Windows systems limited to Type-A ports and embedded GPUs can still use multiple monitors when connected to the Plugable UD-3900 , though it can’t achieve a 4K resolution. It does offer a host of hub functions, such as an Ethernet connection and a DVI output.
- 6 usb expansion sockets
- Audio in and out connectors
- Not compatible with macos or linux
Even if your computer doesn’t support DisplayPort over Alt Mode, the Plugable Type-C will allow you to extend or mirror your screen on up to two monitors, thanks to its advanced active converter, though it may not work with the integrated GPUs present in some notebooks.
- No external power supply needed
- Can't transmit copy-protected media
- Requires 8 gigabytes of system ram
The Lention Hub is a multipurpose option that offers four SuperSpeed connections as well as 60 watts of power delivery, enough to charge many lightweight laptops and 2-in-1s at full speed. Its durable aluminum body helps dissipate heat when multiple devices are connected.
- Half-inch thick at its widest point
- Comes in space gray or rose gold
- Ultra hd is limited to 30 hz
If you want to hook your computer up to truly high-end projectors or monitors, consider the StarTech Dual , which can output native 4K resolution at 60 Hz through two displays simultaneously. It’s also backwards compatible with devices sporting less impressive pixel counts.
- Lightweight and portable
- Driverless plug-and-play setup
- Requires thunderbolt 3 support
The Choetech XCH-1201BK is great for linking a laptop to a large monitor, since the right-angled design of the USB-C end won’t bend the cable when your device is in front of the screen. It also comes with a handy zippered carrying pouch.
- Corrosion-resistant gold plating
- Almost 2 meters long
- May not work with some phone cases
Cable Matters 201053
In addition to its array of connectivity options, the Cable Matters 201053 enables 10-gigabits-per-second Gen 2 speeds through its expansion ports while in HD mode, with a toggle to switch it to 4K when you want to play high-definition content.
- Optional vertical stand
- Integrated headphones jack
- 80 watts of power delivery charging
If you’re looking for a single link from a laptop or high-end graphics card straight to a display, consider the Uni Cable . It comes in lengths of 3, 6, or 10 feet and, as long as the TV or monitor has a version 2.0 input, can transmit media in 4K at up to 60 Hz.
- Compatible with hdcp protocols
- Wrapped in braided nylon
- Works with many smartphones
Anker PowerExpand 8-in-1
It’s hard to top the versatility of the Anker PowerExpand 8-in-1 , which lets a single port output fast high-resolution media, network through an Ethernet jack, and connect to several peripheral devices. It offers an impressive 10 gigabits per second data transfer speed.
- 85 watts of passthrough charging
- Both sd and micro-sd readers
- Slim profile for portability
Utilizing DisplayPort over Alternate Mode, the Uni F01 is a straightforward dongle that’s compatible with most modern laptops’ Type-C ports. Its braided nylon cord is remarkably durable, and it’s as affordable as it is effective.
- Great for macbooks
- Plug fits securely in sockets
- Supports resolutions up to 4k
Built around an advanced DisplayLink chipset, the Plugable 6950 can turn a SuperSpeed Type-A port into a pair of Ultra HD outputs. Its performance is reliable and consistent, and its fairly modest system requirements allow for usage with older computers than most.
- Hdmi version 2-point-0
- Gigabit ethernet jack
- Capable of 60-hertz refresh rates