Three Things to Know Before Buying a USB-C Dock

Give yourself the plugs you need.

USB-C is a great technology. It can carry tons of power and data, it’s inexpensive and it’s reversible—no more flipping the USB back and forth trying to get it to fit. But some computers now use only USB-C, and that leaves a lot of old peripherals and accessories without a way to plug them in. Grab a hub and don’t leave that stuff behind.

Deluxe Power

This hub is strong enough to charge computers and run video to monitors or TVs. CalDigit

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Ideally, a USB-C hub should provide all of the functionality you need. If you have an external hard drive, you might need the older USB-A. If you’re connecting your computer to a monitor or TV, you might need HDMI. Photographers might want a card reader that can handle SD cards. Gamers might want an Ethernet jack, to hardwire to a faster, more stable connection than WiFi.

Portable Solution

This product is slim and sleek, but has 11 different slots to connect other devices and tech. UtechSmart

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Whether you want a portable or permanent hub depends on your use case. If your computer rarely leaves your desk, a docking station or more permanent version might be best for you. But there are also small, portable hubs that let you plug in peripherals no matter where you are.

Works Overtime

With a high-power delivery, this item can charge a computer, and it has a dozen different slots for other gadgets. AUKEY

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Many gadgets that still work perfectly fine will need to use a hub like this to connect to newer computers. Printers, cameras, external hard drives, monitors and more work on sturdy old USB-A. Instead of buying individual adapters, grab a hub instead: it’ll allow you to plug multiple accessories in at once, and will end up cheaper and more powerful than the alternative.