[70 Tested] The Best Affordable USB-C Hubs and Adapters 1413

[70 Tested] The Best Affordable USB-C Hubs and Adapters

Sneak Peek

  • If you’ve got a USB-C laptop, you may be stuck using your current computer peripherals since there are no legacy ports on your shiny new laptop. Don’t worry, a USB-C hub exists to bridge the gap, helping you transfer data, output video and connect to Ethernet at the same time.
  • To find out the affordable products with ample ports, excellent performance, and reliable quality, we rounded up 70 USB-C hubs based on different needs, did hands-on tests, and made comparisons in every way. Finally, we singled out 10 models.
  • The more ports a USB-C hub has, the better it will be? Not necessarily. We discovered that a USB-C hub with more ports tends to be bulky and generally sells at a relatively high price. If you want a portable and affordable one with high performance, the 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 hubs may be more suitable for you than those 8-in-1 or 9-in-1 models.
  • We also found that many manufacturers do not clearly list the specs of some ports on their USB-C hubs, which would be a trap when you select products. Particularly for the specs of SD and microSD card readers, you’d better pay more attention.

Sneak Peek

  • If you’ve got a USB-C laptop, you may be stuck using your current computer peripherals since there are no legacy ports on your shiny new laptop. Don’t worry, a USB-C hub exists to bridge the gap, helping you transfer data, output video and connect to Ethernet at the same time.
  • To find out the affordable products with ample ports, excellent performance, and reliable quality, we rounded up 70 USB-C hubs based on different needs, did hands-on tests, and made comparisons in every way. Finally, we singled out 10 models.
  • The more ports a USB-C hub has, the better it will be? Not necessarily. We discovered that a USB-C hub with more ports tends to be bulky and generally sells at a relatively high price. If you want a portable and affordable one with high performance, the 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 hubs may be more suitable for you than those 8-in-1 or 9-in-1 models.
  • We also found that many manufacturers do not clearly list the specs of some ports on their USB-C hubs, which would be a trap when you select products. Particularly for the specs of SD and microSD card readers, you’d better pay more attention.

Our Pick for USB-C Hub

Our Pick

VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub

For people who need multiple connections

It’s a full-featured 9-in-1 combo which offers you almost all types of ports you need, while there’s no compromise on its performance. Plus, it’s relatively more compact than many 7- or 8-in-1 products.
US$ 49.99 from DIGSHOPAED 199.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Rich and varied port selection+High performance+Relatively compact+Aluminum alloy case
Cons:
-Slightly expensive but still cheaper than its competitors

Every time when I come back home with my USB-C laptop, I like to hook up a variety of devices (like monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.) to my laptop. In the past, it was really a headache as I had to use a gaggle of adapters to finish all connections, which made me annoyed. Fortunately, I came across the VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub which offered me all the ports I need. Since then, with just one hub as a bridge, I can get all the connections done. 

What surprises me is that this hub sells at a lower price than most multiport hubs. Meanwhile, it’s more compact to carry around, without adding any burden on you. If you often need to connect lots of computer peripherals to your USB-C laptop, this full-featured VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub is right up your alley.

Read our detailed review here.

Besides, we have a 7-in-1 Budget Pick — SUODAO 7-in-1 Premium USB C Hub, and a 5-in-1 Also Great — KELEDUO 5-in-1 Premium USB C Hub. Both of them lack some ports (like Ethernet port or SD card slot) that are less used by some folks. But anyway, they meet most people’s basic needs and they are affordable, too.

Our Pick for USB-C to USB-A Adapter/Hub

Our Pick

UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Mini Adapter

A portable, speedy USB-A port

It supports USB 3.0 fast data-transfer speed. Just in a thumb size, it’s quite portable to take on the go.
US$ 6.99 from DIGSHOPAED 17.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter (0.5ft / 0.15m)

A handy, high-speed USB-A port

It’s a cable-style adapter. Regardless of the cable, it’s identical to the above nub-style version in every aspect. Plus, it can effectively avoid blocking the adjacent port.
US$ 7.99 from DIGSHOPAED 19.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Supports USB 3.0 high-speed data transfer+Thumb size+Budget-friendly
Cons:
-Easy to get lost due to its small size

If you often need to connect your legacy USB-A peripherals (like flash drive, SSD, mouse) on the go, then this affordable nub-style UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Mini Adapter will take your fancy. It’s fairly tiny, making it exceptionally portable. Without exaggeration, you can barely notice it in your pocket. Plus, equipped with USB 3.0 standard, its USB-A port can transfer data at 5Gbps (625MB/s).

In addition, we also recommend its cable-style version — UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter (0.5ft / 0.15m). It’s a bit less portable than the nub-style one, but it can avoid blocking the adjacent port. 

Read our detailed review here.

Beyond that, we also offer an Upgrade Pick — LENOVO USB C to 4 USB 3.0 Ports Hub. Its four USB 3.0 USB-A ports support data transfer speeds of 5Gbps (625MB/s) and 7.5W charging.

Our Pick for USB-C to HDMI Adapter

Our Pick

KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter

A cost-effective, high-performance HDMI 2.0 port

Its HDMI 2.0 port is fairly blazing relative to the comparable products with HDMI 1.4 ports, and it’s even cheaper than some HDMI 1.4 adapters. Plus, it’s compact and lightweight, which is just to your taste.
US$ 14.99 from DIGSHOPAED 44.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Supports 4K video at 60Hz+Compact and lightweight+Affordable price+Aluminum alloy case
Cons:
-May get flickering white dots on some 4K 60Hz displays

If you often hook your monitor or TV to your USB-C laptop, you do need a USB-C to HDMI adapter. Since this kind of adapter on the market are generally built with HDMI 1.4 ports, it’s refreshing to see the KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter with an HDMI 2.0 port at a reasonable price. And among all test models, it’s one of the only two adapters that feature HDMI 2.0 ports. We also appreciate its compact size which makes it easy to slip into your laptop bag. Best still, its aluminum alloy case is more durable than others with plastic material.

Read our detailed review here.

We also recommend an Upgrade Pick — KELEDUO USB C to 4K HDMI + VGA Adapter. Aside from an HDMI 1.4 port, it includes a VGA which allows for connecting legacy displays to your laptop.

Our Pick for USB-C to Ethernet Adapter

Our Pick

KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port Adapter

Specially designed for USB-C laptops that miss Ethernet ports

It supports full 1Gbps speed. Small in size, it comes in handy on the go and won’t take up much desk space. Compared with those similar-spec products, this adapter is fairly affordable.
US$ 13.99 from DIGSHOPAED 39.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Supports full 1Gpbs speed+Small size+Budget-friendly+Aluminum alloy case
Cons:
-Lacks an LED indicator

Though Wi-Fi networks are available in many places, it’s hard to ensure that you can receive a stable Wi-Fi network wherever you go. In this situation, the laptops equipped with Ethernet ports can solve this problem as easy as pie. However, currently many laptops have dropped their Ethernet ports for being thinner and lighter, particularly the USB-C laptops launched in recent years.

If you also get a recent USB-C laptop, you can consider this KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port Adapter. It supports gigabit speed, which is faster than those megabit Ethernet adapters. In addition, it’s small enough to easily tuck into your laptop bag. Compared to its similar-spec competitors, it sells at a lower price, making it an impressive, tempting deal.

Read our detailed review here.

Apart from that, we have an Upgrade Pick with more ports — KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port with 3 Port USB Hub. Besides a Gigabit Ethernet port, it also offers three high-speed USB-A ports.

Our Pick for USB-C Multiport Adapter

Our Pick

KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub

A small USB-C Adapter with multiple useful ports

Compared with those single-port USB-C adapters, this model offers you three commonly used ports, allowing for data transfer, display expansion, and power passthrough at the same time. Plus, it’s small and light.
US$ 15.99 from DIGSHOPAED 48.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Three useful ports+Small and light+86W PD pass-through charging+Wallet-friendly
Cons:
-Only one USB-A port

If you often use external drives and displays, and need to charge your laptop at the same time, then this budget-friendly KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub is certainly worth considering. Compared with those single-port USB-C adapters, the KELEDUO comes with three often-used ports: a USB-A port, an HDMI port, and a USB-C PD port.

In our tests, the performance of each port met our requirements. Especially for the USB-C PD port, it can deliver a jaw-dropping 85W of power for PD passthrough. Though its portability is a bit inferior to those single-port USB-C adapters, it’s still small enough to fit into your briefcase with ease.

Read our detailed review here.

OUR DISCOVERY

Who is this for

With further development of USB-C, now almost all the mainstream laptops are equipped with at least one USB-C port, such as Apple MacBook (All series), Microsoft Surface Book, Dell XPS13, etc. Among them, the Apple MacBook Pro even features four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. If you’ve already owned a shiny new USB-C laptop, you may initially feel happy until you find that you are stuck using your keyboard, mouse, monitor, and other external devices which still employ legacy ports, like USB-A, HDMI, Ethernet, SD, and microSD slot. In this situation, a USB-C hub that mixes and matches different types of ports can get you out of such a pickle.

Many latest laptops are equipped with only USB-C ports.

If you are accustomed to hooking multiple devices to your USB-C laptop, buying a full-featured USB-C hub is a worthy investment. It can well make up for any missing ports, and bridge the gap between your favorite devices and laptop to transfer data, expand displays and connect to Ethernet. Yeah, as a perfect companion for USB-C laptops, it saves you a good bit and makes your laptop more convenient to use.

In the past, you had to use one by one adapter to connect various devices to your laptop, which was quite troublesome and inconvenient. But those days have left us a while ago, and now you are better off for just using one USB-C hub. For people who always need to hook up multiple peripherals at once either at home or on the go, having a do-it-all USB-C hub would be a boon.

Perhaps, you often need to carry your USB-C laptop on errands, but you may not necessarily use multiple peripherals every time. Umm, I mean, you may just need to hook up one certain device — things like a display or a USB flash disk only. If so, you may just want a much smaller USB-C adapter that is specifically designed for extending just one certain functionality of port. It is more handy and convenient to use on the go. 

