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Last updated: 13 September 2017

USB-C is fast growing in popularity as the standard connection for laptop computers, forcing you to use adapters to connect to your older devices, such as hard drives, monitors and more. But finding a USB-C hub that works with all your gear is a bit hit and miss. We tested 18 USB-C hubs to see which work, and which leave you disconnected.

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We test 18 USB-C hubs with a range of current model laptops:

  • Apple MacBook (early 2017)
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13 (early 2017)
  • Asus ZenBook 3
  • Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1
  • HP Envy 13-ad038TU
  • Toshiba Portege X30

We assess these functions (where available): power (charging), USB data transfer, USB-C data transfer, HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, Ethernet, SD card and microSD card. We weighted the scores as not all hubs support the same functions.

Our review will help you find the products that:

  • connect successfully with the most devices
  • work with Macs and Windows
  • can charge your laptop at the same time.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find the USB-C hubs that offer support for gigabit Ethernet, 4K video, HDMI, VGA, USB 3.0 and SD card storage. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which USB-C hubs come out on top.

If you're still not sure what to look for in a USB-C hub, take a look at our buying guide.

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Refers to how well all of a hub's functions worked on both the Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops; a perfect score means all of the hub's functions worked on both laptops.

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Refers to how well all of a hub's functions worked on all of our Windows 10-based laptops; a perfect score means all of the hub's functions worked on all of the following laptops: ASUS ZenBook 3, Dell XPS 13, HP Envy 13, Toshiba Portege X30.

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Gigabit ethernet

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If the hub has a Gigabit (1000 Base-T) ethernet port

Micro SD card

Number of USB ports

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The number of USB ports available

SD card

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If the hub has a full-size SD card slot

USB 2.0 support

USB 3.0 support

VGA

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If the hub offers a VGA (Video Graphics Array) port

HDMI

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If the hub offers HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

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Score reflects how well charging worked (where applicable) across the range of test laptops.

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Score reflects how well the ethernet slot worked (where applicable) across the range of test laptops.

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Score reflects how well the Micro SD card slot worked (where applicable) across the range of test laptops.

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SD card score

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Score reflects how well the full-size SD card slot worked (where applicable) across the range of test laptops.

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USB score

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Score reflects how well the USB port(s) worked across the range of test laptops.

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  • Overall score
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  • Video score
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  • Ethernet score
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  • Model number
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  • USB-C port for charging
  • USB-C port for data transfer
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  • HDMI
  • Cord length (cm)
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