Satechi USB-C Slim Dock For 24-Inch iMac Review: Fixing Shortcomings

Satechi USB-C Slim Dock For 24-Inch iMac Review: Fixing Shortcomings
There are plenty of iMac docks on the market today, especially after the launch of the 2021 M1 models. Part of the tradeoff for the computer's gorgeously slim design is the dearth of ports, all of which are hidden behind its screen. But while many of these docks and hubs are advertised as compatible with the 24-inch iMac, Satechi's new dock takes that to the extreme — in fact, the USB-C Slim Dock is designed only for the 24-inch M1 iMac. Sure, you could use it for other computers, but then you lose one of its biggest features. That feature is actually the wide gap on its bottom that perfectly fits the base of the iMac. This makes the dock look almost like it's part of the iMac itself, especially if you get matching colors. The dock also creates a wider base that you could put things on if you like. Either way, its exclusivity to the 2021 and...

Apple’s base iPad could ditch Lightning for USB-C this year

Apple's base iPad could ditch Lightning for USB-C this year
(Pocket-lint) - Apple might update its base-model iPad with USB-C sometime this autumn. That's right: The Cupertin-based company could finally ditch the decade-old Lightning port on its entry-level tablet, 9to5Mac reports.Apple already offers USB-C on its most recent iPad models, allowing you to plug the tablet directly into monitors and get faster data transfers with other peripherals. Keep in mind the current base iPad (9th-gen) is the last Apple tablet to offer Lightning. It's also the last to offer a home button and a few other features now getting a bit long in the tooth.The new base iPad coming later this year is rumoured to be getting additional upgrades beyond USB-C, however. For instance, it might pack a larger screen with the same resolution as found on the iPad Air. It could also get the fourth-gen Air's A14 Bionic chip. There is even...

This USB-C gadget from hell brings back the worst part of USB-A

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USB-C ports, I am occasionally forced to admit, are somewhat confusing. Different standards, different charging speeds, different data and video capabilities, proprietary labels like Thunderbolt, all on top of identical-looking plugs — it can be a lot. But one thing that USB-C ports had going for them was a solution for one of the biggest annoyances of USB-A — it’s no longer possible to insert a USB cable the “wrong” way, thanks to the symmetrical design of the plugs. Or, at least, it was, until mechanical engineer Pim de Groot came along with a USB-C gadget from hell, which does behave differently depending on which way your USB-C plug is facing. And I hate it so, so much. The device itself is rather simple: when the USB-C cable is plugged in one way, a green LED lights up on the top of the device. Plug it in reversed, and the bottom...