It seems silly that we're into 2020 and it's more of a struggle to connect multiple devices to your computer now than it has been in years. Everything needs to be plugged in and your computer probably doesn't have enough ports to handle it all. But you don't have to replace your peripherals with new gadgets that can connect wirelessly. Instead, invest $6 into this Hootoo 4-Port USB-C Hub and do more with the space you already have.
It typically costs up to $22, but applying coupon code HTHUB005 during checkout will drop your total to $5.99 at Amazon. That's on par for the best deal we've seen for this hub. It hasn't gone on sale very often since it was first released, either.
This slim USB hub turns a single USB-C port into four USB-A ports. It supports data transfers, too, with speeds up to 5Gbps. That's fast enough to transfer an HD movie in just a few seconds. The solid aluminum alloy housing helps dissipate heat, which is a nice bonus since adapters like these have a reputation for heating up quickly and cooling down slowly. It has a slim and lightweight footprint, so it won't take up too much room on your desk either. There over 200 customer reviews for the product at Amazon, and overall they're positive so far, giving the hub 4.2 out of 5 stars on average.
A hub like this provides spaces for your phone charger, Bluetooth mouse receivers, flash drives, and much more. It's important to note that it connects via USB-C, though, so not all laptops are going to be compatible with it.
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Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.