The Full-Featured MacBook Hub With Space for MagSafe
Chris Webster | April 11, 2023
Designed specifically for the 14” and 16” MacBook Pro, and the M2 MacBook Air, the Plugable USB-C 5-in-1 Hub (AMS-5IN1E) has a few standard features you don’t often see on a standard “Mac compatible” hub. Features like a Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 compatible USB-C port—a rarity in similar MacBook hubs—so you get the same performance out of the hub that you’d expect from your laptop, and of course, space for MagSafe charging.
The Power of a Full-Featured USB-C Port
When it comes to finding hubs for MacBooks, it can sometimes feel like you’re making a compromise. It might be more portable than a docking station, but often USB-C ports on hubs will support data transfer only at basic speeds, or even just passthrough charging
The AMS-5IN1E changes that with a full-featured USB-C 40Gbps port that’s compatible with USB4 and Thunderbolt 4. That means you can extend a display up to 6K 60Hz, transfer data at up to 40Gbps, charge your laptop with up to 100W pass-through charging, or 15W downstream charging to a phone or tablet. Basically, it can do anything you’d expect from one of your Mac’s USB-C ports.
Space for MagSafe
Speaking of compromises, what good are a couple of USB ports if they block the block the MagSafe3 charging port. The AMS-5IN1E was purpose-built with a cutout to accommodate your MagSafe charging cable. But why is that important? This hub is all about choice, and while you can use the full-featured USB-C port to charge your laptop at 100W, using MagSafe3 provides up to 140W on 16-inch MacBook Pro models Perfect for faster charging and working under heavier workloads.
All Added Up
With no drivers to download or software to install, the AMS-5IN1E is ready for easy expansion. Just plug the AMS-5IN1E into the two USB-C ports on the side of your Mac for quick access to 2x USB 3.0 ports (5Gbps), perfect for a keyboard, mouse, or legacy accessory. The full-featured USB-C port (40Gbps) can do anything you’d expect from one of your Mac’s USB-C ports, including extending connecting a DisplayPort or HDMI dongle to add another display, or even connecting a native Thunderbolt display up to 6K 60Hz. And of course, take advantage of the Gigabit Ethernet port for a strong, stable connection. It even returns the combination audio port for good measure.
Compatible with 14” and 16” MacBook Pro and MacBook Air systems with Apple Silicon CPUs and USB-C/USB4 ports.
Precision engineered to align with your hub, the AMS-5IN1E is designed for a snug and secure fit, so it won’t work with a laptop case.
Buy the Plugable USB-C 5-in-1 Hub Designed for Apple MagSafe
List Price: $32.95
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