For some reason, docks and hubs have become super popular since people started working from home en-masse because of COVID-19. Sure, these things have been around for years, but lately, there's been an explosion, party down to coronavirus, partly down to USB-C horning aside the older USB-A ports.
The other day, I picked up a new dock that I like. A lot. It's the Plugable 7-in-1 USB-C hub.
And the good news is that you can grab one for under $30.
This hub does something amazing -- it converts a single USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port into seven ports.
- 3x USB 3.0 ports
- 1x 4K HDMI
- 1x SD card slot
- 1x microSD card slot
- 1x USB-C 87W pass-through Power Delivery (PD) charging port
There's a built-in 6-inch/150mm cable with a high-quality USB-C connector attached, so there's nothing to lose (except for the little USB-C endcap that helps keep schmoo out of the connector).
All these are housed in a tough yet stylish aluminum shell that does a good job of dissipating heat.
A nice touch that I've come to like with Plugable devices is that each features a QR code printed or etched into them that takes you directly to a web page for the device where you can find the manuals and get support.
Great work, Plugable!
The Plugable 7-in-1 USB-C hub comes with a 24-month limited warranty. Priced at $29.95, this is a great hub at a price that's hard to beat (and, at the time of writing, Amazon.com is offering a $2 off coupon, too).