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If you recently picked up one of Apple’s new MacBook Pros, you’re probably suffering from port shock. The laptop only includes 4 USB-C connections—the non-Touch Bar model only has 2—and chances are your current accessories and peripherals don’t support them.

An easy way to remedy this is to buy a hub. This will connect to a single USB-C port on your MacBook Pro, and provide you with various useful connections like USB 3.0, HDMI, and even an SD card reader. Below we’ve listed some great hub options for your new Mac.

Choetech USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support

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I’m not familiar with this Choetech hub, but it has a 4-star customer rating on Amazon. It’s a 3-in-1 hub that features a USB 3.0 Type A port, an HDMI port with support for 4K, and a USB-C port. The Type A port can of course accommodate your various standard USB peripherals, the HDMI port will allow you to connect to an external monitor or TV, and the Type-C port is capable of both data syncing and charging.

You can buy this Choetech USB-C hub for $30.

HooToo Shuttle USB-C Hub with Card Reader

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Now if you’d prefer a more recognizable brand with a few extra USB ports, you’re going to want to check out the Shuttle hub from HooToo. It features an HDMI port (with 4K support), 3 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and a USB-C charging port. All of this sits inside a sleek-looking, Mac-style aluminum case with LED indicator.

You can buy the HooToo Shuttle hub for $70.

Satechi Slim Aluminum USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI

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Here’s another sharp-looking aluminum hub from a well-known accessory-maker: Satechi. I actually own this one myself, and haven’t had any issues with it in my limited usage. The ports on this one include two USB 3.0, one HDMI with 4K support (30hz), and a USB-C port with pass-through charging.

You can buy this Satechi Slim USB-C hub for $60.

Aukey USB-C Hub with 4 Type-A USB 3.0 Ports

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If you really only need standard USB (Type-A) USB ports, I’d recommend checking out this hub from Aukey. It has 4 USB Type A ports capable of 3.0 transfer rates of up to 5Gbps. They are encased in a solid aluminum body and there’s no need for a power adapter. Supports plug-and-play and includes over-current protection.

You can buy this Aukey 4-port USB hub for $20

Beegod USB-C Hub with USB 2.0 and Card Reader

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This Beegod is a cheaper hub option for those that don’t need things like HDMI outputs and 3.0 transfer speed. It features an SD card reader, a microSD reader, a USB-A 2.0 port, and a micro USB port. I’m not at all familiar with this brand, but this hub has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon and at least if it doesn’t work like you expect it to, you won’t be out much.

You can buy this Beegod USB-C hub for $9.

StarTech USB-C Hub with Ethernet and VGA

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Turn your laptop into a compact workstation with this USB-C from StarTech. In addition to a 4K-enabled HDMI port, you also get a USB 3.0 port, an ethernet port, and a VGA port. So with ethernet you can literally connect your computer to a wired gigabit network and of course VGA allows you to output video to a computer monitor.

You can buy this StarTech USB-C hub for $65.

Plugable USB-C Docking Station with Power

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If none of the above hubs will work for you, check out this massive docking station from Plugable. Chances are it has everything you’re looking for. This highly-praised accessory features 2 USB 3.0 ports, both audio in and outputs, 2 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port with 4K support, an ethernet port, and a USB-C port with 60w of power to charge your MacBook.

You can buy this Plugable USB-C docking station for $130.

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Know of a good USB-C hub not mentioned above? Tell us about it in the comments below!

  • Gethro

    This is the result of a big f**k you from apple to their customers.

    • Jibbley Gravey

      NAH BRO!!!! They are just forcing beeches into the future. Without companies doing it… we’d still have flip phones… No one wanted a phone without a keyboard right?

      • Exactly!!!! :)))

      • ^^This right here!! Agree 100%

      • captaindash

        You clearly don’t have to plug much into your laptop. Lucky you. I want to grab Cook by the scruff of his neck, take him into the electronics stores where I live and say “Find me something I can plug into this computer or I’m going to smack you”. Then 20 minutes later, I smack him with a chair.

      • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

        Like everyone who loved their Blackberry.

      • Gethro

        So dongles are the future for apple products! Is that what you’re saying?

      • Jibbley Gravey

        USB C you fuxk turd… everything will be usb c… are you stupid? don’t you see everything usb c now? monitors… phones… laptops… apple isn’t the only one idiot… future time.

      • Gethro

        You seemed angry did I hurt your feelings or something?

