD enclosure. While it only supports M.2 SATA SSDs, and not the faster M.2 NVMe SSDs, it is still much faster and more convenient than using a spinning external hard drive. 

The Satechi hub also puts its ports on the front of the device with its USB-C  plug connecting at the rear of the Mac mini -- this of course makes it much easier to access the ports. These include a USB-C data port and three USB-A data ports -- all of these run at a speed up to 5 Gbps but do not support charging, unfortunately. Also included is a microSD and SD card reader and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

While it is certainly not the ideal Mac mini USB-C hub, it still leaves one Thunderbolt 3 port free on the rear of the Mac mini along with two additional USB-A (3.1 Gen 2) ports. A better solution would have been to make Thunderbolt compatible, but that would significantly increase its price, which is a reasonably affordable US$100. Naturally, that doesn’t include a M.2 SATA SSD.

Buy the Satechi Mac mini USB-C hub for the M1 Mac Mini from Amazon.

 

 

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(Image: Satechi)
(Image: Satechi)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1291 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-07-24 (Update: 2021-07-24)