The 7 Best USB Hubs to Buy in 2018

Stay connected and juiced up with these top USB hubs

Anker 10-Port USB Data Hub
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USB hubs are a great solution if you have a bunch of devices to charge at once (portable speakers, smartphones, etc.), and they've become an essential function in a world of slimming products with disappearing ports. They work in a similar manner to a power strip, so you can recharge, transfer data or even attach external devices such as a keyboard to your computer. Read on to see which are the best USB hubs you need to buy this year.

Best Overall: Anker 10-Port USB Data Hub

This stylish USB Hub from Anker is one of the best reviewed and most praised on the market. As with Anker’s other battery products, you will pay a bit more than you would for similar products, but the extra cost is returned in quality and aesthetics.

This hub is so nice because all nine ports are USB 3.0, giving up to 5GBs data transfer speed for newer devices while still being backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices. The 60W adapter ensures that you receive stable and fast data transfer during heavy-duty use, while a 10th port delivers 1.5amps to charge external devices. The attractive glossy black, white and blue finish looks modern and will go nicely in your office.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Hhusali 10-Port Hub

Protect your devices with this 10-port USB hub that doubles as a surge protector to defend against over-current and sudden outages. The solid construction includes a 5mm hardened cable that can survive years of use and has a sleek glossy finish that looks modern in a home or office. All 10 ports support USB 3.0 with speeds up to 5Gbps, while individual LED status indicators and switches provide control if you are only using a few of the ports. It supports hot-swapping and recent Mac OS devices.

Best Budget: AUKEY USB Hub

If you just need a few more USB ports for your laptop or computer, then this slim and stylish device from AUKEY will do the job without costing you too much money. It adds four USB 3.0 ports that support super fast data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. It has a 1.6-foot cord, which adds a little range, and its slim and stylish silver design saves desk space and expands connectivity in a creative wedge shape. It can charge devices at the same as you transfer your data and has a nice green LED light to indicate when it is plugged into a USB port. 

Runner-Up, Best Budget: 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub

AmazonBasics is the e-commerce giant’s generic line of common goods and products. With the popularity of data hubs, Amazon decided to get in the game, offering this value-friendly yet reliable 3.0 hub. Available in four, seven or 10 ports, Amazon delivers a useful device that supports auto switching between self-power and ​​buspower mode. It also has backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and supports low speed, high speed and super speed. While the hub is sturdy, it does have a short cord, so it will need to be close to your computer to work.

Best for Apple: HooToo USB C Adapter

HooToo sells a suite of Apple-friendly network devices and USB 3.0 products. And this USB C 3.1 adapter is the most Mac-friendly design of any USB data hub on the market. It packs three USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C hub and charging port, an HDMI port, as well as a SD memory card slot. Apple owners will lover the Mac-style design with a 2.5D aluminum alloy exterior with an ionized finish and Mac-style LED indicator. In other words, it will look right at home sitting on your desk with the rest of your Apple products. It also acts as a 4K video adaptor, allowing you to directly stream a 4K UHD video.

Best High Capacity: SmartDelux 13 Port USB Hub

Sync more data faster with 13 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports. With 10 USB ports delivering up to 5Gbps transfer rates you can move information at lightning speeds. If you need to charge any devices, three hubs act as fast charging ports powering your devices at 2.4 amps current.

The hub is well constructed with durable aluminum alloy and laser-etched port markings. This device is also ideal for offices where desks are often far from outlets. The 60-inch long power adapter gives you impressive range and flexibility to be free from outlets.

Best for USB-C: AVOTCH USB-C Digital Adapter

Apple products and slim ultrabooks use USB C adapters to fit increasingly slender laptops and tablets. With no reversal in the trend, USB-C is here to stay. If you have a device with USB-C ports, then you will appreciate this versatile data hub. It includes a USB-type C charging port, three USB 3.0 ports and SD TF slots. It also works as a 4K video adapter, allowing you to mirror or extend screen to stream 4K UHD media. You can hot swap out devices or charge while connected to a laptop.

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