USB-C adapters

Everything You Need to Know about USB-C and USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2

Some people may not get the drift of USB-C and its relevant transfer standards, or even be confused about what’s so special about this small port and why it can take place of other types of ports. Well, we’ll go into it in the following passages and help you better figure out what it exactly is and what it does.

USB Type-C (aka USB-C) is a kind of USB specification, which originally debuted in 2014. It is widely embraced in laptops, smartphones and tablets for data transfer and charging. Physically, USB Type-C is a tiny connector, which is only one-third of the familiar USB-A one. As the thin and light trend is now prevailing in the laptop realm, USB-C is undoubtedly a popular design.

Additionally, its connector is reversible, making it more convenient to use as opposed to the USB-A connector which requires the right orientation up while inserting. Furthermore, USB-C is closely intertwined with several powerful, new technologies, including USB 3.1/3.2 Gen2, Thunderbolt 3, and USB Power Delivery.

USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3

Currently, the mainstream USB-C ports are built on the USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 transfer standard, while the former appears to be in the majority. Theoretically, USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 can deliver data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, twice as fast as USB 3.0 (5Gbps). Meanwhile, it can deliver a maximum power of up to 100W (20V/5A). (In 2015, the USB-IF renamed the USB 3.0 as USB 3.1 Gen 1, and the USB 3.1 as USB 3.1 Gen 2. Later, they renamed again, making it even more confused, and now the USB 3.1 Gen 1 is called USB 3.2 Gen 1, and the USB 3.1 Gen 2 is called USB 3.2 Gen 2.)

On many laptops and desktops, some USB-C ports also implement Thunderbolt 3 technology, such as Apple MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air. The USB-C port equipped with Thunderbolt 3 can theoretically boost data-transfer speeds to 40Gbps, which is four times faster than USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 and eight times faster than USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1). Moreover, it can pass through up to 100W (20V/5A) of power.

*The table above showcases three common connection standards. Generally, the actual transfer speed is 60%~70% of the theoretical transfer speed.

*The table above showcases three common connection standards. Generally, the actual transfer speed is 60%~70% of the theoretical transfer speed.

As we all know, the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port features powerful performance, but, due to its high cost, it’s generally configured in the high-end devices. Besides, its brilliant capability can well handle the high-efficient work, such as transferring lots of large files quickly, or connecting two 4K displays. If you don’t have these demands alike, Thunderbolt 3 is not a necessity, since USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 is basically enough to meet your daily needs. Though its transfer rate is no match for that of the Thunderbolt 3, it’s still way, way faster than the USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1). Therefore, most manufacturers are in favor of USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 as the transfer standard of USB-C ports.

USB Power Delivery

USB-C also supports USB Power Delivery (USB PD) protocol which can offer faster charging speeds. Also, it allows the USB-C port to push out a whopping 100W of power. That means USB PD can not only deliver fast charging to small devices, but also can charge some large devices, such as tablets, game consoles, laptops, etc. Right now, USB PD provides five mainstream voltage levels: 5V, 9V, 12V, 14.5V/15V, and 20V. The voltage levels and charging power actually vary from device to device. For example, most PD-capable smartphones other mobile devices can draw a maximum power of 18W, while PD tablets and laptops can achieve 30W, 45W, 60W or even 87W (MacBook Pro 15”).

Of course, if you want to take advantage of USB PD, aside from a USB-C to USB-C cable, you also need a USB-C charger or a USB-C power bank that supports USB Power Delivery protocol.

Other applications of USB-C

With the increase of data-transfer rates, you can move files or even output video via the same USB-C port. That’s attributed to the USB-C Alternate Mode, which allows you to use adapters to transfer video files from a single USB-C port on your laptop to the external displays, TVs, or projectors that use HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, or other types of connections. Since USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 USB-C ports support 4K video output, plus the 4K video is now increasingly popular, many 4K displays have taken advantage of USB-C. 

Ethernet is also supported over a USB-C port. As USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 has a huge bandwidth of 10Gbps, which is way higher than the bandwidth of 100Mbps and 1000Mbps Ethernet we often use, you can access your wired fast network over a USB-C port.

 

 

 

USB-C even apply to the realm of external SSD. With USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2, you can benefit from its speedy data-transfer rates to directly edit 4K video and high-resolution photos on an external SSD, without having to copy the files to your computer first. In this way, you can free up more hard disk space on your computer, and therefore effectively solve the problem that many laptops on the market can’t extend their hard disks’ storage capacity.

Last, I have to point out the fact that not all USB-C devices support the latest USB-C spec. More specifically, if you plug a USB-C flash drive that implements the previous USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) to your newfangled USB-C laptop for data transfer, it will work well as the USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 standard remains backward compatible, but it will only run at USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) speed rather than USB 3.1 Gen 2USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2.

How we picked

We first spent a huge amount of time delving into countless online resources for information about USB-C hub. After arming with relevant knowledge, we began to search for products on some major e-commerce platforms like Taobao, Jingdong, Amazon, Aliexpress, and Souq.com. To pick out the best products, we mainly chose the most mainstream multiport USB-C hubs on the market and various portable USB-C adapters. Then we sifted them based on the following criteria.

All USB-C hubs and adapters we’ve tested

Types of Ports

In general, USB-C hubs are equipped with various types of ports, including regular USB ports for data transfer, video output ports, SD or microSD card readers, USB-C Power Delivery (USB-C PD) ports, Ethernet ports, and headphone jacks. 

We take port configuration as the top priority. A full-featured USB-C hub is supposed to contain almost all types of ports so that just one hub can hook up all devices you need. But this kind of products tend to be overpriced and relatively bulky, not everyone needs all types of ports in a package. If you want an affordable product with good performance, those 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 USB-C hubs that include data-transfer ports, video output ports, along with USB-C PD ports, SD and microSD card readers, or Ethernet ports can basically meet your demand in daily use.

Performance of each port

We all hope that each port of the USB-C hub would work as its promise when connecting compatible devices. Therefore, the port performance is supposed to facilitate your devices to meet your daily use.

We found that USB-C hubs currently have three types of ports (we list below) that offer at least two specs for selection.

Data-transfer ports

For data transfer, the USB-A port has two transfer standards: USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1). In comparison, USB 2.0 standard, no matter in data transfer or charging speed, is not fast enough to meet most people’s daily demands. Conversely, USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) is a relatively mainstream fast transfer standard, which has been supported by most smartphones, external hard drives and other devices available on the market. With high-speed transfer rate, it literally meets your daily needs. Therefore, we definitely prefer to recommend the USB-C hubs with USB 3.0 USB-A ports.

Display ports

For display connection, the most familiar video output ports in USB-C hubs are mainly divided into two types: HDMI and VGA. 

Well, HDMI is available in two specs: HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0. The HDMI 1.4 specification supports 4K at only 30FPS, while the HDMI 2.0 spec can handle 4K at 60FPS. Generally speaking, HDMI 1.4 ports are totally enough for displays with less than 4K resolutions (e.g. 2K, 1080p ), basically meeting the public demand.

As for HDMI 2.0 ports, they are able to handle 4K 60Hz displays. So if high-quality video output is what you’re after, the USB-C hub with an HDMI 2.0 port is your best choice. BTW, a quick reminder is that products equipped with HDMI 2.0 ports are prone to be pricier than those with HDMI 1.4 ports.

In terms of the VGA port, it is an old-school video output port released in early years, which supports resolutions only up to 1080p. Still, its port size is way larger than the HDMI’s. Obviously, HDMI is a winner, no matter in performance or size. And that’s why many manufacturers pursuing slim and light laptops are in favor of HDMI ports. So, the VGA port has been phased out gradually, and now it only appears in some legacy displays or projectors.

A few hubs are also configured with DisplayPort (DP) ports which are more powerful to support 4K or even higher resolutions. Of course, many 2K displays have DP ports, too. With that said, choosing which type of video output port still depends on the port on your display.

Network connection ports

Regarding network connection, there are also two specs: 100Mbps and 1000Mbps (1Gbps). Currently, Gigabit Ethernet ports are more ubiquitous in many mainstream laptops. As far as advanced techs go, 100Mbps network speed is gradually unable to keep up with the fast pace of our lives, so it will fall behind the times and be phased out soon.

Besides, we noticed that some Ethernet ports come along with indicator feature, which is a nice bonus as they can let you know the status of Internet connection. However, they generally sell at a relatively high price. Nevertheless, whether you choose these Ethernet ports with LED indicators or not is totally based on your personal need.

An Ethernet port without LED indicators (left) & An Ethernet port with LED indicators (right)

The number of the commonly used ports (esp. for the USB-A port)

If your USB-C laptop has measly ports, then you may solely count on a USB-C hub, especially one that features an abundance of ports, to make up those missing ports. For some commonly used ports, you must hope a USB-C hub could have more to accommodate your multiple devices. For example, if you are in need of connecting a keyboard, a mouse, and an external hard drive simultaneously, then a USB-C hub should have multiple USB-A ports (two or three) to meet your particular needs. 

Size

As a USB-C hub for your laptop, it should be compact and portable to match the concept of new laptops. If you often use USB-C hub on the go, you should really consider its size. An over-sized USB-C hub is tricky to tuck into your briefcase and will take up much desk space. Instead, a small USB-C hub is more friendly to use. You can even choose a thumb-sized USB-C adapter, which is fairly portable and space-saving.

Heat Dispersion

Most electronic products can heat up when in use, and USB-C hubs are no exception. Since they always need to be fully functioning for a long period, getting warm to the touch is normal. So, as long as its surface temperature doesn’t affect anything performance-wise, normal heating is acceptable.

Reliability

As a heavily used product, I believe that you never want to see your USB-C hubs break down after using for a few days.

Terrible build quality

Price

For USB-C hubs, the more ports they have, the pricier they will be. If you want a cost-effective product, you’d better first clearly know what types of ports you need and then choose products at a reasonable price. 

How we tested

Based on the above criteria, we finally picked out 70 products and bought them in for hands-on testing and comparisons. To test out each product’s port performance, we prepared a range of test tools, including a MacBook Pro 15” (2016), a Samsung T5 SSD, a Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD, a USB power monitor, an iPhone 8 plus, a set of standard mice, a BenQ PD2700U display (4K 60Hz), a 1Gigabit Ethernet cable, a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-II Card, a SanDisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card, and a Skullcandy Ink’d®2 Earbuds with 3.5mm headphone plug and built-in microphone.

