REVIEW: MINIX NEO Pro Storage a USB Type-C Hub with integrated SSD disk

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MINIX NEO Storage Pro is the new HUB with integrated SSD disk that we present today its analysis or review, a product of the MINIX brand designed especially for Macbook Air / Pro computers and that currently has an active financing campaign in Indiegogo. A device with the usual MINIX design that we have already seen in other HUBs of the same type and that allows us to considerably expand the connection capabilities of our Macbooks. Let’s see how it is defended in our review and what speed its internal disk reaches.

  • MINIX NEO Storage Pro 480GB is available on Amazon.com only for $119.9

PRODUCT DETAILS

ModelMINIX NEO Storage Pro
Basic specsMacbook:
2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C 40GB/s
HUB:
1x HDMI 2.0
1x USB 3.0 Type-A
1x USB Type-C (data,video,charge)
1x M.2 SSD 240/480/960GB
Compatible:
– Apple Macbook Air (2018,2019,2020)
– Apple Macbook Pro 13″ (2016,2017,2018,2019,2020)
– Apple Macbook Pro 15″ (2016,2017,2018,2019,2020)
– Apple Macbook Pro 16″ (2019)

Description

As we can see the new HUB MINIX NEO Storage Pro has a fairly conventional design within this range of products and the two USB Type-C connectors fit the side of our Macbook. The main box is made of aluminum at the top to help dissipate the heat generated, on one side and on the front we have all the connectors available and the M.2 SSD disk is housed inside. It is available in silver gray and dark gray.

On the front side we have HDMI 2.0 output that allow us to connect a secondary screen cloning the image, in the lateral we have one USB 3.0 Type-A port to connect peripherals, also have a USB Type-C charging port that allows us to power our laptop while using the HUB.

  • USB power
    – If we do not have connected the Macbook charger we have a total power of USB 5V/1A
    – If we have connected the Macbook charger we have a total power of USB 5V/2A
    – The load power through the USB ports is limited to 5V/500mA

PERFORMANCE TEST

Compatibility

We perform our tests on several devices to check their compatibility, this model is only 100% certified to work with Apple MacBook Air and Apple MacBook Pro models and maybe it will be valid for future models if the distance between ports is maintained.

  • This model is 100% compatible with Apple MacBook Air and Apple MacBook Pro.
  • USB 3.0: Proper protocol speeds and peripheral detection without problems.
  • HDMI: HDMI 2.0 output compatible up to 4K@60fps in cloning mode.
  • SSD Disk: The MINIX NEO with 480GB comply with the speed indicated in the specifications correctly.

USB TYPE-C GENERAL CONCEPTS

The MINIX NEO Storage Pro fits into our Macbook through its two Type-C connectors, this gives us the possibility of using our peripherals in any type of device, and we can transmit data, video or audio with the same connector. The basic specifications of this type of ports are those that we can see in the following table.

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.

CONCLUSIONS AND BUY LINKS

Opinion

As we have verified, the MINIX brand offers us with its new HUB MINIX NEO Storage Pro an interesting device if we have an Apple MacBook Air or Apple MacBook Pro laptop and we want to get the most out of it. This HUB allows us to get the most out of our laptop by expanding the ports number and also allows us to connect a standard HDMI 2.0 cable up to 4K@60fps max.

Regarding the level of finishes and design, the MINIX NEO Storage Pro has the usual ones of the brand and are very careful, which makes it fit with any device. Undoubtedly the addition of an M.2 SSD disk gives it an interesting plus because we can use it almost as a high-speed disk, certainly much faster than any classic USB memory. In general an interesting device for which you have a Macbook laptop compatible with this HUB.

Where to buy

  • MINIX NEO Storage Pro 480GB is available on Amazon.com only for $119.9

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