MacBooks are notorious for a severe lack of ports. Although a few ports have come back in the most recent 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, most older generations are sadly lacking in ports. If the dongle situation is getting ridiculous, it's probably time to invest in an all-in-one dongle, a.k.a a hub or dock.
There are plenty of hubs to choose from, but anyone with a newer Mac will need a USB-C hub for the best performance. HDMI ports are also a nice touch, as well as several USB-A ports for compatibility with older accessories. The following collection features all of the above in the best USB-C hubs for MacBook Pro.
The best USB-C hubs for MacBook Pro to upgrade your connections
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Belkin's Thunderbolt 4 hub is not playing around. This is a powerful USB-C hub that's made for big jobs and it's not for the faint of budget. But if you're a professional that needs the fastest, most accurate data transfer possible for Mac, this is the way to go. It also has an SD card reader, HDMI, audio, and ethernet port along with several USB ports.
Ports for price
With a whopping combo of eight ports and pass-through charging, this multitasker from Baseus offers major bang for buck. It includes both USB-A and USB-C ports along with two SD card slots, HDMI, audio, and ethernet ports. Upon review of the Baseus USB-C Hub, we appreciated its ability to charge multiple devices though MacBook, it's an incredibly useful tool for MacBooks that are lacking in ports.
Great video support
Despite the multitude of ports and reasonable price point, Ugreen's 6-in-1 USB-C Hub supports full 4K video playback at 60Hz. Many USB-C hubs can't boast the same, especially those that share the same small footprint and attractive price. The lightweight hub is streamlined and easy to carry along as well, a great portable option to bring along.
Best for most people
Satechi's multi-port adapter doesn't support high-speed data transfer or dual-4K displays. But it does have just about everything else you'd need to run your peripherals with your MacBook Pro. It offers SD and microSD card readers, 4K HDMI, Gigabit, and three USB-A ports.
When reviewing the Anker PowerExpand Direct we found it to be the little hub that could. It's nearly as powerful as a docking station but costs a fraction and doesn't take up as much space. It has two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, micro SD and SD card readers, a Lightning audio port, a USB-C port for high-speed data transfer, and a USB-C port for up to 100 watts of power delivery.
With USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, you can charge devices, connect external hard drives, plug in a keyboard, and a whole lot more. The HDMI and VGA ports allow you to connect to a big-screen display or TV for 4K support. On top of all that, there is also a Gigabit Ethernet port, TF and microSD card readers, and a USB-C port. Are you dizzy yet?
For a sleek-looking hub, take a peek at HyperDrive's unique hub style. It snaps right into place in your two MacBook Pro ports, turning it into eight different ports (including replacing the two USB-C ports you lost). It supports 40Gbp/s data transfer, 5K display, HDMI, SD, micro SD, mini DisplayPort, and USB-A. You'll never have to dangle your dongle from the side of your MacBook Pro again.
Just the USB-A ports, please
If you don't want to spend the money on a big multi-port hub when all you need is some USB-A ports, uni has you covered. This simple, inexpensive hub converts one USB-C port into four USB-A ports.
Slim and inexpensive
When you're on the go, you'll appreciate the slim form factor of this 7-in-1 hub. Transform a single USB-C port into seven ports: three USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one Power Delivery (USB-C) charging port, one SD card reader, and one TF (TransFlash) card reader.
Best MacBook Pro USB-C hubs: Which one is right for you?
We were happy to see that Apple added more ports to the MacBook Pro (M1 Pro/Max, 2021), but the newer MacBook Pro with M2 chip (2022) still has just the two USB-C ports and a headphone jack. You'll need a lot more than that to enjoy all those essential MacBook Pro accessories. For professionals who need the best of the best to do advanced graphics work or high-speed data transfers, you'll want a Thunderbolt port like the Belkin CONNECT Pro. This one has all the power you need to power multiple monitors, as well as plenty of other ports like HDMI and SD card slots.
For the most ports possible in one gadget, check out the TOTU 11-in-1 that allows you to connect up to six USB devices at once. Before choosing a hub, consider the tasks you will be using it for. A pricey Thunderbolt hub might not be necessary if you're just doing photo transfers, for example. Check the specs of each one and decide based on your own everyday needs.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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