Firstly, we conducted series of tests to fact-check the performance of each port on all the test models, including the USB-A port, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, SD and microSD card slot, USB-C PD port and headphone jack. Along the way, we measured their surface temperatures and kept a close eye on their quality and reliability. Our test contents show as follow:

The transfer speeds of USB-A ports

To start, we plugged a test model into the MacBook Pro 15” (2016), and respectively connected a Samsung T5 SSD and a Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD to the test model using an AENZR USB 3.0 USB-C to USB-A cable. Next we ran Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and then recorded read and write speeds.

Testing the transfer speed of the USB-A port 

The real-world transfer speeds of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) is 60-70% of its theoretical speeds, about 400MB/s. It’s worth noting that the transfer speeds can be affected by the laptop performance, as well as the specs of the connected devices’ ports and chips. Thus, when using different laptops and transferring devices, their transfer rates may slightly vary, but that’s normal.

The Samsung T5 SSD we used in testing is one of the fastest SSDs. However, as it employs SATA transfer interfaces, the data-transfer rate actually doesn’t reach the maximum speed of USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2, just about 505MB/s max. Although Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD also utilizes SATA transfer interfaces, instead of embedding just one SSD inside, it uses two, combined into a single RAID-0 volume. So this SSD can take advantage of its RAID-0 to easily achieve the USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2’s fastest real-world transfer rate of about 800MB/s to 900MB/s.

When searching for the information about USB-C cables, we found an article on B&H website that drew our attention. As this article mentioned, if you have a USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 host port and a USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 device, but you are using a USB 3.0 cable to transfer data, you’ll still see the USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 drawing the real-world fastest rate of up to 800MB/s. In order to verify whether our picks can break through the limit of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) to reach the maximum transfer rate of USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2, we chose the Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD for testing.

Test Result

Of all test models, almost all USB 3.0 USB-A ports are able to pass data to Samsung T5 SSD at the fastest speed. Only a few USB-C to USB-A adapters can drive Glyph Atom RAID 1TB SSD to achieve the real-world maximum transfer rate of USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 — about 875MB/s.

Generally speaking, if the test model can drive Samsung T5 SSD to run at its fastest speed, then it’s fair to say that its USB-A port does implement USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) and meets your need in daily use. Besides, for those USB 3.0 ports that can reach the actual maximum transfer speeds of USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2, we take it as a bonus, not a major factor. It is because to achieve the USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 speeds, the laptop’s USB-C port and the target device must both support USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 standard, which only appears on some high-end devices right now.

The charging speed of USB-A ports

We firstly attached each test model to a MacBook Pro 15” (2016), and used an Anker USB-A to lightning cable to connect an iPhone 8 plus to the test model. Then we read the power draw with a USB power monitor.

Testing the charging speed of the USB-A port 

A standard USB-A port’s charging speed is rated at 2.5W or 5W, while some USB-A ports with USB BC protocol can provide up to 7.5W of power. Usually, the higher power a port offers, the faster charging speed it will deliver. If you choose a 7.5W port, it is passable but not that fast relative to most charging gears that support fast charging on the market. However, it’s still 50% faster than most phone’s original 5W chargers, especially iPhones.

If you want faster charging rates for your smartphone, you can head over to our guides about fast chargers and PD chargers. If you are on the road and want to fast charge your phone, you can check out our guides about power banks and PD power banks. Of course, a fast-charging cable is indispensable. You can gain detailed information in our full guide about USB-C cables. Besides, if you are an iPhone user, you can look through our article about Lightning cables to choose the best products.

Test Result

The Anker USB-A to lightning cable and the iPhone 8 Plus we used in our tests actually can deliver and draw a peak power of 7.5W over USB-A. However, the test result showed that only a few test models put out 5W or 7.5W of power, while most just delivered 2.5W.

Verify if keyboards and mice work normally over USB-A ports

So far, the computer peripherals we often use include keyboards, mice, flash drives, and SSDs, all of which still use USB-A connection. On the market, most USB-A ports on hubs or adapters can well accommodate keyboards and mice, but we can’t guarantee all USB-A ports work without any issue. Once upon a time, I came across one USB-C hub whose USB-A ports failed to get the job done. So, in order to check out whether this issue would occur in our test models, we used a set of mice for testing.

We attached each hub to a MacBook Pro 15” (2016) and then plugged the mouse into the hub. Next, we verified if they can be identified and whether they would randomly disconnect.

Test Result

In our tests, the mouse worked normally without disconnection over all test models. So, I am pleased to say that all the test models have passed through this test.

HDMI / VGA

We firstly connected each hub to a MacBook Pro 15” (2016), and then hooked up a BenQ PD2700U display (with the resolution set to 4K 60Hz) to the hub via its included HDMI cable. Next, we moved the mouse quickly, observing if the image would suffer from stutters or input lag. If no issue found along the way, we then did further tests, editing 4K video to check whether it could keep going smoothly under intense tasks.

This series of test basically aim at HDMI 2.0 ports, but the test method is similar for HDMI 1.4 ports and VGA ports. In other words, to test an HDMI 1.4 port, it’s crucial to check if it can smoothly push out 4K video at 30Hz and pass the tests we mentioned above. And for a VGA port, the key is to see whether it can support 1080P resolution and pass the above tests.

Testing the HDMI / VGA port to check if they can output smoothly

Test Result

Through testing, we found that most VGA ports were able to smoothly support 1080P resolution. As for HDMI ports, almost all test models’ HDMI ports implement HDMI 1.4 version. They all can smoothly put out 4K video at 30Hz. Only a few USB-C to HDMI adapters’ HDMI ports are HDMI 2.0 version. They are all capable of offering 4K video at 60Hz.

Due to the bandwidth limit of the USB-C port, it’s not easy to adopt HDMI 2.0 port in the multiport USB-C hubs. Therefore, most manufacturers prefer to build HDMI 1.4 version in their multi-in-one USB-C hubs.

Though the HDMI 1.4 port can push out 4K video at 30Hz, I have to admit that the image was not that smooth in our tests. It was even inferior to that when it passed 60 Hz 2K video or a 1080p picture at 60Hz. Thus, most USB-C hubs’ HDMI 1.4 ports are more suitable for connecting 2K or 1080p HD displays. If you’ve owned a 4K 60Hz monitor, a USB-C to HDMI adapters with HDMI 2.0 ports will fit you better.

Ethernet

Again, we tested each model with a MacBook Pro15 (2016) and used a Gigabit Ethernet cable. Then we measured the network connection speed in MacBook’s Network Utility app.

Test Result

According to the results showed in Network Utility, most models’ Gigabit Ethernet ports were able to handle network speeds of 1Gbps (1000Mbps), all with backward compatibility to 10/100Mbps transfer rates. In addition, for those Ethernet ports with LED indicators, their lights just work, no problem! 

SD card reader

We inserted a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-II Card to the SD card slot on each model and then ran Blackmagic Disk Speed Test on a MacBook Pro 15” (2016) to measure write and read speeds.

With the ever-increasing popularity of shooting 4K video, USH-I SD cards or microSD cards have gradually become the standard accessories of shooting equipment. If you are a shutterbug or a videographer who need to handle a lot of 4K footage, you basically need a UHS-I U3 or V30 memory card (SD or miroSD), which has a minimum write speed of 30MB/s.

Why U3 or V30? Well, take some popular shooting devices for example, DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro are capable of shooting 4k 30FPS 100Mbps video at a transfer speed of 12.5 MB/s, and GoPro HERO 7 Black records 4K 60FPS 78Mbps video at a write speed of 9.75MB/s. So if you use a UHS-I U1 or V10 memory card (SD or miroSD) with a minimum write speed of only 10MB/s, I’m afraid that it would barely handle the job. In comparison, the U3 or V30 one is able to handle 4k footage with ease.

You may want to transfer a huge amount of data on your UHS-I SD or microSD card to your laptop. However, it would become a time-consuming and frustrating task if you use those card readers with low transfer rates or those UHS-I–incompatible ones (like some card readers that only support High Speed with up to Class 10, or some that support Normal Speed with up to Class 6). So, here we tested each card reader on each USB-C hub to find out those UHS-I–compatible ones that can give you a fast, reliable transfer method.

For high-resolution continuous burst mode shots, you may want to take advantage of UHS-II SD cards or mircroSD cards since they have faster write speeds. Yeah, look at these top-of-the-line cameras: the Nikon D850 possessing a 45.7 megapixels features up to 7 frames per second high-speed continuous shooting; the 42.4 megapixels Sony A7RII’s continuous shooting mode is rated at 5 frames per second; the 50.6 megapixels Canon EOS 5DS R camera continuously shoots up to 5 frames per second. To handle the high-speed continuous shooting, all these high-end cameras need the faster UHS-II SD cards. That means you may also need a UHS-II–compatible card reader to meet your data-transfer needs. On the market, however, we found that, except a few Thunderbolt 3 hubs that have UHS-II–compatible card readers, most multiport USB-C hubs’ card readers only support UHS-I.

In order to test out the fastest transfer speed of each SD card slot and to check whether each model can be compatible with UHS-I, we tested with a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-II Card (according to the data of Camera Memory Speed, this SD card boasts a maximum write speed of up to 247.7MB/s and read speed of up to 307.0MB/s), which is currently one of the fastest SD card on the planet. Ah, one more thing to mention, the UHS-II SD or microSD card can be backward compatible with UHS-I.

Test Result

In our tests, when running the SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-II Card on each model, we found that most models had read and write speeds of about 80MB/s both, almost matching the real-world transfer rate of UHS-I (104MB/s). That means these models’ SD card readers all support UHS-I. For those UHS-I–incompatible models that had read and write speeds of only 30MB/s or so, we ruled them out without hesitation.

MicroSD card reader

We inserted a SanDisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card to the microSD card slot on each model and then ran Blackmagic Disk Speed Test on a MacBook Pro 15” (2016) to measure write and read speeds.

