From smartphones and tablets to laptops, USB-C is finally gaining traction as the future of connectors. However, some companies took that to mean they can get rid of other ports, including HDMI, USB 3.0, and more. If you want to restore some of those lost ports, you need one of the best USB-C adapters. It’s not ideal, but a USB-C adapter gives your device more versatility than before. Here’s our list of the best USB-C adapters you can buy today.
Also read: Understanding different types of USB cables
The best USB-C adapters:
Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best USB-C adapters regulary.
1. Anker Hub Adapter
First up is the Anker USB-C Hub Adapter. The adapter features two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a microSD card reader. The HDMI port supports up to 4K resolution at 30fps, though it also supports 2K resolution at 60fps.
While the port selection is nice, there’s no USB-C port. This isn’t an issue if your device has more than one USB-C port, but those with the iPad Pro, Apple MacBook, or other devices with one USB-C port should take note.
2. Satechi Slim Aluminum USB-C Multi-Port Adapter
If you want a USB-C adapter with more ports, take a look at the Satechi Slim Aluminum USB-C Multi-Port Adapter. It features six ports: two for USB 3.0, one for microSD cards, one for SD cards, one for HDMI, and one for USB-C. The USB-C port supports the Power Delivery charging protocol and delivers up to 60W of output.
3. Vava Hub Adapter
Just in case you aren’t satisfied with six ports, the Vava Hub Adapter features eight. The ports include two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, two microSD and SD card readers, a gigabit Ethernet port, a USB-C port with support for 49W input, and even a headphone jack. The headphone jack is particularly useful for iPad Pro owners, since the iPad Pro doesn’t have one.
4. HyperDrive Duo 7-in-2
Because the HyperDrive Duo 7-in-2 was specifically designed for the Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, the adapter doesn’t work with anything else. That said, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this unique adapter.
As with other adapters, the HyperDrive Duo features two USB 3.0 ports, two microSD and SD card readers, and an HDMI port. However, there are two USB-C ports instead of just one. Even better, both ports support Thunderbolt 3 and 100W PD. The adapter features two USB-C ports because it takes up the two USB-C ports on the side of the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
5. Uni USB-C Hub
In terms of port selection, the Uni USB-C Hub has a healthy selection. There are two USB 3.0 ports, two microSD and SD card readers, an HDMI port, and a USB-C PD port with up to 100W of input.
Where the Uni USB-C Hub differs from the competition is with its removable USB-C hub connector. Other adapters feature permanently-attached hub connectors, which could lead to concerns over durability.
6. Nonda USB-C Adapter
Unlike any of the aforementioned adapters, the Nonda isn’t a hub. Rather, it’s a miniature USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter. When we say miniature, we mean it. It’s smaller than a quarter.
The adapter features an LED indicator to let you know when it’s connected to your device. Just make sure to not move around it too much, since it wiggles a bit while connected. That said, it is a cheap and ultra-portable way to add a USB port to your device.