This handy Laser AO-UCHUB8 USB-C adaptor has loads of functionality that anyone with a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 PC/Mac/MacBook device needs have in their toolkit.
I went shopping for an expansion dongle that had USB-C to HDMI and at least one USB-A port. Samsung has a USB-C multi-port adapter at $139 that supports HDMI [email protected], USB- 3.0 gen I power pass through, and a USB-A 3.0 port but I wanted an Ethernet port as well. I ended up with the Laser AO-UCHUB8.
Power – make sure your device uses USB-C Power delivery 2.0
It supports USB-C power delivery 2.0 standard that in theory allows voltages/amperages from 5V to 20V/3A, 60W to pass through. In practice, we found this will support up to 85W chargers although the latter may cause it to get a little hotter.
We ran a 4K Sony TV from the HDMI port, and it synced at 4096 x 2160 @30Hz. That is as good as the output device can get – its only 4K Blu-ray players that can achieve 60Hz. PASS.
We ran tests over the Gigabit Ethernet Port (equivalent to 125MBps) and achieved a data transfer rate of 120MBps to a WD MyCloud NAS. PASS.
There is no USB-C data port, so we used a USB-A port capable of 5Gbps (625MBps) half-duplex (half the theoretical speed so around 300MBps). We achieved 220MBps in a Samsung 1TB Samsung T3 SSD. Each port can deliver 5V/2A charging. PASS.
Using an SDHC Class 1 (10MBps), it achieves 7.5MBps read. A MicroSD Class 3 (30MBps) achieved 25MBps read suitable for 4K streaming. PASS.
GadgetGuy’s take. Laser AO-UCHUB8
Within the limitations of 5Gbps, this can do everything you
need on either USB-C 3.0 Gen1 devices or even Thunderbolt 3 devices. Just watch
that your charger is around 60W if you use pass through.
I needed it for a media player laptop and specifically the Ethernet
connection to a WD MYCLOUD NAS. Before that, I used the Samsung adaptor, but
Wi-Fi was a little too patchy for 4K streaming.
You should have one of these as a travel companion.
Laser is a good Australian company with excellent after
sales support. Yes, you can buy cheap Asian products, but our experience is
that performance is nowhere near as good as the Laser product.