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The best USB-C hubs in 2022: add more sockets to your laptop with an adapter

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The best USB-C hubs are becoming increasingly popular, for one main reason. The latest ultrathin laptops have a lot going for them, but don't feature a lot of ports. The Apple Macbook Air M2 (2022), for instance, has just two USB-C slots and a headphone jack , and that's your lot. 

That means that if you want to connect more than a couple of devices at a time, upload images from an SD card, output to a monitor via HDMI, use an Ethernet cable or team your laptop with an USB-A devices, you're a little screwed. Unless, of course, you get hold of one of the best USB-C hubs, which will instantly make all that possible, and more.

So whether you need connect your laptop to a printer or phone, mouse or monitor, we've brought together the very best USB-C hubs in the article below. Each offers something slightly different, in terms of the type and number of ports, so you can find exactly what you're looking for.

The best USB-C hubs of 2022

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1. Kingston Nucleum USB-C Hub

The best USB-C hub overall

Specifications

Total ports: 7
Ports: One USB-C data port, one USB-C charging port, two USB-A (USB 3.0) ports, one 4K HDMI port, one SD card slot, one microSD card slot
Passthrough charging: Yes (60W)
Size: 12.7 x 4.5 x 1.42cm (5 x 1.77 x 0.56 inches)
Weight: 1.3kg (4.8oz)

Reasons to buy

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Wide range of ports
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Small and portable
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Affordable price

Reasons to avoid

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No Ethernet port

This USB-C Hub ticks all the boxes. It has a seven ports in total, and offers pass-through charging via one of the two USB-C ones. That will let you to charge your laptop with up to 60W of juice. 

You can also use one of the USB-A slots to charge any older devices. There are slots for both SD and microSD cards, making it a great choice for working photographers. Plus there's a HDMI port to output to a 4K or HD monitor or projector.

The aluminum case is sturdy, durable and smart looking. It’s also small and relatively lightweight (at 1.3kg). And the price is fair and affordable. All this makes the Kingston Nucleum our clear choice as the best USB-C hub available today.

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2. Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB C Adapter

The best cheap USB-C adapter

Specifications

Total ports: 7
Ports: Two USB-A (USB 3.0) ports, one 4K HDMI port, one USB-C port, one Ethernet port, one micro SD card slot, one SD card slot
Passthrough charging: Yes (up to 48W)
Size: 11.7 x 5.3 x 1.6cm (4.61 x 2.1 x 0.65 inches)
Weight: 99g

Reasons to buy

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Cheap
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Ethernet connection

Reasons to avoid

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4K only streams at 30Hz
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Charges at 48W

If you're short on cash, this USB-C hub is cheaper than the Kingston Nucleum (above), yet almost as good. Not quite as good, of course. Firstly, there’s just one USB-C port in this hub. And passthrough taps out at a maximum of 48W, so it’ll take longer to charge your laptop. 

Also, you can only stream 4K to your TV or monitor at a 30Hz refresh rate, so you’ll need to switch to HD to get the full 60Hz experience. However, on the plus side, this device is lovely and light, at 99g. You get SD and microSD slots. And unlike in the Kingston Nucleum, you get an Ethernet connection too. Along with an 18-month warranty, this makes this USB-C hub an absolute bargain overall.

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3. EZQuest USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C 7-in-1 Hub

The best USB-C adapter for multiple USB ports

Specifications

Total ports: 7
Ports: Three USB-C 10Gbs Gen 2 ports, three USB-A 5Gbs ports, one USB-C Power Delivery with pass-through charging
Passthrough charging: Yes (up to 100W)
Size: 3.5 x 21 x 11 cm (1.38 x 8.27 x 4.33 inches)
Weight: 140g

Reasons to buy

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Loads of USB ports
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100W passthrough charging
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Nice cable

Reasons to avoid

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No Ethernet or HDMI

Not bothered about having an Ethernet or HDMI connection? Then you'll love this light and compact USB-C hub from EZQuest, which provides you with a ton of USB ports (seven in total) at an affordable price. 

These include three USB-C 10Gbs Gen 2 ports, rated at 10GBps (USB 3.2 Gen. 2) for lightning-fast data transfer. You also get three USB-A 5Gbs ports for your older devices, which offer speeds of 5Gbps. Finally, there's a USB-C Power Delivery port, which offers pass-through charging up to 100W.

The hub itself is small and light, at just 140g, and the 22cm (9in) long, braided black cable adds a touch of elegance. We love how everything is very clearly labelled, too.

