Satechi has a new USB 4 multiport adapter in its range, which has, among other things, a faster Ethernet connection with 2.5 gigabit performance. Currently only available in the USA, the new device will be available there with a recommended retail price of $149.99.
There are now plenty of multiport adapters for the combined USB-C and Thunderbolt connections of current Apple computers. However, the connections for gigabit Ethernet that are sufficient for most users are usually installed there. Satechi now combines the faster 2.5 Gbps Ethernet connection standard with a multifunction hub for the USB-C connection.
The adapter is already compatible with the USB 4 standard and thus supports the possible transfer rates of up to 40 Gbps. Thanks to backward compatibility with Thunderbolt and USB-C, the accessory can also be used with all current Macs.
Specifically, when used with a Mac, the following connection options are available on the new Satechi hub:
- HDMI 2.1 – up to 8K/60Hz (4K/60Hz on Mac)
- USB-A 3.2 – up to 10Gbps (without charging option and video output)
- USB-C 3.2 – up to 10Gbps and 100W PD (without video output)
- USB-C 3.2 – up to 10Gbps (without charging option and video output)
- Audio jack – USB 2.0
- Ethernet – 2.5 gigabits
In connection with the above information, the manufacturer also expressly points out that the USB-A ports neither offer a charging function nor can they be used with external CD drives – the Apple Super Drive is also affected by this.
Adapter to 2.5 Gbps Ethernet also available separately
The price quoted by Satechi is of course a decent number. If you only want to connect your Mac quickly via Ethernet, there are alternatively designed individual adapters.
The USB-C adapter from RSHTECH advertises this option for currently only 20 euros. A comparable product is also available with the PowerExpand from Anker, but at 40 euros it is quite a bit more expensive.