Aukey USB-C Hub Adapters Review: Instantly Add Ports to Your Mac

Updated on May 20, 2020
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Aukey Link PD Pro Hub (bottom) - USB-C to 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub (top)   *Devices not to scale
Aukey Link PD Pro Hub (bottom) - USB-C to 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub (top) *Devices not to scale | Source

Double or Triple Your Laptop's Ports With Aukey

Aukey's hub adapters can expand your MacBook Pro's capabilities with as many as 8 new ports including USB-C PD - 2-4x USB 3.0 - 1 USB 2.0 - Ethernet - HDMI - SD & Micro SD card slots.

Aukey has adapters for 4/6/8 slots or more, and the type of adapter you choose depends on what you're trying to do with it.

For most people the cheapest four port adapter is more than adequate. With that adapter you can plug in numerous peripherals like a flash drive, mouse, keyboard, hard drive, and card readers to your laptop.

The only downside is that you can't charge your devices as the output is a mere 900mA however you do get up to 5Gbps of data transfer speeds.

I've tried and tested the 4 & 8-in-1 Aukey adapters for the past few weeks and am sharing my thoughts on each below; hopefully the info provided will help you make the right decision.

Aukey Product Information

Model
CB-C71 Link PD Pro USB-C
CB-C64 USB-C/4 Port USB 3.0
Interface
2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Data Ports - 1 USB 2.0 Data Port - HDMI Port - Ethernet - USB-C PD - SD & Micro SD Card Slots
4 USB 3.0 Ports
Connector
USB-C
USB-C
Materials
ABS, PC
ABS, PC
Dimensions
4.02 x 2.29 x 0.59" (102 x 57 x 15mm)
3.9 x 1.2 x 0.4" (98 x 30 x 11mm)
Weight
57g (2oz)
35g (1.2oz)
Cable Length
5.91" (150mm)
7.87" (200mm)
USB Output
DC 5V/900mA (Max)
DC 5V/900mA (Max)
USB Data Transfer Speeds
USB 3.0/5Gbps - USB 2.0/480Mbps
Up to 5Gbps
LED Indicator
Yes
Yes
HDMI Port/Resolution
Yes/4K@30Hz
No
Ethernet
Yes - 10/100/1000Mbps
No
USB-C PD Input
Yes - 100W
No
SD/Micro SD Card Slots
Yes - Micro SD/SD/SDHC/Micro SDHC/SDXC/Micro SDXC
No
SD/Micro SD Card Capacity/Transfer Speeds
2TB/5Gbps
N/A
Device Compatibility
MacBook Pro 2017-2019 - Google Chromebook Pixelbook - Dell XPS 13 - Samsung S8-10 - Type C Devices
MacBook Pro 2017-2019 - Google Chromebook Pixelbook - Dell XPS 13 - Samsung S8-10 - Type C Devices
What's Included
Link PD Pro USB-C Hub - Carrying Pouch - User Manual - Warranty Card
USB-C to 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub - User Manual - Warranty Card
Additional Notes
Only 1 external hard drive can be connected - SD/Micro SD slots can't be used simultaneously - not recommended for charging (USB ports)
Can connect 2 external hard drives simultaneously - USB not recommended for charging

Aukey USB-C to 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub Review

The first adapter I've tried was the USB-C to 4 port hub, which looks like a small rectangular brick that comes with a 7.8" USB-C connector, 4x USB 3.0 ports, and an LED indicator light on the side.

The adapter is used primarily for data transfer and to connect things like a mouse, printer or external hard drive. In fact you can connect 2 hard drives and use them simultaneously.

In fact I connected a hard drive to my Samsung Galaxy S10+ via adapter to backup my phone's data. The adapter worked flawlessly with excellent data transfer speeds. I experimented with other things like flash drives and my wireless mouse and each worked great.

So let's break it all down to see what works and what doesn't.

Is the USB-C to 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub for Me?

  • Do you own a USB-C laptop or desktop

  • Do you own an Android smartphone
  • Would you spend under $20 for a multiport adapter

If the answer is yes to one or all of these, then this product may help you. You'll be amazed just how useful this tiny brick is, and speaking of tiny, you can literally take this device anywhere...it'll even fit in your pocket!

So for any MacBook user whose been looking to expand their laptop's abilities and not spend hundreds on wires and dongles, check this item out and see what it can do for you.

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Aukey Link PD Pro USB-C Hub Review

The 2nd adapter I've checked out was the Link PD Pro, and this one is for the power users out there.

On top of a couple USB 3.0 ports, this product has USB 2.0 - Ethernet - SD/MicroSD card slots - USB-C PD & HDMI.

That's a lot extras but they come in handy especially for all you remote workers out there.

The Best of Link PD Pro

  • HDMI provides 4K resolutions at 30Hz
  • USB-C PD input delivers 100W of power
  • USB 2.0 has transfer speeds of 480Mbps
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports have 5Gbps transfer speeds
  • SD/MicroSD card slots have a capacity of 2TB and 5Gbps transfer speeds
  • Ethernet Port for 10/100/1000Mbps network speeds

These additional ports vastly outplay the first adapter but very few people will need all these slots. Personally the USB & USB-C PD ports were enough for me but you have other options just in case.

I tested each port and they worked great; there's just a few things to keep in mind.

For one, you can only connect 1 external hard drive to the adapter, second, you can't use the SD & MicroSD card slots simultaneously, and third, the USB ports shouldn't be used for charging. If you need to charge anything, then use the USB-C PD port.

Finally, if you don't own a USB-C laptop or smartphone then don't buy this product. This item, like the 4 port hub, also uses a USB-C connector and can only connect to other USB-C devices (Android/MacBook Pro 2017-2019).

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Aukey Hub Adapters: Final Review

Although the 8-in-1 Link PD Pro appears to be the better product of the two devices tested, that doesn't mean the 4 Port USB-C Hub is any less valuable.

Both adapters have their strengths and weaknesses, and their value depends on specific use cases.

I would give Aukey's Link PD Pro USB-C Hub & USB-C to 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you're looking for an affordable adapter that'll add peripherals to your USB-C laptop without the extra functions then go for the 4 port hub. The 4x USB 3.0 ports will more than suffice what you're trying to accomplish.

If you're looking for a multi-functional adapter and don't mind paying more, then the Link PD Pro should do it for you.

What I found best about both is that they're small, thin, and lightweight enough to fit anywhere. The Pro is a little bit larger but it's still very thin and will fit most pockets.

Just make sure you have devices that can support the adapters; iPhones will not work with the Aukey devices but newer iPad Pros and MacBooks will.

Overall these are fantastic products that offer a lot of functionality to existing devices. They're great for the office and perfect for remote workers who are tired of dongles and wires getting in the way.

The Link PD Pro and USB-C 4 Port Aukey Adapters are excellent products that I definitely recommend trying; I only wish I knew about them sooner.

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