If you’ve got a device with USB-C, like a Macbook, iPad or tablet then there’s a good chance that you would find the Kingston Nucleum a really useful device.
What it offers you is a way to expand the amount of sockets you have on your computer or tablets. Firstly it has an HDMI output and while not every device with USB-C will support this laptops usually will.
I’ve been using the Nucleum with my Macbook, which is famous for having just a single socket. You charge the thing with it and if you want to get data off a USB stick well, you’re kind of out of luck.
So for me the Nucleum is perfect. It gives me a pair of USB sockets which operate at high speeds. To these you can connect a keyboard, mouse or anything else. You can transfer data from your phone or digital camera.
But in addition to that there is a MicroSD card slot and a full-sized SD card reader. This is great if you’re taking a lot of snaps or shooting video. Because USB-C is high-speed, copying files off is a breeze.
There are also a pair of USB-C sockets. One of these can be used to connect a normal device, perhaps a phone. The other is capable of taking large power loads, so it’s into this that you can connect your laptop mains adaptor.
That allows you to charge your laptop or tablet while using it with a TV or monitor. Again, I used it to connect my Mac to my Ultrawide monitor. It was great and it gives me a home base for my ultra portable laptop.
I also connected a Google Pixel Slate to it too, and it works well too. I’d say USB-C adaptors are more useful for Laptops, but accessing files using the SD card reders can be very useful too.
Owners of new iPad Pros can use this to turn their tablet into a near fully-featured laptop. It’s absolutely fantastic.
If I was going to pick any single hole in the Kingston Nucleum it would be that it lacks an Ethernet socket for using wired internet.
I’m not going to hold that against Kingston though because we can all pretty much manage on Wi-Fi. If you need Ethernet then you can always hook a dongle up to the Nucleum – it should work fine.
The Nucleum will cost you around £40. That’s actually pretty good value for a device like this.