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4. Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock

The best USB-C hub if money’s no object

Specifications

Total number of ports: 9
Ports: Two USB 3.2 Type-C port, one USB 3.1 Type-A input, two HDMI 2.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, one headphones jack, one SD card reader
Passthrough charging: Yes (85W)
Size: 28.7 x 15.24 x 11.18cm (11.3 x 6 x 4.4 inches)
Weight: 1.13kg (2.5 lbs)

Reasons to buy

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Stream 4K to two monitors 
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9 ports in total 
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85W of passthrough charging

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

The Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock stands out for its two HDMI 2.0 ports, enabling you to stream to two 4K displays at once, at 60Hz, if you so wish. It’s also one of only two USB-C hubs on this list to include a headphone/microphone jack. Elsewhere, there's support for Thunderbolt 3, allowing for faster transfer speeds, as well as up to 85W of passthrough charging. And with nine ports in total, you’re sure to find all the connectivity you need, unless you need a microSD slot. 

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5. Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

The best USB-C hub for MacBook

Specifications

Total ports: 7
Ports: Three USB-A 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, one HDMI v1.4 port, one microSD slot, one SD card slot
Passthrough charging: Yes
Size: 24.1 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm (9.5 x 2 x 0.5 inches)
Weight: 10g (3.84oz)

Reasons to buy

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Lots of ports 
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4K HDMI support 
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Small and lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Cable not removable

If you're a MacBook user, this 7-in-1 one USB-C hub is a fantastic buy. Not only is it very affordable, but it hosts a wide range of ports, including three USB 3.0 ports with fast 5Gbps transfer speeds, an HDMI 1.4 port that supports 4K resolution at 30Hz, and two SD card readers. It’s fabulously tiny and light (10g) too. Note that you can’t remove the USB cable, but on the plus side that means you can’t lose it either.

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6. Kensington SD1600P USB-C Mobile Dock

The best USB-C hub that's also a docking station

Specifications

Total ports: 6
Ports: Two USB-A 3.2 ports, one USB-C 3.2 port, one HDMI v1.4 port, one HD VGA port, Gigabit Ethernet Port
Passthrough charging: Yes
Size: 16 x 75 x 135 mm (0.63 x 2.95 x 5.31 inches)
Weight: 190g (6.7oz)

Reasons to buy

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Use in the office
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Use on the move
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Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Overkill if you don't travel

Not sure whether you want a docking station for the office, or a USB-Hub for when you’re travelling? The Kensington SD1600P USB-C Mobile Dock is a hybrid device that basically gives you the best of both. While it’s ostensibly a docking station, it can also be powered by your laptop’s battery, making it viable as a USB-C hub.

There are output options for HDMI (4K at 30Hz) or VGA Full HD (1920x1080p) to an external monitor, TV or projector. You also get two USB 3.0 ports, supporting up to 5Gbps, and an extra USB-C port for data synchronization, supporting up to 5Gbps. And a built-in charging hub allows you to charge mobile devices (up to 2.4A) when you’re not using it as a dock. 

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The best customizable USB-C hub

Specifications

Total number of ports: Customizable; up to 8
Ports: Customizable; SD, microSD, USB-C, USB-A
Passthrough charging: No
Size: 160.27 x 70.27 x 55.77mm (6.31 x 2.76 x 2.19 inches)
Weight: 292g (0.64 lbs)

Reasons to buy

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Completely customizable
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Transfer 8 data sources simultaneously 

Reasons to avoid

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No ethernet, HDMI, CFexpress
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Modules involve extra cost

If you're a photographers or similar creative whose priority is fast data transfer, the customizable Kingston Workflow Station is well thought-out and versatile option. Build it with exactly the connections you want, transfer to and from them all simultaneously if you want to, and relax safe in the knowledge that you're getting the speed and reliability of one of the biggest names in data. 

It's a minor quibble that the dock can't be used without power, and there are currently only three connections offered (USB-A, USB-C, SD and microSD) – we'd love to see a CFexpress Module, for instance. And this is strictly a solution for data transfer – so there are no HDMI or ethernet options. Regardless, this is a brilliant hub that will genuinely improve the way you handle transfers to and from memory cards and cameras. 

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8. Dell DA300 6-in-1 USB-C Hub

The best looking USB-C hub

Specifications

Total number of ports: 6
Ports: One HDMI, one DisplayPort, one VGA, one RJ45 Ethernet, one USB Type-C, one USB-A (USB 3.1)
Passthrough charging: No
Size: 7 x 7 x 2.5cm (2.75 x 2.75 x 1 inches)
Weight: 81.6g (2.9 lbs)

Reasons to buy

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Small and light 
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Hidden cable 

Reasons to avoid

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No MicroSD or SD card ports 
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No passthrough charging

This Dell DA300 6-in-1 USB-C Hub is arguably the best looking on our list; both small and beautifully formed, with an attractive circular design and a retractable cable. It's also very portable, weighing just under 82g, and includes six ports which cover most bases.an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, a VGA port, an RJ45 Ethernet port, an USB Type-C port and an USB 3.1 port. Note that it doesn't offer passthrough charging, though, and there are no slots for SD and microSD cards.

