The latest gadget from Satechi is both a stand and a USB-C hub made for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models that have a USB-C charging port, as well as the 2020 iPad Air. Itâ€™s $100, and with your tablet wedged into the stand, it should look more like a traditional monitor, so you can keep on pretending itâ€™s an actual desktop replacement.
Like any hub, it gives you a handful of extra ports for expanding the functionality of your iPad. This one includes an HDMI port capable of outputting 4K at up to 60Hz refresh rate, a USB-A data port, a USB-C PD port with up to 60W of charging power, a headphone jack, and separate slots for an SD and microSD card.
Put macOS on the iPad, you cowards
You technically donâ€™t need an iPad to use this hub, as this foldable stand is compatible with other computers, tablets, and phones that have a USB-C port. Satechi does mention, however, that your device needs a USB-C PD port for â€śfull compatibilityâ€ť with the hub. It lists the last five years of MacBook Pros, the 2018 and 2020 MacBook Air, Microsoftâ€™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 donâ€™t have an iPad (and thus, no need for the stand component), you can probably find a different USB-C hub thatâ€™s no less capable for cheaper.
If this product seems appealing to you, Satechi is knocking $20 off the cost through June 6th at midnight PT when you enter the offer code IPADPRO at checkout.