      • Jibbley Gravey

        Yes because you deny The future. 🙂 … USB C is the future. MONITORS, TVS, PHONES, LAPTOPS… everywhere… why the fuxk you’re so upset for Apple forcing the standard to come faster (just like they did with HTML5 by having no flash on iPhone) is beyond me. We both know 2 years from now there will be NO usb thanks to APPLE! fkn stuck in the old days…

      • Gethro

        i’m not getting paid to defend any companies but I am entitled to my opinion and plus I didn’t force you to read my comment

      • Jibbley Gravey

        I’ll beat your a*ss

      • Gethro

        Love you too buddy!

      • Jibbley Gravey

        thanks.

      • kadajawi

        How long has it been since Apple has started forcing Type C down our throats? And how many accessories have that port? Not even Apple phones do! Heck, it’s even hard to find adapters and hubs. I’ve got a USB C tablet, and I can’t find even ONE that does what I want it to do, and that works with the tablet.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        It’s been 3 weeks. The macbook was not a force down the throat as it was not a mainstream device… the Macbook pro is mainstream! now it’s been a few weeks… and now you see all these new usb c devices now… go figures? fukn idiot. The future has now been brought closer… APPLE doesn’t have a usb-c tablet.. so you were an idiot for buying one before Apple brought usb-c mainstream with the macbook pro. 🙂

      • kadajawi

        The expensive PRO device is mainstream, and the “affordable” mainstream machine isn’t? Right.

        Though admittedly, the MacBook Pro is Pro in name only. I was willing to accept limitations to get a gorgeous, wonderful OLED screen in a slim, powerful machine at a very good price. But the MacBook Pro is the last machine I’d buy. I’d buy the previous gen, but the current gen, no. It’s a toy.

        Anyway, which all new USB-C devices please? I didn’t see any new hubs since the MBP was launched.

        Most companies also move towards USB-C… but slowly. As they should. With consideration towards their users. Apple jumps around and is frickle minded. Why couldn’t the MBP have a SD slot? I, and many others, need one. It’s not obsolete yet, and the reasoning that Apple gave may at best be valid for casual users, but not professional users. Why couldn’t it have ANY USB A port? Even my extremely thin tablet could, there’s enough space.

        Apple doesn’t make work tools for professionals anymore. Unless all they do is type and browse the web… and even then, what’s with the new MBP? Apple used to make great keyboards. On any device. But even the very flat snap on keyboard of my tablet is a significant step up from the MBP. I don’t think it’s the short travel, it’s that it doesn’t push back. Normally, the keyboard aids a bit in sending back the finger, but not the MBP keyboard. It just stays down, it feels sticky.

        Anyway, Apple now makes fashion items for people who want to browse the web and don’t mind spending too much on a machine for a task that a much cheaper device could easily fulfill.

        Apple is not your saviour, you do not need to pray to Tim Cook. Apple isn’t bringing us the future (or if it is, it’s not a particularly nice one). Like not being able to replace the battery, not being able to upgrade the device… those things only exist to improve the bottom line of the company. It’s terrible for the environment, it’s terrible for the consumer. And sadly, companies other than Apple see that they can get away with it.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        bruh

      • kadajawi

        You do realize that it’d be possible to have new AND old ports on a computer? There was a time where computers had USB ports, right next to COM and parallel ports… You don’t drop the ports that have huge support just because something new comes along that in a couple of years will have some support.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        idiot. DROP the ports brings the future.

      • kadajawi

        That’s like Ford saying… nope, not going to sell petrol or diesel cars anymore. It’s hydrogen fuel cells from now on. Hey, it’s the future! Who cares that there is literally no way to fill up the car anywhere? You get a device for at home so you can convert electricity to hydrogen, and that’s it. Screw you, it’s the future!

        Completely dropping the ports that everyone uses or something you can’t even get many accessories for, and that has tons of problems still? USB-C is great… but not all devices support all features, and not all cables support all features, and good luck trying to find out what is actually supported. And if you get it wrong, you can fry your device. Awesome.

        Again, nothing against USB-C in general. Yes, it is the future. But the future is still far away, and in the meantime Apple is screwing its customers hard. There is NO need to do so, they just do it. By the time USB-C is common, people are probably already replacing their 2016 MBP. Adoption rate has been very, very poor so far, despite the standard being out for a while, and plenty of devices having those ports.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        Apple just pushed it closer… Can’t compare Apple to Ford who has 0 market influence… Apple removing ports is a BIG deal… hence mobile payments is a thing now.. Been on Google for decades… but when apple does it 😉 the wave…. I can go to the atm at my bank with withdraw with just my phone…. BOO YA.

