What you need to know
- Satechi has announced a new Mac mini hub.
- Along with various ports, the hub includes expandable SSD storage for easy upgrades.
Satechi has today announced a new USB-C hub that's designed to sit under a 2020 Mac mini and provide a host of connectivity options. But the main claim to fame here is the expandable storage — via M.2 SATA SSD, no less.
Priced at $99 (opens in new tab) and finished in the same color as the M1 Mac mini, this hub offers three USB-A data ports, a micro/SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack around the front. But it's undoubtedly that expandable storage that steals the show. Especially when you remember you can't upgrade the storage inside the Mac mini itself. The whole thing connects to your Mac via USB-C, too.
Planning on putting a new Satechi hub underneath your M1 Mac mini? You can order one from Amazon for $99 (opens in new tab) right now. I just wish they made one for the 2018 Intel Mac mini — but then again, this Intel i7 gets so hot it'd probably cook it anyway!
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This is compatible with the 2018 mac mini. So your wish has been granted.
Had they done this 6 months ago I might have bought it. As it is I got one from a different company that supports a standard SSD. Lord knows there is plenty of room in that box. I also have mine sitting on top of my Mac Mini (M1), which gets the ports up where they are a little easier to access. The divit in Satechi's kind of makes underneath the default. I do like Satechi though. Happy with what I have of theirs.
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