The best USB-C hubs and dongles for laptops or tablets | PC World

2021-11-13 08:53:59 By : Mr. xilifurniture Wei

As the world shifts from the slower USB-A port to this faster, more versatile connection standard, laptops with USB-C ports are now almost everywhere. Some laptops only have a USB-C interface-this means that if you want to connect a wired USB-A mouse or keyboard, or an old wired printer, a USB-C hub is essential. Of course, this is also a convenient way to add HDMI connections, SD card readers, or more USB ports for storage.

Fortunately, there are many USB-C hubs available for various traditional I/O combinations, and finding a hub that meets your specific needs is as easy as ordering from the menu. We divide our choices into two categories: basic and full-featured. The latter represents a hub that provides greater scalability, including the ability to charge mobile phones. The only problem? As manufacturers replace and/or update them, some hubs come and go.

Fortunately, USB-C hubs are cheap and interchangeable. The "basic" hub category that combines a USB-A port and an SD card slot is expected to cost about $20, and nothing more. More advanced, full-featured options can cost up to around $70, depending on the ports included. However, paying $50 for an advanced hub is pretty standard. For whatever reason, the shelf life of USB-C hubs is very short! If one of our lists is sold out, there may be "upgraded" alternatives.

We purchased many USB-C hubs to highlight details that cannot be distinguished from the specifications, such as whether the ports are crowded together or whether the hub is running a bit hot. Below our selection, you can find information on how to choose between a USB-C hub and a high-speed Thunderbolt docking station and how we tested our review unit. Our recommendations for the best Thunderbolt dock can be found in a separate story. We will regularly update our USB-C hub recommendations and provide new recommendations for purchasing USB-C hubs. 

The USB-C hub is connected to the USB-C on the side of the laptop, such as Lenovo Yoga C740. In this example, the left port is used for charging, so you need to buy a USB-C hub with charging input to use it with this slot. (Of course, you can also buy a hub without charging function and use it in another USB-C port on the right side of the charging port.)

You don't have to think too much about a basic USB-C hub. Find the right price, consider whether to pay a little more for things like Ethernet, and try to find a product with a good warranty for added peace of mind. Avoid using any hubs that are directly connected to the port instead of using a power cord, as they will block other ports. Also look for longer wires to make it easier to place the hub. You don't need to worry about software drivers, although warranty is always a good idea.

Since May 2021, our selection of the best basic USB-C hub has changed. The Aukey USB-C hub we previously recommended has been discontinued or out of stock. We have replaced it with Lenion C15. 

Lention's C15 USB-C hub is in the "basic" category and only provides three USB-A Type 3.0 ports, one SD card reader and one microSD/TF card reader-nothing more. Please note that the USB-A ports are spaced far enough to support standard-sized USB keys and data cables, but there is not much room for swinging.

The price of C15 is less than 21 US dollars, it is very cheap, and it is easy to pack into the bag. It is worth noting that customers who have previously purchased the Lenion C15 complained that the hub became unusually hot and in some cases significantly interfered with their Wi-Fi connection. We didn't notice this problem, and the hub heated to 84 degrees Fahrenheit under load, there was nothing to worry about.

The C15 is equipped with an extra-long USB-C charging cable that can stretch for one foot, which is much more than a few inches allocated by other USB-C hub manufacturers. If you are worried about the prospect of floating wheels, C15 is for you! Just remember to flip the microSD card over before inserting it-this is a weird quirk suffered by some USB-C hubs, including this one.

AmazonBasics L6LUD001-CS-R provides three USB 3.1 Type A ports and Gigabit Ethernet for your laptop’s existing USB-C ports. There is no HDMI or charging input; this is just an incremental step of AmazonBasics L6LUD012-CS-R, which gives up the Ethernet function.

This hub is very convenient for those who do not have or trust Wi-Fi on the go. The 14-inch long power cord adds some flexibility to your desktop layout. The performance of this hub is comparable to other hubs we have tested, and there are no temperature or power issues.

As of press time, the price is only about $3 higher than the price of the aforementioned AmazonBasics L6LUD012-CS-R. If you only want a basic hub, this will be obvious. Although the hub is available in black and white colors, we noticed that Amazon occasionally discounts a few dollars.

The upper USB-C hub usually has more ports, including Ethernet, HDMI, and power input. This is essentially equivalent to the dongle of the docking station. Many of these more advanced hubs have the same basic 6-inch cables as their more basic counterparts, which means they may hang on tablets and some laptops. Then, of course, there is IOgear's Dock Pro, which is very close to the real Dock we have seen.

Except for Dock Pro, all these hubs use a single display connection, which is very suitable for daily use. But if you have desk space, even a pair of basic 1080p monitors can make a difference. We also tested the Lasuney dual HDMI hub, which you can find in our last review product list. Unfortunately, it did not succeed due to performance issues.

We have pushed our editor's choice award-winning QGeeM hub into our "review category" in May 2021 and replaced its wireless charging function with Aukey CB-C70. We also abandoned IOGear Dock Pro, just because most of its features cannot be provided by cheaper solutions. Unfortunately, one of our preferred products, VAVA VA-UC010, has been discontinued.

Can a USB-C hub be elegant? this is okay. Anker's 7-in-1 USB-C hub weighs astonishingly (3.5 ounces) and has high-quality metal (aluminum and polycarbonate) luster. It is also a bit more expensive than the competition. Anker’s hub is one of the coolest hubs we’ve tested under load, with a temperature of about 87 degrees.

In general, Anker's hub is well designed, with sufficient spacing between the two USB-A ports. Instead of three Type A ports, but a USB-C connection for data, and a second USB-C port for power input, the rated power is up to 85W. The HDMI port allows 4K/30Hz video or 1080p/60Hz video to be transmitted to a single external display, which is the standard for this category. However, Ethernet is excluded, so you need to switch to Wi-Fi. The rope length is approximately 8.5 inches, which is higher than the standard 6 inches length.

Anker's hub is one of the fastest hubs we have tested to transfer data under load, including synchronous data transfer between USB-A ports when the SD port is active. The hub comes with an 18-month warranty and even comes with a carrying bag. 

From the box to the design, to the product number, Hiearcool's UCN 3286 seems to be the cousin of FlexPow UCN 3281. The difference is that Hiearcool's UCN 3286 removes one of the three USB 3.0 ports and replaces it with a USB-C charging port that can accept up to 100W of input power.

The 4.5-inch UCN 3286 is made of aluminum and connects to your laptop via a USB-C cable that is less than 6 inches. During use, CN 3286 will warm up, but it never feels uncomfortable. The hub provides enough power for our bus-powered 10Gbps external SSD. Even if other devices are connected, the read/write performance of all the devices we connect meets expectations. This also includes SD cards.

Although the HDMI connection takes a few seconds to connect, it works very well. We were able to power our test laptop via USB-C input to the hub, and charge the connected mobile phone at a measured 4.86W charging speed at a normal (not "fast" or "ultra-fast") charging speed.

The USB-C hub you choose is far beyond our recommended range. Hubs also mix and match different port types and different shapes.

Although the brand names of two USB-C hubs may be quite different, you may sometimes find that they are identical in other respects.

Please pay attention to our ratings, prices, and characteristics of each hub to find alternatives that may suit your specific needs. Also pay attention to the price! Discounts can be found on older USB-C hubs, which may be discounted as manufacturers release newer models. 

The QGeeM 7-in-1 hub I received tried to buy me off through in-box promotions. If I leave a positive review, I promised to provide a $10 Amazon card. It doesn't need one, because it is a compact, lightweight small hub that covers all the basics except Ethernet.

The three USB 3.0 ports are well spaced. The HDMI port at the end of the docking station supports a single 4K monitor at 30Hz (or 1080p, 60Hz)-the course of a standard USB-C hub. QGeeM's hub includes support for SD and microSD slots, using the older, popular UHS-I SD card standard. Two cards share the same controller, allowing one card to be used at a time. However, it does ignore Ethernet.

QGeeM's webpage indicates that it can accept 100W (3A) power transmission through the USB-C input port, although the built-in documentation says that it allows a maximum of 60W. Despite this, the USB-C charger connected to the port reports that it is being fully charged. Under load, the hub temperature is about 94 degrees, which is a comfortable temperature. 

QGeeM does not seem to provide warranty support, and the packaging is as stingy as a handbag. But this lightweight hub provides everything a typical user needs at an affordable price. 

Aukey’s 5-in-1 USB-C charging hub (CB-C70) with 100W wireless charging has a flaw you should be aware of: As of press time, similar Aukey 8-in-1 hubs (CB-C71) can provide more—Ethernet Internet and SD card slot — 10 dollars less. But CB-C70 is also worth the money.

