USB-C is the emerging standard for charging and transferring data. Right now, it’s included in devices like the newest laptops, phones, and tablets and—given time—it’ll spread to pretty much everything that currently uses the older, larger USB connector. In this article we are going to review USB devices type C and comment on their special relevance in a world thats in constant change between types of connectors and USB standards.
- 1 Key Facts
- 2 Ranking: The best USB-C adapters on the market
- 3 Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about USB-C adapters
- 4 Purchase Criteria
- 5 Summary
- Depending on the needs of each individual, there are USB-C adapters to cater to everyone. There are USB type C adapters with very diverse and multiple inputs. You can find the smallest adaptor that only has 1 entry port to those with even up to ten ports with all sorts of compact abilities.
- In the case of single inlet adapters, cable length is an important feature to consider when choosing one product over another. The longer the cable, the greater mobility you’ll have with your devices.
- The size of the USB adaptor itself is also a key component. At the end of the day, the mobility and portability of the adaptor in question will largely depend on its size.
Ranking: The best USB-C adapters on the market
In this section you will find our unique ranking of the best USB-C adapters we’ve found in the canadian market. In order to choose the best products, we have taken into account several important factors: number of inputs, the length of the cable, design, material and price/quality ratio. Taking all these important criteria into consideration, we’ve found the best products available to you, read on to check them out!
No. 1: Kingston, Nucleum USB-C Hub, 7-in-1
The Kingston Nucleum offers the same capabilities and functionalities as any of the other leading USB-C adapters in our ranking. The difference is that this product offers it at a much more affordable price. Moreover, this device is very portable – the convenient size and ultra-light, rugged aluminum casing means you can bring the USB-C nucleum hub wherever you need it.
The nucleum is also designed to eliminate magnetic Interference keeping your electrical circuitry safe. In terms of technical specifications, the Kingston Nucleum offers all the same options that other USB adapters offer: HDMI 4K input, SD and microSD cards, ethernet, two USB 3.1 ports and two type C ports. Consumers love this gadget and are very satisfied with the product.
No. 2: Satechi, ST-TCMA2S
If you need a USB Type C adaptor with several different input types, we believe Satechi’s ST-TCMA2S is one of the best options available to you on the market today. This product has an HDMI 4K input, SD and microSD card readers, ethernet, three USB 3.0 ports and one USB-C charging port.
Furthermore, this Satechi product offers you all of this technology in a really small size and very lightweight aluminum design. Because it’s made with aluminium, this device is great since it also overheats much less than other products made with different materials. We should also note that this device doesn’t require pre-installation of any kind, just plug in and use.
No. 3: Griffin, BreakSafe Magnetic
Griffin’s BreakSafe Magnetic is the perfect choice and best value for your money for those looking for a simple USB-C adaptor cable. Keep in mind that unlike the previous products on this ranking, Griffin’s product does not have numerous input ports, instead it’s limited to the standard USB-C power cable.
Nonetheless, this product is 1.8 metres long and it has a quick-release magnetic connector, which is useful to prevent any accidents when disconnecting it or tripping over the cable itself. This is a very stylish product with a pleasant and visual design. Last but not least, we should note that this manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty.
No. 4: HooToo, USB Adapter C (2019 version)
More like the first two products we showed you at the beginning of this ranking, the 2019 version of the HooToo USB-C adaptor also comes loaded with the same inputs we previously mentioned: HDMI 4K, SD and microSD card readers, ethernet, USB 3.0 ports and a USB-C adaptor input. More over, this gadget comes at a very affordable price.
However, HooToo’s product design does not have the same elegant finish as the first two products in this ranking. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean it’s less comfortable or practical to transport. Check out its specifications: it only weighs 81.6 grams and it is very easy to transport. All in all this is also a great option with really good value for your money.
No. 5: MOKiN, USB-C Adapter – HDMI 4K Hub
If you have a new laptop that only has USB-C ports, this adaptor will be a great compliment to your gear. With this device, you’ll be able to stream video to your monitor, projector or TV with it’s HDMI adaptor hub. This adaptor is compatible with most laptops today, including the newest MacBooks, Google Chromebook, Lenovo Yoga, Hp Spectre, Dell XPS, Samsung Chromebook, Acer Switch and many more including some smart phones.
This USB-C Hub is a 5-in-1 gadget: Extend one 4K UHD HDMI port, two supper speed USB 3.0 ports, one SD memory card slot and one TF memory card slot, one USB-C/thunderbolt 3/ type c port with up to to 5Gbps data transmission speed, you’ll be enjoying videos in bigger screens in the highest of qualities. This gadget comes with great consumer reviews!
Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about USB-C adapters
If you’re still not sure what a C-type USB adaptor is or what the reasons are behind a possible purchase, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding these types of devices in this next section. We will address everything from what exactly are they, to the types of input it is compatible with and it’s main differences from other USB adaptor models.
