The Cube vs USBC-7IN1E

I’m interested in purchasing one of these two products but the features seem very similar but there is a big difference in price. When would you purchase one hub over the other?

Hi there,

While the UD-CUBE and USBC-7IN1E share many of the same features there are some differences:

USBC-7IN1E Hub (seen here: https://plugable.com/products/usbc-7in1e) provides:

  • 1x HDMI 2.0 video port up to 3840x2160 @ 60Hz
  • 2x USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports
  • 1x SD slot
  • 1x Micro SD slot
  • USB-C Power Passthrough up to 20.0V, 5.0A (100.0W)
  • USB-C to Host Power Delivery (when USB-C power adapter is connected) up to 20.0V, 4.35A (87.0W)

UD-CUBE Docking Station (seen here: https://plugable.com/products/ud-cube) provides:

  • 1x HDMI 1.4 video port up to 3840x2160 @ 30Hz
  • 1x USB 3.0 (5Gbps) port
  • 2x USB 2.0 (480Mbps) ports
    To note: the UD-CUBE-15 (seen here: https://plugable.com/products/ud-cube-15w) can provide up to 15W power to host

Both units provide one Gigabit Ethernet port and a USB-C connection to host. One other difference to mention is that the USBC-7IN1E uses an ASIX AX88179A ethernet controller while the UD-CUBE uses the RealTek RTL8153.

Another consideration is that the UD-CUBE comes with its own power supply so you would need to have the power supply connected while in use. The USBC-7IN1E on the other hand does not require an additional USB-C power supply (unless you were looking to charge the host system) while in use.

As far as purchasing one device over the other in my opinion it would come down to function, aesthetics, and price. Our USBC-7IN1E is a bit newer to our product line while the UD-CUBE is a bit older but both offer versatility due to their size. One feature I like about the USBC-7IN1E is that you do not need a power supply connected in order for the Hub to operate with its HDMI, USB, and SD ports. The Hub will draw power from the host in order to function however if you require the host to stay charged you could use a USB-C power adapter to connect to the USBC-7IN1E Hub and keep the Host charged while using the Hub.

I hope this helps!

Michael S.