In this day and age, devices are rapidly shrinking. Because of this, ports are being wiped out while our need for them stays the same. When we are not transferring files or attaching external devices to our computers, we are charging phones, speakers, and many other devices.
Clearly, the utmost importance we attach to USB hubs is not going away anytime soon. When shopping around for USB hubs, do yourself a favor by going over this list of the 10 best high-performance USB hubs in 2019.
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1. ATDIAG USB C Hub
Measuring 95.9 x 28.5 x 8.5 mm, the ATDIAG USB C Hub appears to be clearly designed with the modern tech enthusiast in mind. We like its form factor because it is simple and sleek at the same time. It is mainly marketed as the USB hub for MacBook users, which is why it is not surprising that it comes in space gray and silver (in true Mac fashion).
Just to go over the specs of this USB hub, it Consumes a maximum of 3A in power, and has two USB-C ports and two USB output ports. The C1 ports support the much-hyped Thunderbolt 3 mode, up to 5k or 2x4k video at 60 Hz, up 40 gbps data transfer speed, and PD charging.
The SD card reader can transfer at up to 104 mbps, the USB-C ports can transfer at up to 10 gbps, and the USB 3.0 ports can transfer at up to 5 gbps.
For the price, this USB hub is very much worth it. We do not even care what kind of computer user this is being marketed to. It works as well as it looks and appears to be quite sturdy as well.
• optimized for MacBook Pro
• slim and compact design
• compatible with Thunderbolt 3
• could probably be smaller or slimmer
2. Satechi Type-C Slim Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter
This model comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a pass-through type-C port, and 4k HDMI video output at 30 Hz. According to the manufacturer, this multi-port adapter is optimized for the 2017 MacBook Pro. Even its design is made similar to that of the Macs. It comes in space gray, rose gold, gold, and silver.
So far, everything about this model looks good. It looks good and works well. There are just reports about it heating up abnormally when used in some units. These reports remain to be validated, though.
All in all, this USB hub from Satechi looks well-made and appears to work well enough for your daily needs. It also does a good job with recent MacBook Pro models. However, there appears to be problems with temperature. Everything should be fine once this gets cleared up.
• USB type C support
• slim body
• compatible with 2017 MacBook Pro
• temperature issues
3. Lexsong 3-Port USB Date Hub
The first thing we liked about this USB hub from Lexsong is its price. Unlike many of the items on this list, this model costs way under $20. A USB hub is just a USB hub, after all. We need to give ourselves a break.
Anyway, just to review the specs of this USB hub, it is USB-C compatible. One USB-C port can be turned into three USB 3.0 ports. Data transfer speeds can reach 5 gbps, and the ethernet connection can accommodate speeds of up to 100 mbps.
In summary, it looks like this USB hub from Lexsong is worth its price. It looks sleek, transfers data quickly, and comes with its own ethernet adapter, which happens to work wonderfully. We just hope that these isolated reports about LAN connection issues can get cleared up right away.
• comes with ethernet adapter
• fast-cooling metal body
• fast data transfer
• issues with LAN connection
4. AUKEY Powered USB Hub
For the price, the AUKEY powered USB hub seems well worth it. First, it comes with 10 USB 3.0 data ports, which all support so-called SuperSpeed data transfer reaching 5 gbps. The catch, though, is that they do not support charging, and that is very sad.
The other thing we liked about this product is that it comes with a lot of add-ons, such as a long cable and a 12V/3A power adapter. It is also quite easy to install and does not need drivers or software. However, this does not support USB C.
This AUKEY USB hub is for people who do a lot of data transfer and do not plan to use this product for charging and working with USB type C because those are not supported. This leaves this product with very little use, but we are sure you (or your grandma) will find good use for it one of these days.
• easy to install
• aluminum ports
• many accessories included
• 3.0 hub does not support charging
5. SmartDelux Powered USB Hub
This item is a little bit more costly than the other USB hubs in this list, but that is mainly because it comes with the most ports (13 USB 3.0 ports). All ports can support charging, peripheral connection, and data transfer.
If you work with a lot of different operating systems, say, in your office, you may find this useful because according to the manufacturer, this is compatible with Windows (XP to 10), MacOS (8 to X), UNIX, and Linux.
The body is made of scratch-resistant aluminum alloy and has built-in surge protection that guards against damage caused by voltage spikes.
As we see it, the main selling point of this model is the large number of USB 3.0 ports, which are good for charging, peripherals, and data transfer. Take note, though, that this does not have USB C and 4k HDMI support.
