Best USB-C Hubs for Chromebooks Android Central 2019

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!

Our pick: AUKEY Link PD USB-C Hub

Staff pick

The port configuration and data speeds on the AUKEY Link are identical to my beloved AUKEY CB-C59, plus it's got a spiffier design, and its USB-C input is rated for up to 100W Power Delivery charging. Not many Chromebooks support those speeds yet, but you'll be ready when they come.

$50 at Amazon

Pocket-friendly and powerful: Uni 6-in-1 USB-C Hub

Uni is a relative newcomer in the accessory space, but its USB-C accessories and cables have been excellent price performers. And the company's first USB-C hubs have been fast favorites for me thanks to their drop-resistant covers, removable USB-C cables, and ultra-compact size.

$33 at Amazon

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 while there are smaller, slimmer hubs in its lineup, the upgraded V2 version of Satechi's Multi-Port Adapter is the best value. Ethernet and 49W pass-through PD charging make this perfect for offices and dorms with spotty Wi-Fi.

$80 at Amazon

All the ports for less: VAVA USB-C Hub 8-in-1 Adapter With 4K HDMI

With eight ports including 4K HDMI and Ethernet in a sturdy aluminum body, this hub is excellent for the overstuffed gear bags and long days of scrambling from classroom to classroom at school. VAVA's hub does use a bit more power, so keep your charger handy while using it. It supports PD pass-through charging up to 100W.

$60 at Amazon

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.

$40 at Amazon

Just the essentials: Anker 5-in-1 USB-C Hub

This smaller hub from peripheral powerhouse Anker may not charge your Chromebook, but given how many Chromebooks are shipping with 2 USB-C ports, that's not really a problem. This hub gives you the media essentials: 3 USB-A ports, one full-size SD card reader and one microSD card reader. Now rip that footage and get editing!

$26 at Amazon

Pick the hub that's right for you

AUKEY's great USB-C hub has 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.

Uni hubs

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'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 is a card reader and a port for your mouse and keyboard, Anker's 5-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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