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!
Best gets better
This is another refinement of our previous favorite USB-C hub, the Aukey Link PD, but this model adds an Ethernet port yet is somehow more affordable. You also get 3 USB-A ports, 100W USB-C pass-through charging, 4K HDMI, SD, and microSD card slots.
Pocket friendly and powerful
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.
Aluminum and Ethernet excellence
Satechi's USB-C hubs have been some of the more reliable over the last few years, and the V2 is the best it offers for Chromebooks. Ethernet and 60W pass-through PD charging make this perfect for offices and dorms with spotty Wi-Fi.
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 passthrough charging supports 100W speeds, and the aluminum housing will wear scratches and scuffs better than Aukey's black plastic.
Ready for a beating
Including 4K HDMI, Ethernet, and a sturdy aluminum body, this hub is excellent for overstuffed gear bags and long days of scrambling from classroom to classroom. VAVA's hub does use a bit more power, so keep your charger handy while using it.
Just the basics
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, and two flash drives. Not bad for the price of a pizza.
Pick the hub that's right for you
AUKEY's great USB-C hubs have been with me through chaotic deadlines, editing on the go, and beyond my Pixelbook, I've used it with my Android phones more than once, but since I got the Uni USB-C hub, I've been in love with it.
So long as I'm not using it for screen mirroring, I can swap out the short cable it comes with for a longer USB-C to USB-C cable to organize cables further away from my Chromebook on my standing desk. It's also the size of a credit card with the cables detached, making it one of the easiest hubs to pack for frequent travelers.
That said, you might not need Ethernet and HDMI and seven other kinds of ports. If all you need are USB-A ports for your mouse and keyboard, AUKEY's 4-in-1 will get you by without spending too much while still guaranteeing quality.