Tested: Satechi’s Stand & Hub complements your Mac mini with frontfacing I/O

Even after being updated last year with an M1 chip, Apple’s Mac mini design has largely remained the same over the past decade. As popular as that compact form-factor is, having ports on the back has always been one major annoyance. Satechi is looking to solve that with its recent Stand & Hub. Delivering front-facing I/O alongside USB-C connectivity and an M.2 SSD slot, we’re seeing just how much the Satechi Stand & Hub for Mac mini upgrades your setup in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review.

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Hands-on with Satechi Stand & Hub for Mac mini

Having launched earlier this year, the Satechi Stand & Hub for Mac mini arrived with a design that was made to complement Apple’s latest compact machine. Meant to sit underneath the desktop computer, it expands the available I/O with USB-C connectivity and some other perks.

On top of being able to access its three USB-A slots, USB-C port, and SD card readers without having to reach around to the back, it also delivers additional storage. Thanks to an integrated M.2 SATA SSD enclosure, it not only expands your available storage but also doubles as a Time Machine backup and more. Though with a $99.99 price tag is it a worthy addition to your desk? Let’s find out.

Here’s a closer look at the spec sheet:

  • Now includes internal SSD enclosure – fits M.2 SATA SSD drives
  • Elevates your M1 Mac mini and provides convenient access to USB peripherals
  • Equipped with USB-C data port, 3 x USB-A data ports, micro/SD card readers, and 3.5mm audio jack port

9to5Toys’ Take:

I’ve long been a Mac mini user, and that has carried over to the more recent M1 model. Earlier in the year when Satechi released its new stand for Apple’s latest iteration of compact Mac, I knew I had to take it for a spin to see how well it complements the machine. After trying it recently, I’ve found it to be an almost perfect match for desktop use.