HP at CES 2019: Slim Envy USB-C Hub Debuts with Charging USB Type-A and HDMI 2.0by Anton Shilov on January 6, 2019 1:00 PM EST
Having already sold tens of millions of laptops that only feature USB Type-C ports, it would seem that PC makers are finally getting into the burgeoning market for USB Type-C multi-feature hubs. To that end, HP plans to unveil its Envy USB-C hub, which offers USB Type-A and HDMI connectivity.
The HP Envy USB-C hub features an ultra-slim form-factor to match style of contemporary consumer laptops and offers two charging USB Type-A ports, as well as an HDMI 2.0 display output that supports 4Kp60 output. The hub offers pass-through laptop charging and can charge two mobile devices at the same time (HP does not mention power ratings here though), which seems like a rare feature that may be useful for those who travel light and do not take chargers for their smartphones with them.
The uncommon capability comes at a price though. HP’s Envy USB-C hub will be available this March at $79.99. To add some context: Kingston’s Nucleum 7-in-1 USB-C dock with an HDMI 1.4 output and up to 60 W power input carries the same MSRP. So HP is entering an already well-stocked and potentially price sensitive market.
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