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9. Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

The best USB-C adapter for Apple loyalists

Specifications

Number of ports: 3
Ports: One Thunderbolt USB-C port, one USB-A (USB 3.0) port, one 4K HDMI port
Passthrough charging: Yes
Size: 7 x 3 x 1cm (2.6 x 0.67 x 6.1 inches)
Weight: 59g (2.08oz)

Reasons to buy

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Official Apple product 
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Sleek looks 
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Thunderbolt support

Reasons to avoid

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Limited ports

Some people like to stick to all-Apple kit where possible. So if you’re a true Apple fan, there’s no doubt about it: you’re going to want the brand’s official USB-C hub.  Admittedly, there are only three ports here: a Thunderbolt USB-C port, a USB-A (USB 3.0) port, and a 4K HDMI port. But if that’s all you need, then you’ll be able to avoid sullying your set up with non-Apple equipment, and you certainly won’t have any worries about compatibility.

best USB-C hubs - Dell WD15 USB-C hub dock

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10. Dell WD15 USB-C hub dock

The best USB-C hub for connecting lots of USB-A devices

Specifications

Number of ports: 11
Ports: Three USB-A (USB 3.0) ports, two USB-A (USB 2.0) ports, one HDMI, one Mini Display Port, one VGA port, one RJ-45 Ethernet port; one Headphone/Mic 3.5mm port; one audio-out 3.5mm port

Reasons to buy

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Wide range of ports 
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5 USB-A ports

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive 
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No extra USB-C ports

Go a LOT of USB-A devices, but no USB-A ports on your laptop? Then check out the Dell WD15, which offers five slots for this purpose, with three featuring USB 3.0 and two featuring USB 2.0. With 11 ports in total, you also get a range of options for display and video, in the form of HDMI, VGA and Mini DisplayPort. 

On the negative side, it’s a bit disappointing there are no extra USB-C ports, 4K output is only at 30Hz, and there are no SD or microSD slots. Plus, overall this is quite expensive for a USB-C hub.

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11. Dell D6000 USB-C hub

The best USB-C hub for 5K monitors

Specifications

Number of ports: 11
Ports: One USB-C, four USB-A (USB 3.0), two audio ports, one HDMI ports, two display ports, one gigabit ethernet
Passthrough charging: Yes (65W)
Size: 5.6 x 2.5 x 10.4cm (2.2 x 1 x 4.1 inches)
Weight: 121.9g (4.3oz)

Reasons to buy

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Supports multiple monitors 
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Supports 5K 
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Four USB-A ports 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If outputting high-resolution video to a range of monitors is your main area of interest, you’ll want to take a look at the Dell D6000. Impressively, this USB-C hub supports up to three HD or 4K monitors, or one 5K monitor, all running at a smooth 60Hz. Also note that this is not just a USB-C hub but can also be connected to your laptop via USB-A. The main negatives are the lack of support for VGA, SD or microSD cards, and the high price.

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12. Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock

The best portable USB-C hub for multiple displays

Specifications

Number of ports: 4
Ports: One HDMI, one DisplayPort, one RJ45 Ethernet, one USB 3.1
Passthrough charging: No
Size: 5.6 x 2.5 x 10.4cm (2.2 x 1 x 4.1 inches)
Weight: 121.9g (4.3 oz)

Reasons to buy

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Supports two 4K displays 
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Supports Thunderbolt 3 
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Small and portable

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If you want to output to two 4K displays, but don’t want something big and bulky, then the Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock could be the choice for you. At just over 100g, and with a handy tuck-away wire, it’s small enough to fit in your pocket. Which makes it very impressive that it can drive dual 4K displays at 60Hz simultaneously. 

Beyond that, though, there’s not much to shout about. it supports only four ports: one USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort and an RJ45 Ethernet port. It doesn’t offer passthrough charging. And it’s pretty expensive. So if 4K output and portability aren’t your main priorities, you’ll probably wish to head elsewhere.

USB-C hubs explained

What is USB-C?

USB connectors all used to look the same a few years ago. However, a new type of connector emerged called USB-C that delivers faster transfer speeds than its older brother, USB-A. 

USB-C is now the industry standard, enabling users to transfer data in a speedy fashion and output video at higher resolutions and faster refresh rates. It's worth noting that the fastest USB-C connectors support the Thunderbolt protocol, so look for this if you're in need of a particularly zippy USB-C hub.

Why do some USB-C hubs cost more?

The best USB-C hubs can actually vary wildly in price – but what's the reason for this? Well, aside from a superior build quality, more expensive hubs will typically feature a wider variety of ports and more ports in total. If you have a lot of different devices that you regularly use, then it'll likely be worth investing in a more expensive model.

You'll also find that high end USB-C hubs will also feature passthrough charging. This means that you can use the USB-C hub to charge your laptop at the same time as connecting your other devices. This is particularly useful if your laptop only has one USB-C slot, as otherwise you'd need to choose between charging your battery or using your USB hub (and if you're ever on a deadline, this will be a particularly frustrating choice to have to make!). 

However, if you really only need a small selection of ports and you have at least two USB-C ports, then you might want to consider saving your cash and investing in a more affordable model instead. To help you decide, we've listed the exact ports that each model features above. 

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