How a USB-C hub can change the way you work for the better
In the pursuit of slimness, many modern laptops only have a couple of USB-C ports. This is pretty restrictive when it comes to accessories. But add a USB-C hub to your workflow, and you can do so much more.
- What are the best workplace accessories right now? Head over to our dedicated category to admire the latest desks, pen holders and stress toys.
- What is the data transfer speed of USB-C? Second-generation USB-C ports and cables can hit 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 3 technology raises the limit to 40Gbps.
- What are the benefits of using a USB-C hub? It means you can use more drives and accessories, while only attaching and detaching one cable.
Over the past few years, USB-C has gone from a relative newcomer to the industry standard. This powerful interface can be found in phones, tablets, laptops, and countless other devices. It can carry power, copious amounts of data and even video signals. Better still, the connectors work both ways up. The only problem? New devices have relatively few ports. Here’s how a USB-C hub can change your entire workflow.
Why do I need a USB-C hub?
Before parting with your hard-earned money, it’s only sensible to justify your purchase. So, why should you buy a USB-C hub? To answer this question, let’s look at the possible improvements to your workflow.
Say you work a desk job. You spend each working day hunched over your laptop, while your fingers dance across the trackpad. No-one deserves this kind of misery.
With a USB-C hub, you can connect your laptop to an external display, and add a wired keyboard and an ergonomic roller-ball mouse. When the clock hits 5pm, you simply unplug a single cable.
Creative people feel even greater benefits. With multiple ports at your disposal, you can easily attach graphics tablets and backup hard drives. You can even sync your camera without removing the memory card.
Speaking of other devices — powered hubs allow you to charge phones and tablets while using desktop accessories.
What is the best USB-C hub?
The case for buying a hub is pretty strong, we think. If you’re convinced, here are some of the best options open to you:
HyperDrive Ultimate USB-C Hub
It measures just three inches wide, but HyperDrive is packed with ports. Along with three USB 3.1 ports, you get HDMI, VGA, Mini DisplayPort, SD, microSD, and gigabit Ethernet connectivity.
Price: $119.99 USD
Twelve South StayGo Desktop Hub
Because StayGo comes with an extra long cable, you can keep it hidden under your desk or in your bag. Along with three USB ports, it provides gigabit Ethernet and memory card slots.
Price: $99.99 USD
AlsterPlus USB-C Battery Pack & Hub
With a capacity of 27,000mAh, AlterPlus can keep your laptop powered for hours. Better still, this versatile device has two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports for added connectivity on the move.
Price: $155, pre-order
STEALTHO Transforming Desk Organizer with Wireless Charger
Although STEALTHO looks like a simple stationery holder, this device actually offers five USB ports, along with microSD and HDMI. In addition, the organizer has a wireless charger for your phone or smartwatch.
Price: $109 USD
Kingston Nucleum USB Type-C Hub
Compact and practical, the Nucleum USB-C Hub from Kingston is actually used on a daily basis by our editor in chief. She says having a cable connector provides a more reliable connection than the wireless versions, meaning she never has to worry her hard drive will suddenly dislodge. Plus, there are six ports plus a pass-through charging port.
Price: $49.99 USD
Satechi Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet
This Satechi hub hugs the side of your laptop, adding an extra USB-C port, Ethernet and a microSD slot. The aluminum design goes particularly well with MacBooks, and it’s small enough to take anywhere.
Price: $99.99 USD
More USB-C ports
Whether you’re struggling with cable spaghetti or not enough ports, these hubs should help you get things done.
What is your favorite USB-C accessory? Tell us in the comments!
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