Best USB Hubs in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 28, 2020
Sometimes you need to plug several devices into USB ports but your computer or laptop has just a couple of them. Therefore, you need to use a small and portable USB hub with multiple USB ports as well as various memory cards. We have tested lots of USB hubs and shortlisted just 5 of the best of them! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The Space Grade Aluminium Shell ensures even heat dissipation, which helps prevent overheating. In addition to this, the Smart IC Chip protects the device from over-current, over-voltage and short-circuits.

CONS

Connection cable could be a bit longer.

OUR VERDICT

This functional device from FITFORT can turn one type-C port in a bunch of different useful slots that your laptop may lack. You can use all of them simultaneously and there will be no delays in the operation of connected devices.

detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY

USB 3.0 Type-C (~0.1 m)

NUMBER OF USB PORTS

3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD card reader, 1 x Micro SD card reader

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows 7 and above, MAC OS 10.2 and above

DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH

Aluminium

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Thanks to an HDMI port you will be able to transfer the image to a TV screen with a resolution of up to 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160@30 fps). And there will be no risk of losing the image quality.

CONS

May get hot after long use.

OUR VERDICT

If you want to charge your phone, tablet and other devices, you can do it with this model. Unlike with the other USB hubs,  this 5-in-1 model doesn't make this process longer than charging from the mains.

detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY

USB 3.0 Type-C (~0.12 m)

NUMBER OF USB PORTS

2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD card reader, 1 x Micro SD card reader

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows 7 and above, MAC OS 10.2 and above

DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH

Aluminium

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

To guarantee a long-lasting use, the USB cable was designed with a special shield. Hence, you can take advantage of the USB hub for years.

CONS

The quality of the plastic could be better.

OUR VERDICT

This is a super-slim USB hub connector you can use almost everywhere. Without any doubt, it'll take nothing in your laptop bag or backpack. It will be very useful if you lack USP ports on your device.

detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY

USB 3.0 Type-A (~0.18 m)

NUMBER OF USB PORTS
4 x USB 3.0
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows XP and above, MAC OS 10.2 and above

DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH

Plastic

WARRANTY

1.5 years

PROS

The construction of this tool includes a 5V/2.4A micro USB slot for additional powering the devices that are connected via USB. It will be very handy if you use HDDs, SSDs and other power-hungry devices (micro USB cable and power adapter sold separately).

CONS

USB ports are situated close to each other.

OUR VERDICT

If you want to connect a keyboard or a mouse to your laptop and use a flash-drive, but your device lacks space for all that stuff, this functional hub will be a great decision for you. It offers 4 more USB ports.

detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY

USB 3.0 Type-A (0.16 m)

NUMBER OF USB PORTS

4 х USB 3.0, 1 x microUSB for extra power supply (sold separately)

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows XP and above, MAC OS 10.2 and above

DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH

Plastic

WARRANTY

1.5 years (1 more year for product registration)

PROS

The LAN-port has a transfer speed of 1000 Mbps. It is also fitted with 2 indicators: green (which shows the connection status) and green/yellow (which shows the transfer status).

CONS

USB Type-C plug is not sturdy.

OUR VERDICT

Since many modern laptops don't have a LAN-port, this device will help you get stable internet connectivity without any hassle. And the USB Type-C adapter makes this model compatible with any laptop.

detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY

USB 3.0 Type-A (~0.17 m), USB 3.0 Type-C adapter included

NUMBER OF USB PORTS

3 х USB 3.0, 1 x RJ45 (up to 1000 mbps)

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows XP and above, MAC OS 10.2 and above

DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH

Aluminium

WARRANTY

3 years (registration required)

FITFORT 7 in 1

7-in-1 Hub

If you want to make your laptop more versatile and are looking for port expansion, you will be hardpressed to find a better option than the FITFORT USB-C Hub Multiport Adapter.

Starting off with a number of ports, this 7 in 1 device offers 3 USB ports that allow transferring 5 Gb per second. The HDMI port allows projecting a bright and vivid image from the laptop screen with a 4K resolution. Plus, the device has an SD port for SD and a separate one for microSD cards to make data exchange much faster and easier, with a transfer speed of up to 104 M/s. You can connect several devices to this hub without experiencing any delays at all.

In addition to this, this type-C splitter gives you the opportunity to provide a stable connection between other type-C devices and micro USB gadgets.

