Hub USB-C: The comparison of the best models in 2020

by Kelvin
Hub USB-C: The comparison of the best models in 2020

Value for money

Aluminum Satechi V2 multi-port adapter

+ Many ports
+ Solid performance
+ An elegant and well thought out product

  

VAVA Hub USB C 8 in 1

+ Eight charging ports
+ HDMI 4K UHD

Aukey Hub USB-C 4 Ports

+ A sweet price
+ 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports

Clubic has already helped you choose the best gaming mouse, the best gaming keyboard, the best speakers, the best screen or even the best mouse pad according to your needs and budget. But you may not have finished equipping yourself with computer hardware to improve your setup. In this comparison, we review the best USB-C hubs to connect to your computer.

Satechi Hub USB-C

+ Many choices of ports

+ Solid performance

+ An elegant and well thought out product

The Satechi USB-C hub stands out from the crowd thanks to its careful design and the multitude of sockets available, with an appreciable variety of port types. This makes it a versatile solution capable of meeting most needs.

Plenty of ports

What we particularly like about the Satechi USB-C hub is the balance it offers in terms of connection ports. It has indeed eight sockets, which manage to meet most needs. There are three USB-A 3.0 ports, a USB-C port since the dock occupies that of the PC, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, an SD card slot and another for microSD card.

Other hubs sacrifice their design and the practicality of the device to offer 12 ports, while eight is more than enough in most cases when the product is well thought out, which is the case with Satechi’s USB-C hub.

Quality connectivity

The icing on the cake, Satechi is far from being satisfied with the minimum with all these catches. The HDMI port is 4K (30 Hz) compatible for monitors that support such a definition. The Gigabit Ethernet port supports bit rates of 10/100/1000 Mb / s.

The hub also offers the functionality of “Pass-Through”, that is to say that it is possible to charge a laptop through the USB-C port of the dock. This is very practical for laptops that only have a USB-C port.

Our opinion on the Aluminum Satechi V2 multi-port adapter

The latest generation Satechi USB-C hub is not cheap, but it fulfills its role wonderfully. The main ports that we need are available and performance is at the rendezvous. Aesthetically, it is also far above the average of what we find on this type of product. We can only regret the fact that there is only one USB-C socket, often occupied by the charger of the computer.

Hyperdrive Hub USB-C

+ Design designed for MacBook (Pro)

+ Variety of ports

+ Two USB-C sockets

– No Ethernet port

In the high-end, the Hyperdrive USB-C hub stands out from the competition thanks to a successful design with the presence of two USB-C ports. A solution that will appeal to laptop owners Apple.

The main ports are there, and in good quantity

The dock combines two USB-C ports, two USB-A 3.1 ports, an HDMI socket, an SD card slot and a microSD card slot. A balanced configuration that meets the majority of needs.

Note that this model does not offer an Ethernet port, which is not useful for everyone. It is up to you to decide if you need it or not. Again, this is a question of use and equipment, but we can appreciate the fact of having two USB-C ports, but if a sacrifice has been made therefore on the USB-A, which does is entitled to only two ports.

Two very different USB-C sockets

Please note, if they are located next to each other and cannot be distinguished at a glance, the two USB-C ports offer very different services. One is content with a speed of 5 GB / s, while the other offers 40 GB / s with support 5K or 2 x 4K at 60 Hz and a maximum load power up to 100W.

Compact and well laid out, the station (made of aluminum) takes on the shapes and colors of the 2018 MacBook Pro to blend in with the decor. It can of course be used with other devices, no worries on that side.

Our opinion on Hyperdrive Hub USB-C 7 in 2

Complete, efficient and aesthetically neat, the Hyperdrive solution won us over. Note that the brand is a specialist in USB-C ports and that it markets many models. We chose this one for its value for money, but alternatives exist. If you need a USB-C hub with Ethernet port for example, Hyperdrive offers it.

