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USB-C Hub Features & Benefits

Today’s sleeker, more portable laptops may be easier to carry, but they have fewer ports. A USB-C hub expands the number of ports available to connect your devices and peripherals, and options range from hubs that add USB-A ports to multiport USB-C hubs with Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, or SD connections.

USB-C hubs are usually easier to use on the go than a full-sized docking station, but they aren’t just designed for work or play away from your desk. USB-C hubs are a cost-effective and space-saving solution for adding ports to your laptop, PC, or gaming system, so you can connect those extra monitors or other devices or peripherals you’d love to use.

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USB-C Dock Features & Benefits

A docking station allows employees in the office, remote workers, freelancers – anyone who needs a powerful, fully functional, stationary workstation – to create one. By connecting a laptop to a USB-C docking station with ports that support external hard drives, microphones, keyboard, multiple monitors, and SD card readers, you can connect everything you need. Docking station options include models with a power passthrough feature that also includes a power supply unit (PSU) that charges your laptop while connected, so you don’t have to carry your laptop’s PSU around. You can also select a mountable dock that reserves desk space and improves security.

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USB-C Adapter Features & Benefits

Newer laptops have fewer ports, limiting your ability to connect older devices, like projectors, displays, or USB sticks. A portable USB-C adapter provides you with additional ports, bridging the gap between older and newer technology. It also enables simplicity, port expansions, and increased productivity.

Options include USB-C adapters that provide you with a secure, wired internet connection and adapters with powered USB-C ports, so you don’t have to worry about finding a separate power source to keep connected devices charged.

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What is the difference between a USB-C hub, docking station and an adapter?

All three tools solve similar problems, but they each have their own unique features:

USB-C Hub

  • Small form factor, portable
  • Plug and play
  • Choose the port types you need
  • Affordable option for port expansion, basic workstations, and work on the go

USB-C Docking Station

  • Designed for the stationary desktop
  • More capabilities than a hub
  • Greater variety of ports and form factors
  • Multiple technologies, including Thunderbolt and DisplayLink
  • Some models include pass-through charging

USB-C Adapter

Fills the technology gap between old and new devices Examples:

  • USB-C to USB adapter
  • USB-C to HDMI adapter
  • USB-C to Ethernet adapter
  • USB-C to multi-port adapters
  • And more

Although some people use the terms “USB-C hubs,” and “USB-C adapters” interchangeably, you can see that they’re quite different, with hubs traditionally offering more port options and features.

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Why Belkin?

Belkin products undergo rigorous testing for quality and safety, and most of our products are certified by industry connection standards to guarantee performance. We also offer a two-year warranty for all our docking stations, hubs, and adapters.

Our 35+ years of established industry leadership, great industry partnerships, and people-inspired products make Belkin products the smart choice for keeping you connected to the devices and peripherals you need, wherever and however you work.

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