The other feature that makes this model so great is that it is made of high-quality materials. The durable aluminium body is protected from overheating and a special IC Chip prevents damage from power circuits.

In conclusion, the FITFORT USB-C Hub Multiport Adapter is a robust and functional device for your laptop that will make your work at the computer much easier. Thanks to its high functionality, we consider it one of the very best USB-C hubs so far.

Review of FITFORT 7 in 1 USB-C Hub Multiport Adapter

 

NOVOO 5 in 1

Fast Connection With No Delays

With the NOVOO USB-C Hub, you can expand the possibilities of your laptop in the blink of an eye. It is robust and convenient, plus it has a decent number of ports. That’s why it is a runner-up in our list of the best USB-C Hubs.

First of all, the product offers you 5 extra ports: 2 USB, 1 slot for a microSD card, 1 slot for an SD card and an HDMI output. The latter one allows you to display the image from your phone, tablet, laptop and other gadgets on a high-resolution TV screen without losing image quality. And thanks to the card readers, you will get quick access to your personal data.

What we also like about this model is that it has a high speed of transferring data. Even if you decide to charge your device using this hub, the charging will take as much time as if you were using a socket.

The device is also pretty durable and comes in an aluminium body. The safety features of this model include overheating protection, anti-over circuit and anti-overcurrent. In addition to this, the quality of the device is supported by a 1-year warranty. Despite the metal body, this little tool is very light (around 81 g). It is also rather compact (with the dimensions of 11 x 1.6 x 2.4 cm it can easily fit in the pocket of your laptop bag).

In a word, the NOVOO USB-C Hub is a fast, versatile and functional device. If you want to add 5 more essential ports to your computer, we advise buying this model.

Review of NOVOO 5 in 1 USB-C Hub Aluminum with HDMI 4K Adapter

 

Anker 4 in 1

Maximum Portability

A laptop, without any doubt, makes the difference in our everyday business life providing important access to the Internet. Since a small size of a notebook is one of its most significant features, it's crucial to equip this device with small peripherals as well. The USB Hub Anker Ultra Slim 4 is a nice solution if you're looking for the most compact tool to take it with you.

The very thin design (10.7 x 3 x 1 cm) provides an effortless carrying of the USB hub connector and the easiest accommodation wherever you work. The length of the cable is pretty good, 180 cm. In addition to the function of charging, this hub can also be used for data transferring. That way, you can hook it up to your PC or laptop and copy and share information from your smartphone, which is a handy option, especially if you own several media storage devices. The transfer speed is enough to quickly share an HD film in just a few seconds.

The last thing we want to add is that this port extender is pretty simple. Unlike its counterparts, it doesn’t have various ports and will suit those need USB ports only (the device features 4 of them).

In the end, we think that Anker 4 in 1 Ultra Slim Hub is a decent appliance that has a great price and quality ratio. If you seek an affordable but trustworthy device, this is what you should buy.

Review of Anker 4 in 1 Ultra Slim USB 3.0 Hub

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UGREEN 4 in 1

Slim and Light

When you connect such necessities as a keyboard or a mouse to your computer, there may be no ports left to connect a flash drive or a phone to charge it. But the UGREEN 4 in 1 USB Hub will become a quick choice for solving this problem.

This device is very easy to connect, just plug it into a type-C port and you will get 4 extra USB 3.0 ports. The ports have amazing speed and allow you to transfer 5 Gb per second, which makes them 10 times faster than USB 2.0 ports. You also can separately purchase a micro USB port for extra power supply for your phone or tablet. The device is compatible with different versions of Windows starting from Windows XP and with MAC OS 10.2 and higher, so compatibility shouldn't be a problem here.

The device has a plastic body. Yet, it is not less robust than its metal counterparts. In addition to this, you get an 18-month warranty and 1 additional year after registration. It is also fitted with all the necessary safety features that will prolong its service life.

The hub is very slim, sporting dimensions of 10.4 x 3 x 1.2 cm and with a weight of 59 g. The length of the cord is 160 cm, which should be plenty long enough for most uses.

In the end, if you are looking for a small yet trustworthy device that will improve your laptop or desktop computer, the GREEN 4 in 1 USB Hub is a good choice for you. It offers all the necessary ports you may need in daily use.

