Three Things to Know Before Buying a USB-C Dock

Give yourself the plugs you need.

USB-C Dock in a macbook laptop
A USB-C dock will let you use all of your devices without buying an adapter for every single one.Pexels

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.

CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock - 87W Charging, 7X USB 3.1 Ports, USB-C Gen 2, DisplayPort, UHS-II SD Card Slot, LAN, Optical Out, for 2016+ MacBook Pro & PC (Space Gray - 0.7m/2.3ft Cable)
This hub is powerful enough to charge computers and run video to monitors or TVs.CalDigit

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.

USB C Hub, UtechSmart Triple Display USB Type C Adapter
This product is slim and sleek, but has 11 different slots to connect other devices and tech.UtechSmart

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.

AUKEY USB C Hub 12-in-1 Type C Adapter with Ethernet, 4K HDMI,VGA,2 USB 3.0,2 USB 2.0,100W PD,USB-C Data Port and SD/TF Docking Station for MacBookPro/Air(Thunderbolt 3) and Other USB-C Laptops
With a high-power delivery, this item can charge a computer, and it has a dozen different slots for other gadgets.AUKEY

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.

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