If you’re tired of constantly changing dongles and relying on Bluetooth to connect, you should try using a USB-C hub or dock. There are multi-port adapters or enhanced USB hubs on the market that are more than just an additional USB port. Convert to a convenient hub to connect a single USB-C connection on your laptop or desktop computer, , and Ethernet. Plus, you can use them to read and write to memory cards or external hard drives.
Narrow down your options and find the best USB-C hub by knowing how portable it is, the data transfer speed you want, and exactly what connections you need. Here are some of the favorite USB-C docking stations we tested. We will continue to update this list as we find new USB hub models to recommend. And if you are lookingtested.
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This USB-C hub has all the basics you need most for office or home use, especially if your laptop is limited to USB-C ports at an affordable price. It has three USB-A ports, including a power supply, microSD and SD card slots, and an HDMI output that supports resolutions up to 4K at 30Hz. Finally, there is a Gigabit Ethernet connection with the operating LED (other centers of this size are usually turned off). But what distinguishes it from others in this size are the necessary labels printed on the anodized aluminum box.
There is a 100-watt USB-C switch for power transmission, which is used to power a 15-watt hub. The junction is lightweight, which makes it great for travel, but also means that any cords you attach to it can cause it to slip around your desk – a common problem with oversized hubs. But if you’re looking for a single center that covers everything from an external display and wired internet access to charging your phone, this is the place for you.
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The PowerExpand Elite part is a USB-C dock and a partial charging station. The rear has 85 and 15-watt Thunderbolt 3 ports, and the front has an 18-watt USB-C power transfer port. The Thunderbolt 3 port supports screens with a resolution of up to 5K at 60Hz, while its HDMI 2.0 port can support screens up to 4K at 60Hz. Or you can run a dual splitter from USB-C to HDMI and connect two 4K displays at 30Hz to run up to three monitors between the HDMI port and the Thunderbolt 3 port.
You’ll also have four USB-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet slot, and a MicroSD and SD card reader. The 3.5 mm integrated jack controls audio output and input.
The PowerExpand Elite has a large 180-watt power adapter to provide enough juice to run everything. Also, the fanless design means that the body is a large cooler, so it can heat up when fully loaded. You can keep it upright to help it stay cooler.
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As the name suggests, this device combines a USB-C hub with a folding laptop stand, allowing you to create a more ergonomic work experience almost anywhere. The lightweight aluminum stand is set up in a matter of seconds. Laptop supports can be installed at five different angles between 15 and 36 degrees, which makes it good for increasing airflow, getting a more comfortable writing angle, or raising the screen to look better. The stand supports a 17-inch laptop, but the larger the laptop, the more inconvenient it is to use ports, especially SD card slots.
On the left is a built-in 5Gbps USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports (also up to 5Gbps), a full-size HDMI output that supports up to 4K resolution at 30Hz, and SD and microSD card slots. Simply connect the attached USB-C cable to the USB-C port of the laptop and you’re done. The cord is conveniently held under the stand when you travel or when you don’t need to use a hub. When connected to the network, it will draw power from your laptop, but has a USB-C power switch on the left foot to reach 100 watts.
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Most small USB-C hubs have short-circuited cables. It is better if your laptop is on the table, not on the laptop stand and that table has a lot of space directly next to the USB-C port of your laptop. The Lention C37 is ideal for those who can use some additional cables.
The USB device is still compact and lightweight, but has a 1-meter cable (3.3 feet). It has two 60-watt USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, microSD and SD card slots, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Finally, there is an HDMI output that supports resolutions at 4H at 30Hz or lower at 60Hz. It is also an excellent choice for desktop computers stored on the ground.
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A remarkable compact docking station that shows what is possible with a single Thunderbolt 4 port. Simply connect the SD5700T to your Windows 10 laptop with the included cable Thunderbolt 4 (or Thunderbolt 3 MacBook running MacOS 11 or later) and you get 11 ports for high speed data, video and audio.
For information, it can handle transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps – perfect for working with large files such as photos and videos. The dock also has a Gigabit Ethernet slot and a UHS-II SD 4.0 card slot. For monitors, you can add a dual 4K display at 60Hz, a single display at 5K at 60Hz, or a single display at 8K at 30Hz. There are also four USB-A ports: three USB 3.2 Gen 2 on the back (for speeds up to 10Gbps) and one USB 2.0 on the front for fast chargers. Ahead you will also find a combined headphone jack.
