Do you use your iPad Air or Pro for work or school? You’ll likely need to add more ports, like an HDMI port to connect the tablet to a larger 4K display, or a headphone jack in case you need to use wired headphones. Satechi’s kills two birds with one stone. It’s a hub, so you have an HDMI port, a USB-A port, a 3.5mm audio port, an SD and MicroSD card reader, and a USB charging port. -C 60 watts. But it also works as a stand, so you don’t need a separate folio case or stand to prop up your iPad.
The hub connects to iPad Pro or iPad Air via USB-C (the cable is hidden underneath). You can’t change the viewing angle, but the stand folds up, making it a surprisingly compact hub. It won’t take up too much space in your backpack and it’s lightweight despite its aluminum construction. The only downside? If you plan to prop your tablet vertically for video calls, you’ll need to lean forward so your face is in the center of the frame.
★ A more traditional hub: If you prefer a standard dongle type hub, I really like the HyperDrive from Hyper ($ 90). It has six ports: 60 watt USB-C, USB-A, MicroSD, SD, 3.5mm audio and 4K 60Hz HDMI. You can either stick it into the USB-C port of your iPad Air or Pro and the make it flush and close it with the edge, or you can swap it out for a short, flip-up cable. You need the cable if you have a case on your iPad, and Hyper provides the screws and screwdriver to swap out the part (it took me two minutes). Remember to unplug it when not in use, as it will slowly drain your tablet’s battery.