It seems silly that we're almost in 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. You don't have to replace your peripherals with new gadgets that can connect wirelessly.
Instead, invest $6 into this Hootoo 4-Port USB Hub (opens in new tab) and do more with the space you already have. It typically costs around $10, but applying coupon code SSMADXXH 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. You can use Amazon Prime (opens in new tab) or spend at least $25 to avoid shipping fees.
This slim USB hub turns a single USB-A port into four of them. 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 aren't a ton of reviews for the product yet, but overall they're positive so far, giving the hub 4.6 out of 5 stars (opens in new tab) 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-A, though, so some laptops aren't going to be compatible with it. If you're stuck with just a couple of USB-C ports, consider this USB-C hub instead. It's on sale for $28 for a limited time.
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Louryn saves money on everything she buys. In between waiting for Amazon deliveries, she googles the Animal Crossing Switch release date, hand-letters on her iPad Pro, and downloads a zillion match-three apps. She also loves Skyrim, makeup, and beer. Find her on Twitter: @lourynstrampe
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