Review: Satechi Card Reader Hub Adds Back the SD Card Reader to the New MacBook Pros

Satechi specializes in making low-cost accessories that fit right in with Apple gear and in many cases, provide features Apple left out, such as the absence of an SD card reader in the new MacBook Pros. Case in point, the Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub & Card Reader ($29.99). This combination USB 3.0 hub and card reader matches the Apple look and feel with its aluminum composition. Satechi actually added some touches I wish Apple did, such as a grippy rubber bottom to keep the card reader in place on your desk. 

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Another nice feature is there are separate slots for microSD and SD cards, so you don't need a microSD to SD adapter. The gadget consumes one USB 3.0 port from your desktop or laptop and delivers 3 USB 3.0 ports. The Hub and Card Reader is affordable and quite compact, with a built-in USB cable. Make sure that you have a USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter if you intend to use this with the newest MacBook Pro laptops which only come with USB-C ports. 

Satechi

Pros

  • Elegant design right at home with Apple gear
  • Separate microSD and SD card ports
  • Three USB 3.0 ports
  • Rubberized footpad
  • Affordable and compact

Cons

  • Not USB-C based

Final Verdict

If you work with SD cards and microSD cards, the Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub & Card Reader from Satechi makes it easy to access their contents. 

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