All-purpose accessory for PC, smartphone and tablet

In the jungle of USB-C hubs, sometimes it’s hard to navigate. Kensington, a historical accessory brand, is a very promising market place. We tested it.

Source: Robin Wake – Frandroid

The emergence of USB-C has been a blessing as well as a curse for the technology market. This unique connector promises to replace all previous connectors by integrating data transmission, power supply and video transmission at the same time. Very quickly the idea of ​​a USB-C hub was born, allowing you to find classic connectors for peripherals you already have, but can be used with a simple USB-C port.

Simply head over to Amazon to discover dozens of references that all promise exceptional performance. In this forest of products designed in China from often unknown brands, Kensington wants to find a place with a quality reference that is easy to spot.

Kensington UH1400P enters the arena

We were able to test the “UH1400P USB-C® 8-in-1 Mobile Docking Station” for several months. It’s an interesting product, as it ticks most of the boxes you’d expect from a modern USB-C hub.

Kensington USB-C Mobile Hub: A do-it-yourself accessory for your computer, smartphone, and tablet
Source: Robin Wake – Frandroid

As its name suggests, it is used without drivers and therefore offers fairly universal compatibility: Windows of course, but also macOS, ChromeOS, iPadOS and Android. For compatibility with iOS, it was mentioned on paper, but without a Lightning connection it wouldn’t really be useful.

Thus, any product that runs under one of these systems and provides a USB-C port will be compatible with a Kensington product.

Connection

In a fairly compact format of 105 x 52 x 13 mm for 80 grams, the Kensington USB-C hub offers a fairly comprehensive selection of ports. Everything you need to work on a daily basis.

So we find:

  • 3 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A (5V/0.9A)
  • USB-C charging port 85W
  • 1 SD or microSD card reader UHS-1
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60Hz)
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port

Once the USB-C hub is connected, it is possible to use an external 4K display, recharge your device up to 85W, and use everyday peripherals: USB key, keyboard, mouse, and printer.

The 85W recharge covers the needs of most devices, from Android smartphones to fairly thin mobile devices, including tablets.

It works well

Without reinventing hot water, the Kensington product works just fine. We had no rights over heating issues we might encounter on other products, or untimely disconnection.

Kensington USB-C Mobile Hub: A do-it-yourself accessory for your computer, smartphone, and tablet
Source: Robin Wake – Frandroid

We tested it with a laptop and an iPad Mini 6 and in both cases the product was always easy to use and responsive. Thus, in the iPad OS, the external monitor, the mouse connected via USB, and the RJ45 cable were perfectly recognized by the system. Loaded on PC like iPad, and no warning message warning that the power level is too low.

On other USB-C hubs we’ve been able to test over the years, this is the kind of problem we might have. The connection was present, but the device might have connectivity or charging issues. Connecting multiple devices simultaneously can also be a problem.

The finishes are also typical with the small frame anodized aluminum with the most beautiful effect.

Kensington USB-C Mobile Hub Price and Release Date

Kensington UH1400P is sold at €75 by Amazon.fr. This price may seem high compared to the competitors, but here you buy some peace of mind.

The Kensington product is known to be fully compatible with the USB-C standard, which allows for hassle-free use, without drivers or compatibility issues.

Kensington offers a 2-year warranty with this product.


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