As more laptops and devices use the latest USB-C connection standard for ports and power delivery, users are looking for the best USB-C hubs and adapters that will allow the use of legacy USB accessories as well as display, memory-card, Ethernet, HDMI and even VGA ports.

The great news is there is a wide choice of quality USB-C adapters and hubs now available, and at reasonable prices.

Laptops used to be loaded with an array of different ports, but often now include only one or two USB-C ports for power and connectivity – especially Apple’s MacBooks. If you want to add external hard drives, memory sticks, DVD drives, phone chargers, you will likely need some more-standard USB 3.0 ports, and then you might need an HDMI slot for connecting another display or projector in meetings.

While these products are often described and named as adapters or dongles (as so many devices hang off them) they are really hubs that take one port on the laptop and add multiple and varied other connection ports.

First, consider what you need from the hub or adapter. Most are multiport, so have more than one type of connection functionality included.

USB A: Also known as USB 3.0. Do you just need to attach some accessories that use older standard USB connections? If so, there are many simple adapters at low cost.

HDMI: Need an HDMI port for your laptop? There are plenty of USB-C hubs that include HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), including 4K.

Power: Some laptops have just the one USB-C port, so add an adapter and you have nothing left to charge your computer at the same time. In which case, you should look for a hub with an extra USB-C Power Delivery (PD) port so you can continue to power your laptop while using the adapter. This is known as passthrough charging. 85W and over will power most laptops at full speed.

Chargers: And some hubs are really chargers with built-in adapters. Check out our Best USB-C Chargers roundup for a selection of recommended products.

Ethernet: Even with Wi-Fi so prevalent you still can’t beat the speed of a wired Ethernet connection, still found in hotels and of course from your router. If so, you want a hub with an RY45 Ethernet port – and make sure it’s a Gigabit Ethernet connection for faster data transfer.

Memory cards: Fewer laptops these days include memory-card slots – certainly none from Apple. If these are important to you, look for SD-, MicroSD- and TF-card slots on the hub or adapter.

Second, think about portability. If it’s your laptop that uses USB-C then you are likely to want the hub to travel with you and not be a giant brick. So, look for portability in size and weight. There are enough small and lightweight adapters that you can slip in your laptop bag or even pocket and not notice.

And third, of course, is the price. There are certainly some very cheap USB-C adapters out there, but we’ve tried to pick the quality end of the market (but still at reasonable prices) so you don’t risk the safety of your device or even home with a dangerously cheap adapter.

Cables: Read our roundup of the best USB-C cables if this is all you’re looking for.

Docking stations: Larger, abler (and usually less portable) docks can include many more ports and connect dual displays at 4K in Extended Mode; see our Best USB-C docking stations roundup for more choices.

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Kingston Nucleum 7-port USB-C adapter

Kingston Nucleum 7-port USB-C Adapter

VAVA USB C Hub 8-in-1 Adapter with 4K HDMI

VAVA USB C Hub 8-in-1 Adapter with 4K HDMI

Startech USB-C Multiport 4-in-1 Video Adapter

Startech USB-C Multiport 4-in-1 Video Adapter

Lenovo USB-C to 4-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub

Lenovo USB-C to 4-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub

Satechi Aluminum Type-C Slim Multi-Port Adapter 4K

Satechi USB-C Multi-Port Hub Adapter

Moshi USB-C Multimedia Adapter

Moshi USB-C Multimedia Adapter

Anker 5-in-1 Premium USB C Data Hub

Anker 5-in-1 Premium USB C Data Hub

HyperDrive 7.5W Wireless Charger USB-C Hub

HyperDrive 7.5W Wireless Charger USB-C Hub

Moshi Symbus Q

Moshi Symbus Q USB-C Dock

Lenovo USB-C Hub, Aluminum Type C Adapter

Lenovo USB-C Hub, Aluminum Type C Adapter

Satechi Aluminum Type-C USB 3.0 3-in-1 Combo Hub

Satechi Aluminum Type-C USB 3.0 3-in-1 Combo Hub

LC-Dolida USB-C to HDMI and VGA Adapter

LC-Dolida USB-C to HDMI and VGA Adapter

HP Z9G82AA Travel Hub

HP Z9G82AA Travel Hub

StarTech 7-Port Charging Station

StarTech 7-Port Charging Station





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