The best USB-C hubs for Mac and iPad 2019

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There are plenty of good USB-C hubs, but here are Cult of Mac’s favorites.
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Nothing expands the capabilities of your Mac or iPad Pro more than a good USB-C hub. Plug one in and you can connect to TVs and tons of other peripherals, including external storage.

There’s an immense variety of these, depending on whether you want portability or a huge number of ports. There are even hubs designed specifically to clip to the side of an iPad.

To help you find the best USB-C hubs, Cult of Mac compiled this list of our favorites.

Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2
The Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2 lives up to its name.
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A basic but high-quality option is the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2. It offers a pair of USB Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and SD/microSD readers. It’s portable, and a good fit for laptop, desktop or tablet.

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Buy from: Amazon — $69.99

While the Minix Neo Storage doesn’t have the SD/microSD reader and is a bit bulkier, looks can be deceiving. This multiport adapter is also an SSD with up to 240GB of capacity.

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Buy from: Amazon — $99.90

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Despite a slender shape,  the HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 Hub is loaded with ports.
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A basic hub is fine for many people, but some companies really ramp up the ports. The HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 Hub packs an amazing number of connectivity options into a relatively svelte design. It has everything simpler hubs do, including three USB-A ports, HDMI, etc. but with Ethernet and 3.5mm audio added. It’s designed for iPad Pro, as well as MacBook or Mac.

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Buy from: Amazon — $79.99

Anyone seeking an on-the-go multiport adapter with a VGA port need look no farther than the Inateck 8-in-1 USB-C Hub. It also has HDMI, Ethernet, dual USB-A ports, and SD/microSD card readers.

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Buy from: Amazon — $59.99

Those not interested in portability but want a port for everything can turn to the Brando 11-In-1 Hub Type-C Docking Stand. Of course it has USB-A, HDMI, Ethernet and other common ports, but it also has VGA and Mini DisplayPort. And it‘s designed to sit under your MacBook or iPad Pro with a keyboard.

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Buy from: Brando — $89

Best USB-C hubs specifically for iPad

Virtually every multi-port hub that works with a Mac is just as compatible with the 2018 iPad Pro, thanks to its USB-C port. But some companies make hubs specifically for Apple’s top-tier tablet. They clip to the side of the iPad, becoming less of a dongle and more part of the computer.

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HyperDrive USB-C hub clips securely to the side of an iPad Pro.
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A prime example is the HyperDrive iPad Pro. Despite its tiny size, there’s room for ports for traditional USB cables, SD and microSD cards, wired headphones, and even an external monitor. It has a USB-C port that supports power passthrough, too.

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Buy from: Amazon — $69.99

Another multi-port hub created just for iPad Pro is the Kanex iAdapt 6-in-1 Docking Station. It does indeed have six ports, including USB-A, HDMI and 3.5mm audio.

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Buy from: B&H Photo Video – $99.95