Sunday, 21 Oct 2018

The Best USB-C Hubs and Docks

Mobile phones, laptops and Chromebooks becoming thinner and thinner each year. We went from the VGA connector to the slimmer HDMI connector, from Ethernet ports to either Wi-Fi, and from USB-A connectors to USB-C. With this move, we’ve gained amazing possibilities with newest connection, the USB-C connection. However, there are still a lot of legacy devices out there (think camera’s, printers, external harddrives, projects), which still need to be connected in some way to the newer generation of devices. This guide should help you find the best USB C hubs and docks!

The Best USB-C Hubs and Docks

On, we strive to deliver the best and most up to date information, and we test all devices. Some of these devices pass our strict criteria, and a lot of them don’t. Here is a list of the best USB-C hubs and docks recommend by us.

Aukey CB-C55 USB-C Hub

The Aukey CB-C55 USB-C Hub turns a single USB-C port into six ports(VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, USB-C and 2x USB-A). Due to to the inclusion of the VGA and Ethernet port, it’s not as slim as the Satechi Slim, but it provides great capabilities for those wanting to connect to a physical network, or projectors, and we think Aukey CB-C55 USB-C hub is an excellent choice for the workplace, in which technology is often updated at a slower pace than at home.

Get the Aukey CB-C55 USB-C here | See our Aukey CB-C55 article here.

Satechi Slim Aluminium Hub

Satechi USB-C hub, official product shot

The Satechi Slim Aluminum USB-C hub with HDMI is a very small and light-weight hub. It’s got two USB-A and an HDMI port, it looks good and it’s pretty cheap. If you want to use it as a permanent dock at home, you should be aware of its limitations: like any USB-C hub, it’s limited to 30 Hz when hooked up to a 4K monitor. However, if you’ll be using it while moving between desks, or traveling in general, then we think it’s a great looking and affordable device.

Get the Satechi Slim Aluminium Hub here | See our Satechi Slim review here

HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Hub

The HyperDrive is a successful Kickstarter campaign launched by Sanho. It’s a great piece looking hub, and fits the recent MacBook Pros perfectly. We don’t advise it for people who wear a soft/hard shell around their MacBook Pro; the hub simply won’t fit. Charging devices off the hub is also not very useful. We do advise it for all MacBook owners who are looking for something very portable, or who have an external monitor that’s not 4K and wish to hook up their laptop in a single step.

Get the HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Hub hereSee our HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Hub review here

HooToo Shuttle HT-UC001 USB-C Hub

The HooToo Shuttle HTUC001 USB-C hub is a great hub with an SD card slot, three USB-A ports, a HDMI output and USB-PD (Power Delivery). Although the Shuttle hub isn’t milled from a single piece of aluminum, it’s still pretty good. It doesn’t feel as solid as our other recommended hubs, but it is very light.

Thanks to the design with the lighted logo, it looks like an interesting eyeteaser. In our HooToo Shuttle review, we’ve tested the connectors of the HooToo as well as the USB-PD. The HooToo Shuttle with Power Delivery is a fine hub. It’s got enough ports and is light enough to drop in your bag and use it on the go.

Get the HooToo Shuttle HT-UC001 USB-C Hub here | See our HooToo Shuttle HT-UC001 USB-C Hub review here

Runner ups

We have a few runner up. The runner ups are devices we think are great, but unfortunately, have not been able to test.

PowerHub USB-C Hub and Charger

PowerHub USB-C hub on Kickstarter

The PowerHub USB-C Hub and Charger connects to yourMacBook’s USB-C port to give you 3 USB-A, 1 HDMI port, 1 USB-C, and additionally 5000 mAh of power.What caught our attention, is that this particular hub has a detachable cable. This is very interesting, because that’s pretty rare; almost all USB-C hubs nowadays have a short, captive (attached) cable. Although useful if you travel a lot, on your desk this results in a big mess of cables. This PowerHub can easily be put below your desk with a longer cable, which makes for a much cleaner setup.

Get the PowerHub USB-C Hub and Charger here

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 is another great looking device. It has 13 ports to charge up to six USB devices simultaneous, read SD cards at twice the speed of the Thunderbolt 2 and allows you to connect to ethernet networks. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock seems like a great USB-C hub to consider for the MacBook Pro, and we’ll hope to review it soon!

MacRumors review of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock