The best USB-C hubs

  • If you have a laptop with only one or two USB-C ports, you need one of the best USB-C hubs with lots of ports to expand your connectivity options.
  • The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is our top pick for best USB-C hub because it has all the ports you need to make your laptop more versatile.

If you have a laptop that only has only one or two USB-C ports - whether it's a Mac, PC, or Chromebook, as well as newer iPad Pros and even select Android smartphones - a USB Type-C hub or dock is a great way to add more ports.

Before you purchase a USB-C hub, you'll want to consider exactly how many more ports you need and what kind of ports you'll use most. For example, you might simply want more USB-A ports. Or, you might want a combination of an HDMI port, SD card reader, Ethernet port, USB-A ports, and USB-C port with power pass-through (to charge a laptop).

You'll also want to think about the size and style of the hub since it'll be plugged into your laptop quite often. The more ports a USB-C hub offers, the more expensive it will be, but whichever you choose, make sure it has the ports you need and that it works seamlessly with your computer.

Here are the best USB-C hubs you can buy:

Updated on 1/14/21 by Christian de Looper: Added two new product recommendations for 2021 and checked all prices and links for accuracy.

The best USB-C hub overall
usb c hub

The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is well-designed, supports pass-through charging, and has a large variety of ports.

Pros: Lots of ports, variety of port, nice design

Cons: Only one USB-C port

If you're looking for a versatile USB-C hub and want one of the best out there, then the Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is the way to go. It may be a little bulky, but the trade-off is that it features a ton of ports.

You'll get three USB-A 3.0 ports, as well as one HDMI port, one USB-C port, and one Ethernet port. You'll also get an SD card slot and a microSD card slot, so those of you who are looking for something to easily transfer data from your camera or phone will appreciate this hub. The HDMI port supports 4K monitors and the Gigabit Ethernet port can handle speeds of 10/100/1000Mbps.

For those with only a single USB-C port on their laptop, this hub supports pass-through charging, so you can plug your computer's charger into the hub's USB-C port to charge your computer. It may not charge quite as quick as it does when you plug the charger directly into your computer, but rest assured that you can still charge your laptop with this hub.

We tested it out on a MacBook Pro so we could transfer photos from an SD card and it worked like a charm. However, it won't support SD card speeds faster than UHS-I. (Check out our guide on the best SD cards.) 

The downsides are that it's a little pricey and it only has one USB-C port, so if you're looking for additional USB-C ports specifically, this may not be the way to go (although there aren't many USB-C-only hubs to recommend at this time).  

The best budget USB-C hub
hootoo 6 in 1 usb c hub

The HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C adapter is a great way to add more ports and a card reader to your computer at an inexpensive price.

Pros: Three USB ports, card reader, HDMI port, inexpensive, lightweight and pocket-friendly design

Cons: USB ports on both sides of hub would have been nice, no Ethernet port

Not everyone wants to spend a ton of cash on a USB hub for their computer. That, however, is where the HooToo USB-C Adapter hub comes in. It increases the number of ports on your laptop without a super high price tag.

The hub has three USB-A 3.0 ports, is lightweight, and works natively with Macs and PCs. In addition, there is one SD card reader, one HDMI port that supports 4K monitors, and a USB-C port for power up to 100 watts, which is pretty remarkable considering the price.

HooToo upgraded this hub with heat-reduction tech to prevent overheating, while the use of copper wiring and other metals helps to create more efficient data transfers, according to the company. 

Another option to consider is this 5-in-1 adapter from Anker, which provides three USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet jack. You don't get a card reader, but it's ideal for those who need Ethernet connectivity. This is the device that's used by most Business Insider staffers.

The best with cable management
Twelve south usb c hub

The Twelve South StayGo is stylish and portable, plus it comes with two detachable cables that ensure excellent cable management.

Pros: Stylish, multiple detachable cables, lots of ports

Cons: Expensive

If you're looking for a solid USB-C hub that can keep its cable out of the way when you're not using it, then the Twelve South StayGo is worth your attention. This hub comes with a 1-meter cable that you can stow away in the hub when it's not in use. The cables are detachable too, which makes it a great option for use at home and on the go.

