Whether it’s charging devices, transferring photos, or connecting peripherals, almost everything seems to need a USB port. Of course, your computer or laptop only comes with so many built-in ports, which can make you feel like you’re in some sort of USB desert. Thankfully, hubs are available to increase your port count; here are the best available now.
The Anker 10-port hub has seven USB 3.0 data ports that offer transfer speeds of 5 Gbps, so all your connections are super fast. It also has three dedicated ports for charging, all rated at 2.4 amps, which will keep your favorite devices juiced. If you’re looking for a hub that will stay at your desk, the Anker 10-port hub is probably your best bet.
This slim hub doesn’t require an external power source; you simply plug it into a USB port on your computer or laptop and you’re ready to go. With four USB 3.0 ports on the front, you get access to 5 Gbps data transfer speeds that will keep all your downloads and uploads moving along smoothly.
Much like Anker’s other 10-port hub, you get plenty of ports here, though only one is dedicated to charging. If you need a lot of data ports and don’t care much about powering your externals, this one has the same 5 Gbps data transfer speeds. The one charging port will also still deliver 2.4 amps of power.
Not having an Ethernet port on your laptop can be a drag, especially if you commonly travel to places that don’t exactly know what Wi-Fi is. This Anker hub has three 5 Gbps USB 3.0 ports in a row along the top, as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port on the front face of the hub. It’s not quite as slim as some other portable options, but it will still fit into your laptop bag without a problem.
With seven USB 3.0 ports delivering transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps, you should have no problem connecting all your peripherals to your PC. Two of the ports also provide charging when the included power adapter is plugged in, but that is optional. The hub will also work just fine without being plugged in.
This hub has seven USB-A 3.0 ports for data transfer and three for 60W charging, and each port has a power switch to enable and disable individually. Enjoy transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps, charge your devices, and always know which ports are being used thanks to the LED power indicators.
If you’d like individual power switches and LED indicators but don’t need 10 ports, Sabrent also makes a smaller hub with the same features. The four USB-A ports deliver transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps and above each port is a press-button switch ringed by a blue light. You don’t get charging capabilities, but it’s small enough to slip into your pocket.
Plenty of laptops these days use USB-C, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop using your USB 3.0 hub. This little adapter from AUKEY plugs into a USB-C port on your laptop, allowing you to then plug in a male USB 3.0 cable. When you aren’t using your hub, the adapter can be used for pretty much any peripheral
If we’re picking a USB 3.0 hub
The above hubs all have something to offer and will no doubt find a suitable user, but if we’re picking one, we’ll go with the Anker 10-port hub that includes three charging ports. You get transfer speeds of 5 Gbps and three ports rated at 2.4 amps of charging, and the whole thing will easily fit on your desk as a midway point between hub and docking station. If you need something more suited for traveling, Anker’s 4-port hub no doubt has the best price and will fit into your pocket while on the go.
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