Aukey CB-C70 connects to your PC via a 5-inch USB-C cable. Two USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports, one USB-C power input and one HDMI port supporting 4K/30Hz resolution are hidden under the rounded corners of CB-C70 (approximately 3.66×3.2 inches and weighs 5.6 ounces). External display. The zinc alloy/ABS hub can be used as a bus-powered hub, but it will not perform wireless charging without an external power source. After connecting, it will become hot, but it is not worrying. The port spacing is good.

Aukey claims that when the phone is placed on top of the hub, the hub will wirelessly fast charge Qi-compatible Samsung phones, and when the hub is charged using Samsung's fast charging wall charger or fast charging 2.0/3.0 charger. We have confirmed this. The surface of CB-C70 is flat, but there is nothing to stop you from knocking it off accidentally. Even with an external power supply connected, the hub did not provide enough juice to power the 10Gbps bus-powered external SSD, but it worked well on the two bus-powered hard drives, albeit with a slight drop in performance. Yes, you can charge while copying files.

Aukey's CB-C70 provides a 24-month warranty.

Cowzuc's USB-C hub is a cheap and popular choice of USB-C hubs on Amazon, and the low price is arguably its best selling point. There are three USB 2.0 ports and the last USB 3.0 port.

Cowzuc USB-C Hub 4 in 1 is compact, about 3.25 inches long, and the cable length is about 4.75 inches. It weighs 0.63 ounces (rated) and is made of metal. Heat has never been a problem. However, the spacing may be: the USB-A ports on the side can barely accommodate USB keys and devices, and if one of them is oddly shaped, it may not fit.

The performance of this hub is a hodgepodge. For USB devices such as mice and keyboards, the hub does not have any potential problems. But only the terminal port meets the USB 3.0 standard, which provided an acceptable 923MB/s in our test. The other three ports are USB 2.0, with read and write speeds between 27 and 36MB/s. If you transfer files from one external device to another, it will take a while.

Although it is USB-C, Cowzuc's USB-C hub comes with a USB Type A sleeve that can be installed on the USB-C port so that it can be used with a USB-A connector. Although this is convenient, there are limitations when using the USB 3 port because the performance drops to about 407MB/s.

IOgear Dock Pro (GUD3C02B) is the king of USB-C docking stations-and, considering its role, you almost want to know why it has not been made into a Thunderbolt docking station. It measures 2.9 x 11.02 x 0.5 inches. It is a slender, inclined wedge that supports your laptop with a gripping rubber strip. It is a real docking station with many rear-facing ports optimized for dual monitors, and a 1-foot USB-C cable for booting.

Specifically, there are three USB 3.0 (Type A ports), one HDMI 1.4 port, one DisplayPort 1.2 port, Gigabit Ethernet, one SD/SDHC port and one microSD slot (all USH-I), VGA, one A 3.5mm jack and a USB-C port can provide up to 100W of external charging. Some additional ports come with warnings: for example, the VGA connection must be used alone and cannot be used in combination with DisplayPort or VGA. Please keep in mind that all data transmitted via the USB-C cable will interfere with each other, but IOgear's playback method is a bit conservative; the manual says that two hard drives cannot be connected at the same time, but this is not the case.

Please note that the BC 1.2 port can provide up to 1.5A for fast charging of mobile phones, but this port is not compatible with OnePlus or Samsung’s dedicated fast charging solutions. (Mobile phones from both manufacturers report "charging" when connected, rather than "fast charging.") Heat dissipation is not a problem, and performance is surprisingly good, even when HDMI and Ethernet are connected. The document supports Power Delivery 3.0 up to 85W, and its own power consumption is 15W; in other words, if you have a 100W laptop charger to power the hub, the remaining 85W of power will be used by your laptop.

The price of about $125 is much higher than what you would expect to pay for a USB-C hub, but it is still lower than the higher-speed Thunderbolt dock. Nevertheless, this USB-C hub is more like a USB-C dock. It is not truly portable, and its shape is suitable for a permanent location on your desk.

This Rshtech RS-516 USB-C port splitter uses an unusually long 2-foot cable to separate the 5Gbps USB 3.0 input (via USB-C) and distribute it to four USB 3.0 Type A ports. It is also rare to see these ports controlled by push-button switches lit by LEDs, as well as the optional 5V/2A adapter that powers the entire event.

