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 Euasoo?), 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.

Latest News and Updates (October 2018)

  • We just reviewed the MacBook Air (starting at $1,199) and it's outfitted with only two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
  • The Kingston Nucleum USB-C Hub at the top of our list just recently dropped in price from $67 to $49.
  • Elgato recently announced its Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock, which comes with ports for HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gigabit Ethernet.


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  • 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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