Tripp Lite U460-ST4-4A-C USB hub is also an adjustable, foldable, and portable laptop stand
USB hubs are rather ho-hum products. There are so many on the market, it is impossible for one to stand out in the crowd, right? Well, I would have agreed with that statement until I saw the all-new Tripp Lite U460-ST4-4A-C, that is.
What exactly is this new product? Basically, it is a USB hub that turns one USB-C port on your computer into four USB-A ports. This allows you to simultaneously connect things like a keyboard, mouse, flash drive, and more. In addition, this hub has a USB-C port for pass-through charging. That means if your laptop supports charging over USB-C, this hub can interface and deliver power while only using a single USB-C port.
OK, cool, but there are plenty of USB hubs that do that. Why is this one special? Ah, great question! As you can see from the product images above, this hub looks much different than others. You see, in addition to being a USB hub, it's also an an adjustable, foldable, and portable laptop stand! It can prop-up your laptop on a desk or table for better screen-viewability, but also, it can fold up and go into a bag when you want to take it on a trip.
"Tripp Lite's newest 4-port USB-C hub (model U460-ST4-4A-C) is built into an adjustable, foldable laptop stand. The attached USB-C cable connects to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port on a laptop to create a multiport workstation. Four USB-A ports support data transfer up to 5 Gbps and share up to 15 watts for charging mobile devices. A USB-C Power Delivery (PD) port supports power output up to 100 watts for charging the source device via the device's wall charger," says Tripp Lite.
David Posner, the company's VP of Connectivity and Peripherals explains, "Creating a comfortable place to work can be a challenge, especially outside of a traditional office. Tripp Lite's new hub integrates peripheral support, host device charging and a laptop stand. In a single, compact unit, users have an adjustable workstation they can take anywhere."
The Tripp Lite U460-ST4-4A-C USB-C hub can be purchased from Amazon here immediately. The current price is $54.54. While that is a strange number, it seems reasonable given the features and functionality. While I have not seen one in person, it looks solidly built and well-engineered based on the photos.
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