Laptops keep getting faster and lasting longer, but it’s coming at the expense of connectivity. Take the latest MacBooks, for example, which have cut down to just USB-C and Thunderbolt ports. It’s great if you only plan to charge, but most people do much more than that. Here are some of the best USB hubs to get so that you can reclaim your plundered ports.
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Whether you need a small, slim hub for on the go or you want to restore full functionality at your desk, we’ve got you covered. These options cover everything from extra USB-A ports up to 10-in-one convenience.
Best USB hubs:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best USB hubs regularly as new devices launch.
Anker three-port USB 3.0 with ethernet
This first option from Anker adds three USB 3.0 ports and a gigabit ethernet port in a slim power-bar body. You can take full advantage of 5Gbps data transfer from any one of the USB ports. The Anker three-port hub also has surge protection and a small green LED light that indicates normal function.
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Anker four-port USB 3.0 unibody
If you need an extra USB 3.0 port and you’re fine with sacrificing gigabit ethernet, Anker has a four-port option that fits the bill. This is a unibody aluminum hub, so it’s a bit more durable than the three-port plastic option. The angled design makes it easy to add and remove devices and check which ports are in use.
Sabrent 10-port USB 3.0
For those who have too many gadgets for their own good, this Sabrent USB hub has seven USB 3.0 ports and three USB 2.0 hubs for maximum connectivity. Anything from flash drives, mice, keyboards, card readers, you name it, you can plug it in. Sabrent also says that you can use the 3 USB 2.0 ports for charging, so the sky really is the limit here. Unused ports can be turned off with the buttons on the side too, so that they won’t drain power from laptop users while they aren’t being utilized.
Sabrent four-port USB 2.0
Sabrent’s four-port USB hub is the most budget-friendly option on the list. It’s a good choice if you just want to add a few extra USB peripherals. The Sabrent hub offers four ports with USB 2.0 connectivity, so you can choose your speed and manage each port with an individual power switch. Sabrent’s option is meant to be as small and slim as possible for you to take your connections on the go.
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You may never have to connect 10 peripherals at once, but the Euasoo gives you the ability to do so anyway. It offers three USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C, an HDMI port, microSD card reader, ethernet, 3.5mm audio port, VGA port, and SD card reader. If you really want to restore full connectivity, the Euasoo is pretty tough to top.
The Hieracool seven-in-one trims a few ports off of the Euasoo, but it’s also slimmer and lighter. It drops the VGA port, one USB 3.0, and ethernet, and the body is just 1.2 inches wide. The Hieracool seven-in-one is also made of aluminum alloy, so it should be plenty durable to keep up with your daily work.
RayCue slim MacBook hub
Most options so far have offered flexibility between Macs and PCs, but this last option is specifically for MacBooks. The RayCue slim hub fits into both USB-C ports on MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, so you can still charge while adding your peripherals. It offers a total of five usable ports in addition to the charging port.
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