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UtechSmart 12-in-1 USB C Hub – A Hub For Travelers

Disclaimer: UtechSmart sent this product to us for free for a review. That does not affect our opinion about the product. In this article, we list both what we like and dislike. Read more about this here.

The UtechSmart USB C hub

Does your laptop not have enough ports? Maybe you have a lightweight and portable laptop with a very limited port selection, like I do.

My notebook/laptop, the MacBook Air M1, has two USB C PD ports and one headphone port. If I want to connect the SD card from my camera, or my wired mouse that has a USB A connector, I have to use adapters.

USB C hubs like the UtechSmart 12-in-1 (click to view on Amazon) is for people like myself. It’s a small rectangular box with 12 different ports on it, and it plugs into a laptop like my MacBook Air with a single USB C cable.

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Note: The version I have is the one available on the Swedish Amazon, click here to view it on Amazon.se. That’s the one I will be reviewing, the one on the Amazon US is a little bit different and does not have the exact same ports.

Even though so many of these USB C hubs look almost the same, they can be very different. Different not only in terms of ports, but what they’re capable of. That’s why some cost around $20, and others around $100. There are even more expensive models than that.

Features & Specifications


There are 12 ports on the UtechSmart hub.

  • Two HDMI (Three on US version) – Supports 4K@60Hz on Windows, 4K@30Hz on Mac
  • SD/TF Card Reader – 50-104 MB/s read, 30-80 MB/s write
  • RJ45 Ethernet – Speeds up to 1000 Mbps
  • Two USB 2.0 – Speeds up to 480 Mbps
  • Two USB 3.0 – Speeds up to 5 Gbps
  • USB C Data – Speeds up to 5 Gbps
  • USB C PD – Power delivery up to 100W
  • DisplayPort (Not on the US version) – Supports 4k@60Hz

External displays

According to UtechSmart, it’s possible to connect three external monitors. Two through HDMI and one through DisplayPort.

With two HDMI (the second one is on the bottom) and one DisplayPort, three monitors can be connected.

I don’t have access to a lot of monitors, but I connected the portable Arzopa G1 through HDMI and it worked. It was limited to 1080p@60Hz, and I couldn’t set it to 144Hz.

I can set it to 144Hz when I plug that same monitor directly into the ports on my MacBook.

Maybe it would be possible if I connected it through DisplayPort, but I don’t have a monitor to test that.


The ethernet port worked great when plugged directly into my router and delivered faster speeds than Wi-Fi.

I connect to LAN whenever possible to get the most stable, fast internet possible.

SD Card Reader

I tested both SD card readers, and while they did work great, they were not as fast as the card reader built-in to my MacBook Pro.

Here are the speed test results with the SD card reader.

  • SD Card connected to Utechsmart – Write: 27 MB/s, Read: 30.4 MB/s
  • SD Card connected directly to MacBook Pro – Write: 39 MB/s, Read: 89.1 MB/s

The results are not bad and it’s not expected to be as fast as the built-in reader, but I wanted to share them, anyway.

External Hard Drives

I also did a speed test with an external NVMe SSD that plugs into my possible, with a single USB C cable. Here are the results.

  • NVMe SSD connected to Utechsmart – Write: 419 MB/s, Read: 379.8 MB/s
  • NVMe SSD connected directly to MacBook Pro – Write: 949.4 MB/s, Read: 892.1 MB/s

The speeds through the hub are definitely not bad, but when possible I would still connect the drive directly to the laptop.

That’s not possible with all hard drives, so it’s great that the hub can deliver fast speeds as well.

USB A Ports

I didn’t have any problems with any of the USB A ports and had several computer peripherals connected at the same time.

Four USB A ports in total.


The USB C PD port is supposed to deliver 100W to compatible devices, but my MacBook saw it as a 53W power adapter. That’s when it was connected through the included 140W MacBook charger, so it should’ve been higher.


Is the Utechsmart 12-in-1 the hub for you? Well, it depends.

It has more ports than I am ever going to need, but if you want to connect several monitors and devices through a single USB C cable, it’s a good buy.

After using it for a couple of weeks, I can tell you it has been stable and I haven’t run into any issues.

Utechsmart has hubs with fewer ports that you might want to consider if you don’t need as many ports as this one offers.

Please leave a comment down below if you have any question.

by Jesse
Jesse has always had an interest in camping, technology, and the outdoors. Who knew that growing up in a small town in Sweden with endless forests and lakes would do that to you?

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