Currently, there are only a very few UHS-II microSD cards available on the market. In order to test out the fastest transfer speed of each model’s microSD card reader and to verify whether each model support UHS-I or not, we tested with a typical SanDisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card (according to the data of Camera Memory Speed, it features a maximum write speed of 87.4MB/s and read speed of 99.3MB/s).

Test Result

During testing, when running the SanDisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card on each model, many models gave us write and read speeds of around 70MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively. These speeds were nearly close to the top write and read speeds of the microSD card we used. That is to say, these test models’ microSD card readers all support UHS-I. While some UHS-I–incompatible models read and wrote at only 30MB/s or so, we eliminated them in the end.

USB-C Power Delivery(PD)Port

Likewise, we attached each model to a MacBook Pro 15” (2016). Then we charged the MacBook Pro with its 87 W charger and the included USB-C cable. Through macOS, we can read the incoming power in its System Report. Next, we used a power monitor to fact-check whether the real-world charging speed is consistent with that in the System Report.

Test Result

Among all the test models, there are 28 hubs that have USB-C PD ports, but only 5 of them specifically list the parameters publicly. Based on our test results, we combed through these 28 hubs and listed them in the following table.

From the table above, we can know that those models promising a 60W charge rate actually deliver 52W or 55W PD pass-through charging. And those specced at 100W actually offer 78W or 81W.

As for the models without parameters listing, we divided them into two categories: one group is those with 45W to 60W PD pass-through charging, and the other is those supporting over 60W. As you can see, in the former group, models mainly support 52W or 55W. And in the latter group, most models can deliver 81W PD passthrough.

Additionally, in our tests, the real-world charging power showed on the power monitor was almost identical to the incoming power in macOS System Report — only a margin of error of 2W to 3W.

Audio-in and -out Jack

In our collections, although there were only a few USB-C hubs that have audio-in and -out jacks, we still prepared a Skullcandy Ink’d®2 Earbuds with a 3.5mm audio connector and a built-in microphone as well as an audio file for testing. Once again, we tested on a MacBook Pro 15” (2016). We inserted the 3.5mm plug of Skullcandy Ink’d®2 Earbuds into the corresponding jack of the test models. Then we played the audio and did recording test to check whether the audio-in and -out jacks can work normally. If we do not hear any static noise from the audio, and meanwhile we can record sound through the headphone with no issue, then the audio jack is eligible; otherwise, it will be eliminated.

Check whether the audio jack work normally or not

Heat Dispersion

USB-C hubs can heat up quite a bit during use. Many review sites test the heat of a USB-C hub in this way: they measure the operating temperatures with an infrared thermometer after 15 minutes of continuous working (operating temperatures between 86-122 degrees Fahrenheit or 30-50 degrees Celsius are normal), and then they check whether the operating temperatures exceed the normal heating range to make sure the USB-C hubs aren’t dangerously hot.

In fact, USB-C hubs do get hot to the touch in use. However, in our tests, I found that many products measured over 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) were still working normally, even when they were fully loaded.

With that in mind, we designed another way to test products’ heat dispersion. We let each model continuously run at a full load for 10 hours, noticing whether they can work normally. Along the way, we used an infrared thermometer to measure the temperatures. If the fully-loaded models still work normally under high temperature, then it’s fair to say that these USB-C hubs feature a decent ability of heat dispersion, without generating any adverse effects in daily use.

The USB-C hub is working at full load.

Reliability

According to our test results, we picked out the satisfactory USB-C hubs and used them for at least three months to check their reliability. We’ll continue to do long-term tests to fact-check their quality.

What we found & Our Recommendation

Picking an optimal USB-C hub can be a tricky thing since USB-C hubs come in a variety of selections. Even if it is the best seller on the market, it’s not necessarily the Mr. Right for you. So you’d better figure out what types of ports you need before starting to pick products. Here, we give some insights into what you should pay attention during selecting.

Firstly, the blue USB-A port doesn’t necessarily implement USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1).

The common USB 3.0 USB -A port typically has a blue plastic insert, and the USB 2.0 or earlier versions are black, white, or other colors. Before buying products, honestly, we didn’t clearly know whether those USB-A ports can really implement USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) standard, so initially we just identified a USB 3.0 port by its blue coloring. However, this way is not absolutely right. Through testing, we found that some chintzy USB-C to USB-A adapters do have blue USB-A ports, but they just support USB 2.0 rather than USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1).

We also discovered a USB-C to USB-A adapter has “USB 3.0” marked on it, but likewise, it only implements USB 2.0. Luckily, we didn’t find this issue occurs in those brand-name products. So, we think that this fraud is mainly attributed to those unscrupulous manufacturers (especially those off brands) who sail under false colors. Bear that in mind, we no longer merely count on the color to identify USB 3.0 USB-A ports, as it seems tricky to be a criterion.

The blue USB-A port with “USB 3.0” printed on it doesn’t live up to what it claims.

Our Recommendation: Beware of buying dirt-cheap and chintzy USB-C to USB-A adapters, especially those from unknown brands.

Secondly, USB-C hub can get quite hot when operating, but it doesn’t necessarily affect its normal use. 

In general, electronic products will heat up when in use, and USB-C hubs are no exception. People may worry that it would generate some negative effects. Well, actually, getting warm or sometimes hot to the touch is a common and normal phenomenon for USB-C hubs, since they have to run at full load for a long time.

In our opinions, the best products should have an excellent ability to deal with overheating whilst keeping working normally. Therefore, we customized a way to test products’ heat dispersion: we let each model continuously run at a full load for 10 hours, used an infrared thermometer to measure the temperatures, and noticed whether they can work normally under high temperature. In this way, we can intuitively know each hub’s heat dispersion and can see if there were any incidents occurred during a daylong intense use.

During testing, almost all the test models heated up and got very hot to the touch, but they were still able to continuously run at full load for a long time.

The USB-C hub is working at full load.

Our Recommendation: No need to concern too much about the heating issue of USB-C hubs. It’s normal for the operating temperature getting high during use, as long as it won’t affect the equipment’s normal use.

Next, lots of USB-C hubs do not clearly label the specs of its ports, especially for the SD and microSD card slots, which may turn out to be a trap for consumers. 

When we selected USB-C hubs, we found that most products marked out the specs of USB-A ports, HDMI, and Ethernet ports, but it’s rare to see the specs of SD and microSD card readers, or we just got vague information about them.

During testing, we found that some of our test models have UHS-I–compatible SD or microSD card readers, whereas some modes’ card readers are UHS-I–incompatible (e.g. some card readers that only support High Speed with up to Class 10, or some that support Normal Speed with up to Class 6). So, if you use UHS-I SD or microSD cards, then you’d better choose a UHS-I card reader to meet your data-transfer need.

Additionally, when selecting products, we also found that some hubs have a description on their card readers like transferring 1GB data in 10 seconds, which means these card readers are compatible with USH-I.

As for other ports with a blurred description, such as some HDMI ports which are typically described as 4K HDMI, they can be interpreted as HDMI 1.4 ports (with 4K 30Hz max output).

In regard of those products with USB-C PD ports without specific specs, here we picked some of them for testing, and the test result showed that most of our test models are basically support 45W PD pass-through charging which is sufficient for most mid-range laptops or the lower on the market. If you want to know more about USB-C PD ports on USB-C hubs and wonder if they can offer higher wattage of PD passthrough, you can refer to the details in the fourth point below.

When selecting products, we found that many USB-C hubs do not clearly describe the specs of their ports.

Our Recommendation: For those products without explicit parameters, you should pay more attention to them when purchasing. To avoid falling into vendors’ traps, the best way is to look through the consumer reviews or inquire the vendors directly.

Fourth, figure out the charging demand of your laptop before buying hubs with USB PD ports. 

In general, for USB-C laptops that support USB PD, 30W PD chargers are enough to power up some low-spec laptops in normal use, like MacBook 12” and MacBook Air (2018); 45W PD chargers are sufficient to juice mid-range laptops, such as Xiaomi Notebook Air, Dell XPS 13 and ZenBook 3; 60W PD chargers are powerful enough to charge high-end laptops, like Thinkpad X1 Carbon and MacBook Pro.

Since my MacBook Pro 15” (2016) comes with an original 87W PD charger, I always assumed that only PD chargers with above 80W can deliver enough charging speed to my laptop. Until I bought a 60W PD charger, I found that 60W was also enough for my charging need. When I used it to charge my MacBook Pro 15” (2016), even if I opened a few chat apps, several office software, dozens of links in the browser window, and sometimes did photo- or video-editing, my MacBook Pro was still maintained at 100%.

In other words, if not doing things with high-power draws like gaming or video editing for a long time, the 60W PD charger is enough to meet the charging demand of MacBook Pro 15” or other high-end laptops in normal use.

In our 28 collections that have USB PD ports, some of them promising a 60W charge rate actually deliver 52W or 55W PD pass-through charging. And some hub specced at 100W limited the power coming from 100W to 78W or 81W.

As for those products without specs listing, we divided them into two categories: one group is those with 45W to 60W PD passthrough, and the other is those supporting over 60W. In the former group, they mainly support 52W or 55W. And in the latter group, most models can deliver 81W. All in all, these test models all support 45W PD pass-through charging.

Our Recommendation: Generally, products that offer over 45W PD passthrough are sufficient to meet the charging demands of low-spec or mid-range laptops in normal use, such as MacBook Air (2018), Dell XPS 13, ZenBook 3, etc. If you use a MacBook Pro 2016 and later, or other high-end laptops, then you’d better choose one that can deliver over 60W PD passthrough. And if you always need to work with tasks that require high-power draws like gaming or video editing for a long time, the products promising over 80W will be a solid bet for you. For those without explicit specs of USB-C PD ports, the best way is to look through consumer reviews or inquire the vendors directly.

Last, on Amazon, those best-selling dedicated USB-C hubs with a direct plug-in design for MacBook Pro seem great but actually not that perfect. 

Perhaps, you are intrigued by these newfangled USB-C hubs at first sight. Yeah, we were, too. However, we didn’t blindly follow these recommendations. Instead, we first bought some samples (including the HyperDrive USB-C Hub which is the best seller on Amazon) and did hands-on tests to verify whether they are really worth buying. During testing, we found that these USB-C hubs are indeed superior to other types of hubs, especially in portability. But nothing is perfect, they also have defects.