      • kadajawi

        Ford of course does have market influence. But lets say VW or Toyota then. It still won’t make a difference. Their cars would be useless in an instant, and no one is going to bend over to make sure hydrogen fill up stations pop up everywhere.

        Apple is usually late to the party. Media players. Smartphones. Tablets. Smart watches. Mobile payment. They tend to join at the right time to make an impact. Even for USB-C, there have been other brands long before Apple. Yet, despite Apple being offering USB-C devices (and making the port and proper hubs/devices for it crucial) what we’ve seen so far is rather dreadful. A few hubs (very few…) that work, perhaps, probably not though. No one is bending over to produce compatible devices. In a year or two it might look better, but despite all the promises it isn’t good so far.

        It’s great that Apple is screwing itself by screwing customers, because that may indeed accelerate the process. However I don’t see much of a benefit so far. It’s getting rather annoying to wait for proper hubs. (And I’m rather annoyed at Samsung for always wanting to copy whatever Apple does, even if that meant that I could get a mostly great device at a really low price, cause no one wants it. Guess why… ah right, it doesn’t have the right ports and slots!).

        Btw., a friend is going to spend 5k on a HP laptop soon. He wanted to get a Mac. But he looked at the MBP, laughed and moved on. No proper ports. And underpowered hardware. It’s a joke, not something you can work with.

      • Draugminaion Formenghobel

        Yes. I remember when USB was new. PCs had USB plus all the legacy crap. Nobody was making USB keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, etc. because why bother. Then the iMac happened, just USB for all those things. Only then did the peripheral makers get off their lazy asses.

      • kadajawi

        You’re joking, right? Apple was absolutely insignificant back then. And they remained so in the PC business, until now. They are a small portion of the market.

        It takes manufacturers a couple of years to switch. We were moving towards USB anyway, regardless of Apple. They just entered the market at the right time, simple as that, and for once they bet on the right horse.

        How is Firewire doing? How is Thunderbolt doing? How much devices are there for those ports? Apple championed both.

    • muledoggie

      Same thing said about Apple when floppy was removed. Same thing said about Apple when optical drive removed. It’s called moving forward.

      • captaindash

        The optical drive was removed because it wasn’t necessary anymore. Go find me a USB-C hard drive, keyboard, or monitor at my local store. I’ll wait.

      • muledoggie

        Same thing when floppy was removed. “Go find me an installer for …. that has a CD. Go on I’ll wait”

        Same thing when optical drive was removed. “Go find me an installer for …. that has a download. Go find me a movie that is decent that is streaming. Go on I’ll wait”

        Same thing as now. There will be a time to adjust then will be long forgotten.

      • captaindash

        I’ll totally agree with you for the floppy. By the time the optical came out, almost all drivers were online, and I guess I just didn’t personally use the CD drive so that’s strictly from my personal perspective. Still, that’s a far cry from not being able to connect ANYTHING I owned to my new computer. That’s unacceptable. I own the new MBP and I regret it. The new Windows laptops have no USB-C ports so adoption will be slow and painful and won’t fully be there until around the time the next update comes out. 2 mm of space savings doesn’t justify no sd and no usb-a at all. Even one wouldn’t been nice.
        I have to hardwire my internet at work, as well as my external keyboard. Now I have 2 locations I need dongle’s-a-plenty. Just 4 usb-c ports was taking it too far.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        The new windows laptops have USB-C … what are you talking about?

      • Jibbley Gravey

        Walks to BestBuy picks up a USB-C ssd drive, picks up a wireless Keyboard, picks up 4k Ultrawide USB-C monitor… no issue. All common devices. You’ll find them at ALL computer stores.

      • kadajawi

        Why do I have to buy a brand new drive if I have 3x 3 TB and 2x 4 TB here? I want to keep using those drives. To be fair, a new cable would probably solve that issue, but since my tablet, like some Apple devices, only have 1 USB-C port and nothing else, and they use that port for charging, a cable alone won’t solve it.

      • Jibbley Gravey

        One word… “hub”

      • kadajawi

        If the computer had a couple of legacy ports in addition to USB-C (which don’t take up much space anyway), there’d be no need for a hub. There’d be no need to spend more, carry more. Plus there are only very few such hubs, and not all of them work properly. It takes plenty of research to find one that actually works with your USB-C device… and if you have more than one, good luck finding one that works with all the computers.

      • Gethro

        So moving forward with having to buy a bunch of dongle adapters eh!

