REVIEW: MINIX NEO C-G a multi puerto HUB with Gigabit Ethernet


MINIX NEO C-G is the new multi-port HUB that we present today its analysis or review, a new MINIX brand peripheral compatible with USB 3.1 or 3.0 Type-C compatible laptops and is an ideal product for Macbooks where it deploys all its functions. This HUB offers a wide range of ports and connectors, we have SD card readers, HDMI 2.0 video port and Gigabit Ethernet. A device that has the careful design of MINIX and allows us to significantly expand the connection capabilities of any laptop. Let’s see how it fares in our detailed review.

  • MINIX NEO C-G  available at Amazon or Aliexpress.com only for $59.9 (€52) using the store coupon.
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PRODUCT DETAILS

Model MINIX NEO C-G
Basic specs Device Link: USB Type-C Male Main Connector
Video: HDMI 2.0 4K@60fps
Data: 2x USB 3.0 Type-A 5 Gbps / micro SD and SD UHS-I 104 MB/s
Network: Gigabit Ethernet
Input power: USB Type-C / 20V 5A (100 W) Max
Output power: 5V 3A (15 W) USB Max
Colors: Space gray / Silver
Measures and weight: 90 x 60 x 15 / 200 gr

Description

The MINIX NEO C-G USB HUB comes protected in a cardboard box, inside we find the hub with the integrated USB Type-C cable to connect it to our compatible device. We also have a manual in English that may interest us to see the different features and their compatibilities. It is available in silver or space gray.

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On one side we have an HDMI 2.0 output that allows us to connect an auxiliary screen, in laptops with MacOS we will have mirror mode, next to it we have the USB Type-C connector for power. On the other side we have two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, microSD and SD reader. On the back we have a Gigabit Ethernet port and the USB Type-C cable that serves as a bridge.

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On one side we have an HDMI 2.0 output that allows us to connect an auxiliary screen, in the laptops with MacOS we will have mirror mode, next to it, we have the USB Type-C connector for power and then two USB 3.0 Type-A ports. On the back we have an Ethernet Gigabit port and on the front the USB Type-C that serves as a bridge.

PERFORMANCE TEST

Speed ​​ports

We test all the ports of this HUB to see the real performance that we get when connecting peripherals and as we see in the results the values ​​are correct if we use a suitable controller.

  • USB 3.0: Proper protocol speeds and peripheral detection without problems / 5 Gbps.
  • Card readers: micro SD and SD UHS-I 104 MB/s
  • HDMI: HDMI 2.0 output compatible up to 4K@60fps in cloning mode.
  • NOTE: If you are connecting peripherals to the USB 3.0 ports, it is recommended that you connect the external power adapter.

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Thermal test

Something that calls our attention when using the HUB MINIX NEO C-G is that it reaches a quite high temperature and as we can see on the upper metal face we reach up to 41 °C. When you touch it, it feels quite hot but it is normal according to the brand because the aluminum housing is used as a heat sink.

  • Input: USB 5.2 2.4A / Input Type-C 14.5V 2A – 12V 3A – 20V 5A (100 W) Max.
  • Output: 5V 900mA without power / 5V 3A (15 W) USB Max with powe

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GENERAL CONCEPTS

These USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 peripheral connection cables offer us the possibility of using our peripherals in any type of device that supports this standard connector USB Type-C, we can transmit data, video or audio with the same connector. In addition, the connector is reversible with what we can connect without looking always right. The basic specifications of these cables are those that we can see in the following table.

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Within the USB Type-C standard we have multiple forms of connection that allow us to perform other functions in addition to conventional data loading and transfer, the so-called Alternate mode. With these modes we can transmit different protocols by the same connector or add more information, all this means that the maximum bandwidth is distributed accordingly.

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CONCLUSIONS AND BUY LINKS

Opinion

As we can see in the review the MINIX brand offers us with the MINIX NEO C-G HUB a practical with many ports, it can be useful if you have a laptop that has a USB Type-C port, we will expand the connectivity options significantly. In this HUB we can use all types of devices, but certainly allows significantly expand the Macbook that have very few ports and this easily expand the possibilities.

In the design section we have the usual brand, the materials are also quality, is quite careful and not at all out of place. We must highlight the temperature it reaches in use, the HDMI 2.0 output may be limited in use formats depending on the OS we use. The addition of two SD card readers is always practical and the Gigabit Ethernet port is always an interesting point for networking.

The new MINIX NEO C-G is a device that allows you to easily expand your laptop, just connect the cable to the USB Type-C port and everything will be detected automatically.

Where to buy

  • MINIX NEO C-G  available at Amazon or Aliexpress.com only for $59.9 (€52) using the store coupon.

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