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The best USB Type-C hubs in 2021

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At Laptop Mag, we test tons of peripherals, which is why we're experts on the best USB Type-C hubs. With a single USB Type-C hub, you can add USB Type-A ports, HDMI outputs, Ethernet jacks, and SD memory readers to some of the best laptops or best Chromebooks that have forsaken larger ports.

Even with a small USB Type-C hub, you can change how your device is used entirely when you give it some necessary ports.

We did the testing to guide you through the best 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. We've noted them in this helpful buying guide so that you know exactly what to expect when purchasing a USB Type-C hub.

For everything you need to know about USB-C Cable types, we've got you covered. And, You can find our best USB Type-C accessories and cables and best portable chargers. You'll also find the best USB-C hubs for your MacBook Pro.

What is the best USB Type-C hub?

The best USB-C hubs should have all the ports you desire while still being portable enough to lug around. And of course, it should work well and you should be satisfied with its performance.

We highly recommend the Dell DA300 6-in-1 USB-C hub as the best USB Type-C hub. This Dell product is perfect for those seeking a USB type-C hub that is both aesthetically pleasing and high-performing. We love the Dell DA300 for its portability and small footprint — its circular shape and retractable cable are some of its eye-catching, head-turning features.

However, if you're looking for a lightweight USB-C hub with 4K capabilities, you can't go wrong with Kensington's SD1600P USB-C Mobile Dock.

Plugable, known for its laptop docking stations, has a new USB-C 7-in-1 Hub that's perfect for those who own a MacBook Pro, while Kingston's customizable Workflow Station can transfer video, photos, and audio from multiple sources at once. We'd be happy to give that system a try.

If you're in need of more power and ports, then you'll want to keep an eye out for the best docking stations for laptops.

Without further ado, here are the best USB Type-C hubs.

The best USB Type-C hubs to buy today 

1. Dell DA300 6-in-1 USB-C Hub

The best overall USB Type-C hub you can buy

Specifications
Ports: 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x VGA, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x USB-A 3.1
Reasons to buy
+Wide-variety of ports+Petite+Concealed cable
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey

The Dell DA300 is one of the smallest and most portable USB-C hubs that I've seen, thanks to its circular shape and retractable cable. It features an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, a VGA port, an RJ45 Ethernet port, one USB Type-C port, and one USB 3.1 port. It doesn't have the largest number of ports, but its wide variety makes up for that. Overall, it's a great USB-C hub to take on the go, as long as you're okay with the price.

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2. Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

The best overall USB-C hub for MacBooks

Specifications
Ports: 3 x USB-A 3.0, 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI v1.4, 1 x SD card reader, 1 x microSD
Reasons to buy
+Multiple ports+4K HDMI support+Small and lightweight+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Dodgy pass-through power delivery

Plugable is known to deliver quality USB-C hubs and docking stations, but its USB-C 7-in-1 Hub knocks it out of the park. At its price (currently listed at $27) and the number of different ports and features it sports, this USB-C hub is a steal.

With three USB 3.0 ports with 5Gbps transfer speeds, HDMI 1.4 connectivity which can support 4K resolution at 30Hz, and two SD card readers, there’s not much else a laptop user who is on the move will need. It’s a shame the USB-C 87W pass-through charging is dodgy, but there are many laptops with a separate power supply for charging, anyway.  

See our full Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub review

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3. Kensington SD1600P USB-C Mobile Dock

The best hybrid dock for travelling professionals

Specifications
Ports: 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen1, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen, 1 x HDMI v1.4, 1 x HD VGA, Gigabit Ethernet Port
Reasons to buy
+USB-C pass-through power+Easily transportable+4K output+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Could use more ports-Awkward port placement-Flimsy design

The Kensington SD1600P USB-C Mobile Dock is unique as it acts as a viable docking station and an excellent USB-C hub for laptop users on the move. Its USB-C passthrough power supply and additional ports will free up all your other laptop inputs while charging your laptop and any other devices connected to it. Don’t need a power supply? That’s fine, as it can also be powered by your laptop.

