A USB-C hub or docking station is sure to save you from constantly swapping dongles and using Bluetooth. A multiport adapter or powered USB hub has far more to offer than an additional USB port; it can convert a single USB-C connection on your laptop or desktop into the hook up for a,, mouse, and Ethernet. It also allows you to read and write to memory cards or other external drives.
Finding the ideal USB-C hub involves knowing how portable you need it to be, your data transfer speed, and exactly what connections you need. Here are a few of our most popular USB-C docking stations that we have tested. We'll continue to update this list as we find fresh USB hub models to recommend. If you're looking we'll get back to you.
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Is a USB-C port the same as a USB port?
The USB type-A is sometimes called a standard or regular USB port, which ensures that both sides are aligned. However, the new USB-C port may not appear identical from device to device, but it will also require you to connect it to the right side. However, only one laptop or desktop can (and should) purchase a USB-C dock or adapter.
This USB-C hub has all of the essentials you need for office or home use at a reasonable price, especially if your laptop is limited to only USB-C ports. Three USB-A ports include one with power delivery, a microSD and a SD card slots, and an activity LED (something other hubs like this often leave off). However, the handy labels on the top of the anodized aluminum case are also on the back of the case.
The hub has a 100-watt USB-C pass-through for power delivery, which is powerful for traveling, but it does not require cables to slide around your desk. This is a common concern with large hubs, especially if you want to have a single hub that can take everything from an external display and wired web access to charging your phone.
The PowerExpand Elite is a part USB-C dock and a charging station. In back are 85 and 15-watt Thunderbolt 3 ports, and the opposite is an 18-watt USB-C power delivery port. A Thunderbolt 3 port can support up to a 5K resolution at 60Hz, while its HDMI 2.0 port can support two 4K displays at 30Hz. So you can connect three monitors between the HDMI port and Thunderbolt 3 ports.
A 3.5mm combo jack has audio input and output, as well as a Gigabit Ethernet jack.
The PowerExpand Elite comes with a 180-watt power adapter. The body is one big heat sink so it may get hot when it's fully loaded. The Thunderbolt 3 port supports 5K at 60Hz, while the HDMI port supports a resolution of 4K at 60Hz.
The portable aluminum stand is capable of delivering high quality work in just a few seconds, allowing for increased airflow, improved typing confidence, and improved viewing performance. The larger the laptop, the more problematic it is attempting to use the ports, especially the SD card slots.
The back of the stand is a 5Gbps USB-C connection, along with two USB 3.0 ports (also up to 5Gbps), a full-size HDMI output that is supported by up to 100 Watts of resolution when it is plugged in. The cord is adjustable to the right foot to make sure the laptop is capable of carrying out the work. Then, the larger the laptop, the more awkward it becomes to use the ports, especially the SD card slots.
The Lention C37 is ideal for those who need extra cable access, because most small USB-C hubs have short attached cables. That's fine if your laptop is on a desk rather than on a laptop stand. It also has plenty of space directly next to your laptop's USB-C port.
The USB device is still compact and lightweight, but has a one-meter cable (3.3 feet). It has dual USB-C ports that deliver 60 percent of power, two USB-A ports, microSD and SD card slots, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the end, an HDMI output that supports 4K at 30Hz or lower resolutions at 60Hz.
A very convenient docking station that demonstrates what's possible with a single Thunderbolt 4 port. Simply connect the SD5700T with the included cable to your Windows 10 laptop with Thunderbolt 4 (or a Thunderbolt 3 MacBook running MacOS 11 or later) and you have 11 ports for high-speed data, video, and audio.
For data, the dock can handle transfer speeds up to 40Gbps, perfect for working with large files such as photos and videos. There is also a Gigabit Ethernet jack and a UHS-II SD 4.0 card slot. There are also four USB-A ports: Three in the back that are USB 3.2 Gen 2 (for speeds up to 10Gbps) and one USB 2.0 for fast-charging devices. A combo headset jack is also in the back.
The single Thunderbolt 4 port on the front supports power delivery up to 90 watts, so I was able to connect and keep it charged up while I ran an at 4K at 60Hz from one of the dock's three downstream Thunderbolt 4 ports on the rear. I also connected a second USB-C-powered display at full-HD resolution at 60Hz to another downstream port. All of this with a single cable to the laptop.
The SD5700T is a future-looking docking station, although you won't encounter any older DisplayPort or HDMI connections on it. Despite its compact and light appearance, the dock itself has a large 180-watt power supply. Despite its impressive design, the SD5700T has an optional mount and two lock slots you can use to secure it to your desk.
To get the dock working, there will be no driver or other software. Nevertheless, Kensington's DockWorks software is a great addition that will automatically switch from Wi-Fi to Ethernet when you connect to the dock, which gives you the greatest connection speed possible.
The docking station might cost $370, but it assures you'll be taking full advantage of your Thunderbolt 4 connection in the near future.
Accell's sleek, low-profile design will not tip over like vertical docks, and it's easier to blindly plug into its connections. Plus, the slim, lightweight body and its small power adapter can easily be inserted into your bag if you need to.
Three USB 3.1 Gen 2 type-A ports, one 4K, one 1080p, an Ethernet port, and jacks for mic input and headphone output are included. Accell is compatible with USB-C-to-USB-C and USB-C-to-USB-A cables.
True to its name, you may connect it to your laptop, and your display will near-instantly mirror without needing a driver first. However, if you want to expand displays, you'll need to download a driver for MacOS or Windows; Accell conveniently stores them onboard; a screen appears when you connect to the dock that allows you to install it.
A great feature for Chromebooks is the Accell app, which can be downloaded from the dock to mirror your device's display to a single 1080p resolution monitor, and you may also use a keyboard and mouse if you want. This software worked perfectly for me.
The $70 Dock Pro 60 is for you. Two USB-C ports are required for your laptop (or Switch) to connect to a TV or external, and the dock's HDMI port will work (resolutions up to 4K UHD at 30Hz will work) and you'll all have a good time connecting with friends and family on a bigger screen. There are also two USB-A ports.
Note, however, that this applies if you're using it as a Switch dock, such as the one that comes with the Switch. With a laptop, you may use a USB-C power adapter for the dock's 60-watt passthrough power.
Note for Galaxy device users: The Dock Pro 60 is designed to assist you in transferring your phone or tablet to an external display and a desktop experience.
With its full-size DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 port, this CalDigit can handle up to two 4K at 60Hz (4,096x2,160 pixels with 30-bit color) monitors. You can also connect a single 5K at 60Hz display with the Thunderbolt 3 port, along with five USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, headphone and microphone jacks, optical audio out and an SD card slot that supports speeds up to 312Mbps.
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