Modern laptops, especially those with an apple, have fewer and fewer connections these days. ADG is trying to address this lack of connectivity with a clever but powerful 100W charging brick that also doubles as a 9-in-1 USB-C hub.
External USB hubs, Thunderbolt docks, and other devices are usually placed on a desk and connected to a laptop on one side and a dedicated power adapter on the other. The result? Lots of cables on your desk. The ADG 100W GaN (Gallium N.The itride charger tries to solve this by combining the Power Brick and the hub into one accessory.
The ADG 100W GaN Charer in Aciton. Image credit: ADG
ADG 100W GaN charger
The obvious disadvantage is, of course, the limited accessibility of the device once it is behind the desk. On the other hand, you can now remove most of the cables on the desk and plug everything in behind them. Maybe this is a more stationary solution, but I think all of the major hubs / docks are mostly stationary devices.
With the so-called GaN technology, ADG was able to reduce the overall size to a minimum and still pack 9 ports without power supply in this one unit.
Once connected to the host computer via USB-C port # 2 (100 W Power Delivery plus hub), you will get the following in terms of connectivity:
- 1 x USB-C 100W max PD
- 1 x USB-C 30W Max PD & Hub
- 1 x USB-A 7.5 W Max Hub
- 1 x HDMI (email protected) HDR
- 1 x SD 104 MB / s UHS-I
- 1 x Micro SD 104 MB / s UHS-I
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
Even if the device is not connected to a power source, it can still function as a USB-C hub, but of course your laptop will not charge.
All available ports. Image credit: ADG
The ADG 100W GaN charger uses a foldable US plug, but international adapters (EU, UK, AU) are also included so that you can take this device with you when you travel. The device is safe to use with 100V-240V sockets
The ADG 100W GaN charger was first introduced in an Indigogo campaign earlier this year. After a (very) successful campaign, the device is now being produced and should be delivered to supporters in January 2021. For the rest of us, the ADG charger is already available for regular purchase. The reduced campaign price is gone, of course, so the USB-C hub is now $ 129.99, although you can apparently still pre-order a device at the reduced price of $ 99.99, but this has a lead time of approx . 6 weeks.
International plugs. Image credit: ADG
I find the concept pretty neat as I don't really want to have a huge boulder full of connectors on my desk (although that means I have to crawl under my desk occasionally).
Link: ADG website
What do you think? Could this approach be a solution for you too? Share your thoughts in the comments below!