The dedicated USB-C hubs with a direct plug-in design for MacBook Pro

Take HyperDrive USB-C Hub for example, it’s rounded out with two USB 3.0 USB-A ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port, a USB 3.0 USB-C port, an SD card slot and a microSD card slot. In our tests, each port performed well.

What sets this hub apart from others is the portability. It features a direct plug-in design, so it just sits slim and flush against the laptop, literally matching the style of MacBook Pro. And it’s compact enough, making it convenient to pack and go on the road. Compared to other types of USB-C hubs, it’s a sleeker and neater solution.

However, such a design can also become a detriment. Every time when you plug in any cable, the slightest movement will make it easily wiggle. In our tests, it fit really loose and unstable, so we had to jiggle it to reconnect again and again. That’s incredibly frustrating, and … kinda unreliable.

Even worse, if you have a protective cover for your MacBook Pro, you have to remove it in order to get this hub to plug in properly. Although from other brands we found some direct plug-in hubs that are specially designed for MacBook Pro with a case on, they actually do not make much sense.

Our Recommendation: Frankly, we did not strongly recommend this kind of USB-C hub. But, anyway, if you really like its portability and compactness, and you never mind its defects, it’s still worth considering.

Our Pick for USB-C Hub

Our Pick: VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub

Our Pick

VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub

For people who need multiple connections

It’s a full-featured 9-in-1 combo which offers you almost all types of ports you need, while there’s no compromise on its performance. Plus, it’s relatively more compact than many 7- or 8-in-1 products.
US$ 49.99 from DIGSHOPAED 199.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Rich and varied port selection+High performance+Relatively compact+Aluminum alloy case
Cons:
-Slightly expensive but still cheaper than its competitors

Every time when I come back home with my USB-C laptop, I like to hook up a variety of devices (like monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.) to my laptop. In the past, it was really a headache as I had to use a gaggle of adapters to finish all connections, which made me annoyed.

Fortunately, I came across the VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub which offered me all the ports I need. Since then, with just one hub as a bridge, I can get all the connections done. Oh boy, it literally makes things simple and easy.

What surprises me is that this hub sells at a lower price than most multiport hubs. Meanwhile, it’s more compact to carry around, without adding any burden on you. If you often need to connect lots of computer peripherals to your USB-C laptop, this full-featured VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub is right up your alley.

The best port configurations

The VENTION offers the best port configurations, with nine ports in total: three USB 3.0 USB-A ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, a 52W USB-C PD port, a UHS-I SD card reader, a USH-I microSD card slot, a Gigabit Ethernet port with an LED indicator, as well as an audio-in and -out jack. Featuring a ton of ports, it can literally handle a variety of devices concurrently.

Actually, it’s not that bulky...

Among all multiport USB-C hubs we tested, we found that most of them tend to be bulky, while this VENTION USB-C hub looks relatively compact. Since this kind of USB-C hub comprises a variety of ports, there’s always a trade-off in size. This VENTION USB-C hub is not that small, but compared to its competitors, it has been crafted to be as more compact and lightweight as possible, which can easily slip into your briefcase along with your laptop. Moreover, it won’t take up too much desk space, so you can leave it at your desk all the time.

VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub (top)

Made out of aluminum alloy, this hub is fairly solid. During testing, it did a fantastic job of running at full load for a long time. Even when its surface temperature got hot to the touch, it still kept working normally.

Each port has powerful performance

Initially, I was quite worried that having so many ports would suck down each port’s performance. Luckily, this VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub didn’t let us down. Each port holds up fine to normal daily use.

In our tests, its three speedy USB-A ports are able to offer USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1)  transfer speed and 5W charging rate. Moreover, the HDMI 1.4 port fits well with 2K 60Hz or 1080P 60Hz displays. It also supports 4K 30Hz output. Its Ethernet port with an LED indicator can deliver full 1Gbps speed, letting you access the speedy and reliable Internet. Besides, we didn’t hear any static noise through its audio jack, and it can normally input and output audio.

The VENTION’s USB-C PD port is capable of delivering 52W PD pass-through charging. While using it to connect my MacBook Pro 15” (2016), even if I opened a few chat apps, several office software, dozens of links in the browser window, and sometimes did photo- or video-editing, my MacBook Pro was still maintained at 100%.

It’s SD and microSD card readers are both compatible with UHS-I. Plus, its microSD card reader adopts a push-push eject design for smooth card extraction, which is user-friendly. Compared with other types of readers, it’s easier to let you know whether the microSD card is inserted or not.

The push-push eject design for smooth card extraction

Flaws but not dealbreakers

As a full-featured 9-in-1 USB-C hub, the VENTION is inevitably a bit expensive. If you are on a strict budget, this hub may not fit you. But for such a versatile hub with the best port selection it offers, nothing else comes close at the price point. Better yet, its overall performance isn’t sucked down by such an abundance of ports.

Budget Pick: SUODAO 7-in-1 Premium USB C Hub

Budget Pick

SUODAO 7-in-1 Premium USB C Hub

A USB-C hub with great port selection at a lower price

It’s an affordable 7-in-1 USB-C hub which offers you plenty of ports. Plus, it employs frosted material, making it more durable.
US$ 34.99 from DIGSHOPAED 129.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Great port selection+74W PD pass-through charging+Favorable price+Hard-wearing casing
Cons:
-Lacks an Ethernet port

If our top pick is out of your price range, you can consider this SUODAO 7-in-1 Premium USB C Hub. It offers a range of ports to fit your specific needs. And its USB-PD port can put out 74W for PD pass-through charging. Employing frosted material, it can better resist surface abrasion caused by daily wear and collision. Despite lacking an Ethernet port, it still comes with plenty of ports to expand your connectivity options.

The SUODAO USB-C hub features seven ports, including three USB 3.0 USB-A ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, a 74W USB-C PD port, a UHS-I SD card reader, and a UHS-I microSD card slot.

Impressive charging speed

For the most commonly used ports on this hub, they all performed well without disappointing us. In our tests, its three speedy USB-A ports support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) transfer speeds and 7.5W charging rate. That’s something of a rarity among all similar test models. Compared with most 2.5W or 5W USB-A ports, these three 7.5W USB-A ports can charge your mobile devices faster. Furthermore, its HDMI 1.4 port is ideal for connecting 2K 60Hz or 1080P 60Hz displays, and it can even push out 4K video at 30Hz. Additionally, its SD and microSD card readers are both compatible with UHS-I.

Its USB-C PD port supports 74W USB PD pass-through charging, which is the most eye-catching among the similar products with 60W. As I mentioned before, a 60W PD charger is enough to charge my MacBook Pro 15” in daily use. Therefore, the SUODAO that offers 74W PD pass-through charging can meet your charging need when you use your MacBook Pro or other high-end laptops to do things with high-power draws like gaming or video editing.

Testing the charging speed of the USB-C port

More durable and more premium casing

Aside from a good supply of ports, this USB-C hub also has some nifty external features. For a USB-C hub that always docks at a desk, its bottom surface will inevitably suffer wear and tear due to the friction with a desk over time. Appreciatively, this SUODAO USB-C hub’s casing employs aluminum alloy material with silicone pad at the bottom, which can better resist daily wear and corrosion.

Aluminum alloy casing with silicone pad at the bottom

Flaws but not dealbreakers

If you really need Ethernet connection, this SUODAO USB-C hub is not your cup of tea. It lacks an Ethernet connection, so you have to count on Wi-Fi to access the Internet. If you often need Ethernet to receive more stable network — situations like you are in a hotel with unstable Wi-Fi or you need to connect to your server on the go, then you can consider our aforementioned recommendation VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub or Our Pick For USB-C to Ethernet Adapter below.

Also Great: KELEDUO 5-in-1 Premium USB C Hub

Also Great

KELEDUO 5-in-1 Premium USB C Hub

A versatile USB-C hub with compact size

It’s a wallet-friendly 5-in-1 USB-C hub, which offers enough ports you need most of the time. With a narrow rectangular shape, it’s in a compact size. You can slip it into your laptop bag with ease.
US$ 34.99 from DIGSHOPAED 129.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Enough ports+Compact size+Wallet-friendly+81W PD pass-through charging
Cons:
-Lacks both SD and microSD card readers

If you are struggling to look for a more affordable USB-C hub with enough ports, then the KELEDUO 5-in-1 Premium USB C Hub is the way to go. Though it has fewer ports than the two products above, it still provides enough ports for you. Somewhat surprisingly, its USB-C PD port supports up to 81W PD pass-through charging. Better yet, with a narrow rectangular shape, it’s slimmer and more compact than our two picks above, so it can easily slip into a laptop bag along with a laptop.

Enough ports for everyday usage

This KELEDUO USB-C hub includes five ports: two USB 3.0 USB-A ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, an 81W USB-C PD port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port with an LED indicator.

No compromise on performance

Even if it’s integrated with multiple ports, its commonly used ports still perform well as expected. During testing, its two USB-A ports can transfer data at a fast speed of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) and both support 5W charging. Moreover, its HDMI 1.4 port fit well with 2K 60Hz or 1080P 60Hz displays, and it even allows you to enjoy up to 4K video at 30Hz. In addition, its Ethernet port is able to deliver full 1Gbps speed. With a built-in LED indicator, it can let you know the status of Internet connection.

The USB PD port almost hits the fastest speeds of MacBook Pro 15”

Surprisingly, its USB PD port offers up to 81W PD pass-through charging, which means it can satisfy your charging need when you use your MacBook Pro or other high-end laptops to do things with high-power draws like gaming or video editing. In real-world testing, even the 100W USB-C PD port of the HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C hub (which is the best seller on Amazon) just supports 81W PD pass-through charging.

Testing the charging speed of the USB-C port

Compact size

This KELEDUO USB-C Hub comes with fewer ports than our two picks above, but the trade-off is that it features a more compact size while still has enough ports for you. With a narrow rectangular shape, it’s slimmer and smaller than our two picks above. Also, it’s on the smaller side of all 5-in-1 USB-C hubs we tested. So, it’s not only space-saving on your desk but also portable to use on the go.

