Expand your Mac mini in style
The Mac mini is not one of the Apple computers with the most problems in terms of number of ports. And it is that, along with the two USB C connectors with Thunderbolt technology, it also adds an HDMI port for video output and two USB A that always come in handy for accessories such as hard drives, USB microphones, etc.
Even so, having some kind of accessory or dock that allows you to expand its connection possibilities in a simple and, at the same time, aesthetic way is always interesting. That was already done by Satechi for the previous generation with Intel processors, but now it has launched a new version that will be even more interesting for the owners of this small Apple desktop.
In terms of design it is identical to the previous one. That is, basically the same thickness and also with the same form factor of the Mac mini to be able to place it just below it and have that uniform appearance that makes it seem that both parts are the same device itself. In addition, this time the color is the same silver tone in which the Mac mini M1 is sold, although more than one would like to have the option of buying the two teams in space gray.
Regarding the connections, which in the end is what is really important, the new stand and hub for Mac mini Satechi offers on the front a microSD and SD card reader, a headphone jack, three USB A and a USB C port. Thanks to all this, access to different accessories is much faster and more comfortable for the user in their day a day.
Of course, the most interesting thing of all is that on this occasion something that we have already seen in other options such as dock or HUB in recent months has also been integrated: a ranura M.2 SATA so you can install an additional drive to expand the total storage capacity of your computer. This slot is located at the base, making it easy to access.
Thanks to this additional unit, you will not only have more space for documents and files you are working with, it could also serve as a drive for backups via Time Machine.
In one way or another it is a considerable advantage over other options, very aesthetic and practical for those who opt for base configurations of the Mac mini and need more storage or for those who still opting for models configured with more SSD capacity want to have a copy of Time Machine No drives hanging from the computer at all times.
Price and availability
The price of this new USB C HUB for the Mac mini, models with USB C from 2020 with M1 chip like the one from 2018 with Intel processor, is 99 euros. A price that is not bad at all considering the design itself, the connections it adds and that new option to expand the storage capacity by having a slot for SSD drives with an M.2 SATA connector.
However, it must also be said that this is not the only option that offers extra connections and SSD. Yes, it is the most aesthetic to use together with the Mac mini due to the integration it proposes, but we will tell you more about all these options that currently exist and that you could use with your Apple equipment and even any other that makes use of USB C.
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