Vava Hub USB-C

+ Eight charging ports

+ HDMI 4K UHD

More affordable than the models mentioned above, the VAVA adapter still manages to offer eight ports on its hub. However, compromises had to be made on the finishes.

A USB-C hub as complete as high-end

The dock is classic, but effective in its proposal. There is a USB-C port, three USB-A ports, an Ethernet socket, an HDMI port, an SD card reader and finally a microSD card reader.

In short, everything is there. Some users may still criticize it for being equipped only with a USB-C port. As this is generally devoted to recharging the device to which it is connected, the possibilities are therefore limited in this area.

Display 4K or 60 fps, it’s possible

The HDMI port allows you to transmit videos to a monitor in quality up to 4K UHD at 30Hz or Full HD at 60Hz (with the right HDMI cable of course). The Ethernet port supports data rates up to 1 Gb / s.

The load power of the hub is 60W to be shared between all the peripherals. An amount lower than some more expensive models, but which remains largely sufficient in most cases.

Our opinion on VAVA Hub USB C 8 in 1

Despite its aluminum alloy and bronze finish, the VAVA does not give that premium impression that one can feel with higher-priced models. But for those for whom the aesthetic matters little, it does its job perfectly otherwise and we can boast its versatility.

Hootoo Hub USB-C

+ Passage power up to 100W

+ All essential ports

+ USB on both sides

– Only one USB-C socket

-It is not the most beautiful of the docks

We could have presented the HooToo brand USB-C hub model with six ports, but given the very low price difference with the eight-socket version, it is rather towards the latter that we choose. But both offer great benefits compared to the displayed price.

USB, SD … everything is there

The station offers two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a USB-C charging port, an RJ45 Ethernet port, a compatible HDMI, an SD card reader and another microSD card reader.

For a few euros less, it is possible to turn to a USB-C hub with six inputs without Ethernet port or microSD. If you are sure you do not need this kind of plug, you can save a few dollars.

Charge passage up to 100W

The charging port supports up to 100W to charge your device (87W maximum dedicated to charging, 13W being consumed by the hub). The HDMI port supports 4K at 30 Hz or 2K at 60 Hz. For Ethernet, the port is capable of managing up to 1 Mb / s. File transfers go up to 5 Mb / s in USB 3.1 Gen 1 and via SD readers.

The outer layer of the hub is made of a 2.5D unibody aluminum alloy. The effect is not unpleasant, but the product is a bit cheaper than the docks of Satechi and Hyperdrive.

Our opinion on the HooToo Hub USB-C Premium 8 in 1

This USB-C hub allows you to benefit from all the functionalities of higher-end solutions at a reduced price. We appreciate the fact that the manufacturer has thought of integrating USB ports on the two side panels, which can be practical. In return, we only benefit from a USB-C port and the design, if it remains convincing, is not at the level of the best.

Anker Hub USB-C

+ Neat aesthetics for the price

+ It’s party time at USB 3.0 ports

– No choice of connectors

-The location of the ports is questionable

The Anker USB-C hub is an entry-level product. In this regard, it does not offer all the possibilities allowed by other devices. But it still meets certain needs, and for a price much lower than what can be found in the competition.

A dock to connect accessories

With this USB-C hub, we will especially be able to connect a mouse, a keyboard or a headset. Indeed, the station has four USB 3.0 ports (supporting up to 5 Gb / s), and that’s it! There is plenty to do, but some users will need more. It will then be necessary to turn to more expensive models.

Keep in mind that the USB-C port used by the hub is no longer available, so it is better to have more than one USB-C socket on your computer.

Stylish, but not the most practical

Space-saving, the Anker hub adopts a compact format which allows it to be discreet. Its aluminum style is the most beautiful effect and does not stain next to a MacBook.

The four ports are positioned at the top of the dock, which is not the most profitable solution for users. We would have preferred to see them on the slices and not so close to each other.

Our opinion on the Anker USB-C hub

This device is a good solution for anyone who does not want to invest a lot of money in a USB-C hub and only needs USB-A ports. The layout of the sockets is unfortunately not the most suitable, but difficult to complain about at this price.