KELEDUO 5-in-1 Premium USB C Hub (top)

Flaws but not dealbreakers

As this KELEDUO USB-C Hub lacks both SD and microSD card readers, it’s not an optimal choice for designers or shutterbugs. If you often need to use SD or microSD card readers, we recommend the VENTION 9-in-1 Premium USB C Hub or SUODAO 7-in-1 Premium USB C Hub.

Our Pick for USB-C to USB-A Adapter/Hub

Our Pick: UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Mini Adapter

Our Pick

UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Mini Adapter

A portable, speedy USB-A port

It supports USB 3.0 fast data-transfer speed. Just in a thumb size, it’s quite portable to take on the go.
US$ 6.99 from DIGSHOPAED 17.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter (0.5ft / 0.15m)

A handy, high-speed USB-A port

It’s a cable-style adapter. Regardless of the cable, it’s identical to the above nub-style version in every aspect. Plus, it can effectively avoid blocking the adjacent port.
US$ 7.99 from DIGSHOPAED 19.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Supports USB 3.0 high-speed data transfer+Thumb size+Budget-friendly
Cons:
-Easy to get lost due to its small size

If you often need to connect your legacy USB-A peripherals (like flash drive, SSD, mouse) on the go, then this affordable nub-style UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Mini Adapter will take your fancy. It’s fairly tiny, making it exceptionally portable. Without exaggeration, you can barely notice it in your pocket. Plus, equipped with USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) standard, its USB-A port can transfer data at 5Gbps (625MB/s). In addition, we also recommend its cable-style version — UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter (0.5ft / 0.15m). It’s a bit less portable than the nub-style one, but it can effectively avoid blocking the adjacent port.

Nub-style (left) & cable-style (right)

It’s so tiny that you can nearly forget it.

Right out of the box, I knew I was gonna be hooked by this UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Mini Adapter. Just in a thumb size, it is super-easy to toss in your pocket or every corner of your bag. Best still, it won’t take up desk space when you plug it into your laptop. Sometimes, I just take two with me on the go. One for a mouse, the other for an SSD.

Surprise! It even reaches USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 speeds.

Its performance does not fall short of your expectation. It not only supports a high-speed transfer rate of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) but also offers a nice bonus in a certain situation. When transferring data between a laptop and an SSD, both of which support USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2, this adapter can break through the limit of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1), offering a faster transfer rate of USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2.

During testing, I used this adapter to connect the Glyph Atom RAID SSD to my MacBook Pro (2016), and it turned out the average read speeds of 826MB/s and write speeds of 872MB/s, both of which are far beyond the USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) speed. That’s something not every USB-C to USB-A adapter can do. Furthermore, it’s able to deliver 7.5W charging.

Solid build quality

This UGREEN adapter doesn’t make a trade-off in build quality for low price. Whether in the quality of its connector or the material, it is a notch above other similar products. We found that some shitty products feature a loose fit. You can even wiggle the connectors slightly. That’s horrible, letting alone using them reliably.

Other similar product (left) has a loose fit while UGREEN (right) features a sturdy fit.

A cable-style version is here for you.

If you need the adjacent port to hook up other devices, this nub-style USB-C to USB-A adapter may block the connection. Therefore, we also recommend its cable-style version, the UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter (0.5ft / 0.15m). Its performance is identical to the nub-style version. The advantage of an extended cable is that it can literally avoid the blocking issue of most USB-C ports. But the extra length might make it a bit inferior to the nub one in portability. Even so, it’s still tiny enough to carry around with ease.

The cable style can avoid the port blocking issue.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

What makes the UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Mini Adapter highly portable — its thumb size — can also become a flaw. Yep, it’s easy to get lost. Unfortunately, I’ve ever lost two. But thanks to its affordable price, you can have a spare or two. Beyond that, you can choose its cable-style version, the UGREEN USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter (0.5ft / 0.15m), which is relatively not that easy to get lost.

Upgrade Pick: LENOVO USB C to 4 USB 3.0 Ports Hub

Upgrade Pick

LENOVO USB C to 4 USB 3.0 Ports Hub

For more speedy USB-A ports

It comes with four USB 3.0 USB-A ports which allow for connecting multiple devices at once. And it can deliver up to 7.5W of power per port. Plus, it’s compact and light enough to take on the go.
US$ 14.99 from DIGSHOPAED 44.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Four USB-A ports+Supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) +7.5W of power+Compact size
Cons:
-Plastic case

If you often need more USB-A ports for keyboards, mice, flash drives, and other accessories with legacy connections, then this LENOVO USB C to 4 USB 3.0 Ports Hub is a no-brainer. Its four USB 3.0 USB-A ports can offer fast transfer speeds of 5Gbps (625MB/s) and 7.5W charging. The latter even sweetens the deal. Relative to most similar products with only 2.5W or 5W of power, it can deliver faster charging to your smartphones. In addition, it’s compact and light enough to take on the go.

Allowing for connecting more USB peripheral devices

This hub gives you access to four USB 3.0 USB-A ports which make it more practical. In other words, you can use this hub to hook up more accessories, such as keyboards, mice, flash drives and external hard drives. During testing, its four USB-A ports all can transfer data at USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) speeds.

Testing the data transfer speed of the USB-A port

Each USB-A port charges faster than iPhone’s original charger.

We were wowed by its ability that its four USB-A ports can provide up to 7.5W of power per port. You know what, among all USB-C hubs we tested, it’s rare to come across such a fancy one. Compared to most similar products with only 2.5W or 5W of power, or some USB-A hubs with four different-spec USB-A ports, it can deliver faster charging to your smartphones.

Testing the charging speed of the USB-A port

Small, compact, and lightweight.

Size-wise, it’s the smallest of all USB-C to 4-Port USB-A hubs we tested, letting it quite easy to carry around. If you use multiple USB-A devices in daily life and do not want to carry several USB-C to USB-A adapters, this hub comes in handy to meet your need, and you don’t need to make a compromise on size anymore.

LENOVO USB C to 4 USB 3.0 Ports Hub (left)

Flaws but not dealbreakers

This hub’s casing is made of plastic material, so some people may worry about its build quality and heat-dissipating ability. Indeed, it will be better to adopt aluminum alloy material. If so, I think it would jack up the price soon. Nevertheless, its build quality still feels pretty solid. During real-life use, there’s no issue occurred when it got hot.

Our Pick for USB-C to HDMI Adapter

Our Pick: KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter

Our Pick

KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter

A cost-effective, high-performance HDMI 2.0 port

Its HDMI 2.0 port is fairly blazing relative to the comparable products with HDMI 1.4 ports, and it’s even cheaper than some HDMI 1.4 adapters. Plus, it’s compact and lightweight, which is just to your taste.
US$ 14.99 from DIGSHOPAED 44.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Supports 4K video at 60Hz+Compact and lightweight+Affordable price+Aluminum alloy case
Cons:
-May get flickering white dots on some 4K 60Hz displays

If you often hook your monitor or TV to your USB-C laptop, you do need a USB-C to HDMI adapter. Since this kind of adapter on the market are generally built with HDMI 1.4 ports, it’s refreshing to see the KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter with an HDMI 2.0 port at a reasonable price. And among all test models, it’s one of the only two adapters that features HDMI 2.0 ports. We also appreciate its compact size which makes it easy to slip into your laptop bag. Best still, its aluminum alloy case is more durable than others with plastic material.

It supports HDMI 2.0, which surprises us.

The test result didn’t let us down. This KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter did support HDMI 2.0. Generally speaking, the adapters with HDMI 2.0 ports are more expensive than those with HDMI 1.4 ports. However, this KELEDUO adapter is even cheaper than some of the products with HDMI 1.4 ports. So initially I really suspected what it advertised.

But in our tests, it did put out smooth video to a 4K 60 Hz display over the HDMI 2.0 port. Although HDMI 1.4 also supports 4K displays, it pushes out 4K video at only 30Hz max, which may lead to a laggy or jerky image. Of course, if your display is at 2K or 1080p resolutions, it’s definitely no problem to smoothly output video at 60Hz with an HDMI 1.4 adapter.

Compact yet solid

Also, this KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter features a compact body, which makes it stand out from all USB-C to HDMI adapters we tested. Meanwhile, its slim shape is narrower than most similar products, so it takes up less desk space and lets you carry around easily. Better yet, its aluminum alloy case makes it more durable.

KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter (left)

Good compatibility

As this KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter is a cable-style version, it won’t block the side-by-side port. In general, those nub-style unibody USB-C to HDMI adapters tend to be wider, and they’re easy to hinder the adjacent port. Many adapters we tested also have this issue. Thankfully, this KELEDUO doesn’t, so you don’t need to worry about that at all.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

We tested this product repeatedly and found that when it connected to some 4K 60Hz displays, there would get flickering white dots on the screens. For instance, this phenomenon occasionally (not frequently) appeared in the BenQ PD2700U we used in our tests.

From a study, Understanding 4K & Necessary Data Rates written by Paul Kish, we know that this phenomenon is closely intertwined with the display’s color depth, chroma subsampling, total pixel and how vendors handle the blanking pixels. Well, I don’t want to make things too complicated here, because I’m afraid that it would be too boring to read any further.

Just put simply, if you have a 4K UHD display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and 8bit color depth, which is quite common on the market, then you don’t need to worry about the flickering issue. If your display is a high-end one with the same specs as the BenQ PD2700U (a 4K UHD monitor with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and 10bit color depth) we used in our test, then there’s a chance that it would get flickering white dots. Luckily, this issue just appears occasionally. Even it happens, everything else still holds up fine to normal daily use and you may only notice it when you see it very carefully.

Upgrade Pick: KELEDUO USB C to 4K HDMI + VGA Adapter

Upgrade Pick

KELEDUO USB C to 4K HDMI + VGA Adapter

Match legacy displays and projectors

It has an often used HDMI 1.4 port and a VGA port, both of which match the common displays. With the compact size, it comes in handy to handle the port-mismatching problem between your laptop and some legacy displays or projectors.
US$ 17.99 from DIGSHOPAED 54.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Offers both HDMI 1.4 and VGA+Widely compatible+Compact size+Aluminum alloy case
Cons:
-The HDMI port is only HDMI 1.4 version.

