Wholev USB-C Hub w/HDMI and VGA out Review

Wholev USB-C Hub w/HDMI and VGA out Review

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Takeaway: Plug and Play, compact, easy to use, works great, fast read/write speeds.

The USB-C hub has a brushed aluminum exterior casing that measures 1-7/8” x 4-1/2” and is 5/8” of an inch thick. The connector cable is 6” long with a similarly styled aluminum connector sleeve and reversible USB-C type connector. On one side of the device is a VGA output, HDMI output, microSD and full size SD card slots. At the end opposite the plug is an Ethernet port and on the last side are 2 USB ports and a pass-through USB-C power port.

I tested the hub on my Nitro 5 gaming laptop which has 2 USB 3.1 type-A ports and a 3.1 type-C port. Theoretically they should have the same speeds. When I plug the hub into the USB-C port, I have access to all its peripherals like the card readers, video out, and additional USB ports. I ran a benchmark test using an external SSD of the hub's USB read/write speeds versus the read/write speeds of the native USB ports of my laptop. The results are actually pretty similar at around 410MB/s read/write, leading me to believe they support the full USB 3.1 spec.

The other interesting use for this hub, for me, is using it with my phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The hub gives me access to USB mice and keyboards, both wired and wireless as well as other USB peripherals like microphones. Not only that, with the pass-through charging, I can plug another USB-C cable into the hub and charge my phone at the same time, so now I can comfortably use the hub without worrying about my phone running out of battery. Taking it a step further, hooking up an external screen using HDMI or VGA, for example my video projector lets me have a big screen experience. The only thing that it won’t do is output audio over HDMI; for that you’ll need to use your phone’s headphone port. If you have a recent Samsung phone, you can use Samsung Dex when displaying on another screen, which allows you to have a full desktop computer experience while using this USB-C hub. The only limitation is that it won’t support more than 5 open applications at a time, where as the official Samsung Dex dock can.

Overall, this little hub packs lots of powerful features, from expanding the number of ports and input/output options on my laptop, to turning my mobile phone into a functional PC alternative. Media read/writes are fast at USB 3.1 speeds, and the unit is compact and lightweight for travel.

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