Use iPad Air or Pro for work or school? You may need to add more ports, such as an HDMI port to connect your tablet to a larger 4K screen, or a headphone jack in case you need to use wired headphones. The bird from Satechi killed two birds with a stone. It is a hub, so you can get an HDMI port, USB-A, 3.5 mm audio port, SD and MicroSD card readers, and a 60-watt USB-C charging port. But it can also be used as a stand, so you don’t need to use a folio or a separate stand to support your iPad.
The hub is connected to iPad Pro or iPad Air via USB-C (the cable is hidden underneath). You cannot change the viewing angle, but the stand can be folded to form a surprisingly compact hub. It does not take up much space in your backpack, and despite its aluminum structure, it is very light. The only downside? If you plan to support the tablet vertically for video calls, you must lean forward so that your face is in the center of the screen.
★ A more traditional hub: If you prefer a standard dongle hub, I really like it HyperDrive from Hyper ($90)It has six ports: 60W USB-C, USB-A, MicroSD, SD, 3.5mm audio and 4K 60-Hz HDMI. You can plug it into the USB-C port of the iPad Air or Pro and cut it flush with the edge and cut firmly, or you can replace it with a short, fluffy cable. If there is a protective cover on the iPad, a cable is required, and Hyper provides screws and screwdrivers to replace the parts (it took me two minutes). Remember to unplug it when not in use, as it will slowly drain the tablet’s battery.