USB-C hubs are (sadly) fairly widespread these days, and now Sony is obtaining in the game with the MRW-S3, a great-seeking hub that checks a full bunch of substantial-finish spec boxes like 100W USB-C PD charging and a UHS-II SD card reader that most really don’t.
For any hub, the most crucial spec is what ports it features, and Sony has lots: there is an HDMI port for video (with assistance for 4K video at 30 fps), a USB-C PD port for plugging in energy (at up to the aforementioned 100W velocity), a USB-C and USB-A port for external units and add-ons, each rated for the USB three.one Gen two. Sony also says that specification tends to make its hub the quickest on the industry, with transfer speeds of up to 1000 MB/s, at least for the USB-C port. And rounding matters out are an SD card and microSD card slot, each rated for UHS-II cards.
Lastly, there is a last USB-C port for connecting the hub to a laptop or computer with an integrated USB-C to USB-C cable, which is a great touch — most hubs only supply an integrated cable or connector, even though the separate cable leaves space for end users to change it with a new cable if that element will get broken, or a longer cable, ought to they want a lot more versatility.
There are a number of quibbles: there is only a single USB-A port, for illustration, which tends to be a single of the major good reasons for getting a hub like this, but the addition of a 2nd USB-C port for information (alongside the normal a single for energy) provides me hope that USB-C may well ultimately be gaining adequate ground that a 2nd USB-A port is not desired. There is also no Mini DisplayPort, which other substantial-finish hubs supply.
Regretably, Sony hasn’t announced the crucial detail for the MRW-S3 nonetheless: the price tag, which will probable make the variation in identifying no matter whether it is well worth getting. But at least on paper, Sony would seem to have delivered a substantial-finish USB-C hub for a lot more demanding use scenarios than the common hub.