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Satechi’s new USB-C hub solves the iMac’s backward port problem

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Ports that face the front, finally

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Image: Satechi

Apple’s iMacs have made a conscious choice to hide all of their ports on the backs of the computers for over a decade. And while it looks lovely, anyone who has had to go through the acrobatics of blindly trying to get a USB cable plugged in knows that it’s not always the most functional move.

Satechi’s new Stand Hub looks like it might be a pretty good solution for anyone who struggles with the backward ports. Designed as a simple aluminum stand, the Stand Hub connects through USB-C and offers a USB-C port, three USB Type-A ports, SD and microSD slots, and a headphone jack — all within easy reach. For older Macs that don’t have a USB-C port, Satechi will include a USB-C to USB Type-A adapter, so you’ll still be able to benefit from the extra ports.

Image: Satechi

While the Stand Hub is meant to be used with Apple’s iMacs (it even comes in matching aluminum and even a space gray option for iMac Pro users), there’s no reason why you couldn’t use it with any USB-C computer that fits on the stand.

The Stand Hub is available today for $89.99 from Satechi’s website and Amazon. It’s not exactly the cheapest price for a USB hub, but the inclusion of USB-C and the iMac-specific design might make it worth it if those are priorities for you.