The 22 Best iPad Accessories (2021): Cases, Keyboards, Chargers, and Hubs
Whether you want a standard dongle-style hub or just something without an integrated stand, here are a few other options I’ve tried and liked.
Twelve of the South StayGo Mini USB-C Hub for $ 60: This little USB-C hub is probably just what you need, and it is seriously compact. It’s a little taller but narrower than a lightweight Zippo, and you get a 4K HDMI port, a USB-A, an 85-watt USB-C port with pass-through charging, and a headphone jack. I had trouble adapting it to an iPad protected by a case, but the Twelve Southerners includes a female USB-C to male USB-C cable that solves this issue.
Hyper HyperDrive 6-in-1 Dongle for $ 90: It has a 60-watt USB-C port, USB-A, MicroSD slot, SD card slot, 3.5-mm audio, and 4K 60-Hz HDMI. You can plug it into your iPad Mini, Air, or USB-C port and slit flush and firmly on the side or replace with a flappy, short cable. You’ll need the cable if you have a case on your iPad, and the Hyper provides screws and a screwdriver to replace the part (I took two minutes). Just remember to unplug it when you’re not using it, as your tablet’s battery will slowly drain.
Satechi USB-C Hybrid With SSD Enclosure for $ 90: Satechi’s four port hubs are very small, considering the number of ports you can get, but there’s a good reason for this. Pop the aluminum cover and find a slot for the M.2 SATA solid state storage drive slot. That means access to an external SSD, along with two USB-A jacks, a 100-watt USB-C pass-through charging port, and a 4K HDMI at the same time. I don’t have an M.2 SATA drive to try, however this 1-terabyte card should work. Note that Satechi hub does not support NVME M.2 cards.
Hyper USB-C to 2.5 Gbps Ethernet Adapter for $ 50: Most people don’t need an Ethernet port on an iPad, but you’re probably getting a stab at some cloud gaming on your tablet. If so, you need the fastest speed you can get so that your games appear at the highest quality possible. This simple, aluminum USB-C to Ethernet dongle delivers about 630 Mbps download speeds, which is what usually hits my desktop, the iPad Pro.