Although currently most displays rely on HDMI ports for connections, there’s still a chance that you may encounter some legacy displays or projectors using VGA ports. So, you may desire an adapter that can offer commonly used ports but doesn’t feature a bulky size. Well you’ve come to the right place as this KELEDUO USB C to 4K HDMI + VGA Adapter exactly whets your appetite.

It can handle both new displays and legacy displays.

It offers both HDMI 1.4 and VGA. The HDMI 1.4 supports 4K output at 30Hz, and the VGA port can fit most old display devices. Its two ports let you rest assured that your laptop can connect any displays or projectors with no issue when you’re on the road. I still remember that once I just took a commonly used adapter with only an HDMI port on business. And what the heck, the display I met was using a VGA connector. At that moment, I genuinely wished my USB-C adapter could burst out a VGA port.

Compact and space-saving

Another feature I appreciate is that it’s compact in size, making it easy to tuck in my briefcase along with the laptop. Besides, its aluminum alloy case is way more solid-built than many plastic products of comparable specs.

Plastic case (left) & aluminum alloy case (right)

Flaws but not dealbreakers

If you often need to hook up a 4K display, this KELEDUO USB C to 4K HDMI + VGA Adapter is not ideal for you. Well, it supports 4K HDMI output but only at 30Hz, which may lead to a stuttering, choppy using experience. Therefore, we suggest you use 2K displays at most with this adapter. If you do need to connect a 4K monitor, you can consider our recommendation above, the KELEDUO USB C to HDMI 2.0 ([email protected]) Adapter, which has an HDMI 2.0 port.

Our Pick for USB-C to Ethernet Adapter

Our Pick: KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port Adapter

Our Pick

KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port Adapter

Specially designed for USB-C laptops that miss Ethernet ports

It supports full 1Gbps speed. Small in size, it comes in handy on the go and won’t take up much desk space. Compared with those similar-spec products, this adapter is fairly affordable.
US$ 13.99 from DIGSHOPAED 39.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Supports full 1Gpbs speed+Small size+Budget-friendly+Aluminum alloy case
Cons:
-Lacks an LED indicator

Although Wi-Fi networks are available in many places, it’s hard to ensure that you can receive a stable Wi-Fi network wherever you go. In this situation, the laptops equipped with Ethernet ports can solve this problem as easy as pie. However, many laptops have dropped their Ethernet ports currently for being thinner and lighter, particularly the USB-C laptops launched in recent years. If you also get a recent laptop, you can consider this KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port Adapter.

It supports gigabit speed, which is faster than those megabit Ethernet adapters. In addition, it’s small enough to easily tuck into every corner of your laptop bag. Compared to its similar-spec competitors, it sells at a lower price, making it an impressive, tempting deal.

When comes to Ethernet adapter, it reminds me of an unpleasant experience. Once I took my MacBook Pro 15” (2016) for travel. In the hotel, oh Mamma Mia, the Wi-Fi there was quite unstable. What’s worse, my laptop has no Ethernet port. As a result, I had to bear the slow and unstable network which made me mad. Later when I came back home, I immediately bought a USB-C to Ethernet adapter for a rainy day.

Get 100MB/s easily

Speaking of a USB-C to Ethernet adapter, the most essential yet vital feature is the ability to support 1Gbps (1000Mbps) networks. Though there are lots of cheap Ethernet adapters available on the market, we do not recommend you to buy them since their transfer rates are far too slow.

In our test, this KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port Adapter let me easily receive over 100MB/s (equal to 800Mbps) transfer speed, which is the maximum speed of most HDDs. It seamlessly connected my MacBook Pro 15” to my office’s Shared NAS, so that I can access the office documents anytime with full speed.

Small and solid-built

Other than the ability to support full 1Gbps speed, this KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port Adapter also has a compact size, which allows you to stash in your laptop bag with ease. Besides, its aluminum alloy case is a major win, which is more solid than its contenders with plastic cases.

Plastic case (left) & aluminum alloy case (right)

You can remove the Ethernet cable effortlessly

During testing, we discovered that some products’ Ethernet ports are very badly designed, making it pretty tricky to remove the cable. Maddeningly, I got an Ethernet cable stuck in one of the test models. I had to use a pair of pliers to get it out. Phew, I’m pleased to tell you that this KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port Adapter isn’t one of them. You can plug in and remove the Ethernet cable effortlessly.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

The minor defect is that it doesn’t come with an LED indicator. If you need to intuitively know the status of Internet connection, this adapter is presumably not a sweet deal for you. As we mentioned early, the indicator light is not a necessary feature for Ethernet ports. It would be better to have an LED indicator, but it’s usually more expensive. But at the end of the day, you still can quickly verify the status of Internet connection on your laptop.

Upgrade Pick: KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port with 3 Port USB Hub

Upgrade Pick

KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port with 3 Port USB Hub

For more high-speed USB-A ports

It provides a Gigabit Ethernet port and adds three extra speedy USB-A ports, without compromising too much in size.
US$ 17.99 from DIGSHOPAED 54.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Supports full 1Gbps speed+Three speedy USB 3.0 ports+Still portable enough+Favorable price
Cons:
-Lacks an LED indicator

If you need to connect to Ethernet whilst hooking up your keyboard, mouse, and external hard drive, you have to be tempted by this KELEDUO USB C to 1000Mbps RJ45 Ethernet Port with 3 Port USB Hub. It’s not a one-trick pony. Other than supporting Gigabit Ethernet, it still provides three extra USB-A ports, each of which supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) speeds of up to 5Gbps (625MB/s). What else? It’s less expensive than those comparable products. Better yet, it features a compact size as well, making it easy to tuck into your briefcase.

It offers three extra speedy USB 3.0 ports.

Ooh, so satisfying how it performed in our tests is kind of what we expected. In our tests, its Ethernet port allowed me to easily receive over 100MB/s (Equal to 800Mbps) transfer speed, which was the maximum speed of most HDDs. And its three USB-A port support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) data speeds. Running my Samsung T5 SSD through these USB-A ports, it can get a transfer rate exceeding 400MB/s.

Testing the charging speed of the USB-A port

It delivers decent charging speeds to your devices.

In addition, these three speedy USB-A ports can deliver 7.5W charging, which is sparse among all similar test models. Compared with most 2.5W or 5W USB-A ports, these three USB-A ports can charge your phone faster. That is to say, this adapter can function as a multiport charger with relatively fast charging.

Compact size & aluminum alloy case

Apart from the benefit of extra ports, this adapter also has a compact size, making it easy to tuck into your laptop bag. Besides, its aluminum alloy case is more solid than its contenders with plastic cases.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

This hub’s Ethernet port does not come with an LED indicator as well, so it’s not that convenient for you to intuitively know the status of Internet connection. If that matters much to you, this hub may not a good choice for you. Again, having an LED indicator is indeed a nice bonus, but it may cost significantly more. So, it’s not a necessary factor. Another way to quickly check the status of Ethernet connection is just at a glance on your laptop’s network status.

Our Pick for USB-C Multiport Adapter

Our Pick: KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub

Our Pick

KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub

A small USB-C Adapter with multiple useful ports

Compared with those single-port USB-C adapters, this model offers you three commonly used ports, allowing for data transfer, display expansion, and power passthrough at the same time. Plus, it’s small and light.
US$ 15.99 from DIGSHOPAED 48.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Three useful ports+Small and light+86W PD pass-through charging+Wallet-friendly
Cons:
-Only one USB-A port

If you often use external drives and displays, and need to charge your laptop at the same time, then this budget-friendly KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub is certainly worth considering.

Compared with those single-port USB-C adapters, the KELEDUO comes with three often-used ports: a USB-A port, an HDMI port, and a USB-C PD port. In our tests, the performance of each port met our requirements. Especially for the USB-C PD port, it can deliver a jaw-dropping 85W of power for PD passthrough. Though its portability is a bit inferior to those single-port USB-C adapters, it’s still small enough to fit into your briefcase with ease.

The three ports meet your basic need.

In my eyes, the huge advantage of this KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub is that it contains three most often used ports for most people in a fairly portable case. This is the sweet spot where functionality and portability combine perfectly to create such a practical product. It somehow reduces some burden of your briefcase since you no longer need to carry two independent adapters for USB-A and HDMI. Instead, just a small 3-in-1 adapter can get things done. Compared with the single-port adapters, this adapter’s port performance may not stand out from the crowd, but it’s basically passable to meet most user demands.

KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub (top)

In our tests, its speedy USB-A port supported USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) transfer speeds and 7.5W charging rate. BTW, its HDMI 1.4 port is ideal for connecting 2K 60Hz or 1080P 60Hz displays, and it can even push out 4K video at 30Hz.

It even can fast charge your USB-C laptop.

Somewhat surprisingly, its USB-C PD port is capable of 86W PD pass-through charging. Of all test models, this 86W USB-C PD port is the most powerful one, and it is second to none among most USB-C hubs available on the market. So, it literally meets your charging need when you use your MacBook Pro or other high-end laptops to do battery-hogging tasks like gaming or video editing. This small USB-C hub features such an incredible performance at an affordable price, which is rare.

Testing the charging speed of the USB-C port

It is BETTER than Apple’s multiport adapter. Here’s why:

Well, Apple’s USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is similar to this KELEDUO adapter, but its USB-C port delivers a maximum of only 60W power for PD pass-through charging. To be honest, 60W is sufficient, but what if you can get higher charging efficiency from a similar-sized one. Who wouldn’t want it? Plus, this KELEDUO adapter sells only one-third of the price of the Apple’s. Even compared to most 3-in-1 USB-C adapters on the market, its performance and price still have an advantage.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

If you often connect external hard drives as well as a keyboard and a mouse, then this adapter equipped with only one USB-A port is not suitable for you. If you need a USB-C hub with rich and varied port configurations, then you can check our recommendations above.

