USB-C adapters, buying guide to choose the best one

USB-C adapters, buying guide to choose the best one

The arrival of the USB-C standard has caused many computer manufacturers to eliminate the traditional ports of their more advanced equipment, in favor of this new port. This situation creates the need for us to purchase a USB-C adapter in order to continue connecting all our accessories to the new computer that we have purchased. We have prepared this buying guide in which we explain the most important aspects to consider when buying one of these adapters, as well as the most recommended models.

What to consider when buying a USB-C adapter

In the market we can find a large number of USB-C cables and adapters, so it is often not easy to choose the model that best suits our needs. Here are the most important factors to consider before buying a USB-C adapter

Number and type of ports.

The most important aspect in which you should look at a USB-C adapter before purchasing it is the number and type of ports that the accessory offers. HDMI, SD slots, 3.5 mm jack, USB, Ethernet and many more are the ports that you may need in your day to day .

Design and layout.

Once you are clear about the type and number of ports that you need your new USB-C adapter to have, it is time to opt for a design that suits your needs. If you need to travel a lot with your equipment , you will surely be interested in an adapter that is small in size and weighs little.

On the other hand, if you are going to use it mainly at home, it may be more convenient for you to opt for a device that includes a greater number of connections, although in return it will be larger and heavier.

Fabrication material.

Many users will think that the material from which the USB C sensor is made is not too important, but this is far from the truth. If you are going to connect a large number of devices to this accessory, it is likely to get quite hot, so it is important that you choose a model that is made of aluminum, to promote cooling .

Models made of plastic tend to get hotter, which can negatively affect their performance.

Ugreen USB-C hub 4 ports

Ugreen USB-C Hub 4 ports

If all you need from an adapter is the ability to connect a bunch of old USB-A devices, this simple adapter should do the trick.

For laptops that only support USB-C, the UGREEN USB-C 4-Port Hub is a slim and inexpensive adapter that lets you add four full-size USB 3.0 ports that can handle data transfer rates up to 5Gbps.

Vava USB C hub 8 in 1

Vava USB C Hub 8 in 1

The VAVA USB C Hub 8-in-1 Multiport Adapter features one Ethernet port , one USB-C charging port , one 4K HDMI port , one SD card reader, one TransFlash (TF) memory card reader, and three USB 3.0 ports. . It has all the features you need in a USB-C hub, and it's small enough to fit in your pocket.

Satechi Type-C multimedia adapter

Satechi Type-C multimedia adapter

The Satechi Brushed Aluminum Adapter offers two USB 3.0 Type-A and HDMI 4K ports . It lacks the SD card slot found on the VAVA, but does include a USB-C pass-through port so you don't sacrifice your laptop's Type-C port, allowing you to charge the laptop while using the other outlets on the adapter. This is especially useful for MacBook computers that only have one USB-C port.

Kingston Nucleum 7-Port USB-C Adapter

Kingston Nucleum 7-Port USB-C Adapter

This is a very well built USB-C hub that adds access to seven ports from one USB-C connection. It includes two USB-A 3.1 ports and two USB-C ports, one of which allows a pass-through charge of up to 60W .

There is also an HDMI port to add an external display (4K @ 30Hz), and a slot for the SD and Micro SD card reader.

Euasoo 10-in-1 USB Type-C hub

Euasoo 10-in-1 USB Type-C Hub

This adapter hub gives you access to 10 different functions: three USB ports, one USB-C charging port, one HDMI port , one Ethernet connection , one VGA port, one 3.5mm headphone jack, one SD card slot and a microSD card slot. It is quite universal and should help you in almost any situation.

The most obvious thing to consider with this adapter is how bulky it is. However, the company provides a carrying bag for easy transport.

Startech 4-in-1 Multiport USB-C Video Adapter

Startech 4-in-1 Multiport USB-C Video Adapter

Startech's 4-in-1 Multiport Video Adapter lets you connect your USB-C laptop to a VGA, DVI, HDMI or Mini DisplayPort display . It features USB power delivery, so you can power your laptop while streaming video using the same USB-C port, rated at up to 95W, so it can charge most laptops at full speed.

The HDMI and mDP outputs support UHD 4K resolutions. All outputs (HDMI, mDP, VGA, DVI) support high definition resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 .

Aukey USB C to USB 3.0 adapter

Aukey USB C to USB 3.0 adapter

We love how compact and simple these adapters are. You won't have to worry about protecting any cables as it directly converts any USB-C port into a USB 3.0 port . It comes in a pack of two, so you can have a designated adapter for two different devices, or get one for yourself and one for someone else in your house.

The only thing you will have to worry about is losing them. Because they are so small, they can be easily lost or even stepped on.

Ringke USB-C to Lightning adapter

Ringke USB-C to Lightning adapter

If you want to sync data or charge a device, this adapter will come in handy for you. It handles transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps without the need to install any software. It's incredibly compact so you can easily take it with you wherever you go.

Just keep in mind that it is only compatible with certified authentic 18W / 30W MFI adapters or alternative brand 30W adapters. Does not support audio or video