Anker 10 Port 60W Data Hub
Starting off at number 1 we have the Anker 10 Port 60W Data Hub. The Anker 10 is a monster and the best USB 3.0 hub out there, offering 10 USB ports, among which 7 deliver high-speed data transfer of up to 5Gbps, and the remaining 3 are PowerIQcharging ports for Macbook, iMac, XPS, Galaxy Series, Microsoft Surface Pro, iPhone 7 and so on and so forth. The 3 dedicated and proprietary PowerIQ ports deliver 2.1 amps per port via the company’s advanced charging technology. All this power comes in a compact design for workspace conservation, i.e. the Anker 10is relatively small, having the size of a pen-case. Obviously, this is a powered USB hub, and it comes with a 12V / 5A AC power adapter and a 2.6ft. USB 3.0 cable in its retail package. If the price is not an issue, the Anker 10 is the way to go if you’re into “the best gear money can buy”, which translates into high-speed data transfer rates, safety first and PowerIQ technology to keep all your gadgets charged and ready to go. At number 2
we have the Sabrent HB-B7C3. The Sabrent HB-B7C3 USB hub is another interesting option for power users, being pretty similar to the Anker 10, yet a little bit cheaper. This powered USB hub offers 7 USB 3.0 ports plus 3 smart charging ports, featuring individual power switches (as cool as it gets) and LEDs.The USB 3.0 technology allows for fast data transfer speeds, up to 5 Gbps, while the smart-charging ports deliver up to 2.4 amps per port. There’s also a blue LED for each port, which indicates power status. The best thing about the Sabrent HB-B7C3 is that its external 60W 12V/5A power adapter included in the retail package is optional (as in this USB hub also works stand-alone)and if plugged-in, it delivers enough juice (as in power output) to allow you simultaneously charge all your gadgets in the same time, whether we’re talking about your smartphone, tablet or whatever. Built quality is top-notch, and the workmanship is impeccable.
At number 3 we have the TP-Link UH720. TP-Link is a very well known brand, and besides networking equipment, they also manufacture pretty good USB hubs, as it’s the case with the UH-720. This 2nd gen powered USB hub comes with 7 USB 3.0 ports and 2 charging ports, which can charge 2 devices simultaneously at up to 5V/2.4A.The power brick is large, and delivers 40W of power, while the ports are well-spaced, which is great news for power-users, i.e. you can plug-in “fat” devices without having to worry about eating space from other ports. Another cool feature is that you can use this TP-Link USB hub as a stand-alone unit, i.e.sans the AC adapter, while on the go. Even so, you can use a thumb drive, a USB 3.0 HDD and a USB mouse, due to its efficient USB 3.0 controller, which uses under 0.5W while under load.
HooToo USB C Hub.
At number 4 we have the HooToo USB C Hub. As its name suggests, the HooToo USB C Hub is a top-notch all-in-one Type-C powered USB hub, which can charge your latest-gen gear, whether we’re talking about Google Chromebook, MacBook Pro or whatever. This baby comes with 3 “banal” 3.0 USB ports, one HDMI port (!), one Type-C charging port and one Ethernet port, as in it really has it where it counts. The latest-gen Type-C USB port allows you to charge whatever device at up to 100W, while the HDMI port can extend/mirror your device’s display to enjoy 4K/Full HD videos on an external display/TV set. The best thing about USB Type-C technology is that it allows you to multitask, i.e.video, power and data can pass through a single port/adapter, at least on the latest MacBookPro models.
AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub.
At number 5 we have the AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub. To no one’s surprise, this Amazon product is the definition of a no-nonsense powered USB hub, boasting 7 USB 3.0 ports at an affordable price. There are no fancy bells and whistles on this USB hub. Everything is straightforward and efficient: 7 USB 3.0 ports, which are backward-compatible to 2.0 or 1.1 devices. The maximum power output per port is 900MA, while the total output stands at 36W. The AmazonBasics 7 supports low/full/high/super speeds and it’s capable of auto-switching between bus-power and self-power mode, i.e. it’s highly portable.
Anker 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Portable Data Hub.
At number 6 we have the Anker 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Portable Data Hub. The Anker 7 is a very fancy looking USB hub, featuring a sleek aluminum-made casing and a very nice design, along with an affordable price. The Anker ships with a 15W adapter for PC, Mac, USB flash drives and various other devices, and provides up to 5 Gbps data transfer rates. Arguably, the coolest thing about the Anker 7 is its unibody aluminum casing, which makes it the perfect companion for your PS4, provided you’re a fashion-conscious gamer. The thing about metal casings is that they’re scratch resistant/shock resistant, and also withstand wear and tear due to repeated plugging in. Finally, this Anker USB hub supports hot swapping and features built-in surge protection, thus making it ideal for harboring your expensive gear.
AUKEY Aluminum 10 Port USB Hub.
At number 7 we have the AUKEY Aluminum 10 Port USB Hub. This Aukey powered USB hub is also boasting a cool aluminum casing, along with 10 USB3.0 ports, which should be enough for anyone. If you’re looking for easy expansion, this is “the droid you’re looking for”, as it allows you to connect various peripherals, like keyboards, mice, card/flash drives or external hard disk drives, while ensuring consistent data transfer speeds in a flashy form-factor. Keep in mind that this USB hub is not designed for charging your devices.
HyperDrive USB C Hub.
And for our final pick at number 8, we have the HyperDrive USB C Hub. The HyperDrive USB C hub is a true monster, both in terms of specs/power and pricing. Interestingly enough, the HyperDrive makes for the most crowdfunded accessory for Macbookon Indiegogo and Kickstarter, and that really says a lot. To make a long story short, the HyperDrive was designed for MacBook Pro’s USB C, making for the world’s fastest and most compact hub of its kind. If you can live with the price tag, this is the way to go. So that sums up our top USB hubs of 2020. We hope you enjoyed.