The Best (and Worst) USB Type-C Hubs

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With a single USB Type-C hub, you can add USB Type-A ports, HDMI outputs, Ethernet jacks and SD memory readers to laptops (like Apple's MacBooks) that have forsaken larger ports. We did the testing to guide you through which are the best (and worst) USB Type-C hubs you can buy.

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. If you're looking for USB Type-C hubs or even Thunderbolt 3 docks on sale, take a look at these from Aukey ($44.99; $5 off), Anker ($69.99; $10 off) and Elgato ($265; $35 off). And if you're interested in something stationary, take a look at out the docking stations we've tested.

Otherwise, here are the best (and worst) USB Type-C hubs that we personally tested.

Kingston Nucleum USB-C Hub with HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 Ports, Type-C

Kingston’s Nucleum USB-C hub is small and slick, with access to two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a SD and microSD card slot, one USB-C charging port and one regular USB-C port. It doesn’t feel too light or cheaply made, and even the cable is sturdy. The Nucleum is an overall quality hub, but it is pretty expensive. 

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Plentiful amount of ports; Petite; Pass-through Charging
Cons: Pricey
Ports: 7

Landhoo Type-C USB 3.0 5 in 1 Combo Hub

You may not have heard of accessory-maker Landhoo before, but this snap-on hub, available in silver, space gray, black, gold and rose gold, is starting the company out on the right foot with us. Not only does it offer an HDMI output port, dual USB 3.0 ports, a SD memory reader and a microSD memory reader, but Its pass-through-charging Type-C port means it's good for those with only one Type-C port. The only thing I disliked is that its connection didn't feel as stable as others, as it jiggled uncomfortably when I connected devices to it.

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Type-C charging port; Adds HDMI, SD memory ports
Cons: Not the strongest connection
Ports: 5

HooToo USB C Adapter 3.1

It's easy to see why this is a best-seller on Amazon. Pass-through charging, SD card readers, three USB 3.0 ports and HDMI out mean it has everything we look for in a Type-C hub. But unless you want those card readers, you're better off saving $25 and buying Aukey's squarish-puck hub, which packs one more USB 3.0 port.

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Every port you need
Cons: Comparatively expensive
Ports: 7

Anker 4-Port USB-C to USB 3.0

If you weren't ready for the USB Type-C apocalypse, this hub is here for you. Four USB 3.0 ports. It's only $18 and provides four USB Type-A ports (at the 3.0 speed) in exchange for a single Type-C port. Best for those whose laptop has more than just one Type-C port.

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Clean design
Cons: Least affordable Type-A only hub
Ports: 4

Atolla 4 Port USB Type C Hub Adapter USB 3.1

We'd never heard of Atolla until now, but this adapter makes a good first impression. The casing features a fine texture and shiny bevelled edges, and its four USB 3.0 ports work well. If, for some reason, your laptop's Type-C port isn't providing enough power for this hub, you can connect a power source to its microUSB port, which we didn't need to use during testing.

Rating: 3.5/5

Pros: Most affordable; Attractive design
Cons: Only packs USB Type-A ports
Ports: 4

Euasoo 9-in-1 USB-C Hub

The Euasoo hub has a slim, sleek design with a plentiful amount of ports for a decent price. That includes a USB-C charging port, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a 4K HDMI port, RJ45 port, MicroSD card slot, SD card slot and a headphone/mic jack. The spacing between the USB ports are enough so that connectors don’t touch, but its wire connecting to the laptop is annoyingly short. I also found that the audio jack was unreliable in producing sound through both left and right earphones, as the right ear would only produce sound if I held the cord a certain way and even the mic won’t work at all.

Rating: 3.5/5

Pros: A ton of ports; Pass-through Charging 
Cons: Audio jack is unreliable; Lacks regular USB-C port
Ports: 9

Lention USB-C Hub with 3 USB 3.0 Ports and SD card slot

While Lention’s USB-C hub has a petite design with a decent number of ports, it feels rather cheap. It has 3 USB 3.0 ports accompanied by discount LED lights that don’t even light up the whole section. It also has an SD and a microSD slot, but both ports are a little finicky. The SD card slot feels loose and the microSD slot doesn’t click in like normal slots do. Not to mention, the hub doesn’t have a USB Type-C port, which puts you at a disadvantage if you only have one USB C port in your laptop.

Rating: 2.5/5

Pros: Decent amount of ports; Affordable
Cons: Feels cheap; Finicky card slots; No USB-C slot
Ports: 5

HyperDrive Hub for Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Built just for 2016 and 2017's 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, this hub takes up two USB-C ports on your laptop, but replicates all the ports you miss from previous machines. That means, one Thunderbolt 3 port, one USB Type-C port, a microSD reader, an SD memory reader, an HDMI out and dual USB 3.0 ports. The only problem? Its USB 3.0 ports are too small to connect certain Flash drives, even if nothing is next to them, which is a serious problem whether you're spending $10 or $100.

Rating2.5/5

Pros: Multiple Type-C ports; Everything else you'd need
Cons: Tight USB 3.0 ports; Expensive
Ports: 7

Satechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub

We love these snap-alongside hubs, as they can stay attached to your notebook when you travel, and look like they were made for certain MacBooks (available in gold, silver and space gray). And as long as you have more than one Type-C port, or don't rely on one to charge your laptop, you're likely considering this hub, which adds a trio of USB 3.0 connectors, an SD memory reader and a microSD reader. Unfortunately, as is the case with some of these hubs, its USB 3.0 ports are a little too narrow for some drives, so they couldn't fit inside. This meant I could use only some of my flash drives, and not the one I personally rely on. It might be less expensive than similar-looking hubs, but it doesn't have the charging or the HDMI-out that competitors do.

Rating: 2.5/5

Pros: Snaps against laptops; Adds SD memory ports
Cons: Tight USB 3.0 ports.
Ports: 5

AmazonBasics USB 3.1 Type-C to 3 Port USB Hub with Ethernet Adapter

Typically, AmazonBasics accessories are less expensive than the competition, but that's not the case here. If you trust Amazon more than anyone else, consider it, but this cheap-feeling plastic hub is $10 more expensive than Aukey's (though it's smaller) and it offers the same three USB 3.0 ports and Ethernet jack.

Rating: 2.5/5

Pros: Smaller than similar hub
Cons: Feels cheap
Ports: 4

LENTION 4-in-1 USB-C Hub

Sometimes an affordable gadget's super-budget price is a warning. Although this hub from Lention looks like one of the better peripherals for new MacBook owners on tight budgets, (it adds two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port), its promise falls apart quickly. First, we had to make sure that the hub was resting on a surface so that it wouldn't slowly pull itself out. Later, its USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports stopped working altogether, so its only use became as a pass-through charger, making it worthless.

Rating: 0/5

Pros: Type-C charging port; Affordable
Cons: Unreliable
Ports: 4

 

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Rami Tabari
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As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge.
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4 comments
  • Chris Says:

    Ugh. This is frustrating. I want a USB-C hub with MOAR USB-C ports... NOT USB-A ports.

  • Vincent Fong Says:

    lots of people want a usb c hub with more usb c ports e.g. power passthrough, usb c displayport for portable monitor, usb c mouse........

  • 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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