The Rivalry

USB-C Hub

SUODAO 8-in-1 USB-C Hub: It offers great port configurations. Each port is enough for daily use. However, its USB-C PD port supports only 48W USB-PD power pass-through charging. Still, its SD and microSD card readers are not compatible with the UHS-I standard.

CVK 8-in-1 USB-C Hub, QGOO 8-in-1 USB-C Hub, Hagibis 8-in-1 USB-C Hub (older version), SSK 10-in-1 USB-C Hub: The bummer of these four products is that their SD and microSD card readers are not compatible with the UHS-I standard.

Hagibis 9-in-1 USB-C Hub (new version): This model has an abundance of ports, and each port basically meets your requirements in daily use. But its build quality is inferior to our picks, and it’s clunky.

UGREEN 8-in-1 USB-C Hub: It comes with a great selection of ports, all of which perform well. And it’s compact and sturdily built. But compared to our picks, it’s tough to recommend due to the higher price.

HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub: It is the best seller on Amazon. All the ports are enough to handle the jobs in daily use, but it lacks a microSD card reader. Besides, it is equipped with a 60W and a 100W USB-C PD port, but they actually limit the power coming to 55W and 81W PD passthrough, respectively. As a 6-in-1 model, it’s nice in every aspect. However, it’s a bit expensive.

HooToo 5-in-1 USB-C Hub: It’s similar to the HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub, but it lacks a USB-C PD port and it’s slightly pricey as well.

HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub (Ethernet port included): Compared with the HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub, this hub has an extra Gigabit Ethernet port but it lacks an SD card reader, and it’s more expensive than our picks.

Hagibis 5-in-1 USB-C Hub (older version), Hagibis 6-in-1 USB-C Hub (older version), Hagibis 7-in-1 USB-C Hub (older version), Hagibis 5-in-1 USB-C Hub (new version): The huge problem of these four Hagibis hubs is that their SD and microSD card readers are incompatible with the UHS-I standard.

Hagibis 6-in-1 USB-C Hub (new version): This model’s SD and microSD card readers have quality problems. They would go wrong when transferring data.

QGOO 5-in-1 USB-C Hub: All the ports of this model work well in daily use. However, this hub is poorly built, making it feel like a crappy, chintzy product. When I slightly shake it, I can hear some weird sound. It seems that something is loose inside the case.

QGOO 6-in-1 USB-C Hub: This product’s each port meets your daily needs. And its USB-C PD port supports 81W USB PD pass-through charging. But the SD and microSD card readers are incompatible with the UHS-I standard.

VENTION 5-in-1 USB-C Hub, VENTION 5-in-1 USB-C Hub (Ethernet port included), VENTION 6-in-1 USB-C Hub: These three VENTION hubs have great port performance. However, for 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 USB-C hubs, they’re relatively bulkier than our pick KELEDUO 5-in-1 Premium USB C Hub.

KELEDUO 6-in-1 USB-C Hub: Although we’ve recommended quite a few KELEDUO models, it doesn’t mean all of its products are superior. For example, this KELEDUO 6-in-1 USB-C hub’s SD and microSD card readers are not that satisfactory as they are incompatible with the UHS-I standard.

Lention 5-in-1 USB-C Hub: Each port of this model performs well, but the biggest quibble is that it’s relatively bulky as a 5-in-1 hub. In addition, its build quality is not a patch on our main picks.

UGREEN 5-in-1 USB-C Hub: All the ports of this product work as expected. And it has a sturdy build quality. The overall size is passable, while the price is a little bit spendy.

USB-C to USB-A Adapter

Noda USB-C to USB-A Adapter: This model is the best-selling USB-C to USB-A adapter on Amazon. Its performance and quality are impeccable. But relative to our pick, it costs a bit more.

Kingston USB-C to USB-A Adapter: It has good performance, but the build quality is just so-so, not that great. It doesn’t seem like a product from such a reputable brand.  

BestJing USB-C to USB-A Adapter: This model is available in two versions: plastic and metal. Both of them are inexpensive. The performance is passable, but the build quality is hardly satisfactory. Worse still, its metal version that claims to be USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) actually just supports USB 2.0.

Pzoz USB-C to USB-A Adapter: It also has good performance, and no issue found in its build quality. But between it and our pick UGREEN, we chose the latter because the UGREEN holds up well in consumer reviews and offers an extra cable-style version.

SmartDevil USB-C to USB-A Adapter: This product also offers two versions: nub style and cable style. Both of them work just well. The price is acceptable. Given that our pick the UGREEN is more reputable, we didn’t choose this SmartDevil adapter. But overall, it’s a decent alternative option.

BestJing USB-C to 4-Port USB-A Hub: It’s four USB-A ports support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) transfer rates, but the charging power is rated at only 2.5W.  

Taikesen USB-C to 4-Port USB-A Hub: It’s four USB-A ports also support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) transfer rates, and the charging power is rated at 7.5W. The dealbreaker is the poor build quality which appears to be pretty unreliable.

Cablecreation USB-C to 4-Port USB-A Hub: Similarly, this model’s four USB-A ports support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1), but the charging power is rated at only 2.5W. And it is no match for our recommendations in build quality.

UGREEN USB-C to 4-Port USB-A Hub: It comes in two versions with different port placement: side-facing and upward-facing. None of it’s four USB-A ports support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1), but they can offer 7.5W charging.   

HooToo USB-C to 4-Port USB-A Hub: It’s four USB-A ports support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1), but three of them are rated at 2.5W charging power; only one can offer 7.5W charging.

USB-C to HDMI Adapter

Cablecreation USB-C to HDMI Adapter: This product is available in nub-style version and cable-style version. Both of them are HDMI 1.4, which can well handle 2K or 1080p displays. As for 4K, this adapter can output 4K video at only 30Hz max, but it would be stuttering, choppy.

KELEDUO USB-C to HDMI Adapter (older version): It is the older version of our pick. It’s notably larger. And its port is HDMI 1.4, whereas our pick is HDMI 2.0.

VENTION USB-C to HDMI Adapter: Likewise, its port is HDMI 1.4, which is optimum to handle 2K or 1080p displays.

UGREEN USB-C to HDMI Adapter: This model has two versions: one is in a relatively big size, the other is in a small size. The large-sized one has an HDMI 1.4 port which can well handle 2K or 1080p monitors, while the small one comes with an HDMI 2.0 port which supports 4K 60 Hz video. But the latter is pricey.

Cablecreation, VENTION, UGREEN, and Philips USB-C to HDMI and VGA Hub: These four models are identical units with identical performance to the KELEDUO USB C to 4K HDMI + VGA Adapter we recommended. All have an HDMI 1.4 port and a VGA port that are suitable for 1080p displays, but they are pricier than the KELEDUO. If performance and quality are similar, we prefer to recommend you something more affordable.

USB-C to Ethernet Adapter

Ce-link USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter: This model lets you easily access a stable Gigabit Ethernet network. Compared to our pick, the better part of this adapter is that it comes with an LED indicator, but it’s almost twice the price of our pick. That, in our opinions, is not worth the additional cost.

Cablecreation USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter: This model can offer a Gigabit Ethernet network, but its Ethernet port is badly designed, making it pretty tricky to remove the Ethernet cable.

UGREEN USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter: This UGREEN product allows you to access to a stable and reliable gigabit Ethernet network. However, it lacks an LED indicator, and the plastic material is inferior to that of our recommendation.

Vava USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter: It lets your laptop connect directly to a Gigabit Ethernet network. And it has an LED indicator. But, again, you have to pay more money for the extra feature.

Ce-link USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet and 3-Port USB-A Hub: Its Ethernet port performs well, and it also has an LED indicator. But its USB-A ports have some problems, which would disconnect occasionally. Plus, the USB-A ports are rated at only 2.5W.

BestJing USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet and 3-Port USB-A Hub: This model can offer a Gigabit Ethernet network but without an LED indicator. Its USB-A ports all support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) and 7.5W charging. The biggest defect is that its poor build quality makes it feel cheap.     

SSK USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet and 3-Port USB-A Hub: Its Ethernet port can deliver full gigabit speed, but it lacks an LED indicator. As for the USB-A ports, they all support USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) and 7.5W charging. Its build quality and appearance are satisfactory. But, alas, its price may let you hold off or hold back out of sticker shock.

USB-C Multiport Adapter

VENTION USB-C Multiport Adapter: It’s smaller than our pick KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub, but we didn’t like the port layout. Its USB-C PD port is built in the rear of the adapter, so it’s not that convenient for connections. Though its USB-A port supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1), it delivers only 2.5W of power. 

Lenovo USB-C Multiport Adapter: This model’s USB-A port supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1), but the charging power is rated at only 2.5W. Its USB-C PD port is capable of 81W PD pass-through charging. However, it sells at a relatively high price; otherwise, it’s also a nice option.

Cablecreation USB-C Multiport Adapter: Its USB-A port supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) as well, with 7.5W power charging. However, its USB-C PD port only supports 52W PD passthrough, which is far lower than our pick KELEDUO 3-in-1 USB C to HDMI 4K Multiport Adapter Hub’s 86W.

UGREEN USB-C Multiport Adapter: This model’s USB-A port also supports USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1), but it just maxes out at 2.5W. Frankly, 2.5W is not enough for your daily charging need, unless you charge your device overnight.

Ce-link USB-C Multiport Adapter: As it has an additional Gigabit Ethernet port with an LED indicator, it’s larger than other 3-in-1 models. That greatly whittles down its portability. In our tests, its USB-A port supported USB 3.0 (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 1) and a maximum power output of 7.5W. But its USB-C PD port only negotiated to a 52W PD pass-through charging, which is inferior to our recommendations.

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  • Alan says:

    Can you find any “hubs” that has more than one USB-C port. My Macbook has one USB-C port, and after I plug in a hub, I’ll still have only one port. I want two C ports!

  • Benson says:

    Every hub I’ve tried got too hot to touch. Hope these will be better.

  • Grover says:

    Wow, well done in testing and reviewing so many USB-C hubs and adapters. This guide does great help!!

  • Archer says:

    The VENTION 9-in-1 Hub I’m linking has every port you’ll ever need. It matches your MacBook’s color. It’s a no brainier…

  • William says:

    Detailed information. THANKS.

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