Twelve South has launched a new USB-C Hub, a completely new accessory for the well-known accessory manufacturer, but in which has gathered many good ideas to get a very versatile accessory, useful both at the office or home desk and in the portability backpack.
StayGo is what this new accessory is called ideal for anyone who has an iPad Pro or a MacBook in any of its varieties, thanks to the USB-C port of these accessories. Connect several storage devices, an external display, Ethernet cable or memory cards while recharging our device It is possible with a single accessory. We have tried it and these are our impressions.
Design and specifications
It is a very compact device made of aluminum and black. Anyone who has tried Twelve South products will already know that the finishes are simply perfect, and this StayGo does not disappoint in this regard. The touch and the feeling is of being a very solid and well finished product. The aluminum that covers it serves to dissipate the heat of the accessory, a common problem of these products and that Twelve South has solved in the best possible way. By design and materials we are in one of the best in its category without any doubt.
With a single USB-C connector that goes to our laptop or iPad Pro we get a total of 8 ports. The specifications of each of them are as follows:
- 1 USB-C that connects to our MacBook or iPad Pro (85W Power Delivery)
- 1 USB-C to connect the charger of our MacBook or iPad Pro (up to 100W)
- 1 USB-A 3.0 with fast charging 7.5W and 5Gbps transmission speed
- 2 USB-A 3.0 with 5Gbps transmission speed
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet
- HDMI (4K 30Hz and 1080p)
- SD and microSD reader (Secure Digital v3.0 UHS-I, with transfer rates 104MB / sec) that can be used simultaneously.
In this case, the Twelve South accessory does not make a difference, since it uses conventional connections, without reaching USB 3.1 or UHS-II card readers with higher transfer speeds. They could also have changed one of the USB-A for a USB-C and thus not lose the port when connecting the hub. But instead It offers us a fantastic solution to use it both at our home or office desk, or carry it in the backpack and use it on the train or plane comfortably: a specific cable for every occasion.
Hub It includes a small cable, 12cm, which is hidden inside and therefore you can always take with you. It is ideal to carry in your backpack or luggage without having to drag other cables, which we already carry with the chargers. By the time we work at the home desk, a cable longer than 1 meter So you don't have the slightest problem. I think it's a great idea because I hate using long cables when I don't need them. The longer cable also ends in "L" which I really like for the iPad Pro.
There is not much to say in this section, since it is simply to connect the different cables in the StayGo hub and use them. After a while using it takes a certain temperature, something completely normal because it uses the aluminum case itself to dissipate heat. The weight of StayGo makes it perfect for use on the desk and having all your cables perfectly organized without moving.
A detail that I always look at is the distance between the connections: all cables and accessories can be connected simultaneously without disturbing each other, something that is usually a problem in other hubs that place the connections close together to save space. The connections are stable, there are no cuts when transferring files, everything works as it should. Something important is that StayGo needs 15W to work. The input is up to 100W and the output up to 85W, which is perfect for any Apple device, from the iPad Pro to the most powerful MacBook Pro, but you should keep in mind when consuming 15W of the charger, with the official charger of the iPad Pro, for example, you will not be able to charge your iPad while using this device, you will need a more powerful one.
Twelve South makes the difference with the rest of USB-C hubs on the market with its StayGo by design and finishes. A solid block of aluminum ideal for use on the desk but small enough to carry adjacent to any side. Its portability is multiplied thanks to the two cables of different length, the small one also integrated into the device itself. For anyone who has a MacBook or an iPad Pro, a USB-C Hub is a must, and this Twelve South StayGo sets the bar high. At the moment it is available only on the Twelve South website for $ 99.99 (link), but soon it will also reach other online stores.
- Editor rating
- 4.5 star rating
? $ 99
- StayGo Hub USB-C
- Review of: Luis Padilla
- Compact and lightweight
- Premium materials and finishes
- 8 ports using only one USB-C
- Desktop and laptop use
- Consumes 15W of the charger
- You lose the USB-C you use
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