The port splitter receives 5Gbps input and assigns it to the ports, which are only active when the corresponding LED light button is pressed. This applies to power (the hub will charge the phone, but not fast charging the phone) and data. Port spacing is not a problem, and the ABS/aluminum structure can handle heat well.

The Rshtech hub will not always recognize and connect to a bus-powered SSD, but it will find all other devices we connect to it. When all ports are occupied, the performance of the active external hard drive drops to about 20%, but it surges to about 67% when the optional power cord is plugged in-Rshtech recommends using it when connected to external storage.

That cable (with a proprietary plug) was very troublesome, and we stopped when we discovered the problem with our SSD. But we really like how the hub allows us to access external hard drives, which spin up and down loudly and randomly.

IOgear’s Travel Pro Mini Dock is 2.8 x 0.31 x 1.22 inches and is a strange duck: a cheap, relatively small USB-C docking station that can be plugged directly into your laptop without a cable.

"It can't work," you might think-but it does work, as long as there is enough space for your laptop's USB-C charger to sneak into the side of the docking station, near the HDMI cable, and then the USB Key or cord, and a 3.5 mm jack. (The Mini Dock supports up to 60W of power from an external charger.)

Of course, if your laptop's USB-C port is lonely, that's okay. Otherwise, the Travel Pro Mini Dock will block the ports when trying to provide extended functions-this is a problem for laptops like Asus ZenBook, which abandon the 3.5 mm headphone jack, but plug their USB-C ports It is too close to constitute a feasible docking station for IOgear.

We like this idea, but there are cheaper, better terminals, and greater flexibility.

Kingston’s Nucleum USB-C hub is a bit unusual because it only provides two USB 3.1 (5Gbps) Type A ports for mice, keyboards, hard drives, etc., but adds a pair of USB-C ports. One is for power supply, which may be a bit problematic.

Nucleum passed our performance test very well, as did almost all other hubs. These tests include plugging in external SSDs and external USB hard drives. When we tried to connect two USB hard drives via HDMI cables, one of the drives could not be read because of insufficient power. Connecting an external charger to Nucleum solved this problem.

Otherwise, we really like the USB port spacing, one on each side. The Nucleum measures 5 x 1.8 x 0.5 inches and fits perfectly in the backrest. The power cord is about 5.75 inches long, which is only a little shorter than what we want. The SD card slot is rated for UHS-II, and the microSD slot is rated for UHD-I. The aluminum structure of the hub has never been heated to uncomfortable temperatures. Includes two-year warranty and free technical support. 

Regarding the length and shape of the cigar, Anker’s AB331 USB-C hub is suitable for users who have laptops or tablets with USB-C ports and microSD/SD card slots, such as Microsoft Surface Go. There are three USB 3.0 Type A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and an HDMI connector, nothing more. You will also earn Anker's good reputation for supporting its products.

The hub looks good, and there is even a cloth carrying case for its slim 4 x 0.75 inch form factor. But the USB ports are plugged close enough that three standard USB memory sticks can hardly fit-and pay attention to whether the USB memory sticks are slightly too large. Why can't Anker use both sides of its USB-C hub for ports?

(Since we wrote this review, Anker has rearranged the hub and reduced the price by approximately $10 in this redesigned version.)

The 6-inch USB-C cable is too short for a tablet with a USB-C connector installed on its upper half, and the hub will hang on it. There is also no USB-C charging. However, you don’t have to worry about overheating-we copy files from two USB-connected drives while also downloading files via Ethernet without slowing down or significant heat gain.

As of press time, the price is $46-a bit higher compared to other hubs we have tested.

Lenovo's GX90M61235 USB-C travel hub retains the same black, boxy beauty as several generations of ThinkPad notebook computers. The weird pairing of connectors—VGA, HDMI (4K at 30Hz), a USB 3.0 port, and Gigabit Ethernet—means that you will use a laptop keyboard, possibly a mouse, and any display connector. We would rather see Lenovo choose VGA or HDMI and add another USB port.

To be fair, all ports worked as expected, and when we tried to saturate the Ethernet link and the USB-C port at the same time, there was no noticeable increase in heat.

In terms of prices and ports, there are better deals elsewhere. But if you need a VGA connector, this is one of the few options available.

ICZI's IZEC-TH01 breaks the typical USB-C hub design, abandoning the "straight-board" shape, and adopts a radial hub instead. Two USB 3.0 Type-A ports are located next to the SD and microSD card slots, HDMI (4K at 30Hz) and VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB-C input connections for charging laptops.

