If you own a modern-day MacBook or USB C laptops, one of the key pain points you would face on a daily basis is the lack of connectivity ports. As laptop manufacturers strive to make their devices slimmer and sleeker, a generous number of built-in connectivity ports are a thing of the past. Valore – a sister brand of local tech retailer Challenger – aims to solve this problem with its latest 11-in-1 USB-C PD Hub.
The Valore 11-in-1 USB-C PD Hub is powered by a simple USB C cable that is connected to your laptop. In turn, the hub gives you a wide array of connectivity options including:
- Mini DP
- SD Card Reader
- microSD Card Reader
- 3 x USB 3.0
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
That’s a pretty impressive list of connectivity options, considering that you will be able to effortlessly connect an external display (via VGA/HDMI), an external HD (USB), office LAN connection, and even power your laptop (USB-C).
To use, simply connect the USB-C cable of the hub to your laptop and place it under the device.
Both sides of the USB hub comes with rubber grips that hold your laptop in place and also to prevent the USB hub from sliding around the desk.
When in use, the Valore 11-in-1 USB-C PD Hub also gives the laptop a nice elevated angle that helps in ventilating the laptop and also improve your posture while using your computer for an extended period of time.
Because the hub is a Power Delivery (PD) hub (of up to 60W), it is able to power and support an array of connected devices simply from a single USB-C cable. I plugged in an external HD, an SD card, and connected an external monitor to the hub and everything worked flawlessly with no loss of power. I can honestly see this as a permanent fixture to my work from home setup.
So should you get the Valore 11-in-1 USB-C PD Hub? Over the two years with my MacBook Pro, I have owned several USB-C hubs for different purposes. Some are for connecting to an external display and harddisk, others are for reading memory cards or to connect to my office LAN network.
I would say the Valore 11-in-1 USB-C PD Hub is a great solution if you are looking for something that you would leave it either at home or on your office work desk and not something that you would throw into your bag and bring it everywhere you go.
The Valore 11-in-1 USB-C PD Hub is also not cheap at the SRP of S$169 (ValueClub members get it at S$129) but to be fair, USB-C accessories are not cheap. A simple USB-C card reader and USB hub can easily set you back by S$60.
If you’re spending a lot of time working from home and is looking for a great all-in-one solution for your laptop connectivity needs, the Valore 11-in-1 USB-C PD Hub is a great choice to consider.