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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.
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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.

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
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1262 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, 2019-07-13 (Update: 2019-07-13)