The extra-long 11-inch cable is wrapped around the hub for storage. Sadly, the radial design means that other cables (VGA, HDMI, etc.) will eventually go in all directions. The center of the hub is occupied by a tray with a magnetic panel, the tray is big enough to store a dongle. Otherwise, our hub does not have any documentation and only has a 24-month warranty card, which is twice that of most competitors.

The IZEC-TH01 does get a little hot under load (copying files from SD card to PC, while also copying files from external hard drive to SSD while streaming YouTube), but only about 88 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also a bit faster than other hubs. VGA and HDMI can be used at the same time, the hub provides up to 900mA charging current through USB-A.

The diameter of IZEC-TH01 is 3.75 inches, which is a bit big and heavy for our taste, especially when the cable runs in all directions. Otherwise it is a good value and almost missed the editor's choice award.

This AmazonBasics USB-C hub is as simple as its name implies: an extra-long (14 inches!) USB-C cable connects to your PC and connects to the four USB 3.1 Type A ports of your old device. Please note that most hubs provide 5Gbps USB 3.0 ports, while this hub provides 10Gbps USB 3.1 connections; you may never notice the difference.

We connected the hub to two bus-powered drives (one is a 2.5-inch hard drive and the other is an SSD) and a USB 3.0, bus-powered DVD-RW drive. We noticed a slight drop in performance when playing DVDs and copying data between two drives. However, although a reviewer on Amazon's website noticed a power drop, we were able to burn the disc with our drive very well-there seemed to be enough power to transmit through the cable. The surface temperature of the hub will not be a few degrees higher than the ambient temperature.

This hub is cheap, basic, and provides satisfactory performance at a favorable price. It does not have an SD slot or some of the other connections that other hubs include, but it actually only costs a few dollars to get it.

Although VAVA's VA-UC006 contains a lot of features in a compact package, some design flaws have ruined this robust product. This "kitchen sink" hub is slightly smaller than 4 x 2 inches and combines three USB Type A ports, microSD/SD slots, HDMI (4K at 30Hz) and Gigabit Ethernet, and a USB-C charging port To charge your laptop.

Although the 6-inch wire is already shorter than we want, it is only a limitation. The distance between the USB ports is too close, even for slightly oversized USB keys, such as SanDisk Cruzer Glide. The microSD card slot awkwardly forces you to pry the card in with your fingernail so that the card is flush with the hub. Because the hub is very thin, the Ethernet port has a dangling lower jaw, which may be damaged. During use, the hub heats up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit under load-not uncomfortable, but in the warmest case we have tried.

We really like the goal of VAVA, which is to combine everything you want in a small size. We use VA-UC006 to help set up our test. But there are other better options. 

Lasuney's 10-in-1 hub is great value for money, including an extraordinary combination, but two HDMI ports and even a DisplayPort. Ethernet is also included, allowing hubs to replace many of your wired connections.

Rasuni’s hubs are well made and have good port spacing. It will not become uncomfortable. 

However, to transfer a lot of data through the USB-C port, although we really like a pair of HDMI ports for dual display configuration, the fact is that you may need to limit yourself to a pair of 1080p displays to avoid saturating the bus and reducing Slow connection speed. 

However, the problem we found is that the SD card slot is too slow. Compared with other hubs we tested, the time required to transfer data was twice that. In all fairness, our other disk-to-disk tests took roughly the same time. We really like the flexibility provided by Lasuney hubs, but there are other competing hubs that can do better.

Start here: Check out the peripherals you own or plan to buy. Do you have an old external hard drive that uses a traditional USB-A cable? Have you manually backed up photos in SLR via SD card? Or your Wi-Fi connection is not reliable enough that you prefer Ethernet? Figure out which ports you need.

This laptop has multiple USB-C ports, but if you have only one, you need to directly plug the laptop's power cord into the hub to connect in a daisy chain like this.

It is also important to count the ports of a laptop or tablet: Does it have one or two USB-C ports? If your device has only one port, is there a separate charging connection? If your laptop or tablet has a USB-C port and is dedicated to charging, you may need a USB-C hub with a dedicated charging input port. Please note how much input power it allows, and confirm that this is enough for your laptop. Otherwise, you will be forced to choose between charging your laptop and accessing other devices, which is meaningless.

