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AGPTek USB-C Hub for the M1 Mac Mini

Jun 06, 2021
hey guys welcome to elevated systems im your host cj and some of you know i recently bought the new m1 mac

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and have been putting it to the test to see how it can handle my day to day workload and even though having a desktop complete this powerful in this ultra-compact form factor it's pretty good coming from the computer world when i really started working with it i found the lack of expandability and limited i o to be somewhat detrimental to my workflow not to mention the peripherals that I needed started cluttering up my desk so I went on Amazon and started looking for a solution that would

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mize some of the extra stuff that I had plugged into this little machine and I found this agp technology usb hub so let's get this out of the box see what it comes with and i can show you the things i was able to remove thanks to this so first there is the hub itself, to get to é in a minute but first i want to talk about this cable this agp tech hub is marketed as a usbc hub and thanks to Clever and sometimes misleading marketing many people believe it makes it faster actually before buy this hub i searched for reviews on youtube about it and i couldn't find any on this specific one but i did find some on very similar hubs and one reviewer even says to look for usbc accessories because they are faster which is not necessarily true usbc only refers to the shape of the connector this cable is the perfect example this is a usbc connector now its a usba the same cable the same transfer speeds in this case this is a usb 3.0 hub or now known as usb 3.1 gen1 which means it has maximum transfer speeds of 5 gigabits per second it gets confusing because usb 3.1 gen 1 and gen 2 can have usb a or usb usbc connectors but when you get to usb 3.2 where a lwe hit transfer speeds of 20 gigabits per second there are usually only type c connectors as well with usb4 which is what the mac mini has so for one thing we are limited to five gigabits per second on this hub, but knowing that and thanks to this cable if you don't want to occupy one of the high speed usb 4 thunderbolt 3 ports on your mac mini, you can connect it to one of the usb 3.1 gen1 ports without losing performance since you only get five gigabit speeds per second Even if you're connected to the 40 gigabit per second Thunderbolt 4 so there you go that was my quick lesson on USB protocols let's look at this hub and why I chose this over the first hottest feature of the satechi hub that was searching. for the usb ports i can access from the front of the computer and this one has two usb 2 ports which may seem outdated but if you use a wired keyboard or mouse or even a wireless one with an rf dongle these still use usb2 there are also two usb 3.1 gen1 ports as well as two sd card readers one standard and one mini that can be used simultaneously it lacks a usbc interface like the satachi but then again the satachi is also a usb 3 hub so that its usbc port is limited to the same five gigabit per second transfer speeds as the usb a port anyway the final feature of this hub is why i chose it and that is because its not just a usb hub its also a 2.5 inch ssd enclosure and I have a 500 gigabyte ssd that I can slide in here now you can install a 2.5 inch mechanical hard drive in here if you want.
agptek usb c hub for the m1 mac mini
If you do, there are a couple of foam pads included that you need to glue to the bottom of the case to help absorb vibrations from the drive. ssd just slide this out and screw on the cover with the attached screws and screwdrivers now thanks to this I can get rid of my usb hub, sd card readers and external ssd and replace them all with one neat accessory that doesn't really take up space extra on my desk. Some of the other features of the agb tab hub. First, the color and finish are identical to the Mac.
agptek usb c hub for the m1 mac mini

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There are also non-slip rubber pads on the bottom so you can put them under the Mac. or if you want a smaller gap between the two you can put it on the bottom. top without damaging the finish or scratching the map. All dimensions are exact, so it lines up perfectly performance-wise. Again, you're limited to USB 3 speeds, but keep in mind that USB 3 transfer speeds are still theoretically up to 625 megabytes per second. which is theoretically faster than the 600 megabytes per second let's say all three speeds in fact the ssd I installed is rated at 550 megabytes per second reading and 500 megabytes per second of course those numbers are sequential reference numbers highs.
agptek usb c hub for the m1 mac mini
I ran some tests under more realistic conditions first i checked the speeds of the sd readers for this test i used a sandisk extreme pro uh s1 sd card with a read speed of 170 megabytes per second which again is the maximum sequential speed typically the speeds of transfer when ingesting mp4 and jpeg or raw files to my camera is between 85 and 105 megabytes per second for this test i had 36.44 gigabytes of data consisting of mp4 and jpeg files and i transferred them first using my usb 3 connected sd card reader directly into one of the Mac's USB ports and the files transferred in six minutes and 35 seconds with an average transfer rate of 92.3 megabytes per second, then I plugged it into the agp technology hub and transferred the same files first to the drive internal mac and then back to the ssd i just installed in the hub both operations finished in the exact same 6 mi minutes and 32 seconds I finally added a mini sd card to the mini sd card reader on the hub this card contained about 30 gigabytes of the same type of data I transferred both cards simultaneously to the external drive which took 11 minutes 55 seconds which it's exactly the same amount of time it took to transfer each card one at a time, so it wasn't any faster to transfer simultaneously but it wasn't any slower either, which is the case with basically every multi-slot SD card reader I own currently so sd card readers work the same or better than what i use on my workstation pc now let's see how the external one works the drive i installed here works first i connected the ssd to a sata connection on my workstation and ran the crystal disk brand benchmark and got read and write speeds of 549 megabytes per second and 436 megabytes per second respectively. vely now on the hub the same benchmark on the mac resulted in a read speed of 288 megabytes per second and a write speed of 341 megabytes per second so not as fast as a direct sata connection but that's to be expected as the hub has to convert the sata connection of the ssd to usb but again this is a benchmark so let's see how it works with real world use again.
agptek usb c hub for the m1 mac mini
I transferred the same 36.44 gigabytes of data first from the external ssd to the internal ssd max which took two minutes and 24 seconds with an average speed of 253 megabytes per second, then I transferred it from the internal drive to the external drive and that operation took three minutes and 39 seconds at 166 megabytes per second, finally, for actual real world testing, I did an 11 minute davinci resolve project reading all media and writing the output to the external drive which completed in 16 minutes and 24 seconds , then I processed the exact same project this time reading the media and writing the output to the max internal drive and that took 16 minutes 11 seconds so only 13 seconds faster I can live with that especially considering the extra capacity of the external drive.
I output the project as h.264. If I had gone with something like prores 422 hq, I probably would have run out of space. on the internal drive is ok i guess it's time to wrap this up with my thoughts on the agp tech usb hub for the m1 mac mini overall the features, aesthetics and performance were great all high marks there the only Con I have is the price of US$73, I think that's a little pricey considering it only replaced 50 accessories, add a convenience tax and I'd say this would be more appropriately priced at around US$60, but otherwise new it's still over ut seven bucks cheaper than the very popular satechi hub and it doesn't even have a drive bay so i guess despite what i think the price should be the value of a product is what consumers are willing to pay and I bought it after all so If you are considering buying it I hope this review has helped you in that decision.
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