CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub review

A Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C 10Gbps powerhouse

CalDigit Element Hub on a wooden surface
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The CalDigit Element Hub is remarkably simple but don't let that deceive you. Behind the four Thunderbolt 4 ports and four USB-A ports, there is a significant amount of performance bandwidth for quick and efficient transferring of data. The build quality is classic CalDigit with a solid metal construction on four of the sides and an equally robust plastic face on the two other sides. The charging functionality is a win but at only 60 watts this might not be enough for more demanding laptops.


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    Four Thunderbolt 4/USB4 ports

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    Four USB-A ports (10Gbps)

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    Charging ports for laptops and phones


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    No HDMI or Display Ports

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    60W of power is a little on the light side

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    Bulky power adapter

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The Element Hub is so simple. It contains four Thunderbolt 4 ports with 40Gbps of bandwidth and four USB-A ports that support the latest USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface for bandwidths up to 10Gbps. All of this is great for connecting multiple peripherals including SSDs, displays, network adapters, or dongles.

The Element Hub is a universal hub that supports Thunderbolt 3 and 4 across four USB-C ports and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface across four USB-C ports. This number of connection points will be more than enough for almost all users and the fact that they are all super fast ports will be pleasing for those who are transferring files around SSDs and external hard drives a lot.

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.