USB-C dongles for the new age laptop

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 06 Mar 2020
USB-C dongles for the new age laptop
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With laptops getting slimmer and slimmer they are losing out on connectivity options which were once considered essential. The first to go was the CD drive. But those that wanted one could purchase it as an external accessory. Then went the ethernet port. Today laptops, especially the high end thin and light ones, come with just one or two ports. Mostly it's just two USB-C ports and a headphones port. If you are one that needs other accessories like USB 3 port, or an ethernet port or even an HDMI port to connect to an external display, then know that you will need an adapter to bridge the gap. Today we list for you 4 basic USB-C adapters that can help you get more connectivity options from your machines. 

Kapa SLIMMEST USB C Type HUB 5 in 1 Adapter

This USB-C adapter brings with it 5 connectivity options - including 1 USB-C port, 2 USB 2.0 port, Micro SD card slot and an SD Card Reader. It is ideal for those that click photos with a camera and need USB transfer or need to use the SD card to transfer data from the card to the laptop. The dongle is slim measuring 100x17x7MM. It is a plug-and-play solution. Since it has 2-USB-C points, it works well with those laptops that have the 2 ports next to each other like the MacBook Pro or Air. 

pibox India Aluminium Type C Converter Cable

This 3-in-1 adapter is for those that need an HDMI port on priority. It comes with 1 HDMI port, 1 USB 3 port and USB-C port. The USB-C port can work as a passthrough to charge the laptop. This is great for situations where the laptop only comes with 1 USB-C port so you don't have to juggle between charging the machine and using the dongle. The HDMI port in the adapter is capable of outputting in 4K at 30Hz on compatible displays. The USB port on the dongle is capable of data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps (5120Mbps). This is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 speeds (480 Mbps). The dongle is compatible with laptops from a number of manufacturers including Apple, HP, Lenovo, Acer and more. 

Kapa USB C Type HUB 4 in 1 Adapter

If you need micro-USB connectivity, then this is the dongle for you. It comes with 4 ports - 1 microUSB port, 1 USB 3 port, 1 USB 2 port and a 4K capable HDMI port. This adapter not only works well with USB-C enabled laptops but smartphones as well. Since it is compatible with smartphones, you can use this adapter to connect your smartphone to a large screen display like a TV or a monitor. Marge screen PUBG Mobile gaming anyone? The HDMI port on the adapter will output in 4K on 4K TVs and monitors and in 1080p on FHD monitors. 

AmazonBasics USB 3.1 Type-C to 3 Port USB Hub with Ethernet Adapter

If ethernet connectivity along with multiple USB ports is what you want, then you can consider the AmazonBasics USB-C adapter. It comes with 4 USB ports and 1 ethernet port. The USB ports have a data transfer speed of 5Gbps. You can use it to transfer data from thumb drives or hard drive to and from your laptop. The USB ports are all USB 3.1 and backwards compatible with USB 2.0. The adapter world with Windows as well as Mac laptops.

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Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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