Aukey Hub USB-C

+ A sweet price

+4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports

– Few connectors

– No USB-C

Aukey thinks of tight budgets with a small USC-C hub that only includes USB-A ports. Sufficient for users who only have to connect a few devices with such sockets.

Everything for USB

No Ethernet, HDMI or SD slot here, this hub only offers us four USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) data ports. These support data rates of up to 5 Gb / s.

We can regret the fact that three ports are found on the same side glued to each other, there was space to leave more possibilities to the user and gain in practicality.

A hub that can cause problems

Please note, some laptop models only have a single USB-C port. This dock does not contain any socket of this type, this means that there is no longer any free USC-C port on your device. This can cause problems with the charge in particular. Think about it before you buy it.

One solution may be to also invest in a USB-A to USB-C adapter, but the performance with a hub plus an adapter will be felt.

Our opinion on the Aukey 4-Port USB-C hub

We are dealing here with an entry-level product. Made of plastic, it gives a “cheap” impression compared to the previous articles. But it does the job perfectly for anyone who needs additional USB-A ports at a low cost. It may therefore be suitable for consumers with specific needs.

Our product selection process

We carry out each comparison with the same thoroughness and the same methodology. We spend 4 to 5 hours analyzing the characteristics and opinions of the products available in France.

Following this, we are in possession of a list of fifteen products and we test them all.

Products with an advantage to show are thus presented in this comparison.

How to choose your USB-C hub?

  • Which brand to choose?

    On the entry level, you can easily turn to known manufacturers who market a multitude of computer peripherals. We think in particular of Aukey and Anker, who rarely disappoint whatever the type of product purchased. The price-quality ratio is often very good with these market players.

    However, these brands are not specialists in USB-C hubs, and often offer basic functionality. If you are more demanding and you are willing to pay more, you should look to other manufacturers. Satechi and Hyperdrive offer excellent premium solutions. OWC was not mentioned in this case because we have to make choices, but it is also a mark of trust. Ditto for Kingston and Enklen who do not deserve.

  • How many ports?

    This is of course the most important for a USB-C hub: what you will be able to connect to it! There, it’s up to you to define your needs. If you only use WiFi, it may not be necessary to purchase a dock with an Ethernet port, which increases the price of the product and potentially replaces a more useful outlet.

    If you need to transfer files from your smartphone or camera, take a look at the solutions offered in terms of SD card and microSD. If you have a microSD to SD adapter, the single SD port may suffice as needed.

    Some users are only looking for a dock to connect devices via USB-A. In this case, no need to go to great lengths to buy a multipurpose station, you can find good products at less than 20 euros for this use.

    Finally, it is advisable to turn to hubs with two USB-C ports if the laptop or device you are using has only one socket of this type. This allows you to recharge the machine while keeping a free port for connecting another device, such as a smartphone for example.

  • The flows, a gap between the different models?

    Also dwell on the performance provided by the docks and sockets. Most of the better hubs support 100W throughput, but some offer less. Knowing that everything is shared between all the connected devices, a power of 60W may prove to be insufficient for your consumption.

    The speeds of the SD and microSD readers as well as the USB-A ports must also be checked. Otherwise, you risk an unpleasant surprise on the file transfer time. This data is less important for the connection of mice, headsets or keyboards.

  • Hub, an important place for design?

    USB-C hubs tend to be very similar because they are inspired by the aesthetics of MacBook Pro, the main devices on the market which users may need such a dock. However, the materials used are not always the same. Some are made of aluminum, others of plastic imitating aluminum.

    Also try to think in advance of what you want your setup to look like as this will induce the choice of your USB-C hub. In operation of the space between the ports and their positioning on the hub, you will indeed have to adapt. If you are a fan of wire, this can quickly become a headache if the hub has been poorly thought out or does not correspond to the material organization that you wish to set up.