Chromebooks are built light, supple, and long-lasting. Still, as more Chromebooks shed USB-A and card-reading ports for futureproof, multifunctional 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 seats also support HDMI monitors, Ethernet, and Power Delivery charging too, so no matter your needs, there’s a tremendous USB-C hub out there for you! Here are some of the best Chromebook USB-C hubs you can buy right now.
Anker USB C Hub, PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB C Hub Adapter
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 an extra data port for plugging in a USB-C peripheral like a USB-C flash drive or keyboard.
Uni USB-C Hub
This credit-card-sized hub allows you to swap out the host cable for a longer C-to-C line and keep the seat 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.
Broad compatibility and ports:
AUKEY CBC71 8 in 1 USB C Hub with Ethernet Port
This is another refinement of our previous favorite USB-C hub, the Aukey Link PD, but this model adds an Ethernet port yet is somehow more affordable. You also get 3 USB-A ports, 100W USB-C pass-through charging, 4K HDMI, SD, and microSD card slots.
Just the essentials:
7-in-1 Plugable USB-C Hub Multiport Adapter
Plugable is better known for its docking stations, making a surprisingly capable and compact USB-C hub for an excellent price. If you need a hub to connect a monitor and a few peripherals, it’s hard to beat the Plugable 7-in-1’s value and durability.
Ethernet for stability:
VAVA USB C Hub, 8-in-1 USB C Adapter
Does the Wi-Fi in your dorm suck? Do you need a constant, top-speed internet connection while you’re streaming an uber-important conference for work? Then it would help if you had a USB-C hub with Ethernet. While most of those will run you a pretty penny, VAVA packs one into its 8-in-1 seat while keeping prices reasonable.
HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub
This hub sports most of the same ports as the AUKEY into a narrower and more affordable corner. The HDMI port supports 4K output, the pass-through charging helps 100W speeds, and the aluminum housing will wear scratches and scuffs better than Aukey’s black plastic.
Long and lean:
Anker PowerExpand 6-in-1 USB-C PD Ethernet Hub
This intelligent hub from Anker only has two USB-A ports, but it makes up for that by also featuring HDMI, Ethernet, and the ability to plug in a USB-C peripheral in addition to the USB-C port for pass-through charging. This means that you get exactly the ports you need, a little bit of futureproofing, and no wasted space.