USB-C Hubs for Chromebooks
Chromebooks are built light, lithe, and long-lasting, but as more Chromebooks shed USB-A and card-reading ports for future-proof, multi-functional 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 hubs also support HDMI monitors, Ethernet, and Power Delivery charging, too, so no matter your needs, there’s a great USB-C hub out there for you!
Uni USB-C Hub
This credit-card sized hub allows you to swap out the host cable for a longer C-to-C cable and keep the hub 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.
- $34 at Amazon (6-in-1)
- $40 at Amazon (8-in-1)
Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB C Hub
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 a extra data port for plugging in a USB-C peripheral like a USB-C flash drive or keyboard.
$28 at Amazon
Just the Basics:
AUKEY Ultra Slim 5-in-1 USB-C Hub
If you just need to add some ports to a Pixelbook Go or a Chrome OS tablet that lacks USB-A ports entirely, this affordable little block will give you enough for a mouse, keyboard, flash drive, and a memory card. Not bad for the price of a small pizza.
$13 at Amazon
Ethernet for stablity:
VAVA 8-in-1 USB C Hub
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 you need a USB-C hub with Ethernet. While most of those will run you a pretty penny, VAVA packs one into its 8-in-1 hub while keeping prices reasonable.
$40 at Amazon
HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub
This hub sports most of the same ports as the AUKEY into a hub that’s narrower and more affordable. The HDMI port supports 4K output, the pass-through charging supports 100W speeds, and the aluminum housing will wear scratches and scuffs better than Aukey’s black plastic.
$23 at Amazon
Long and lean:
Anker PowerExpand 6-in-1 USB-C PD Ethernet Hub
This sleek 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.
$46 at Amazon
Super long cable:
Uni USB-C Hub with 4ft Cord
Need to reach some peripherals to your Chromebook without crowding everything right next to it? This hub has a 48-inch cord so you can sneak the cables for your keyboard, USB webcam and microphone out of sight, out of mind. Just be mindful that this hub doesn’t have USB-C passthrough to recharge your Chromebook.
$17 at Amazon
Need all the ports?:
VAVA 12-in-1 USB-C Docking Station
This isn’t a USB-C hub, it’s a docking station with a dedicated power supply, but sometimes that’s what you need. The long, lean profile here allows it to sit flush against the bottom of your monitor or across the back of your Chromebook, and you get four USB-A ports alongside the HDMI, SD, and Power Delivery passthrough.
$80 at Amazon