Get a USB hub for your MacBook and don't ever look back
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More and more gadgets are foregoing traditional USB ports and it appears that we have no choice in the matter. Don't get us wrong, the simplicity is awesome, but it's also severely limiting. More often than not, you just end up with a mess of power strips, cords, and devices plugged in all around you. Thanks, I hate it.
Fortunately, there is another option that will keep your work setup looking sleek and streamlined, not to mention the hours of productivity it will afford you: USB hubs. [Editor's note: Getting one of these has seriously changed the way I use my MacBook Pro, and in the best way possible.]
There are a ton to choose from when it comes to these connectivity options, and we've got 11 on sale for you below.
MacBook Pros are major investments, so it's kind of a huge bummer that they lack the ports you need to get stuff done. That's where this 6-in-1 USB-C Hub comes in. It's designed specifically for the MacBook Pro and extends its capabilities with six built-in ports: two USB-C, two USB-A 3.0, and SD, and a microSD slot. Get one on sale now for $39.99 – 74% off the usual cost.
Need more USB ports? This RAWtronics 7-Port USB Hub has you more than covered. Simple, but seriously practical, it's a USB-powered hub with seven additional USB ports for your pleasure. Charge, connect, and keep all your USB devices plugged in at once with this powerful hub. Usually $48, you can get it on sale for $24.99.
Perfect for photographers and videographers, this five-in-one card reader hub with fast-charge capabilities can make transferring photos and videos from your camera, GoPro, or drone a much easier process. It features two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, plus SD and microSD card readers that allow for high-speed transfers. Get one now for $45, down 16% from usual cost.
Add a variety of necessary ports to your MacBook Pro with this USB-C hub that features a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and SDXC, micro SDXC, and TF card ports. Beyond just offering extra plugs, it can also rapidly charge your computer with passthrough charging and deliver visual media in glorious 4K resolution. Right now it's on sale for just $29.99 – 25% off the original $39.99 price tag.
Compatible with new USB-C MacBooks, the HomeSpot hub singlehandedly adds USB-A, SD, and microSD ports to your MacBook, giving it significantly more flexibility to charge other devices and send 5k video out, among other things. It usually retails for $159.99, but you can get it on sale now for just $54.99.
If data transfer capability is what you need, then the Joyroom 4-Port USB Self-Powered Hub is definitely your speed. Like the name suggests, it features four USB 3.0 ports, and it supports transfers of up to 5Gbps. Plus, when you're not transmitting files, it functions as a power adapter to juice up your tech. Originally $30, it's now just $13.99, which is over half off.
Broadcast your videos in stunning 4K or 1080p with this 3-in-1 USB-C Hub from Adam Elements. Ditch the old-fashioned way and just plug this baby into your USB-C port to transmit data straight from your computer or smartphone via HDMI or VGA. It's compact and portable, making it easy to bring with you to and from the office. Get it on sale now for $39.
Designed with seven ports, this USB-C hub dramatically expands your laptop's connectivity options with two USB-A 2.0 ports, a USB-C port, an HDMI port, a TF port, SD card slot, and an ethernet port. It delivers a whopping 100W of power and even comes with dual 4k video output to use with your 4k display. Originally $99.99, it's now 55% off — on sale for $44.99.
This six-port hub from CASA makes multitasking on your computer much easier. It features two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, plus an HDMI, ethernet, and SD card reader connection. Even better, it comes in four different color options to match your setup. Usually $99, it's price is currently down to $79.99 for a limited time.
With the most ports on this list, the CASA Hub Pro 11-in-1 Hub delivers literally anything you could possibly need in terms of connectivity. Here's what you get: two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 2.0 Type-A port, HDMI Std.A, VGA, DisplayPort, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, SD Card Slot, and a microSD Card Slot. Charge multiple devices at once, connect external monitors, and even watch with your smartphone. Originally $179, this insane hub is on sale for $140.