This hub offers a series of helpful ports. You'll get an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, a MicroSD card slot, and a USB-C port that can be used for power delivery. In other words, this hub should have everything you need on a daily basis.

The Twelve South StayGo is pretty well-designed too. It's built from a sleek black plastic with icons  on the top to help you find the ports you need. It also comes with two cables so that you can use the right-sized cable as needed.

There are downsides to this hub, such as the fact that it's a little expensive. That said, it's worth the cash if you can swing the cost. In fact, Pocket-Lint included it in its roundup of the best USB-C hubs, and MacRumors' review noted that it was portable, stylish, and highly functional.

The best basic USB-C hub
Anker USB C to USB A hub

The affordable Anker 4-port USB-C to USB 3.0 hub brings back some of the USB-A ports your laptop might be missing.

Pros: Nice design, inexpensive

Cons: Only one type of port

If you're looking to add some USB-A ports to your computer, then the Anker 4-port USB-C to USB 3.0 hub is the way to go. The simple hub only offers four USB 3.0 Type-A ports — the ubiquitous ones you'll find everywhere — and nothing else, but for some people, that might be all they need.

With this hub, you'll be able to connect peripherals like mice, keyboards, hard drives, and so on. This way, you can reuse your existing gear without needing to buy USB-C accessories.

Another great thing about this hub is that it's affordable. Anker makes a lot of different types of USB-C hubs, and many Business Insider employees use them with our MacBook Pros. They work well, but there are reports of failure from time to time. Anker offers an 18-month warranty period as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee if you're unhappy.

The best USB-C hub for MacBook Pro
HyperDrive USB c hub for MacBook Pro

The HyperDrive 8-in-2 hub looks more like an extension of your MacBook Pro than a standalone hub, plus it adds a huge selection of ports to your device.

Pros: Sleek design, great port selection, matches your MacBook Pro

Cons: Expensive

If you want a USB-C hub that can act as an extension of your MacBook Pro, then the HyperDrive Pro 8-in-2 is the choice for you. This hub takes up two of your MacBook's USB-C slots but it's worth the trade-off since you'll get access to a huge range of ports.

For starters, you'll get back one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports you used for the hub itself, along with a USB-C port that can be used for power delivery, a Mini DisplayPort, a HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a MicroSD card slot. 

That's all in a device that's sleek and stylish – and you would be forgiven for thinking that it's actually built by Apple, thanks to the sleek aluminum design. The hub is even available in Silver or Space Gray, meaning that you should be able to find an option that matches your laptop. The hub is also compatible with the MacBook Air, as long as it's a model from 2018 or later with USB-C ports on the side.  

The hub has gotten some pretty excellent reviews too. It has an average rating of 4.1 stars, and ReadWrite hailed it for its excellent value and top portability. The only real downside is that despite the good value, the hub is a little expensive at $99.99.

The best USB-C hub for iMac
satechi

The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for iMac is well-designed and offers a good selection of ports.

Pros: Well-designed, good port selection

Cons: More USB-C ports would be nice

The iMac is a great computer, but it can be a little tricky to access all the ports on the computer because they're located on the back. The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for iMac solves that problem by putting the ports front-and-center.

The monitor stand is the perfect size for the iMac, so you can place your iMac on top of it and gain access to ports without needing to swivel the computer around. The hub also fits perfectly with Apple's design sensibilities, and you can choose between silver and space gray.

When it comes to ports, the hub offers three USB 3.0 ports, USB-C port, SD and microSD card slots, and a headphone jack. It's a solid lineup and should make day-to-day access to your computer's ports a lot more convenient.

The hub isn't perfect. For example, a few more USB-C ports would have been nice, and it is a little expensive. Still, we've been using the hub with a Mac Mini for some time and find it to be well worth the price. It's not strictly for the iMac, either.

Check out our guide to the best USB-C cables
Anker USB C Cables

The best USB-C cables for your Android phone or laptop

We've tested and researched dozens of cables to find the best ones for your devices. Whether you need a long cable, a short one, a cheap one, one that has USB-C on both ends, or one that has USB-C to USB-A; we've got a cable for you in our buying guide. 

