Lenovo Y510, my first laptop, had 3 USB ports. I would get so much work done while using them seamlessly. In a bid to attain a slim profile (and to make them future-proof), many laptops and Chromebooks today bundle only a few USB-C ports. This situation means you either have to shift to USB-C peripherals or to get your hands on a multi-functional USB-C Hub to add more functionality to your Chromebook.
These USB-C Hubs and adapters bring back the 'port-galore' functionality like the good old days. And the adapter can free you from carrying a horde of cables since it wraps up all the functionality in one beautiful package.
Most of these Chromebook accessories have a slim profile and are portable. And the odds are that the color profile of the accessories will match the one on your Chromebook. Cool, right?
If you want a simple USB-C to USB-A adapter for your Chromebook, the JXMOX USB-C to USB adapter is for you. It costs less than $5 and is the perfect accessory for your device if you often transfer data to-and-fro from flash drives. The metallic finish gives it a premium look, and the non-slip matte surface ensures that it doesn't slip out of your hands easily.
For most people, this tiny adapter has worked like a charm out of the box. All you need to do is plug it in the USB-C port and that's all.
It has over 80% positive reviews and is durable. "I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised when I removed these from the pack. They have some weight (not heavy) to them and they feel like they're pretty heavy duty," writes one user on the build of the device.
However, if you want to pack two USB adapters side-by-side, you can check out the JSAUX USB-C to USB Adapter.
It has a braided cable between the USB-C port and the USB-A port. Naturally, it will allow you to plug two adapters level with each other.
If you want the absolute best performance, functionality, and durability, you can't go wrong with UNI's USB-C hub. It measures about 3.25 x 1.75 x 0.63 inches, and in that small size, it manages to pack in an HDMI port, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a Power Delivery port, and a slot each for micro SD cards and SD cards. No kidding. It also comes with a solid silicone sleeve that increases the durability of the product.
The wire connecting the USB-C port and the hub is braided, which promises better lifetime. The hub appears very well made and the compact size is the cherry on top.
The aluminum build of the hub will go well with most Chromebooks. It also lets you extend the output. Simply hook your Chromebook to a compatible 4K monitor (refer best 4K IPS monitors under $500) to the HDMI port via a compatible HDMI cable, and you will be sorted. Do note that it supports 4K at 30Hz.
Most reviewers have admired this device for its fast transfer speeds. It has collected over 78% positive reviews with 5-star rating. Half of the five-star reviewers love it for its simple-to-use nature, the cool design, and the compact build.
This Aukey adapter can also solve your intermittent Wi-Fi connection woes since it bundles a handy Ethernet port. It is further accompanied by three USB 3.1 ports along with slots for SD and microSD cards. It features a compact design. Just throw it in your bag when you travel or carry it along in your hands.
The reception of this product has been good, with users giving it a rating of 4.2-stars out of 5. One user writes "no issues connecting multiple devices and getting the needed voltages. Great purchase, and an even better price."
However, some of the users have reported the adapter to interfere with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. Though connecting a LAN cable will solve the issue, it would be best to skip to the next item if you do not wish to have a wired internet network.
Again, this adapter purely meant to increase the functionality of your Chromebook and shouldn't be used to charge tablets and other power-hungry devices.
The UGreen USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter Hub makes for a good buy if you are looking for an adapter with a slim and slender build. Reviewers say this adapter does double duty as it lets you connect your peripherals and allows you to connect to the internet via a LAN cable. It sells for around $25 and boasts of a robust build. And the metallic polish adds to the look.
The Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet port supports speeds up to 1000Mbps, and the USB 3.0 ports ensure that all data transfers happen seamlessly.
That's not the end of the story. It also bundles a micro-USB port and comes in handy if you still own a legacy device with a micro-USB port.
The QGeeM USB-C adapter is a popular and highly-reviewed adapter that is designed to expand the functionalities of your Chromebook. Apart from bundling USB 3.0 ports, this one packs an HDMI port, USB C Power Delivery port, and slots of SD card and microSD cards. The good part is that it plays well with Pixelbooks and Macs.
With the USB-C power delivery, it becomes really convenient since you can charge both your laptop but other peripherals with your regular charger. The HDMI Port supports 4K@30Hz on most newer Chromebooks (60Hz on 2K and lower resolutions).
It's rated 4.6-stars out of 5 with over 81% positive 5-star ratings. Many users note that the drives work simultaneously. A user explains, "This is game-changing for my studying/workflow. I can get so much more done in my desk setup thanks to this product."
The slim design means your desk will still retain its professional look with minimal cable clutter.
The Tuwejia USB C Adapter is a simple fix that gets you a Power Delivery port, which supports up to 60W of power and an HDMI port along with a standard USB 3.0 port. The HDMI port outputs at 4K@30Hz, which makes it perfect for streaming movies on your 4K monitor.
What makes it stand out is its unconventional design. Unlike the other devices in this list, it sports a flat design and the silver polish gives it a premium look.
It works right out of the box and is perfect for you if you use the said ports sparingly. The product works well and 69% reviewers gave this USB hub a five-star rating.
A user sums it up well, "I bought this to use as a work adapter so I don't have to keep plugging and unplugging my second monitor and external keyboard into two separate ports whenever I move."
Apart from your Chromebook, it also works relatively well on Nintendo Switch and Macs.
It's available in Rose Gold, Grey, and Silver.
Release the Kraken
These hubs and adapters allow you to take full advantage of the power of your Chromebook. These slim devices make connecting a wireless keyboard or an external monitor look like a walk in the park. Plus, they free you from the hassle of carrying a bag full of adapters and cables.
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