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The Symbus USB-C is a pricey, but useful, accessory for owners of new Mac laptops

There are a plethora of hubs for use with the 2016-2017 MacBook Pros and 12-inch MacBooks, but sometimes you just need a compact dock with specific functions. Enter Moshi’s $124.95 Symbus USB-C Hub.

It charges and connects your USB-C loving Mac laptop to an HDMI monitor (4K@30Hz, 1080p@60Hz). There’s a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired data transfer up to 1000 Mbps and two USB-A Gen 1 ports for connecting a keyboard, mouse, hard drive, etc.

The USB ports have a transfer data rate of 5Gbps. Both provide fast charging in addition to the data delivery. Aside from those four ports, there’s a DC power port on the back that connects to a standard power pack and cord for the dock.

The Symbus can handle 4K video output, as well as digital surround sound. The aluminum-encased hub also boasts fast-charging of a laptop (up to 65 W) and features Moshi’s proprietary Smart LED that allows you to see the charging status. 

One caveat: the 65W is only compatible with MacBooks and MacBook Pros up through the 13-inch model from late 2016. The 15-inch MacBook Pro (late 2016, mid-2017) with Touch Bar requires 87W of power in order to charge it. 

Using the Symbus is easy; you just plug it in. It’s Thunderbolt-3 compatible and 100% plug ’n play, so no drivers are needed. There’s a free Moshi USB-C Dock utility app available at the Mac App Store. It lets you see the charging status of your Mac, eject any connected devices, and update the firmware if needed. It’s a handy utility, but not necessary to use the hub.

The Symbus — available only in a silver flavor — measures 4.53 x 2.8 x 1.14 inches, so is easily transported. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but offers a lot of functionality in a package for owners of new Mac laptops.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.