Saturday, 22 Sep 2018

AUKEY releases new CB-C55 USB-C hub

AnandTech reports that AUKEY released a new USB-C hub: the CB-C55. It looks like a compact device but due to the inclusion of an ethernet and a VGA port, it’s not as thin as the Satechi Slim Aluminum USB-C hub.

We’re also curious about the chipset that the Gigabit Ethernet port uses. Some products, like the Caldigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite, require that macOS users install a driver. We’re not particularly fond of that.

For people whose job involves regular usage of beamers, this looks to be an interesting device though. It supports both HDMI and VGA.

One notable limitation is the power it can deliver: this is limited to 24W. This very much narrows the use case for this hub. From experience, we know that a laptop such as the 15″ Late 2016 MacBook Pro will consume 10W when idle. However when it’s connected to an external monitor, the discrete GPU kicks in and it’ll use 25-35W. Thus, we expect that when you hook up such a laptop to a beamer via this hub, you will slowly drain the laptop battery. With this hub, AUKEY is thus definitely targeting the 12″/13″ power-sipping netbook crowd.

AUKEY USB-C hub back view AUKEY USB-C hub front view