Review: Finally, a Charging Station with Both USB-C and Traditional USB Ports

There are a lot of USB charging hubs, but it's rare to find one that supports USB-C as well. Fortunately, Satechi has embraced USB-C with several notable products, including the 60W 6-Port Multi-Port USB Desktop Charging Station ($29.99).

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The Desktop Charging Station is solidly built and has two USB-C ports and four traditional USB ports, so it's great for folks who have a combination of new and older devices. For example, the latest MacBook uses USB-C and several new Android devices use USB-C, but iPhones and iPads still rely on traditional USB ports.

Satechi makes many of its products available in multiple colors and this is no exception, as it's sold in black or white. There is no external power brick required, so it's great for travel. The charging station ports also support smart charging so each port can provide just the amount of power needed. It's quite affordable, but keep in mind it is not a battery pack. 

Pros

  • Solidly built
  • Two USB-C ports, plus four traditional USB ports
  • Available in Black or White
  • No external power brick required
  • Smart charging support

Cons

  • Not a battery pack

Final Verdict

If you have a mix of USB-C and traditional USB devices, the Satechi Charging Station is a great companion at home and at work. 

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