The Best USB Hubs and Docks

The Best USB Hubs and Docks

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Our pick

Vava 7-in-1 USB-C Hub (VA-UC017)

Vava 7-in-1 USB-C Hub (VA-UC017)

The best USB-C hub

This portable hub has every port you’re likely to need: three USB 3.0, HDMI, USB-C power pass-through, and both SD and microSD card readers.

Buying Options

$25 from Amazon

With three USB-A 3.0 ports plus HDMI (with support for displays with 4K resolution), SD, microSD, and the ability to pass power to your laptop from a charger, the Vava 7-in-1 USB-C Hub (VA-UC017) offers the connectors most people need most of the time. It’s powerful enough to leave at your desk full-time as a docking station but small enough to slip in your laptop bag and use on the go. It lacks an Ethernet port but costs half as much as comparable models that have one.

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Ugreen 9-in-1 USB C Hub

Ugreen 9-in-1 USB C Hub

Add Ethernet and VGA

A little larger than our main pick, this hub has the same ports plus Ethernet and VGA, as well as a convenient nesting cable.

Buying Options

$50 from Amazon

Ugreen’s 9-in-1 USB C Hub offers performance similar to that of the Vava VA-UC017 but also adds an Ethernet port and a VGA connector (the latter common for connecting older displays and projectors) to the mix, all for about twice the price. Its USB-C cable nestles into the hub’s body, which is a nice touch. If you need those extra connectors, choose this hub, but otherwise save some money and go for our top pick.

Also great

Anker 10-Port 60W USB 3.0 Hub

Anker 10-Port 60W USB 3.0 Hub

The most ports

Its seven USB 3.0 data ports and three high-speed charging ports face upward, so cables and plugs take up less room on your desk.

Buying Options

$43 from Amazon

May be out of stock

If you’re simply concerned about plugging in as much as you can to your computer, the Anker 10-Port 60W USB 3.0 Hub is the model you should choose. It has seven upward-facing USB-A 3.0 data ports with a helpful LED activity indicator for each; it also has three 12-watt (2.4-amp) power ports just for charging. As a bonus, it’s aesthetically inoffensive—it doesn’t look like it belongs with the greatest hits of ugly ’90s technology, unlike some of the other hubs we tested. Note that the Anker 10-Port 60W USB 3.0 Hub ships with only a USB-A–to–USB-B cable, so you’ll have to buy a separate USB-A–to–USB-C cable to connect it to many modern computers.

Upgrade pick

Dell D6000 Universal Dock

Dell D6000 Universal Dock

Dedicated power for docking at your desk

A more expensive option for a permanent setup at your desk, this model offers more ports and charging without the need for an extra power adapter.

Buying Options

$225* from Dell
$157 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $157.

Docks are larger and usually equipped with more varied ports than hubs, and they can provide power on their own without a separate USB-C charger, making them a better fit if you’re looking for something to set on your desk permanently. Among the five USB-C docks we tested, Dell’s D6000 Universal Dock is the best, with four USB-A ports, a USB-C port, HDMI and two DisplayPort video ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a 3.5 mm audio connector. It worked equally well with a PC and a Mac in our testing. It also delivers 65 watts—the most charging power of any dock we measured—and it’s the least expensive dock option we tried (though it’s usually more than twice as expensive as the Vava hub).

Our picks’ ports compared

Name USB ports Video ports Card reader Ethernet Audio Charging
Vava VA-UC017 USB-A (three), USB-C (one, charge only) HDMI (one) SD, microSD None None Yes (requires laptop’s charger)
Ugreen 9-in-1 USB C Hub USB-A (three), USB-C (one, charge only) HDMI (one) SD Gigabit None Yes (requires laptop’s charger)
Anker 10-Port 60W USB 3.0 Hub USB-A data (seven), USB-A power (three) None None None None No
Dell D6000 USB-A (four), USB-C (one) HDMI (one), DisplayPort (two) None Gigabit 3.5 mm in/out (one), 3.5 mm out (one) Yes (charger included)

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