Sony’s new USB-C hub promises the fastest data transfer and charging yet

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 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.

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