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A solid choice especially for Mac, with a couple of concerns
on April 9, 2018
I have been using this USB hub for the past couple of months. The build quality is EXCELLENT (aluminum body and connector, thick gauge wiring, solid connector tolerances) and it doesn't seem to struggle much, if at all, with connectivity.
The MacBook I use for it had to learn a few things. First, when I started using it, I would connect an external HD to it, and the HD always struggled with ejecting before disconnecting. I never had this problem when I connected it directly to the computer, which seems to suggest that the interface and whatever software/driver is on this hub might interfere with properly unmounting external hardware. I didn't even have the option to "force eject." What I had to do (several times, I might add) is to restart the Finder, or restart the computer. I no longer have this problem.
A weakness with this hub is it's prioritization of external peripherals such as the universal radio controller for Logitech components. I can rarely get a steady signal when I connect the universal dongle for Logitech mice and keyboards. I would strongly recommend that these external mice and keyboards be connected through bluetooth or directly into the computer.
I also experienced the "Ghost of WiFi" problem when I connected a lot to this hub. It has been reported as a hardware bug that the airport will "tap out" of usage when too many things are connected to the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C connectors. Using this dongle with most of the ports connected to something without the thru-put power (connecting your power cable to the dongle itself) caused this problem. I would advise that this is not a limitation of the dongle, but merely a hardware/firmware problem that Apple will have to correct. To avoid it, simply make sure you use the thru-power feature of the USB-C port on this dongle for powering your computer.
I have not tested the Ethernet, though one reason I got it was to address the "Ghost of WiFi" problem should it arise. The aux sound output works very well, but you need to make sure that it is selected in your choice audio interface, or you won't hear anything (found as "USB PNP Device." I found a serious issue when using MainStage in MacOS where it was modulating the audio by a few cents. This is an odd issue, and I'm not entirely sure if it's the program or the drivers on the hub, but I would watch out for that if you are an audiophile or producer/composer.