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Here are the most interesting USB-C accessories from CES 2022

Finally, you can connect multiple USB-C devices into a single hub, thanks to Intel’s closely related Thunderbolt technology.

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A set of new USB-C accessories that were on display at CES 2022 It suggests that data and charging technology may be on the cusp of reaching its potential after its arrival seven years ago.

USB-C . port And related standards are already installed in laptops, Android phones, and countless accessories. USB-C first appeared in the 2015 Apple MacBooks and Google Chromebooks. The oval connector has replaced the rectangular USB-A ports on computers and the smaller, trapezoidal USB Micro-B ports on many Android phones.

But a batch of new products at CES show the ever-growing adoption of USB-C. With one major exception, everything from cars and headphones to game controllers and chargers for multiple devices now offers USB-C connectivity. (Yes, that major exception is Apple’s iPhone, but I still I hope it comes to iPhone Someday.)

The deeper changes come with the standards that govern what USB cables and ports can do. the Upgrading from USB 3 to USB 4Now reaching laptops and other devices, it means faster data transfer and docking with multiple USB-C ports. the USB PD (Power Delivery) standard It can handle more and more charging needs, now including high-end gaming laptops.

Here’s a look at some of the new USB-C devices from CES 2022. As products aren’t available for sale yet, we’ve linked to product information on the manufacturer’s website.

Connectable

The $189 USB4-HUB3A USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4 Hub goes beyond versatility in many hubs and docking stations to focus on just USB and Thunderbolt, the closely related connector technology from Intel on which USB 4 is based. A USB-C or Thunderbolt connection becomes On the laptop three on this axis. Plus there’s a USB-A port for your keyboard, thumb drive, or other accessory that’s not part of the modern age. It comes with its own external charger which means the USB-C/Thunderbolt ports can supply up to 15W of power to anything connected, which is useful for external drives and a few other accessories.

Hyper

Hyper’s 4-port Thunderbolt hub handles power and data tasks using either USB-C or Thunderbolt. One port connects to a laptop that delivers up to 96W of power – enough for nearly any high-end laptop. Three more outlets connect to other devices and deliver up to 15W of power. Unusually, the Hyper hub has power electronics built in, so all you need to power it is a cable, not the usual mix of cable and power bricks. Hyper did not disclose pricing or availability.

Sachi

The $120 Satechi USB-C 4-Port Charger can generate up to 165W of power, which is a high rating useful for handling a powerful laptop and some other devices like tablets and phones. For years, USB-C chargers also had USB-A ports, but since new iPhones come with a Lightning-USB-C cable and millions of other smartphones are USB-C all the way, having 4 USB-C ports is more benefit for the future. The Satechi charger uses gallium nitride (GaN) power electronics for a much smaller footprint.

EZQuest

EZQuest’s $80 7-Port USB-C Gen 2 Hub Adapter includes three 10Gbps USB-C ports and one 5Gbps USB-C port that can also pass through up to 100W of power if you Connect your laptop charger to the pass. Harbor. It connects to your computer with a built-in 9″ cable. It also has three USB-A ports on the other side. Although it is compressed, none of the USB ports support video.

Targus

Targus, best known for its laptop bags, has announced a $443 USB-C docking station that also has a built-in fingerprint reader for authentication. This can come in handy as biometric logins become more prevalent, with passwords even being replaced in some situations. This docking station can also provide up to 100W to power a laptop, has 1 USB-C port and 4 USB-A ports for other peripherals, supports dual 4K displays and comes with 3.5mm audio jacks and RJ-45 Ethernet cables. It is scheduled to ship this month.

Hyper

If you’d rather have the useful ports rather than the elegant interface of Apple’s new iMac computers, the $200 Hyperdrive Turntable is well worth a look. It’s 360-degree swivel perfectly fits the iMac base and offers a wide selection of ports: one USB-C, four USB-A, one SD card slot, one HDMI, and one phat M.2 for fast and smooth NVMe SSDs (HDD drives). Solid State) You can easily plug and detach it like a flash card for extra storage capacity.

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The $499 Anker 535 Portable Power Station is a big battery — 512Wh, about 10 times the capacity of the MacBook Pro. It has a 60W USB-C charging port, three USB-A ports, a 12V car charging port and four conventional AC power outlets for devices like CPAP devices you’ll want to power even during a power outage. (If you are charging devices such as laptops or phones, avoid using AC sockets, as you will only be wasting power as it is converted from DC power from the battery to AC power to the socket and back to DC power to your device.) Got an emergency light bar.

EZQuest

The EZQuest UltimatePower 120W USB-C Charger can charge one powerful MacBook Pro or two smaller 60W laptops. GaN’s electronics and foldable prongs make it compact – smaller than a credit card in length and width, although of course thicker. In addition to the USB-C ports, it has a USB-A port for older devices. Comes with a 2-meter USB-C cable and an adapter for use in European countries. It should be shipped in mid-February.

Editors note (11:47AM PT): Fixed two EZQuest images, which were accidentally reversed when the story was first posted earlier.

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