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The EZQuest USB-C Multimedia 10-in-1 Gen 2 Hub (X40031) is a pocket-sized bar of aluminum packed with all the connections you need to extend your computer’s usefulness using just a single USB-C port. The new EZQuest hub even has its own braided Nylon cable, so you don’t need to carry an extra one in your kit bag.
On one side of the 10-in-1 Hub are two USB 3 Type-A ports with speeds up to 5Gbps for attaching legacy items like keyboards, dongles or memory sticks. Next to the two ports are SD and microSD cards slots for quickly transferring photos, audio files or video footage.
The other side of the 10-in-1 Hub has a power input port for passing through up to 100W from the laptop power supply or any multi-point charger. The point of this port is to supply power to the host computer as well as energy to any attached peripherals that might need it. Next to the power input, there’s an HDMI port with the capability to drive an external 4K monitor with a refresh rate of up to 60Hz on DP1.4 or 30Hz on DP 1.2.
Moving along from the HDMI port, there are two USB-C ports with a data transfer speed of up to 10Gbps. One of the ports can output 5V at up to 7.5W for more power-hungry devices. The second port can deliver 5V and up to 2.5W. This is the first hub with two USB-C data ports and a USB-C power input that I have seen. That makes it rather useful as more peripherals switch to USB-C.
There are two final ports on the 10-in-1 Hub. One is a handy 3.5mm headset jack combining audio out and mic when using a three-pole jack plug. It’s ideal for gaming headsets or using a pair of wired earphones for video meetings. The last port is an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet for connecting to a router or corporate network, no matter where you are.
Verdict: This superb little 10-in-1 Hub Hub from EZQuest is one of the best I’ve looked at recently. It has all the ports people need and can drive an external monitor at 4K and 60Hz. If you want to drive more than one screen, you may need to look at a more expensive model from the likes of Plugable. This little device has everything you need on the road or when working from home. It has an integrated nylon braided cable with strain relief, so it should provide good service for many years. Overall, this is a great little hub and highly recommended.
Pricing & Availability: The EZQuest USB-C Multimedia 10-in-1 Gen 2 Hub costs $89.99 and is available now.
More info: www.ezq.com
- Model: X40031
- Video: 1 x HDMI 4K (60Hz on DP1.4 or 30Hz on DP 1.2)
- PD: 1 x USB-C 100W Power Delivery port version 3.0 with pass-thru charging up to 88W output and FRS technology or 5Gbs data.
- USB data ports: 2 x USB-C Gen 2 (10Gbps) ports, 1 with BC1.2 (5V/1.5A -7.5W), 2nd one 5V/0.5A (2.5W) power output, 2 x USB-A 3.0 ports BC1.2 each output 5V/1.5A (7.5W). When using all the ports simultaneously, the total shared data is 10Gbps and the total shared power is 10W.
- Ethernet: 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet with LED indicator.
- Memory cards: 1 x SDHC and 1 X Micro SDHC card reader.
- Audio: 1 x 3.5mm audio jack with microphone 2-in-1.
- Cable length: 28 cm/11 Inches
- Dimension: 16 x 43 x 123mm / 0.6 x 1.7 x 4.83 inches.
- Weight: 3oz.
- Power: To support full-speed charging for iPad Pro or other USB-C mobile devices, the power adapter should be at least 15V (45W). Power adapters less than 45W will not supply enough power for pass-through charging.
- Warranty: 18 months.
Compatibility: All Apple computers with USB-C/USB4, Thunderbolt 3/4 ports, all PC computers with USB-C/USB4, Thunderbolt 3/4 ports, Smartphones and tablets with OTG support, Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S8 & S9 Plus, Google Chromebook Pixel, Mac OS Version 10.13.6 and above, Windows 8.1 and above, Chrome OS 46.0.2490.82 and above, Android 7.0 and above.
Restrictions: USB-A ports will not support Apple SuperDrive (Use EZQuest X40100 USB-C to USB-A Female Mini Adapter to connect SuperDrive directly to a Mac).
USB-C ports will not operate a monitor. A USB-C port must support display output.