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SMK-Link USB-C Multi Port Hub review: This hub has every port you need for your new MacBook Pro

Getting a new MacBook Pro? You will love this little dongle! It has all the ports you need missing from your new laptop.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

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The new MacBook Pros (and the 12-inch MacBook) only uses USB-C ports for its connections. So if you want to connect anything other than a USB-C device, you'll need a dongle. And the SMK-Link USB-C Multi Port Hub is the dongle that connects them all.

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SMK-Link USB-C Multi Port Hub

The Good

Conveniently adds all the popular peripheral ports (USB, HDMI, SD, miniSD, Gigabit Ethernet) to your MacBook's USB-C port.

The Bad

It's a bit pricey and the USB-C port can only be used for pass-through charging, not data tranfers.

The Bottom Line

Want access to every port you'd need for your new MacBook Pro? This is the adapter to get.

Despite its small size, once plugged in, it instantly turns any USB-C port into multiple peripheral ports, including three regular USB 3.0 ports, one SD card slot, one miniSD card slot, one HDMI port and one Gigabit Ethernet port. It also has one USB-C port for pass-through charging; necessary if you use it with the 12-inch MacBook, which has just one USB-C port for both charging and data.

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The hub connects to a computer via its 5.5-inch long dongle allowing for some flexibility. This means when you move the laptop around, you're less likely to accidentally disconnect from any devices.

There's only one catch, with a suggested retail price of $99, it's one of the most expensive dongles. However, I've seen it online for as low as $80. But since it has pretty much every port, it's well worth the investment.

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