As new tablets and laptops are adapting the new USB Type-C standard and becoming thinner and lighter, not only are some older ports left out but there simply isn’t room for others. Our Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter review takes a look at an adapter which adds an HDMI and USB-A port without sacrificing the USB Type-C port on your device.
The Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter has the following features and specifications:
- Connect any USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop to an external monitor or TV.
- HDMI output at 1080p (60 Hz) and 4K (30 Hz) resolutions. HDCP-compatible.
- Data transfer: supports USB 3.1 (Gen 1) at rates up to 5 Gbps.
- Power: supports fast laptop charging up to 60 W (20 V/3 A).
- Integrated Smart LED charging indicator.
- Supports multi-channel digital audio output on compatible devices.
- Unibody aluminum enclosure with reinforced stress relief for added durability.
- Folding cable design for sleek portability.
- Dimensions: 3.98″ x 2.13″ x 0.63″ (10.1 x 5.4 x 1.6 cm)
- Weight: 2.68 oz (76 g)
What’s in the box
- Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter
There’s not much to the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter. Our review unit was silver, and it’s also available in satin gold or golden rose. The stylish looking rectangular unit is constructed of aluminum, has rounded ends, and feels sturdy and solid. The back of the adapter has a slot for storing the including USB-C connection, while the front features the Moshi wordmark in grey on the left, a USB-C port, HDMI port, and a USB-A 3.1 port. The three ports on the front are nicely spaced apart, giving you ample room for connecting different devices to it. While this isn’t a big deal for most people, some USB thumb drives are fairly wide so it’s nice to see extra space so they can be used without interfering with the HDMI port.
Ease of Use
The Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter couldn’t be easier to use. Simply pull out the integrated USB-C cable and connect it to your laptop or other devices. Once connected, you can connect your USB-C power, USB-C or USB-A devices, or easily hook up to an external monitor or TV via USB-C or HDMI.
Our main test unit for the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter was the Lenovo Yoga 910 which does have a couple of USB-C ports and a USB-A port. When connected to the USB 2.0 Type-C with charging port, the Yoga 910 had no issues charging through the adapter. Hooking up to an HDMI monitor and attaching a USB drive to the adapter at the same time worked as expected with no issues at all. While we didn’t test it, you can also hook up a USB hub to increase the number of USB ports as well. A quick test with the new Dell XPS 13 produced similar results as well, minus the USB-C charging.
With an MSRP of $79.95, the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter isn’t exactly cheap, but then again quality rarely is. Both its sturdy construction and small form factor make the adapter easy to toss in your computer bag and take with you without having to worry about accidentally breaking or crushing it.
If you’ve picked up a newer device that only has a limited number of ports, the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter is definitely one route to go to add an extra USB-A and HDMI port without sacrificing your USB Type-C port.[rwp-review id=”0″]
*We were sent a sample of the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter for the purposes of this review.
Last Updated on December 14, 2016.