Technology is ever changing, and is getting smaller with each new release. The one really frustrating thing for me, is that laptops and computers are removing USB ports, in favour of 1 or 2 USB-C ports, the younger brother of the USB port.
But thankfully, other tech manufacturers have come to the party to create USB C hub's that allow us to connect normal USB devices such as keyboards, mice, controllers, printers and monitors, to our devices as per normal.
The biggest brand that has dropped multiple USB ports in favour of USB-C is Apple, but today we're going to show you the best USB C Hubs Australia has to offer, to take one port, and plug all your favourite devices back in again.
1. Novoo USB C Hub
The 5-in-1 USB C Hub from Novoo is a tidy USB C interface which manages five ports for HDMI, USB 3.0, SD and TF card readers in the one hub. The small device measures 9.6*2.8*1.1cm and has two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI 4K port, a Micro-SD/TF card reader slot and an SD card reader slot.
You can use the HDMI port to extend your laptop display to your TV, monitor or projector in up to 4K Ultra High Definition.
You can use the USB ports to conveniently and neatly plug in your keyboard, mouse, thumb drive etc. The hub provides a high-speed transfer rate of up to 5Gbps.
The two card reader slots allow easy access to stored files.
The hub is compatible with most new devices although Samsung’s encryption technology can be an issue to be aware of.
The hub is a USB plug-in device – it is not rechargeable. No drivers or software installation are needed. There are some cautions to be aware of, including that the total current of connected devices should not exceed 900mA.
The hub does interfere with other 2.4GHz wireless devices, but not 5GHz. Setting your router to 5GHz resolves this issue.
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2. VAVA USB C Hub
The VAVA USB C Hub Adaptor for MacBook Pro and Type C Windows laptops is an 8-in-1 plug-in add-on which neatly and comprehensively takes care of all the external extras you want to connect to your PC or laptop like a mouse, keyboard, monitor, SD card etc.
Measuring a compact 10.5*4.9*1.2cm this adds nothing to your workspace but tidies everything up.
And made from a very modern aluminium-alloy housing in gunmetal grey it also blends in nicely with most PC’s, laptops etc. The hub is a USB C plug-in adaptor which has eight ports.
There are ports for ethernet, charging, HDMI, SD and TF cards, and USB 3.0.
The 4K video adaptor allows you to stream, or to mirror or extend your screen, in full 4K UHD and HD 1080p, to HDTV or another monitor like your projector.
The Ethernet port means that you can maintain a steady and reliable internet connection up to 1 Gbps. Recharging your MacBook Pro or other Type-C devices is also easy and convenient with the charging port.
The SD and TF card reader slots enable you to have access to stored files with all devices attached to the hub – no more transferring of cards.
And the three USB-C ports mean you can connect all the external devices like your mouse, keyboard, monitor, thumb drive, etc to your MacBook Pro or Windows Type-C laptop.
3. HooToo USB C Hub
Compatible with Type-C Windows Laptops and MacBooks, the HooToo 8-in-1 USB-C Adaptor Hub is an excellent device for managing all your external devices and accessories as well as enabling other connections such as stable internet and HDMI connection.
The hub is a small compact device (measuring 11.6*4.6*1.5cm) which sits neatly on your desktop. Finished in 2.5D ionized aluminium-alloy and featuring a Mac-style LED activity indicator this is designed to sit very nicely next to a Mac device.
This is a plug-in device and features ports for Ethernet, SD/TF cards, charging, HDMI, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0. This means that you can be assured of a stable and uninterrupted internet connection (up to 1 Gbps) for your Type C laptop if it doesn’t have an Ethernet port itself.
The HDMI port allows you to extend/mirror your laptop screen or stream to HDTV, monitors or projectors in full HD 1080p or 4K UHD. It also supports iPad Pro 2019/2018 (with iPad OS 13.0beta).
TF and SD card reader slots support SD/SDHC/SDXC/UHS-I with a transfer speed up to 5Gbps and remove the need to transfer cards to different devices.
The USB 2.0 port is a really stable connection option for wireless mice and keyboards. And the USB 3.0 ports will accept other external accessories and devices like monitors etc.
And finally, the 100W charging port means that you can be charging your MacBook while using it. Please refer website for compatibility details.
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4. Wavlink Thunderbolt Type-C Pro Hub
Specifically designed for MacBook Pro 2016-2019 13” or 15” laptops the Wavlink Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Mini Dock adaptor is a USB-C plug-in hub to manage all your external accessories, devices and connections in a stylish and compact unit.
Measuring only 25*8.6*3.2cm, the hub features ports for three USB 3.0 devices, HDMI, USB C charging, and SD/TF card readers.
The three USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect monitors, accessories such as a mouse, keyboard.
The HDMI port means that you can extend or mirror your device to your TV or other screen and stream in 4K@30Hz crystal-clear quality.
A USB-C data transfer port allows you to transfer files to your phone or storage disc at speeds up to 5Gbps.
Two USB 3.0 ports also allow high-speed data transfer as well as convenient external device connection.
The card readers (Micro-SD/SD/TF) are an excellent place to have a permanent storage of all your files with instant access from all connected devices as well as data transfers up to 104MB/s. (the Micro-Sd and Sd card readers cannot be used simultaneously).
Note that the Thunderbolt is not compatible with Apple USB SuperDrive, or a MacBook Pro with a case/cover.
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5. UGREEN USB C Hub
From UGREEN, the 6-in-1 USB C Hub is a neat and tidy, stylish, and compact, multi-port adaptor for MacBook and other USB C laptops.
This docking station has a wide compatibility – please refer to the Amazon site for a comprehensive list as well as some specific exceptions. The device has HDMI, data transfer, SD and TF card reader, USB C, and two USB 3.0 ports.
All conveniently contained in a compact 17.8*10*1.8cm unit finished in sleek aluminium to match most laptops. The HDMI capability allows you to stream to your TV or other screens in 4K UHD quality, or in full HD1080p or 3D video.
Three additional USB ports means that you can connect multiple external devices including accessories such as your mouse and keyboard, an extra monitor, flash drive etc. They also support rapid data transfer (up to 5Gbps).
SD and TF card readers allow easy and permanent access to data files, including images and videos, which can be read simultaneously. Data transfer can also be managed at super-fast speeds – up to 100MB/s. Great for social networking!
Note that the device may affect your wireless network. If so, please just set your network to 5Ghz.
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How To Connect Monitor To Macbook?
Macbooks are now only shipping with 2 or 3 USB-C ports, and most monitors (especially older models) don't come with USB-C ports or cables. You could go out and buy an HDMI to USB-C cable, but if you've got your charger and a monitor connected, how do you use USB devices?
You can't. That's why we recommend buying a USB-C hub. You can then connect your monitor to the hub using the HDMI port. Then all your other devices.
You can connect two monitors, but using the USB-C hub HDMI port, and then buying a second monitor with a USB-C output that connects to the other port on the Macbook. You can then power your Macbook through the USB-C hub (if supported).