Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub
The Twelve South StayGo is an unobtrusive portable USB-C Hub that gives you most of the extra ports you need, while also passing power through to you laptop.
There are plenty of USB-C hubs on offer and also more powerful laptop docking stations.
The StayGo is something in between – it has a bunch of different ports but is also lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket for portability.
Its closest rival for the portable USB-C dock crown is CalDigit’s Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock. While it’s not as powerful as that dock (which can run two external displays at 60Hz 4K, but works only with T3 laptops, not plain USB-C) it does feature one more USB-A port, and attaches to the laptop by a longer cable so is neater. It’s also cheaper!
The StayGo measures 15mm-x-127mm-x- 62mm (0.59in-x-5in-x-2.44in), and weighs 133g (4.7 ounces).
Like most docks and hubs, it’s also plug and play, so doesn’t require tricky drivers.
It features three 5Gbps USB-A ports (one with BC 1.2 7.5W Fast Charge), two USB-C (one with 85W PD charging for connecting the hub to your laptop, and another for connecting to your laptop’s power charger), an HDMI port (4K at 30Hz or full 1080p), Gigabit Ethernet Port, and SD Card and Micro SD readers.
This should be enough for most people. If you want to add more than one external display, look at our other recommended laptop docking stations.
It comes with a 1m USB-C cable to link the dock to the laptop, and features a neat detachable USB-C cable for when you’re travelling without a cable and don’t need the laptop to be charged at the same time.
This fits inside the dock, and so doesn’t flap around like a lot of USB-C adapters.
Its Gigabit Ethernet port – to connect to faster-than-Wi-Fi wired networks – is much more robust than the flimsy connectors on some hubs.
The SD and Micro SD card readers can connect and download simultaneously – handy for creatives with high-resolution photos or 4K video for editing.
We love these card readers for other reasons, though. You can pick up a 250GB SD or Micro SD Card for around £50 / $50, and this makes an excellent, tiny backup or archive solution that’s much cheaper and faster than a portable hard drive or adding a larger SSD drive to your laptop.
Its aluminium case ensures its light weight and also helps to dissipate heat from the charging.
It works with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 laptops, including Apple MacBooks and Windows notebooks.
Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub: Specs
- 4K HDMI Port, 2x USB A 3.0 Ports, (1) Dual functionality USB A port w/ BC 1.2 for up to 7.5 Watts for faster charging, Gigabit Ethernet Port, SD Port / Micro SD Port, and USB C 3.1 Port 85W PD.
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