The Best (and Worst) USB Type-C Hubs

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USB Type-C is the port of the future, because it draws power, sends data and even extends displays. Unfortunately, some laptop makers are rushing to the future -- producing laptops with just Type-C ports, while consumers are still using older drives, monitors and accessories. Fortunately, Type-C hubs exist to give users the USB Type-A ports, HDMI outputs, Ethernet jacks and SD memory readers that have gone missing from laptops (especially Apple's MacBooks).

But since few hubs are sold by well-known brands (sure, you may know Anker or Aukey, but what about Hyper Drive, Atolla, Lention and Moshi?), we've done the hard work of testing these to find out which is best. Along the way, we've noticed little quirks, such as ports too small for USB sticks and HDMI outputs that don't work as well with PCs. Here are the best (and worst) USB Type-C hubs.

 

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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2 comments
  • Jean-Denis Says:

    none of these are USB-C hub. The same way a plain old USB hub will allow you to plug several USB devices in a single USB socket, a USB-C hub would allow you to plug several USB-C devices into a single USB-C socket.

    And this is what I am looking for. All my external storage devices are now USB-C only. I don't care about legacy USB sockets. I want a *real* USB-C hub. Is there even one on the market?

  • Tommy D Says:

    The perfect hub for me would have USB 3.1, HDMI, USB-C, and Ethernet. DP would be icing on the cake.

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