Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are found on most computers. These ports allow you to connect external devices to your computer. There are different types of USBs and different standards for what you can connect to the other end of the USB cable.
A USB-C hub allows users to connect multiple non-USB-C devices to other devices that support USB-C. Many new laptops only possess USB-C ports due to their compact and slim design, so a USB-C hub will let you connect your non-USB-C devices to your new laptop.
Our guide explains the different types of USB-C hubs that are available, so you can purchase the device that best suits your needs and budget. We'll detail the important features and provide essential information on where to buy one and what you can expect to pay.
Compare some of the best USB-C hubs
What is a USB-C hub and why would I want one?
USB-C is still a relatively new technology and has been lauded as a future-proof, universal standard to connect devices. Many new computers, laptops, phones and external hard drives now utilise this format and often only have one port. Purchasing a USB-C hub can be a cost-efficient way to continue to use your current USB, HDMI, Ethernet, SD and MicroSD devices if your PC or Mac only supports this new format.
It is a 24-pin USB connector system and is the fastest and most powerful cable connection available.
The USB Implementers Forum developed the USB-C connector. The organisation's membership is comprised of more than 700 technology companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard (HP), NEC, Dell and Intel. Given this extensive and authoritative roster, USB-C is fast becoming one of the most accepted ways to connect devices.
|Type-A||Flat and rectangular||Standard connector for many computers, TVs and gaming consoles|
|Type-B||Square shaped||Often used in printers and other computer accessories|
|Type-C||Reversible rectangular shape||Universal connecter for computers, phones, gaming consoles and more|
|Mini-USB||Small and rectangular||Used to connect older mobile phones and cameras to computers|
|Micro-USB||Smaller than mini-USB||The current standard for smartphones, tablets and other small devices|
A new USB-C hub will typically set you back between $50 and $150. Some hubs can exceed this price bracket and costs vary depending on the brand, model and technical features. It's helpful to know what specific types of ports you'll need as well as the power capabilities you'll require. You should also think about how frequently you'll be transporting/carrying the hub. Understanding these details will help to determine the size, weight and layout of your USB-C hub and whether you need pass-through power.
USB-C hubs come in a range of styles, designs and offer a variety of different features.
Important features to consider
Most USB-C hubs can seem similar, but there are a few product differences you need to be aware of.
Where to buy USB-C hubs in Australia
The most convenient way to buy USB-C hubs is to shop online. Regardless of your budget or specific requirements, retailers generally offer the same deals and products online as they do in-store. In some cases, they'll also offer exclusive online-only prices and discounts.
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