USB 3.0 Hubs
Whether it’s charging devices, transferring photos, or connecting peripherals, a ton of devices that haven’t yet moved to USB-C can benefit from one of these best USB 3.0 hubs. You’ll get way more ports, and you won’t need to sacrifice much space in your laptop bag. Here are some of the best available now.
The Anker 10-port hub has seven USB 3.0 data ports that offer transfer speeds of 5Gbps, so all your connections are super fast. It also has three dedicated ports for charging, all rated at 2.1 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 5Gbps 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 many data ports and don’t care much about powering your externals, this one has the same 5Gbps 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 precisely know what Wi-Fi is. This TECKNET hub has three 5Gbps USB 3.0 ports in a row along the top and an RJ45 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.
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 5Gbps, 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 ten ports, Sabrent also makes a smaller hub with the same features. The four USB-A ports deliver transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, 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.
If we’re picking a USB-A 3.0 hub
The above list of the best USB 3.0 hubs all have something to offer and will no doubt find a suitable user, but if we’re picking, we’ll go with the Anker 10-port hub that includes three charging ports. You get transfer speeds of 5Gbps and three ports rated at 2.1A of charging, and the whole thing will easily fit on your desk as a midway point between the 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. If you would like something more powerful, be sure to have a look at our collection of the best laptop docking stations available now.
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This post was written by Cale Hunt and was first posted to WindowsCentral
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