The single Thunderbolt 4 port on the front supports up to 90 watts of power transfer, so I was able to connect the latest Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, and I was able to charge it while running the UltraSharp PremierColor monitor at 4K at 60Hz. one of the three downstream Thunderbolt 4 ports on the back. I also connected a second USB-C display with full HD resolution at 60 Hz to another downstream port. The Ethernet port allows me to take advantage of my wired Gigabit connection. USB ports controlled a 4K webcam, an external memory drive, and a wireless receiver for a mouse and keyboard that could be used to wake up a computer. And again, all this via a single cable to the laptop.
The SD5700T is a forward-looking docking station, so you won’t find old DisplayPort or HDMI connections on it. It requires enough power to control everything you connect to it, so the touchpad itself has a large 180-watt power supply. Again, the SD5700T is surprisingly compact and lightweight compared to the Thunderbolt 3 stations I tested with similar features to the Anchor on this list. The SD5700T can even be connected to an optional monitor, and there are two lock slots that you can use to attach it to your desk.
You will not need any drivers or other software to run it. However, Kensington’s included DockWorks app is a nice addition that will automatically switch from Wi-Fi to Ethernet when connected to the dock to give you the fastest connection speed possible.
The dock may cost $ 445, but that guarantees you’ll get the most out of your Thunderbolt 4 connection in the future.
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Accell’s simple, low-profile design won’t bend like vertical docks, and it’s easier to blindly connect to its connections. If you have a limited desktop space, it may actually fit the base of your monitor. Plus, its slim, lightweight body and its small power adapter make it easy to fit in your bag if you need to travel with it.
On the back you will find three USB 3.1 Gen 2 type-A ports, two HDMI ports (one 4K, one 1080p), an Ethernet port and slots for microphone input and headphone output. The only USB-C port is on the right. Accell includes USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables to connect to your laptop.
As the name suggests, you can connect it to your laptop, and it will start to reflect your screen almost immediately, without the need to install the driver first. However, if you want to expand the displays, you need to install a driver for MacOS or Windows; Accell keeps them comfortably on the plane; When the wrap is connected, a screen appears allowing you to install it.
It also works with Chromebooks, and if you have an Android phone or tablet, you can download the free Accell app and then connect to the dock to display your device’s screen on a monitor with a single 1080p resolution, and use a keyboard and mouse if you wish. . There is a slight delay, but it worked otherwise.
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If you want to expand your laptop’s port options, as well as accommodate the Nintendo Switch, the $ 70 Dock Pro 60 is all you need. The slim, small, light dock has two USB-C ports, one of which supports power input. Connect your laptop (or Switch) to another USB-C port, and tap the HDMI port to connect to a TV or external (up to 4K UHD resolutions at 30Hz), and you’re all ready to go or start playing. friends and family on the bigger screen. There are also two USB-A ports.
Note that if you use it as a Switch dock, for example, the USB-C that comes with the Switch requires a 15-volt, 2.6-amp power supply. With a laptop, you can use a USB-C power adapter with a 60-watt switching power supply.
Bonus for Samsung Galaxy device users: Dock Pro 60 supports Samsung DeX, so you can use your phone or tablet with an external display and desktop style experience.
Is the USB-C port the same as the USB port?
The most popular USB port is USB Type-A. Sometimes called a standard or regular USB port, it is rectangular and requires you to connect the cable by holding the right side up so that the icons inside the connectors are properly aligned. The newer USB-C port is a small oval that uses a reversible connector so you don’t have to turn it to get the correct position.
Are all USB-C ports the same?
Although the USB-C ports look the same from device to device, this is not the case. Even USB-C ports on the same laptop may have different capabilities. For example, Thunderbolt 3 or 4 devices will only be fully supported by a computer with the appropriate Thunderbolt USB-C port. Unfortunately, you can’t just look at the port and know exactly what you have. Before purchasing a USB-C dock or adapter, check with your computer manufacturer to find out what model your laptop (or desktop computer) supports.