AUKEY CB-C71, the ideal eight-port hub for our Mac or iPad Pro

Thanks to the popularization of USB-C ports and connectors, we can connect more and more devices natively to our Mac or iPad. And when the connector is different? For this, there are a variety of adapters and to go a little further the hubs, devices that make a single connector worth eight.

Design, weight and size, the usual AUKEY

In terms of design, and as the accessories manufacturer AUKEY has already accustomed us, this hub is elegant and simple. With a flat, rounded design and in a dark finish which with its small size makes it go even more unnoticed. Thanks to the curved design and two-tone play, the ports, while clearly visible, are not the center of attention of the device.

Going into more practical details, it’s important to point out that the eight ports are spaced far enough apart that we can use them comfortably. When we connect or disconnect, for example, the HDMI cable, we do be able to put the fingers on both sides and in a comfortable position, without having to pull on the cable to disconnect it.

At the base, four fairly non-slip rubber mats hold the hub in place, even if the cables around it move slightly. A detail that joins the small travel / transport bag to store the device.

The dimensions of the device are 102 x 57 x 15 mm and it weighs 57 grams or, in other words, compact in size and with minimum weight. Its cable length is 150 mm, sufficient for the hub rests on the table when we connect it to an iPad Pro placed in the « vertical » position with a little cover.

Connectors, the protagonists

Considering the design and functionality of the device, let’s talk about the connection ports it offers us and some details on how it works. We have eight ports at our disposal which are distributed as follows:

  • 3 ports USB-A 3.1
  • 1 port USB-C
  • 1 port HDMI
  • 1 SD card slot
  • 1 MicroSD card slot
  • 1 port Ethernet

The choice of ports, at least with the accessories that I usually use with my devices, seems to me very balanced in terms of functionality. Of all these ports we have to highlight some specifications, mentioning in passing that, as expected, we can use all ports at the same time.

  • The USB-C port, which is the one we will use to charge our Mac or iPad, is capable of allow up to 100W of power, making it ideal for charging the 16-inch MacBook Pro that comes with a 96W charger.
  • Le port Ethernet a Supports 1 Gbit speeds, which makes it ideal for connecting to a NAS, for example, for editing videos from a Final Cut library.
  • The HDMI port, with which we can connect our iPad or Mac to an external monitor, supports 4K resolutions at 30Hz.
  • All USB ports, as well as SD and microSD card slots (maximum capacity of 2TB) reach 5 Gbit / s transfer speeds.

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In all tests, the AUKEY CB-C71 fulfilled everything that was promised. From power supply to simultaneous use of several devices, including a Gigabit Ethernet connection. A device highly recommended for its clean appearance, quality finishes and functionality.

With this AUKEY hub, it confirms what we already knew about the brand: they are able to create high quality accessories at a moderate price.