Best USB-C Hubs for Chromebooks Android Central 2020

Chromebooks are built light, lithe, and long-lasting, but as more Chromebooks shed USB-A and card-reading ports for future-proof, multi-functional USB-C ports, users are faced with a choice. You can try to upgrade all your peripherals to USB-C, or you can get a USB-C hub and keep using your USB-A keyboard and ripping photos off your camera's SD cards. Many USB-C hubs also support HDMI monitors, Ethernet, and Power Delivery charging, too, so no matter your needs, there's a great USB-C hub out there for you!

Best gets better: AUKEY Link PD Pro USB-C Hub

Staff pick

This is another refinement of our previous favorite USB-C hub, the Aukey Link PD, but this model adds an Ethernet port yet is somehow more affordable. You also get 3 USB-A ports, 100W USB-C pass-through charging, 4K HDMI, SD, and microSD card slots.

$37 at Amazon

Pocket-friendly and powerful: Uni USB-C Hub

This credit-card sized hub allows you to swap out the host cable for a longer C-to-C cable and keep the hub on your desk while your laptop sits in an elevated stand. It also comes in two sizes: a 6-in-1 without Ethernet and an 8-in-1 with Ethernet.

Aluminum & Ethernet excellence: Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2

Satechi's USB-C hubs have been some of the more reliable over the last few years, and the V2 is the best it offers for Chromebooks. Ethernet and 60W pass-through PD charging make this perfect for offices and dorms with spotty Wi-Fi.

Compact connections: HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub

This hub sports most of the same ports as the AUKEY into a hub that's narrower and more affordable. The HDMI port supports 4K output, the passthrough charging supports 100W speeds, and the aluminum housing will wear scratches and scuffs better than Aukey's black plastic.

$36 at Amazon

Ready for a beating: VAVA USB-C Hub 8-in-1 Adapter With 4K HDMI

Including 4K HDMI, Ethernet, and a sturdy aluminum body, this hub is excellent for overstuffed gear bags and long days of scrambling from classroom to classroom. VAVA's hub does use a bit more power, so keep your charger handy while using it.

Just the basics: AUKEY Ultra Slim 4-in-1 USB-C Hub

If you just need to add some ports to a Pixelbook Go or a Chrome OS tablet that lacks USB-A ports entirely, this affordable little block will give you enough for a mouse, keyboard, and two flash drives. Not bad for the price of a pizza.

$13 at Amazon

Pick the hub that's right for you

Uni hubs

AUKEY's great USB-C hubs have been with me through chaotic deadlines, editing on the go, and beyond my Pixelbook, I've used it with my Android phones more than once, but since I got the Uni USB-C hub, I've been in love with it.

So long as I'm not using it for screen mirroring, I can swap out the short cable it comes with for a longer USB-C to USB-C cable to organize cables further away from my Chromebook on my standing desk (it'll probably come in handy for you if you work from home. It's also the size of a credit card with the cables detached, making it one of the easiest hubs to pack for frequent travelers.

That said, you might not need Ethernet and HDMI and seven other kinds of ports. If all you need are USB-A ports for your mouse and keyboard, AUKEY's 4-in-1 will get you by without spending too much while still guaranteeing quality.

Note: Unless you know you're going to be using headphones through it every time you plug it in, you might want to avoid USB-C hubs with a headphone/mic combo jack. When I use hubs with headphone jacks, it sometimes mixes up the input/outputs when using video calling services like Hangouts Meet.

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