 

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The best USB-C hubs

  • If you have a laptop with only one or two USB-C ports, you need one of the best USB-C hubs with lots of ports to expand your connectivity options.
  • The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is our top pick for best USB-C hub because it has all the ports you need to make your laptop more versatile.

If you have a laptop that only has only one or two USB-C ports - whether it's a Mac, PC, or Chromebook, as well as newer iPad Pros and even select Android smartphones - a USB Type-C hub or dock is a great way to add more ports.

Before you purchase a USB-C hub, you'll want to consider exactly how many more ports you need and what kind of ports you'll use most. For example, you might simply want more USB-A ports. Or, you might want a combination of an HDMI port, SD card reader, Ethernet port, USB-A ports, and USB-C port with power pass-through (to charge a laptop).

You'll also want to think about the size and style of the hub since it'll be plugged into your laptop quite often. The more ports a USB-C hub offers, the more expensive it will be, but whichever you choose, make sure it has the ports you need and that it works seamlessly with your computer.

Here are the best USB-C hubs you can buy:

Updated on 1/14/21 by Christian de Looper: Added two new product recommendations for 2021 and checked all prices and links for accuracy.

The best USB-C hub overall
usb c hub

The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is well-designed, supports pass-through charging, and has a large variety of ports.

Pros: Lots of ports, variety of port, nice design

Cons: Only one USB-C port

If you're looking for a versatile USB-C hub and want one of the best out there, then the Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is the way to go. It may be a little bulky, but the trade-off is that it features a ton of ports.

You'll get three USB-A 3.0 ports, as well as one HDMI port, one USB-C port, and one Ethernet port. You'll also get an SD card slot and a microSD card slot, so those of you who are looking for something to easily transfer data from your camera or phone will appreciate this hub. The HDMI port supports 4K monitors and the Gigabit Ethernet port can handle speeds of 10/100/1000Mbps.

For those with only a single USB-C port on their laptop, this hub supports pass-through charging, so you can plug your computer's charger into the hub's USB-C port to charge your computer. It may not charge quite as quick as it does when you plug the charger directly into your computer, but rest assured that you can still charge your laptop with this hub.

We tested it out on a MacBook Pro so we could transfer photos from an SD card and it worked like a charm. However, it won't support SD card speeds faster than UHS-I. (Check out our guide on the best SD cards.) 

The downsides are that it's a little pricey and it only has one USB-C port, so if you're looking for additional USB-C ports specifically, this may not be the way to go (although there aren't many USB-C-only hubs to recommend at this time).  

The best budget USB-C hub
hootoo 6 in 1 usb c hub

The HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C adapter is a great way to add more ports and a card reader to your computer at an inexpensive price.

Pros: Three USB ports, card reader, HDMI port, inexpensive, lightweight and pocket-friendly design

Cons: USB ports on both sides of hub would have been nice, no Ethernet port

Not everyone wants to spend a ton of cash on a USB hub for their computer. That, however, is where the HooToo USB-C Adapter hub comes in. It increases the number of ports on your laptop without a super high price tag.

The hub has three USB-A 3.0 ports, is lightweight, and works natively with Macs and PCs. In addition, there is one SD card reader, one HDMI port that supports 4K monitors, and a USB-C port for power up to 100 watts, which is pretty remarkable considering the price.

HooToo upgraded this hub with heat-reduction tech to prevent overheating, while the use of copper wiring and other metals helps to create more efficient data transfers, according to the company. 

Another option to consider is this 5-in-1 adapter from Anker, which provides three USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet jack. You don't get a card reader, but it's ideal for those who need Ethernet connectivity. This is the device that's used by most Business Insider staffers.

The best with cable management
Twelve south usb c hub

The Twelve South StayGo is stylish and portable, plus it comes with two detachable cables that ensure excellent cable management.

Pros: Stylish, multiple detachable cables, lots of ports

Cons: Expensive

If you're looking for a solid USB-C hub that can keep its cable out of the way when you're not using it, then the Twelve South StayGo is worth your attention. This hub comes with a 1-meter cable that you can stow away in the hub when it's not in use. The cables are detachable too, which makes it a great option for use at home and on the go.

This hub offers a series of helpful ports. You'll get an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, a MicroSD card slot, and a USB-C port that can be used for power delivery. In other words, this hub should have everything you need on a daily basis.