What is a USB-C adaptor exactly?
USB-C adapters emerged from the need to have a method of making any type of input compatible with different input sources like SD or microSD cards, Ethernet, HDMI and previous USBs of any type – USB-C is the most recent input standard present in the newest products from manufacturers like Mac, Samsung, LG and Google mobiles among many others.
What makes a USB-C connection different from other types of USBs?
The invention of USB came about in 1996 as a joint project between Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Compaq, DEC, NEC and Nortel to standardize hardware connections to computers. The following is a list of the main differences between the latest USB-C and previous USB models:
- USB-C is a much smaller input than the original USB connection, only 8.2 mm wide by 2.6 mm thick, just a little bigger than a micro USB.
- Another noteworthy differentiation from a classic USB connection is that the USB-C connector has a shape that’s completely and can be plugged in independently from both sides. This comes in handy in helping avoid damage caused by confusion.
- If accompanied by the new USB 3.1 protocol, the USB-C input offers much higher transfer speeds than the older inputs, as well as higher power allowance.
- Last but not least, USB-C while the connectors are not backward compatible, the standards are, which means the adapters can be used with older tech, this is a critical advantage for hardware manufacturers.
What care does a USB-C adaptor require?
Most adapters, including the USB-C type require the same type of care. Actually, in the case of USB-C, it requires even less care than the traditional USB. In the end, the fact that type C is reversible makes it so that you don’t have to pay attention to which side you should be connecting the input to. This small detail saves both saves both time and effort.
Nevertheless, it’s important to note that you should be careful in making sure you don’t connect a USB-C into any other type of USB, since this could lead to damaging and breaking the device. Lastly, keep in mind that they are faster accompanied by USB 3.1 standard.
The following is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of USB-C adapters:
How many input types is a USB-C compatible with?
As mentioned earlier, the USB-C adaptor is precisely the element that makes USB-C connections compatible with any other input method. Henceforth, the most complete adapters that have multiple inputs make the USB-C connection compatible with:
- HDMI video input in 4K quality.
- USB classic input and micro USB.
- SD and microSD graphics cards.
- Ethernet cable.
When purchasing a USB-C adaptor there are different variables that must be taken into consideration, depending on what you need it for. Thus, a photographer will not choose the same type of adaptor as someone who just needs to easily adapt the input of his hard drive. The first of these two will need and SD or MicroSD card input, while the later could do with a much simpler device.
Check out the different criteria you should consider before your purchase:
- Number of inputs
- Type of inputs
The size of the USB-C adaptor is a key aspect when thinking about the portability of the product. Thus, there are adapters that only consist of a cable with an adaptor head, these can be very small. Others, especially those with more than five different inputs, are larger in size. It all depends on what it is that you need.
Number of inputs
Along the same lines as it’s size it’s also important to consider the number of inputs required for your USB-C adaptor. If you only need it to adapt a classic USB device to a laptop with a C-type USB input, it will come with a single input cable. On the other hand, if you work with several types of entry ports, you’ll have to look for something more complex.
Types of inputs
USB Type C adapters have a wide range of inputs to which they serve as transmitters: Classic USB, SD or microSD cards, Ethernet cables, HDMI, etc. Although it may seem obvious, before buying one of these gadgets you should check that the adaptor in question offers the adaptor you need.
|Type of input required||Function|
|Classic USB||For those who want to adapt a classic USB input to USB-C input.|
|SD or microSD cards||For those who want to transfer directly from these cards to devices with USB-C input.|
|Ethernet cables||In case you want to connect an ethernet cable to a device with a single USB C-type input.|
|HDMI||For viewing 4K-quality images on devices with a type C HDMI input.|
Perhaps design is one of the most subjective concepts when it comes to choosing one product over another, although that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. You should always bare in mind that the adaptor you choose will hopefully be with you for a long time, so it should adapt to your needs for space, taste and colour, among other criteria.
The material with which the adaptor is made out of is not of trivial or little importance, as this affects its weight, it’s possibility of overheating and how robust it can be in the face of possible blows. For example, aluminium is the material that offers one of the best combinations of these three characteristics.
USB-C adapters are gadgets that will only keep gaining importance over time, especially as new companies adopt this new form of entry ports. Within the different types of adapters we could establish two classes: those that only have one source input or those that have various types of input sources.
We have tried to show you all the relevant aspects you should consider when it comes to deciding on one device over another, these include: functionality, appearance, size, material and even it’s design. At the end of the day, it’s completely up to the end user to assess which of these features is most important to them.
We hope this guide to USB-C adapters has helped you get a broader view and understanding of these types of devices. Share the article on social networks and do not hesitate to leave a comment with any questions you may have.
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