Satechi Slim V2
The Satechi Slim V2 works with a wide range of devices, and is one of the few reported to play nice with the newest iPad Pro. It can pass through up to 49 watts, and transmit video from most ultraportables compatible with the DisplayPort standard.
- Durable aluminum body
- Available in three colors
- Somewhat on the expensive side
A bit different from the rest, the Glyph Dock is designed to house a high-speed NVMe solid-state drive. It takes advantage of the lightning-fast Thunderbolt 3 and UHS-II SD card protocols, although it is one of the most costly choices.
- Displayport allows 4k video at 60hz
- Separate microphone and audio jacks
- Requires 20 volts of external power
Compatible with both Windows and Apple devices, the HooToo UC-001N has 6 of the most commonly used ports and, as one of the more recently upgraded units, tends to be more reliable than the rest. Not only that, it’s also remarkably well priced.
- Three superspeed connectors
- Sleek aluminum case
- No microsd card slot
For those with multiple older peripherals still in their collection (which is almost everyone), the Lention Multi-Port offers 4 SuperSpeed connectors to keep everything together. Plus, it has a type C passthrough, so it won’t take up your laptop’s lone port.
- Supports 4k hdmi at 30 hertz
- Space gray and rose gold versions
- Maximum power delivery of 60 watts
At just over an inch wide and less than half an inch thick, the Mokin C-61 is a particularly compact option for adding the functionality you need to your MacBook. It has a pair of 5-gigabit-per-second ports, and is among the least expensive you’ll find.
- Capable of powering an external ssd
- Usb power passthrough
- Not compatible with all smartphones
Tailored specifically for use with MacBooks dating back to 2016, the Purgo TC401 takes up two ports, but is among the most versatile on the market. It’s one of the few capable of transmitting 60-hertz video at resolutions of up to 5K.
- Plugs directly into a laptop
- Allows for full-speed charging
- 40-gigabit-per-second passthrough
In addition to a pair of Type-A ports, the Zendure X5 features a 15,000-milliamp-hour battery and 45-watt Power Delivery charging that can accommodate a wide range of ultraportables. It even supports the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard used by many smartphones.
- Compact for its capacity
- Refuels in about 2 hours
- Available in black or white
Aukey Ultra Slim
If all you need is expanded type A connectivity and don’t want to spend too much money, the Aukey Ultra Slim may be your best option. Each of its sockets offers a maximum transfer rate of 5 gigabits per second, and it’s engineered to minimize electromagnetic interference.
- Durable abs plastic construction
- Relatively lightweight
- 2-year replacement warranty
Rreaka Digital AV
The Rreaka Digital AV comes with a fixed main cable, 2 USB sockets, and a gigabit-class RJ45 jack. According to a number of users, it provides charging and HDMI connectivity to the Nintendo Switch, a distinction held by very few other models.
- Works well with apple laptops
- Just 3-quarters of an inch thick
- A mid-range price
From a brand dedicated to customer satisfaction, the Anker PowerExpand+ has an 18-month warranty and nearly all the connectivity you could need. It offers an impressive 100 watts of Power Delivery passthrough that should work with most laptops.
- Standard and microsd card slots
- Type-c and type-a ports
- Can transmit 4k video at 30 hertz