Best USB-C Hubs for Chromebooks Android Central 2021
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
- Pocket-Friendly Powerhouse: Uni USB-C Hub
- Aluminum & Ethernet Excellence: Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2
- Compact Connections: HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub
- USB-C Peripherals: Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB C Hub
- Just the Basics: AUKEY Ultra Slim 5-in-1 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.
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.
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 pass-through charging supports 100W speeds, and the aluminum housing will wear scratches and scuffs better than Aukey's black plastic.
Anker makes a wide, wide array of USB-C hubs, but this one stands out. In addition to having a PD port for pass-through charging, there's also a extra data port for plugging in a USB-C peripheral like a USB-C flash drive or keyboard.
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, flash drive, and a memory card. Not bad for the price of a small pizza.
Pick the hub that's right for you
AUKEY's great USB-C hubs have been with me through chaotic deadlines, editing on the go, and beyond my Chromebooks. I've also used them with Android phones more than once. However, since I got the Uni USB-C hub over a year ago, I've been absolutely in love with it!
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). Just be mindful if you're using it for screen mirroring that you use a 10 Gbps cable to ensure the picture doesn't stutter. 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 or students.
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 5-in-1 will get you by without spending too much while still guaranteeing quality.
Want something beefier and more stationary for your office desk? You may want to consider upgrading from a USB-C hub to a full-fledged docking station instead. Docking stations usually have their own power supply, a wide variety of ports, and longer cables so you can keep your desk less cluttered.
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 and docking stations with headphone jacks, it sometimes mixes up the input/outputs when using video calling services like Google Meet and Zoom.
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