Wishing the MacBook Had More Ports? Try This USB-C Hub from Kingston

Apple may still offer Lightning ports on its iOS devices, but clearly USB-C is the future of its MacBook line and maybe future iOS devices. For Apple users who have the newer MacBooks, like I do, but miss the ports found in older MacBook Pro laptops, there is the Nucleum ($49.99) from Kingston. 

Related: USB Hub Review: Keep Unsightly Cables Hidden from View

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The Nucleum has a whopping seven ports. There are two traditional USB-A ports, two USB-C ports (one for data and one for powering your MacBook) an SD card slot and a microSD card slot. Many competing docks stop there, but the Nucleum adds an HDMI port, with support for 4K.

All of this comes in a sleek compact design that includes a built-in USB-C cable so you don't have to worry about losing such a cable. If you have a silver MacBook, the Nucleum will match your laptop; but Apple sells Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold MacBooks, so it would be nice if the Nucleum was offered in more colors. 

Pros

  • 7 ports
  • Compact design
  • Integrated USB-C cable
  • Includes HDMI
  • SD card and microSD card slots

Cons

  • Only one color offered

Final Verdict

If you miss the ports on an older MacBook Pro, the Nucleum from Kingston will help you in the office and on the road. 

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