Review of UGREEN 4 in 1 USB 3.0 Hub

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Techole 3 in 1

Powered USB Hub For Fast Internet

If you need a simple USB hub and don’t want to spend much money on it, we have an affordable model to offer. The Techole Hub with USB Ethernet Adapter will become handy in your daily life.

To begin with, this tool will fit those users who appreciate a good transfer speed for their data. There are 3 USB ports that allow you to transfer up to 5000 Mb in one second. A lot of modern laptops don’t have a LAN output, but thanks to the built-in LAN port, you will be able to get a stable internet connection on your computer quickly and easily.

You can use this device with most operating systems including MAC OS, Windows, Linux and connect it to laptops, Chrome books, MAC books, desktop computers and other devices that have a type-c output. The other thing we really like about this product is that it comes with a pretty long cable (170 cm). Hence, you can connect several devices to your laptop and they will not get in your way if you lack space on your desk.

You will be able to get a 3-year warranty after the registration. Nevertheless, we want to warn you that the type-c plug is not very sturdy, so be careful with it.

In a word, for those who are looking for an affordable plug with a long cable and quick transfer speed, choose the Techole USB 3.0 hub. With its help, getting a stable internet connection with a speed of up to 1000 Mbps will be a breeze.

Review of Techole 3 in 1 USB 3.0 Hub with USB Ethernet Adapter

 

What Is a USB Hub?

USB data transfer technology is literally a backbone of modern electronics. And when there aren’t enough free ports, USB hubs are used. A hub is a small splitter with multiple USB and (optionally) memory card slots. Any USB hub itself is plugged into a USB port of your device (PC, Mac, laptop, etc.).

While it might seem like having 7 or 10 USB ports to stick gadgets into is a bit of an overkill, just think about how many of your devices have this interface. Phones, cameras, music players, external hard drives, and more, all of them need a port for connectivity. And while your laptop might have two or three side-by-side, having the ports spaced out so you can stick as many cords in as you’d like. Plus, a USB transfer hub will often have up-to-date data protocols to make sure your files are transferred faster and no errors occur in the high speed process.

Thanks to USB hubs, you can upload photos from your camera, charge your iPod, and download a movie from an online store right to an external hard drive.

If you need some additional space to store your videos, photos, and business data, take a peek at external hard drives and solid state drives.

What Features to Compare

Interface and Data Transfer Rate

The first issue to consider is the interface supported by every USB hub. For example, all modern computers and laptops have USB 3.0 support and this type of interface is several times faster than USB 2.0, let alone older versions (1.0, for example). That’s why don’t forget to check what the supported USB version is. The interface is closely tied to a data transfer rate it provides. If you need to connect several external disk drives, for example, you need a USB hub with a high data transfer rate.

Design and Size

Of course, a design itself has no impact on quality of each USB hub. However, design is important, since a hub is always near your computer or laptop, it has to be stylish. No need to say, a hub has to be convenient - all the surface must be used reasonably. Make sure to choose the right size - if you travel a lot and carry a hub with you, choose a smaller one. Whereas a USB hub for home use can be of any size. There is another major feature that you need to pay attention to - cord length. As we've already mentioned, every hub connects to a computer or laptop via a USB cord, so the longer the cord is, the more convenient it will be to use it with a PC, whereas a shorter cord will be perfect for a laptop. Buying a USB hub with a short cord for using with a PC makes no sense - it will be very uncomfortable for you to lean and plug in and out the devices and flash drives. However, it isn't a problem if the main unit of your PC is a tabletop.

Number of Ports and Extras

The next important criterion is the number of USB ports in a hub. No need to say, it’s different - some hubs have just 4 of them (which means 4 devices can be plugged in), whereas others have up to 8 USB ports. Don’t forget to check all extras every USB hub has. For example, a really versatile hub has the slots for memory cards (like SD, microSD, etc.), so you don’t need to buy a card reader. Extras are particularly important if you use a PC - it’s very uncomfortable to lean down and insert them into a computer tower. Also, some USB hubs are connected to a power source so that you can charge or provide sufficient power to several devices (like external hard drives or cell phones) simultaneously.

Sources:

1. How to Choose the Perfect USB Hub for Your Needs, How-To Geek. July 20, 2014

2. Rick Broida How to choose a USB hub, PCWorld. October 2, 2013

3. Marshall Brain How USB Ports Work, HowStuffWorks.

4. How to Use a USB Hub on Your Laptop, dummies.

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