The best USB 3.0 hubs out there today can help deal with laptops that don't have enough ports to connect all your accessories. These hubs will get the job done whether it's charging devices, transferring photos, or connecting peripherals. You'll get way more ports, and you won't need to sacrifice much space in your laptop bag. Here are some of the best USB 3.0 hubs available now.
Anker's 341 USB-C hub is ideal for laptops with the newer connection standard. It has two USB-A 3.0 ports for data, HDMI with 4K@30Hz support, SD and microSD card readers, and one USB-C data port and another USB-C port for passthrough charging up to 85W for the host laptop. It's compact, it's affordable, and it's ideal for varied setups that need more than just USB-A.
Anker's USB 3.0 hub includes 10 USB-A ports split up with seven for data and three for charging. You get speeds up to 5Gbps on the former and 2.1 amps per port on the latter, making this ideal for those who have a ton of USB-A accessories. The hub is fairly compact, though it does require an AC adapter to get all that power throughput.
This hub has seven USB-A 3.0 ports for data transfer and three for 60W charging, and each port has a power switch to enable and disable individually. Enjoy transfers of up to 5Gbps, charge your devices, and always know which ports are being used thanks to the LED power indicators.
This slim hub doesn't require an external power source; you simply plug it into a USB port on your computer or laptop, and you're ready to go. With four USB 3.0 ports on the front, you get access to 5Gbps data transfers that will keep all your downloads and uploads moving along smoothly.
Corsair's USB100 is a stylish USB 3.0 hub that has four ports in total. You'll find a USB-C and two USB-A ports at the front, and three USB-C alongside two USB-A ports at the back. All seven ports work at 5Gbps, giving you fast transfers and the ability to connect to any accessory. The unit is powered over USB, but you can use the bundled wall plug to charge other devices, going up to 15W for the USB-C and 7.5W for the USB-A port at the front.
If you're looking to go heavy on data ports and want to also charge your connected accessories, TP-Link's powered USB hub might do the trick. It has seven USB-A 3.0 ports, as well as two charging ports with 5V or 2.4A each, with power from a connected AC adapter. It's slim, it's built well, and it's available at a reasonable price.
Not having an Ethernet port on your laptop can be a drag, especially if you commonly travel to places that don't precisely know what Wi-Fi is. This TeckNet hub has three 5Gbps USB 3.0 ports in a row along the top and an RJ45 Ethernet port on the hub's front face. It's not quite as slim as some other portable options, but it will still fit into your laptop bag without a problem.
If you'd like individual power switches and LED indicators but don't need 10 ports, Sabrent also makes a smaller hub with the same features. The four USB-A ports deliver transfers of up to 5Gbps, and above each port is a press-button switch ringed by a blue light. You don't get charging capabilities, but it's small enough to slip into your pocket.
If we're picking a USB 3.0 hub
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The above list of the best USB 3.0 hubs all have something to offer and will undoubtedly find a suitable user, but if we're picking, we'll go with the Anker 10-port hub that includes three charging ports. You get transfers of 5Gbps and three ports rated for 60W of charging power, and the whole thing will easily fit on your desk as a midway point between the hub and docking station.
Those with a laptop sporting USB-C will want to check out Anker's 341 hub that includes a variety of ports for video and removable storage on top of the usual USB connections.
If you need something more suited for travelling, Anker's 4-port hub no doubt has the best price and will fit into your pocket while on the go. If you would like something more powerful, be sure to have a look at our collection of the best laptop docking stations available now.
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.