The Twelve South StayGo is pretty well-designed too. It's built from a sleek black plastic with icons  on the top to help you find the ports you need. It also comes with two cables so that you can use the right-sized cable as needed.

There are downsides to this hub, such as the fact that it's a little expensive. That said, it's worth the cash if you can swing the cost. In fact, Pocket-Lint included it in its roundup of the best USB-C hubs, and MacRumors' review noted that it was portable, stylish, and highly functional.

The best basic USB-C hub
Anker USB C to USB A hub

The affordable Anker 4-port USB-C to USB 3.0 hub brings back some of the USB-A ports your laptop might be missing.

Pros: Nice design, inexpensive

Cons: Only one type of port

If you're looking to add some USB-A ports to your computer, then the Anker 4-port USB-C to USB 3.0 hub is the way to go. The simple hub only offers four USB 3.0 Type-A ports — the ubiquitous ones you'll find everywhere — and nothing else, but for some people, that might be all they need.

With this hub, you'll be able to connect peripherals like mice, keyboards, hard drives, and so on. This way, you can reuse your existing gear without needing to buy USB-C accessories.

Another great thing about this hub is that it's affordable. Anker makes a lot of different types of USB-C hubs, and many Business Insider employees use them with our MacBook Pros. They work well, but there are reports of failure from time to time. Anker offers an 18-month warranty period as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee if you're unhappy.

The best USB-C hub for MacBook Pro
HyperDrive USB c hub for MacBook Pro

The HyperDrive 8-in-2 hub looks more like an extension of your MacBook Pro than a standalone hub, plus it adds a huge selection of ports to your device.

Pros: Sleek design, great port selection, matches your MacBook Pro

Cons: Expensive

If you want a USB-C hub that can act as an extension of your MacBook Pro, then the HyperDrive Pro 8-in-2 is the choice for you. This hub takes up two of your MacBook's USB-C slots but it's worth the trade-off since you'll get access to a huge range of ports.

For starters, you'll get back one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports you used for the hub itself, along with a USB-C port that can be used for power delivery, a Mini DisplayPort, a HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a MicroSD card slot. 

That's all in a device that's sleek and stylish – and you would be forgiven for thinking that it's actually built by Apple, thanks to the sleek aluminum design. The hub is even available in Silver or Space Gray, meaning that you should be able to find an option that matches your laptop. The hub is also compatible with the MacBook Air, as long as it's a model from 2018 or later with USB-C ports on the side.  

The hub has gotten some pretty excellent reviews too. It has an average rating of 4.1 stars, and ReadWrite hailed it for its excellent value and top portability. The only real downside is that despite the good value, the hub is a little expensive at $99.99.

The best USB-C hub for iMac
satechi

The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for iMac is well-designed and offers a good selection of ports.

Pros: Well-designed, good port selection

Cons: More USB-C ports would be nice

The iMac is a great computer, but it can be a little tricky to access all the ports on the computer because they're located on the back. The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for iMac solves that problem by putting the ports front-and-center.

The monitor stand is the perfect size for the iMac, so you can place your iMac on top of it and gain access to ports without needing to swivel the computer around. The hub also fits perfectly with Apple's design sensibilities, and you can choose between silver and space gray.

When it comes to ports, the hub offers three USB 3.0 ports, USB-C port, SD and microSD card slots, and a headphone jack. It's a solid lineup and should make day-to-day access to your computer's ports a lot more convenient.

The hub isn't perfect. For example, a few more USB-C ports would have been nice, and it is a little expensive. Still, we've been using the hub with a Mac Mini for some time and find it to be well worth the price. It's not strictly for the iMac, either.

Check out our guide to the best USB-C cables
Anker USB C Cables

The best USB-C cables for your Android phone or laptop

We've tested and researched dozens of cables to find the best ones for your devices. Whether you need a long cable, a short one, a cheap one, one that has USB-C on both ends, or one that has USB-C to USB-A; we've got a cable for you in our buying guide. 

 

Working from home? Check out our other home office guides
home office working from home

The best standing desks


The best active seating for your office


The best office chairs


The best desk lamps for your office

Read the original article on Business Insider

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