Remember that the power port of the hub is used to power your laptop, not your phone. But your hub may still be able to charge your phone, but there are some caveats. A "bus-powered" USB hub connects to and draws power from your laptop, and it must be shared with multiple devices. A "powered" or "powered" USB hub will take power from the wall, route it through your hub, and share it with any device connected to it. These devices will provide more power for fast charging of your phone. (Your hub will not enable special charging like Super Fast Charging for Samsung Galaxy S20, but even if you use the included Samsung cable. For this, you still need to connect your phone to the charger.)

Some newer, higher-priced laptops are now equipped with Thunderbolt connections, which provide greater bandwidth compared to traditional USB-C connections. Remember that every device connected to the hub shares bandwidth, but the USB-C port usually provides enough bandwidth to avoid problems.

The main exception is the display. USB-C provides enough bandwidth to drive external 1080p or 4K displays, or even two displays (provided that your hub has a pair of HDMI or DisplayPort connectors). However, although USB-C can drive a pair of 1080p displays at a good frequency of 60Hz, it can only run 4K displays at 30Hz, which makes the eyes tired. 

If you want to use a 4K monitor to run at 60Hz/s, you need a Thunderbolt base, which is usually more expensive. Our Thunderbolt docking station of choice is IOgear GTD300, but you can find many options in our review of the best Thunderbolt docking stations. If you pursue this route, please pay attention to the details: you need to make sure that the docking station and monitor support dual-mode DisplayPort 1.2 (DP) ports, and the HDMI port is rated for HDMI 2.0. The cable also needs to be rated at an appropriate speed. DisplayPort 1.1 connection only supports 4K at 30Hz.

There is also a wrinkle. Some of the latest laptops (including Surface Pro 7) include DisplayPort 1.4 and Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2, which allow the PC to run a pair of 4K@60Hz displays (or a single 4K@120Hz display) and the connected USB hardware at full speed. For this, you need to have a dedicated hub like CableMatters 201046 USB-C hubRemove non-product link, which allows to charge a 60W host with the required bandwidth to drive a single external display, or for a pair of more expensive things with 4K display over 60Hz refresh rate.

Thunderbolt cables and ports include a small lightning bolt icon, which distinguishes them from other unmarked USB-C cables.

Since USB-C is common in Macs, Windows PCs, and mobile phones, some hubs align their brands with specific platforms. Continue to use the Anker hub called "for MacBook Pro 2016/2017, Chromebook and XPS" with any Windows PC-we did it, and it worked very well. You don’t even need any special software or drivers. 

We initially divided this guide into three categories: USB-C to USB-A hubs; the second group adds microSD and SD card slots; the third is the "kitchen sink" series, which will add various additional ports. We are happy to find that some manufacturers offer SD/microSD slots at the price of USB-C to USB-A hubs, so we have combined these features into a "basic" category.

We use bus-powered peripherals to test each hub: an SSD, a hard drive, and a rewritable DVD drive, all of which are to ensure sufficient power. We also conducted speed tests on these hubs with Ethernet connections, just to detect any abnormal results. We conducted spot checks on other peripheral equipment.

We conducted standardized tests to transfer files from SSD to laptop; from hard disk to SSD; then from SD card to PC, while transferring files from hard drive to SSD. In some cases, we use AJA's system tools application to run read and write tests on connected drives. In almost all cases, the performance is the same, with only a price difference of about 3%-this is good news for you, because there is no need to worry about it. 

We measured the surface temperature while running these tests. You will see some buyers on the Amazon page complaining about how hot the hub is; some people are indeed on the warm side.

We studied how SD cards are inserted-you will be surprised how many will not work unless they are inserted upside down! 

We paid attention to the length of the power cord, because when placing the hub around a laptop or tablet, a shorter cable will limit your options. In the worst case, a short cable can cause the hub to hang on a tablet with the USB-C port facing the top. We also recommend avoiding any hubs that connect directly to ports instead of using power cords, as they will block other ports. 

Why test something as ridiculous as the spacing between USB Type A ports? Because if you don't do this, you may encounter this situation: because the distance between the ports is too close, you can only insert one of the USB keys at a time.

After testing about a dozen USB-C hubs, we can confirm that some of the unnamed hubs perform as well as their more well-known counterparts, and at lower cost. One thing to remember: Because price is very important to our recommendations, be aware that some prices may change as manufacturers offer sales. Therefore, some hubs that we do not recommend mainly based on price may become more worth buying. 

Updated on May 5, 2021, with more suggestions and more comments.

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