I’ve been sent a Flyland USB-C hub to review. It’s a small but versatile unit – perfect for people who need to connect legacy equipment to something with USB-C ports.
For £21, you get 7 ports:
- 3x USB 3.0
- 1x HDMI 4K
- 1x Micro SD
- 1x SD
- 1x USB Power Delivery
It worked perfectly on Linux (more below) and Windows. No drivers required. It also worked on Android. Simple plug and play. Exactly the way USB-C should be.
Under heavy use, it does get a bit warm. Not hot to the touch, but definitely on the warm side. That’s inevitable when you’re pumping that much power and data through a small unit.
The USB-C socket on the hub is for Power Delivery only. That means it doesn’t do data. The cable from the the hub transfers both power and data. So you lose a C port on your machine.
You may need to set your BIOS to allow HDMI video over the Thunderbolt port.
Those are fairly minor complaints considering the size and the price.
lsusb shows a bit of a complex set up:
Bus 004 Device 003: ID 058f:8468 Alcor Micro Corp. Bus 004 Device 002: ID 2109:0817 VIA Labs, Inc. USB3.0 Hub Bus 001 Device 007: ID 2109:8888 VIA Labs, Inc. Bus 001 Device 002: ID 2109:2817 VIA Labs, Inc. USB2.0 Hub
Nothing particularly interesting or surprising there. Modern Linux systems should cope with it just fine.