  • Nekki

    The big question is… do they support 4k60fps? The answer is not. You need a dedicated USB-C 4k60fps/60hz device.

    • Jibbley Gravey

      4k 60hz… too SLOW… BRUH… I get nothing under 120hz. Step your GAME up.

    • remember that these docking solutions will take up 1 port of the 2 or 4 USB-C ports (depending on which model you buy).. if you want to plug that 4K monitor, use the other free port or ports.

      • malhal

        Then you are wasting money on a dongle with hdmi. Alternatively you have to plug 3 things in, power, usb3 adaptor and display port adaptor (Which can’t be done on the 2 port MBP). in which case the only solution is a thunderbolt dock which is very expensive and sounds like none work correctly yet.

      • you can plug any other type of monitor on the dongle’s HDMI monitor.. for the times where you would need to plug that specific 4K monitor, just use the free USB-C port…

        I see one of the dongle’s that provide USB-C power on the dongle itself so that 2 port mac would still have a free port left.

  • Cones1r

    Placed my order today for the MBP, 5 year old MPB getting donated to eldest child!!!

  • Ninja Ass

    Why waste money on dongle . Just buy USB type c pen drive ,cable etc

    • Adrayven

      yeah, where you can.. you spend almost, if not more, on dongles compared to just getting the direct replacement..

      A few exceptions might be expensive portable SSD drives that are USB A..

      I did want an ethernet port though, since I do a lot of wired stuff.. but I preferred the Kanex with 3 USB 3 ports and 1 ethernet; because it’s completely foldable and very very compact.

    • This is actually my plan. I’d rather go all in on USB-C knowing that this is the future rather than try to use dongles and adapters. Replacing several cables might cost more than buying a hub, but it’s definitely a more elegant solution.

      • kadajawi

        Not valid with devices that only have 1 USB-C ports. And what about my Wacom tablet? Yeah, I could use a pen on the screen, but somehow I prefer the Wacom. What about external hard drives? They cost quite a bit, and not all devices support USB-C. What about your iPhone? What about perhaps a scanner? For some devices there is an alternative, but for many others there isn’t, and it is very wasteful throwing away something perfectly good just because Apple thinks you should…

      • I was not suggesting this was the best route for everybody. Considering I don’t have many accessories plugged in, I personally don’t need much.

        But I understand that if you have a bunch of peripherals and all that jazz, it might not make sense for you.

  • Draugminaion Formenghobel

    Thanks Apple for not putting all that legacy crap in my MacBook. Let the cave men that want to plug in their antiques buy dongles.

    • Scott Lewis

      That’s true. I mean… if they instead had three USB-C ports and a single “old school” USB 3 port to let a few hundred million people easily use hubs, mice, keyboards, thumb drives, external hard drives, etc, that would really have just killed the product for you. I for one am ready to throw out my six week old antiques.

      • captaindash

        The new Surface Book doesn’t have any USB-C ports and that really sucks. It means adoption will be far slower. Thanks, Apple. Once again putting “we’re so rebel” over “we’re so all-encompasingly useable for pro’s”

      • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

        40GBPS is not enough for you?

      • Jibbley Gravey

        YOU SO FKN SLOW. 🙂 40GBPS IS FAST ENOUGH THAT BILLIONS OF COMPANIES WILL ADOPT BY NEXT YEAR…. YOU FCK TURD!!!! FCK YOUr MOM

  • Clark Cox

    The same thing was said about the removal of the Floppy drive, all of the legacy non-USB ports, optical drives, etc. Peripheral manufacturers will adapt and become more compatible for it.

    • kadajawi

      The floppy drive was dropped once it wasn’t important anymore. The legacy non-USB ports were kept for many years, until there was no use for them anymore (heck, my computer still has some of them!). Why on earth does my 2013 mainboard have a COM port and a PS/2 port? When have you last seen a device using it?

      What Apple did this time is drop things that are still very much in use by a large part of their user base… I’d rather have a slightly thicker, heavier, or more cluttered looking machine than having to have a dozen dongles and adapters hanging from the computer. They take up more space, they cost extra, the ports can wear out/get damaged, it looks ugly and extremely cluttered AND it costs time and nerves. At least 2 USB-C ports (ideally at least one on each side, so you can plug in power from whatever side is more convenient), plus at least 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a SD card reader. That’s all.

  • kadajawi

    Yeah, and one day there’ll be a small accident and you’ve lost one of the precious ports on your MBP, especially if you put stress on them.