Best USB-C Adapters and Hubs for Surface Pro 7 Windows Central 2020
The Surface Pro 7 comes standard with a USB-A and USB-C port, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack, Surface Connect, and a microSD card reader. Despite the relatively varied connectivity, you might be looking to add more ports in the form of an adapter or hub. The options rounded up here will do the trick without compromising the mobility of your Pro 7.
- Best connectivity: VAVA USB-C 8-in-1 adapter
- Affordable adapter: Anker USB-C 5-in-1 adapter
- Quick USB-A: Aukey USB-C to USB-A adapter
- Extra USB-C: Kingston Nucleum 7-in-1 adapter
- Connect a monitor or TV: uni USB-C to HDMI adapter
- For wired internet: uni USB-C to Ethernet adapter
- Four USB-A ports: Aukey USB-A hub
- Add external storage: uni microSD and SD card reader
- Connect dual 4K displays: Plugable USB-C to DisplayPort
This adapter includes a microSD and SD card reader to add the larger expandable storage to the Pro 7. Two USB-A 3.0 and a USB-A 2.0 offer extra options for older accessories, and HDMI provides video out. Plug in a USB-C power adapter to keep your Pro 7 topped up with power, and plug in an Ethernet cable for wired internet. This adapter is still small enough to slip in a pocket when you hit the road.
You won't get quite the same connectivity available from our top pick from VAVA, but this Anker hub is far more affordable. It still brings microSD and SD card readers if you'd like to use the larger format, and HDMI offers video out. Two USB-A 3.0 ports are available for your older accessories. As long as you don't need to send power back to your Pro 7, this is a great budget pick.
This inexpensive two-pack of straight USB-C to USB-A adapters are an excellent investment, even if you tuck them into a corner of your laptop bag. They're lightweight, they hardly take up any space, and you'll be glad you have them when you're on the road and find you need to connect some extra USB-A accessories to your Pro 7.
Kingston's Nucleum adapter offers microSD and SD card readers if you need to read the larger format, as well as two USB-A 3.1 ports and HDMI out. Plug in a USB-C adapter to send power back to your Pro 7, and take advantage of a second USB-C port for more modern accessories. This is an excellent pick if you'd rather not lose the lone USB-C port when plugging in a hub or adapter.
If all you're looking for is an affordable way to connect an HDMI monitor or TV to your Pro 7, this adapter from uni will do the trick. It will power up to a 4K display at a 60Hz refresh rate for a smooth picture. It's made of aluminum and has a braided cable for some extra durability, and its size allows you to tuck it into a pocket or laptop bag.
The Pro 7 is compatible with Wi-Fi 6 for blistering wireless speeds, but you might prefer or require Ethernet. This USB-C to Ethernet adapter from uni will get the job done with wired speeds up to 1Gbps. It's a sleek little aluminum adapter with a braided cable and status lights on the end to let you know it's working.
Is the single USB-A port on your Pro 7 not enough? This Aukey four-port USB-A adapter has long been a go-to option thanks to an affordable price and compact size. It offers USB-A 3.1 speeds up to 5Gbps, but it's slim enough to slip into a pocket when not in use.
The Surface Pro 7 includes a microSD card reader, but you might also want a full-size SD card reader. This adapter has both UHS-I SD and microSD readers in a small aluminum chassis, giving you some extra options. A pressure locking mechanism keeps your cards in place while reading.
This adapter splits the single USB-C port on your Pro 7 into two DisplayPort and an Ethernet port. It will allow you to connect two 4K displays with up to a 60Hz refresh rate, though there will be a bit of latency that makes it best suited to productivity work rather than gaming.
If we're making some suggestions
All of these hubs and adapters for the Pro 7 make more portable alternatives to full-size docking stations, and you should be able to find something that suits your needs. If you're still wondering which one makes the most sense, we can offer some further recommendations.
VAVA's 8-in-1 USB-C adapter is a great pick as long as you don't mind the relatively high price. It adds a second UHS-I microSD card reader and a full-size SD card reader, as well as an Ethernet port for fast wired internet. Connect older accessories with two USB-A 3.0 and one USB-A 2.0 port, and connect to a TV or monitor with HDMI. An extra USB-C port on the adapter lets you plug in a charger to send power back to your Pro 7, keeping the battery topped up.
If you'd rather not spend quite as much money and don't mind eschewing Ethernet, a USB-A 2.0 port, and power delivery back to your Pro 7, the Anker 5-in-1 adapter should make a better fit. You still get UHS-I microSD and SD card readers, two USB-A 3.0 ports, and HDMI for video out. It's all built into a slim aluminum case to dissipate heat and stand up to use, plus you get an 18-month warranty to protect your purchase.
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