As our laptops continue to get thinner, sleeker and more lightweight, they have become more portable and better for traveling. The downside is that smaller laptops mean fewer ports. Before you search through your closet for your dusty PC tower or 10-pound laptop, we have a much simpler and smaller suggestion – a multiport adapter.
Multiport adapters are like tiny meeting rooms for all your gadgets. These powerful hubs can connect just about anything to your laptop, including USBs, SD Cards, Ethernet cables, HDMI cables and more. Insert your MicroSD card to download files from your digital camera or camcorder. Mirror your laptop on a large monitor with an HDMI cable. Sync your smartphone to your laptop using a USB port. Connect directly to your network in your office through an Ethernet cable. And finally, play your old CDs and DVDs on your laptop by connecting them through an external drive player. Plus, much, much more.
Laptops with few ports are designed as such to make them lightweight and portable, so it only makes sense that multiport adapters mirror that idea. The three adapters we’ve included on our list take up less room in your laptop bag than a smartphone and can handle connecting multiple gadgets at once.
If you want to take on some big jobs with your small laptop, you need a multiport adapter.
1. Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter
Upgraded with an improved MicroSD slot and refined aluminum design, the Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter is a lightweight and compact hub that makes it easy to connect various devices at once. The expansion port includes spots for a 4K HDMI cord, an Ethernet cord, a USB-C Pass-Through Charging, an SD/Micro Card Reader and three USB 3.0 ports.
Pros: The Satechi is plug and play and doesn’t require any installation or drivers. Designed for MacBooks, the Satechi also works with most new laptops and computers.
Cons: The Satechi doesn’t include a mini display port. It’s also not compatible with Apple SuperDrive.
2. EUSAOO Thunderbolt 3 USB C Hub
Never worry about overheating with the EUSAOO Thunderbolt 3 USB C Hub, which is made from high-quality aluminum allow and corrosion-resistant ABS material that is built to withstand high temperatures. The hub is designed with three USB 3.0 male-to-female ports, one USB C female-to-male port, a 4k HDMI video output, RJ 45 Gigabit Ethernet port, VGA male-to-female port, Audio/Mic 2-in-1 port, and SD/Micro SD card reader slots.
Pros: Gamers and those who stream videos online will love the EUSAOO, which has 4K resolution video at 30Hz and 1920×1080 (1080p) at 60Hz.
Cons: EUSAOO does not recommend connecting multiple high power devices to the adapter at one time.
3. TOTU 8-In-1 Type C Hub
Smaller than a smartphone, the TOTU 8-In-1 Type C Hub is so lightweight and compact that you can carry it in your pocket. Connect all your devices in one area with the TOTU, which includes one Ethernet/RJ-45 Port, one USB Type-C Female PD charging port, one HDMI port, one TF SD card slot, one SD card slot, one USB 2.0 Type A port and USB 3.0 Type A ports.
Pros: Ideal for photographers, the TOTU can simultaneously transfer files from an SD and MicroSD card at the same time and the 1000Mbps Ethernet port provides a safe, secure and fast connection for quick downloads.
Cons: With only three USB ports, the TOTU has the fewest ports on our list.