StarTech launches a trio of USB-C hubs -- Surface Laptop 2 owners need not bother

I am old enough to remember the days before USB, and let me tell you -- when it came out, everything changed. It became so much easier to add hardware to a PC -- no need to open the case. USB largely made the term "plug and play" a reality. The problem? The damn thing wasn't reversible! As we all know, you had a 50/50 shot of plugging the Type-A connector in correctly, yet for some reason, it felt like you were almost always wrong the first time. Maddening!

USB-C solved that dilemma, as the connector is reversible. Long gone is the frustration of having to turn the connector around. Adoption of USB-C has been frustratingly slow, with companies like Microsoft still refusing to add it to the Surface Laptop 2. Sigh. With that said, there are many nice USB-C products on the market, and today, StarTech launches a trio. All three products are USB-C hubs, but they are quite different from each other.

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"StarTech.com continues to expand device connectivity with the introduction of three new USB-C hubs, including one featuring USB 3.1 Gen 2. These hubs (HB31C4AB, HB30C5A2CSC and HB30C4AIB) help to increase productivity by adding essential connectivity to USB-C devices such as laptops that offer limited built-in ports. Whether its data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, 7 additional expansion ports, or a portable solution with individual power switches to manage power consumption, these hubs provide a unique way to enhance connectivity options in newer devices," says StarTech.

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Carey Cline, Senior Product Manager explains, "The launch of these new hubs reinforces StarTech.com’s commitment to providing the industry’s most versatile offering of USB-C connectivity expansion solutions for laptops and PC’s. Our dedication to solving modern day connectivity problems, like port limitations on new devices, is evident as we continue to expand our USB-C and USB hub product lines."

StarTech shares product features and images below.

4-Port USB-C Hub - HB31C4AB

  • USB-C to 4 x USB 3.1 (USB-A) ports
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub sharing data transfer throughput up to 10Gbps
  • Compact portable size for convenient travel and desktop placement
  • Convenient upright USB ports for easy connection of cables and dongles
  • USB bus-powered with no external power adapter required
  • Save time with easy plug-and-play installation

7-Port USB-C Hub - HB30C5A2CSC

  • USB-C to 5x USB-A and 2x USB-C ports for support of old and new USB devices
  • Fast-charge port to charge smartphone
  • Save time with easy plug-and-play installation

4-Port USB-C Hub with Individual On/Off Switches - HB30C4AIB

  • USB-C to 4x USB 3.0 (USB-A)
  • Individual power on/off buttons to save power
  • Compact portable size for convenient travel and desktop placement
  • USB bus-powered with no external power adapter required
  • Save time with easy plug-and-play installation

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All three products can be purchased from Amazon now. The 4-Port USB-C Hub (HB31C4AB) can be had here for $37.99. The beautiful 7-Port USB-C Hub (HB30C5A2CSC) is here for $67.89. Lastly, the 4-Port USB-C Hub with Individual On/Off Switches (HB30C4AIB) is available here for $35.83.

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