Now, Satechi has released the Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for the iMac, a brand new iMac stand that is somewhat of a combination of the two previous accessories, and offers a larger number of useful ports and some height iMac .
Satechi's new iMac stand is designed with a brushed aluminum finish and unibody construction that fits perfectly with any modern iMac with a silver aluminum finish. The front plate of the stand is matt black, reflecting silver and black colors on the iMac and this area is where you find the seven gates of the stand. There is also a very weak white LED to the right of the ports indicating a successful connection to iMac .
In total, there is a microSD card slot, SD card slot, audio connector, three USB-A ports and a USB-C data port (not intended for fast charging). The stand has a USB-C cable for connecting to the Thunderbolt 3-enabled iMac, and comes with a small USB-C to USB-A dongle adapter, so it's essentially compatible with some iMac . As a note, I have a late 2015 27-inch Retina iMac and have not encountered any problems with the adapter and ports on the Satechi stand.
With regard to height, Satechi accessories add approx. 1.63 inches high, with small rubber feet ensuring that the entire workstation is stable after placing iMac on the stand (max load is 50 lbs). There are no storage compartments or drawers in the Satechi stand, but the small amount of blank space created between the desk and the underside of the stand provides a little hidden hole perfect for external storage, flash drives, and other small devices.
There is also no locking mechanism for holding the base of iMac in place on the top of the stand. The iMac is still securely in place, however heavy it is, but if you were to force against iMac it brushes pretty easily along the silver aluminum in the Satechi's stand. A kind of rubberized coating in the middle of the top of the stand could have eased this a little.
I've been on the market for a USB hub for the workstation for a few months now, mainly because the angle of my iMac to a nearby wall makes it difficult to access the back of the computer ports. Satechi's device has solved this at once, providing more than enough ports for daily use.
All three USB-A ports worked as expected during my testing and recorded on my iMac desktop, just as they wanted when plugged into the back of the computer. The USB-C port is aimed at data transfers and is not meant for charging, although I was able to charge the iPhone X with a USB-C for lightning. However, this was not fast charging, as this method of charging is not supported through Satechi's accessories, because the device does not support the USB-C power supply protocol.
The Satechi stand is perfect for adding a little charge to your iPhone while working through USB-A ports, and you can expect typical refill times through basic Lightning to USB-A cables. USB ports provide up to 5 Gbps speed, so accessories are good for basic needs, but anyone looking for faster USB connections can be disappointed.
A major disadvantage of the stand's design is that all this access to the door will immediately mess up your work area if the keyboard is directly in front of it. Any flash drive that is inserted into the stand or the charging cable attached to your nearby iPhone will easily come into contact with your keyboard.
It is easy enough to redirect the stand to your advantage, push it back to clean up the space for a flash drive and take a cable into the room under the stand, but it is definitely a disadvantage for anyone who dislikes visual mess on the desktop.
Satechi vs. Twelve South
I have used twelve southern original HiRise iMac Essentially all the time I have had my iMac 2015 and it was hardly any adjustment period goes from HiRise to Satechi Stands. Twelve South HiRise is just under 3.5 inches tall and has adjustable brackets for many heights, giving it more options to iMac compared to the Satechi stand.
But going too high for your computer screen is not a good idea, and I had my twelve South HiRise sitting around the center bracket, which was almost the one the exact height of the Satechi dock, just a little higher. In general, a good rule of thumb is to follow an ergonomic work area to place the screen so that the top of the screen is approximate with the eyes, and the neck is slightly bent to read the center of the screen.
After this rule, the Satechi's rack was essentially perfect for my height. Working for the past few weeks has been pleasant, and I have not even felt the neck load due to the position of my screen (which I would have before you own HiRise). The downside is that Satechi does not allow you to adjust the height, so the accessories may not fit everyone at all heights, but the default position should hit the sweet tip for most.
The most important thing I miss when not using HiRise is the enclosed room, where I could hide flash drives, external storage, an Apple TV remote and some of my favorite Apple Watch tapes. The trade in having USB ports on the Satechi stand is likely to benefit me in the long run, so now I have decided to keep the Satechi dock under my iMac in the near future.
Satechi Type-C Stand iMac is a great, versatile accessory with good access to useful USB ports and an ergonomic height bonus for anyone working on a iMac all day. It lacks the hidden space organization and customizable altitude options for rival accessories such as Twelve South HiRise, but the ability to have forward-facing USB ports on a iMac workstation will probably outweigh the negatives of many users.
You can buy the Satechi Type-C stand for iMac in Silver or Space Gray for $ 89.99 on the company's website.
Note: Satechi provided MacRumors with a Silver Type-C stand hub for iMac for this review. No other compensation was received. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Satechi. When you click on a link and buy, we can receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site up and running.