Information technology has penetrated deeply into many fields of our lives, and notebook iteration is getting faster and faster with the advancement of technology. The former notebooks mainly feature E-SATA, FireWire, VGA, DisplayPort, SD card slot, USB A, 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI, or RJ45 port. But manufacturers started stripping connectors from laptops to make them thinner and lighter. Nowadays, most new laptops are left with USB C ports (Thunderbolt or Full-featured USB C) and an audio jack. The laptop gets thin indeed, but the missing ports are not useless. At this time, the USB C hub came into being.
As USB C can support USB, PD, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt and other protocols, using the USB C hub can directly expand multiple common connectors for your laptop. Most hubs are compact, so you can take them anywhere. All peripherals are centrally connected to the hub, which reduces the trouble of plugging and unplugging the notebook interface, and makes your desk cleaner. Let's take a deeper look at its functions so you can determine how many ports you need.
USB A Port
USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface has become a communication interface commonly used in electronic products after years of development. Some hubs feature USB 2.0 ports (usually be in black), which can be used to connect a keyboard and mouse, and the transmission speed is only 480Mbps; some are USB 3.0 (usually be in blue), allowing you to connect a U disk or hard disk, fast transferring files at a speed of 5Gbps.
HDMI / VGA / DisplayPort Port
With these ports, we can add an external display to the laptop, enjoy the fun of dual-screen work, and improve work efficiency. Choose a proper hub according to the port of your monitor.
HDMI is the current standard for connecting audio-visual equipment (TVs, projectors, and monitors). It can output images and audio simultaneously, and the resolution can reach up to 4K@60Hz UHD HDR by the hub. DisplayPort is used in some high-end monitors, with a resolution of up to 8K/60Hz (usually by a single-port adapter), and supports audio and video synchronization. VGA can help you utilize your old monitor, the resolution can reach 1920x1200@60Hz, although it can only output image, no audio output.
Registered Jack 45 or also known as Ethernet port, is one of the most popular USB C hub functions. You will be able to connect directly to a router with this port, a network connected via an Ethernet cable is more stable and faster than via Wi-Fi. Some manufacturers offer 1000Mbps (1Gbps) RJ45 ports, backward compatible with 100Mbps/10Mbps LAN. If you need a high-speed Internet connection, this is another feature you should take into consideration.
SD/TF Card Slot
SD card is widely used in portable devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), digital cameras, and multimedia players. TF card or also known as Micro SD card is used as a small memory card for mobile phones, tablets, and cameras. You can transfer data from the phone or tablet to the laptop with these slots, and vice versa. The USB C hub can read SD and TF cards at the same time.
USB C Female Port
Sometimes there is no extra port to charge your laptop as they are all connected to peripherals, especially Mac notebooks. At this time, the USB C PD port of the hub can be connected to the power adapter to power the laptop up, offering up to 100W power.
So those are the prominent ports on a hub, besides a 3.5mm audio jack. Furthermore, though aesthetics is not significant, picking out a pretty hub will make you happier. There are rectangle, square and circle hubs in the market to meet your desk setup need. Usually, the rectangle type fits best on your desk as the cable can be well decluttered If all ports are on one side of the hub.
Then what material can do better? Build-in good quality, protect the hub from scratched badly, more capable of surviving a fall, provide better heat dissipation, extend the cable's life, but also keep a lightweight? The answer is matte aluminum alloy shells and nylon braided cables. Just like our compact and portable 5-in-1 USB C hub. It is broadly compatible with laptops and tablets featuring Thunderbolt / USB4 / full-featured USB C port, such as MacBook Pro / Air 2016-M1 2020, iPad Pro 2018-2020, Dell XPS 13/15, Surface Go, Yoga C740, etc.
In a nutshell, if you want to live a clutter-free life, whether in the office or at your home, you can get yourself a USB C hub. You will understand its convenience only if you have used it. At CableCreation, we are committed to providing high-quality products and premium services to our valued customers. Don’t hesitate anymore and start simplifying your life with the best USB C hub in the market.