The latest gadget from Satechi is both a standard and USB-C hub made for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with a USB-C charging port, as well as the 2020 iPad Air. It costs $100, and with your tablet wedged into the stand, it should look more like a traditional monitor, so you can keep pretending it’s a true desktop replacement.
Like any hub, it gives you a handful of extra ports to expand the functionality of your iPad. It includes an HDMI port capable of outputting 4K with a refresh rate up to 60Hz, a USB-A data port, a USB-C PD port with up to 60W charging power, a headphone jack and separate slots for an SD and microSD card.
You don’t technically need an iPad to use this hub, as this folding stand is compatible with other computers, tablets, and phones that have a USB-C port. However, Satechi mentions that your device requires a USB-C PD port for “full compatibility” with the hub. It lists the last five years of MacBook Pros, the 2018 and 2020 MacBook Air, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 and Surface Go, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Google Pixelbook as viable companions to its hub. Extra compatibility is nice, but if you don’t have an iPad (and thus don’t need a stand), you can probably find another USB-C hub no less suitable for cheaper.
If this product appeals to you, Satechi is: $20 off cost through June 6 at midnight PT when you enter the offer code IPADPRO at the cash register.