• sleek black aluminum body
• many ports
• compatible with many operating systems
• no type C support
6. Anker 3-Port USB 3.0 Portable Data Hub
The first thing we noticed about this USB hub from leading manufacturer Anker is its look. It is merely 1 cm thick and weighs very lightly. However, it may be just an overhyped but very basic USB hub.
It has three USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet adapter, and a long cable. It supports data transfer, device connections, and charging. Data transfer speeds can reach 5 gbps, and the ethernet port supports speeds of up to 1 gbps.
This model comes with an 18-month warranty, which we think is neat. However, it has no USB C support. For this price, you can get something with probably more ports, more accessories, or maybe a little added functionality.
This USB hub from Anker is for people with basic USB hub needs. If you are looking for such a product primarily for charging, some data transfer every now and then, and maybe for connecting keyboards and speakers to your laptop, this may be good enough.
• fast QuickSync functionality
• with ethernet adapter
• fast transfer speed
• limited number of ports
7. LENTION USB-C Digital AV Multiport Hub
This USB hub from LENTION is a bit more expensive than many of the items in this list, but that is because it is designed to do a lot. To start, its two USB 3.0 ports support data transfer, and the card slot works with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards.
It has an HDMI 2.0 port that can handle 4k video output, which you can directly stream to a monitor, projector, or HDTV. This model comes with a LAN adapter that allows for fast ethernet connections.
The type-C charging port can yield power of up to 60w. The unit is made of a unibody aluminum alloy underneath a supersleek ionized finish and comes with EMI protection.
We think that this LENTION USB hub justifies its higher-than-usual price. It looks good, does a lot, and appears to be quite sturdy. If you are the type of user who abuses USB ports and are willing to invest in a good hub, try this.
• has 4k HDMI
• USB C support
• ionized aluminum finish
• isolated performance issues
8. AVOTCH USB-C Digital AV Multi-port Adapter
In a nutshell, this AVOTCH USB hub offers what they call instant expansion. This model comes with a USB type C charging port, an HDMI port, and three USB 3.0 ports, which can all be simultaneously used.
It also has a 4k video adapter that lets you mirror your screen using the HDMI port. 4k UHD and full HD 1080p videos can be streamed directly to a monitor, projector, or HDTV. Meanwhile, the USB 3.0 ports let you connect devices, transfer data, and access files from a memory card reader.
Everything looks good about this item, if it were not for the isolated complaints about the product either failing after a few months or (and this is even more rare) just not working out of the box. However, we do not see these negative comments a lot, so they may have been flukes.
Overall, this USB hub from AVOTCH promises a lot: USB C support, simultaneous utilization of ports, data transfer, and charging. However, we have received reports about some of the ports allegedly failing after just a few months.
• with 4k video adapter
• all ports can function simultaneously
• allows access to files from SD TF card reader
• issues about some ports not working after a few months
9. Hhusali USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port Hub
This Hhusali USB hub has 10 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed hubs. Extras include power switches, LED indicators, and a power adapter. Aside from data transfer, charging and connection of devices are supported.
If you are looking for a USB hub with 4k HDMI support, USB type C ports, and other advanced features, this is not the product for you. This guy is all about the basics, and it does a good job at them.
Therefore, we recommend this option for people with more or less average or normal needs: maybe some data transfer from time to time, a lot of charging, and trying out cool new keyboards, mice, or other accessories. This is also perfect if you tend to charge multiple devices at the same time. This 10-port hub should be enough for you!
The main advantage of the Hhusali USB hub is that it comes with many USB 3.0 ports. Aside from the basics, there is really nothing much to see here. If you are looking for a USB hub for more or less just basic functions but can work with a lot of devices at once, this may be a good option.
• many ports available
• long cable
• fast even with all ports occupied
• isolated performance problems
10. HooToo USB C Adapter
What is surprising about this USB hub is that it offers a lot for its price. It has a USB-C charging port, an HDMI port, three USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card reader. The USB 3.0 ports support device connections, data transfer, and charging, which can all be done at the same time. It has a 4k video adapter, which you can use to stream 4k UHD or full hD 1080p videos to monitors, HDTVs, or projectors.
The only issue is that there seems to be a problem with the HDMI port. In some units, the HDMI ports failed after merely several months. This is sad because HDMI ports are becoming increasingly used nowadays and sellers rarely accept returns after such a long time. Moreover, there are reports of it heating up too much and/or malfunctioning altogether.
This is an attractive bargain. It comes with relatively more perks than many other options in this price range, and it has served a lot of us very well. We encourage you to give this a try if you are willing to gamble on the HDMI feature.
• has 4k video adapter
• allows direct streaming of 4k UHD or full HD 1080p video
• has EMI protection
• repetitive complaints about HDMI issues