Do you have an iPad Pro? It’s a pretty powerful device, and for some it can replace a laptop, even a desktop computer. But here’s an accessory that makes it even better and more versatile.
A nerve center.
Yes, when connecting a hub to that single USB-C port, you unlock many additional features, most likely ports, but for some that have a USB-A port, or an SD card slot, or a slot HDMI makes all the difference.
But which center to buy? I’ve tried a lot of hubs, and here are three of my favorites.
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This center looks like it was designed for the iPad Pro and it is. It fits snugly against the device instead of hanging up on the port. It fits neatly into the iPad Pro, and even fits in when the smart keyboard is attached.
Converts the single USB-C connection to 6 ports: 3.5mm audio jack, USB-A, SD, Micro SD, USB-C and HDMI.
It’s also available in silver or gray to fit your iPad Pro.
$ 90 on Amazon
Need something smaller and simpler?
The Satechi Type-C Smart Hub was one of the first adapters designed specifically for the iPad Pro
It offers a 4K HDMI port, USB-C PD 3.0 charging, USB 3.0 port and 3.5mm headphone jack, for a single USB-C connection.
This is a great way to add more features with less mass.
$ 60 on Amazon
A lively, cheap hub that adds two USB-A ports, an HDMI port and an SD / microSD card slot.
The only downside to this hub is that it has no USB-C port and does not support charging. Apart from that, if you need a basic hub to add some backward compatibility, this is an excellent hub for a good price.
$ 24 on Amazon