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Sony launches the fastest USB-C hub on the market with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support

The Sony MRW-S3 is the first USB-C hub to support USB 3.1 Gen 2. (Source: Sony)
The Sony MRW-S3 is the first USB-C hub to support USB 3.1 Gen 2. (Source: Sony)
Sony has launched the world's fastest USB-C hub, the MRW-S3. The device is differentiated from other similar products on the market by being the only one to support USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds up to 1000MB's.

USB-C hubs are a dime a dozen but one of the major frustrations with them is that up until now, none have taken full advantage of the USB 3.1/USB-C specification. This apparently hasn't gone unnoticed by Sony, which has developed a new USB-C hub that it has less imaginatively called the MRW-S3. The device is aimed at professional photographers, videographers and creators that own a notebook or desktop with at least one free USB-C port.

The MRW-S3 USB-C hub runs at the full USB 3.1 Gen 2 speed, which Sony says means that data transfers can be completed up to 1,000 MB/s. It also supports UHS-11 SD and microSD cards at full speeds, but maximum transfer rates are achieved when connected to an external SSD. At the same time, its HDMI power can output to a 4K monitor at 30fps. Even better, the MRW-S3 can support up to 100W USB Power Delivery (USB PD) with power level indicators that show if a port can be connected at maximum power supply levels for a stable connection.

While all of this is good news, the only trouble is that Sony hasn't indicated either a release date or a price in its press release. We will update this article when we get the necessary details.

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The MRW-S3 might only offer one USB-A port, but it has most other features covered. (Source: Sony)
The MRW-S3 might only offer one USB-A port, but it has most other features covered. (Source: Sony)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-07-13 (Update: 2019-07-13)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.