While Kensington labels the SD1600P USB-C Mobile Dock as a docking station on the device’s listing page, it also claims it can use a laptop’s battery when traveling — which is, by the company’s definition, a USB-C hub. In truth, it simply brings the best of both worlds. If you can excuse the awkward port placement and don’t have a 16-inch MacBook Pro (2020), this mobile dock is a solid purchase for traveling professionals. 

See our full Kensington SD1600P USB-C Mobile Dock review

4. Kingston Nucleum USB-C Hub

Quality hub with plenty of ports

Specifications
Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD card slot, 1 x microSD card slot, 2 x USB-C (one charging)
Reasons to buy
+Plentiful number of ports+Petite+Pass-through charging+Features microSD
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey

Kingston’s Nucleum USB-C hub is small and slick, with access to two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an 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.

5. Landhoo 5-in-1 USB Type-C Hub

An slick and adaptable USB-Type C Hub

Specifications
Ports: 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x SD card slot, 1 x microSD card slot, 1 x USB Type-C (charging)
Reasons to buy
+Type-C charging port+Adds HDMI, SD memory ports
Reasons to avoid
-Not the strongest connection

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, an 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.

6. HooToo USB-C Adapter 3.1

A solid USB Type-C hub with plenty of ports

Specifications
Ports: 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD card slot, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C
Reasons to buy
+Every port you need+Features SD card reader
Reasons to avoid
-Comparatively expensive

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 output 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.

7. Anker 4-Port USB-C to USB 3.0

A great hub for USB 3.0 ports

Specifications
Ports: 4 x USB 3.0
Reasons to buy
+Clean design+Quadruple USB 3.0 feature
Reasons to avoid
-Least affordable Type-A only hub

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.

8. Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock

A solid choice for high-resolution displays

Specifications
Ports: 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 1 x USB 3.1
Reasons to buy
+High speeds+4K support+Tuck-away wire+Petite
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey

The Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock has four ports: one USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and an RJ45 Ethernet port, which all functioned correctly. This dock allows you to enjoy fast Thunderbolt speeds and the luxury of two 4K extended displays, and it also has a slim design with a convenient tuck-away wire. 

However, the dock isn’t compatible with USB Type-C, so it’ll only connect to a Thunderbolt 3 port, and it doesn’t have a Type-C connector to replace the one that it’s taking up. 

The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility app that it does offer is available for only macOS (it allows you to disconnect all storage devices at once and tells you when it's safe to disconnect the dock itself). 

It’s a little pricey for $149 (even when it’s on sale for $99), but overall, the Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock is a solid choice if you’re interested in connecting to high-resolution displays.

9. Atolla 4-in-1 USB Type C Hub

An affordable USB Type-C hub

Specifications
Ports: 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x MicroUSB, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
Reasons to buy
+Most affordable+Attractive design
Reasons to avoid
-Only packs USB Type-A ports

We'd never heard of Atolla until now, but this adapter makes a good first impression. The casing features a fine texture and shiny beveled 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 micro USB port, which we didn't need to use during testing.

10. Euasoo 9-in-1 USB-C Hub

A fantastic USB Type-C hub with a few hiccups

Specifications
Ports: 1 x USB Type-C, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 1 x microSD card slot, 1 x SD card slot, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
Reasons to buy
+A ton of ports+Pass-through Charging
Reasons to avoid
-Audio jack is unreliable

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 is 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.

USB Type-C: What you need to know

USB Type-C has plenty of perks, and with one of the USB Type-C hubs you might be considering to get, you'll be able to copy files at USB 3.1 speeds, deliver enough power to charge a laptop or use Alt Mode to send other types of data using DisplayPort or Thunderbolt 3 connections.

Essentially, its a tiny, super-fast connector which many of the best laptops today have a connector for, with the only downside being that USB A or USB B connectors can't be used with a USB Type-C port (that's where a USB Type-C hub comes in handy).

However, there are USB-C accessories and cables that make charging and transferring data even better for the best laptopsbest Chromebooks and best tablets on the market. Better yet, they don't have to be too pricey, either.