Feb 09.2021Technology written by Razvan Iancu
In recent years, laptop manufacturers have reduced the size of devices, and as a result, laptops offer fewer and fewer ports. Thats why you need to buy hubs to be able to connect the different peripherals you need.
For a basic setup you can easily turn to manufacturers like Aukey, Ugreen and Anker, who rarely disappoint regardless of the type of product purchased. The price-performance ratio is often very good for these manufacturers on the market. But these manufacturers do not specialize in USB-C hubs and are often content to miss basic features.
If you are more demanding and are willing to pay more, you need to look at other manufacturers. Satechi and Hyperdrive, which offer excellent premium solutions.
In this presentation, we take a look at some USB-C hubs to connect to your computer.
1. Satechi V2 aluminum multi-port adapter
The Satechi USB-C hub stands out from the crowd due to its elegant design and an appreciable variety of port types. This makes it a versatile solution capable of meeting most needs.
The Satechi USB-C hub has eight sockets, which are able to meet most needs. There are three USB-A 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, one HDMI port, one Ethernet port, one SD card slot and another for a microSD card.
In most cases when the product is well thought out, 8 ports are more than enough, which is the case of the USB-C hub of Satechi.
The HDMI port is 4K (30Hz) compatible for monitors that support such a definition. The Gigabit Ethernet port supports speeds of 10/100/1000 Mb / s.
The hub also offers Pass-Through functionality, meaning it is possible to charge a laptop computer via the USB-C port. This is very useful for laptops that only have a USB-C port.Official page : Satechi V2 aluminum
2. Selore & S-Global USB-C - 12 in 1 Hub
A well-made USB-C hub, this is the proposal of the Selore & S-Global brand with this 12-port product.
This hub combines two HDMI ports, but with different capacities. The main shot supports 4K quality at 60 frames per second, while the second supports only 30 frames per second in the 4K definition. A VGA port is also integrated, allowing the installation of a triple display configuration.
Also a Gigabit Ethernet socket for a fast and stable internet connection. One of the special features of this hub is the presence of a 3.5 mm audio jack port. Manufacturers are less likely to think about this type of connection for their stations, while more and more devices are removing it from their interface in favor of USB. But it is still very useful for many users.
The docking station offers three USB-C ports, including a Thunderbolt 3 fast up to 40 Gbps and a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10 Gbps. The latest socket of this kind, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps, will only be useful for file transfer.
Finally, we have two more USB 2.0 ports that will be particularly suitable for Bluetooth adapters, as well as two memory card slots, which support SD / Micro SD / SDHC / Micro SDHC / Micro SDXC.
For those looking for a full connection, with high performance in terms of HDMI and USB-C, this is a very good option.Official page : Selore & S-Global USB-C - 12 in 1 Hub
3. Hyperdrive USB-C - 7 in 2 Hub
At the top of the range, the USB-C hub of Hyperdrive stands out due to a good design and the presence of two USB-C ports. A solution for Apple laptop owners.
The docking station has two USB-C ports, two USB-A 3.1 ports, an HDMI jack, an SD card slot and a microSD card slot in a balanced configuration that meets most needs.
This model does not offer an Ethernet port, it depends on the user whether he needs it or not.
The two USB-C ports offer very different services. One has a speed of 5 Gb / s, while the other offers 40 Gb / s with 5K or 2 x 4K support at 60 Hz and a maximum load power of up to 100W.
Compact and with a beautiful design, the hub takes on the shapes and colors of the MacBook Pro 2018, but can also be used with other computers.Official page : Hyperdrive USB-C - 7 in 2 Hub
4. Dodocool USB-C - 7 in 1 Hub
For those who do not need a large number of connections, we present a more compact USB-C hub model, and we find this product under the Dodocool brand, which offers good quality elements.
Compatible with the MacBook Pro from 2016 until today, with the MacBook Air from 2018, as well as with most devices with a USB-C socket, the Dodocool hub has a pleasant aluminum design. It is also easy to transport due to its compact size and low weight.
The PD (Power Delivery) charging port supports up to 100W to ensure good power. It is also the only USB-C socket on the station.
But it is perfectly suitable for many users without more traditional USB-A connectors, thus preventing them from connecting their accessories using this standard. We thus have three USB 3.0 sockets to use a keyboard, a mouse, a gamepad, a USB headset ...
Two card reader slots, SD and TF, another option than USB for file storage and transfer. The HDMI port is limited to support 30 frames per second for 4K quality display and 60 frames per second for Full HD 1080p definition.
A good, solid product that meets basic needs, for a good budget.Official page : Dodocool USB-C - 7 in 1 Hub
5. Vava USB-C - 8 in 1 Hub
More affordable than the previously mentioned models, the VAVA adapter offers eight ports on its hub. However, compromises have been made on design.
The dock is classic, but effective in the category range. There is a USB-C port, three USB-A ports, an Ethernet jack, an HDMI port, an SD card reader and finally a microSD card reader.
In short, some users may criticize it for having only a USB-C port. This is generally dedicated to recharging the device to which it is connected, so the possibilities are limited in this area.
The HDMI port allows you to stream video to a monitor at up to 4K UHD at 30Hz or Full HD at 60Hz (with the right HDMI cable, of course). The Ethernet port supports speeds of up to 1 Gb/s.
The charging power of the hub is 60W to be shared between all devices. For a reasonable budget, and it is more than enough in most connections.Official page : Vava USB-C - 8 in 1 Hub
6. Ugreen USB-C Hub
Not everyone needs additional USB-C ports, and more than an HDMI port or 3.5mm jack. Ugreen understood this well and, limiting itself in particular to three USB-A sockets, the brand focused more on design, and is intended for those who have limited space for their work configuration.
If you only need USB-A ports, then this USB-C hub should satisfy you. With its very attractive price, the Ugreen station offers four USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) ports, enough to connect accessories such as keyboard, mouse, USB headset or Bluetooth adapter.
The data transfer rate can reach up to 5 Gbps, enough for fast file processing. For 4K videos, it is a solution for small budgets and we can not expect a level of performance that reaches that of products sold 3 or 4 times more expensive.
You will be surprised by the quality of the materials and the visual appearance of the Ugreen USB-C hub. It's really neat and you wouldn't expect such a well-made device at such a low price.Official page : Ugreen USB-C Hub