Turn a USB Type-C port on your laptop into three USB Type-A ports (5Gbps) and one Gigabit Ethernet port. If you have a USB-C™ equipped laptop, but lack other important connection ports, then this hub can help. It couples your USB peripheral and RJ45 network connections into a single, convenient combination hub. USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1.
Through the USB-C host connector, this hub gives you three traditional USB-A ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet connection, making it a must-have laptop accessory. Plus, the integrated 30 cm (12 in.) cable lets you place the hub, your devices, and your network connection, exactly where you need them.
It’s ideal for virtually any USB-C equipped laptop, such as the Chromebook Pixel™, the Dell™ Latitude 11 5000 2-in-1, and Dell XPS 12.
Take advantage of USB-C
This dynamic USB 3.0 hub integrates an easy-to-use USB Type-C™ connector. It’s small and reversible, which makes for easier insertions, and you can connect the plug with either side facing up, which means less risk of damaging your ports and less frustration.
While your USB-C equipped laptop, or MacBook is lightweight and portable, it might be missing vital connectivity ports, such as wired Internet. Because this hub offers a Gigabit Ethernet port, you can connect to a network in locations were Wi-Fi® is unreliable or unavailable.
Compact design for portability or permanent placement
With a small footprint and lightweight housing, you can easily tuck the hub and the included power adapter into your laptop bag to expand your connectivity when you’re traveling.
Plus, the compact USB 3.0 hub takes up minimal space on a desk, so it fits perfectly in office, hot-desk (short-term guest), and BYOD workstation environments.
Extended-length cable eliminates aggravation
The hub’s built-in USB cable is long enough to reach your laptop or tablet’s USB 3.0 port, regardless of where the port is located. Now, you can eliminate the worry and frustration when your hub’s built-in cable is too short and doesn’t reach your laptop’s USB port location.
Plus, the extended-length cable provides you with more desk placement options, which makes it easier to create a comfortable, space-efficient work area.
Save money and time
This easy-to-use hub is natively supported in most operating systems, and you can install it quickly, without having to install additional drivers or software. You can also avoid the nuisance and cost of purchasing new devices, by using the USB 3.0 hub with your current USB 2.0 and 1.x devices.
The HB30C3A1GE is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
Darrin Kuphal (verified owner) –
I have several of these to use with my small laptops with limited USB ports and wireless-only Internet. They work as promised and don’t take much room in the laptop bag.
Jermaine Ritchie (verified owner) –
II recieved this in exchange for writing an unbiased review of the product through a program StartTech.com has. A little background information is necessary. I used a Google Pixel as well as a Samsung S8 for primary reference points when writing this. IN addition I used a Creative Labs Audio Booster, a Logitech Sub and two Satellites and a Logitech unifying reciever with a few different keyboards although to prove a point, I ended up snapping a picture with a standard USB Keyboard and Mouse. The reason I bring up the phones is that until recently, all of our non iPhone wireless devices used one of the older USB charging protocols. I am the Director of Data Science at one of the nations largest Wireless device warranty companies. Before joining, I used to think the extra money spend on Apple chargers was silly but since learned that’s far from the case. I had no idea how many phones exploded every day. The 3-Port USB-C Hub operates as a traditional hub but it also has the ability to charge devices. Wanting to give StarTech their money’s worth, I asked one of our techs to look at the consistency the device put out and while I’m not an engineer, I understand enough to know that the fluctuations we saw were no greater than those you’d see if you randomly sampled 5 or 10 Apple chargers. I didn’t have 5 of these to do a true comparison with but when we’ve done the same with off brand discount chargers, the fluctations per chord is high, try doing it with a sample and look at the deviations and it’s no wonder the problem is as pervasive as it is So you can use it as a very reliable charger for your C devices and unless all of your tech is brand new, chances are you’re going to have some mixture of USB classes. So what does it take to get up and running with this little wonder? The walk to your mailbox is probably the most compliicated endeavor in the entire process. Open the box (and StarTech shoudl win a humanitarian aware of some sort for thei packaging – apparently one of the folks there decided that making customers exert the same amount of effort it’d take to blown open an Armoured vehicle wasn’t a good idea and opted for simplicity. Once you unbox it, you plug it into the charging port of your phone. From there, there’s one C port available and 3 A Ports. I included a picture for this one but if I have time I’ll reocrd both audio and video to give you a feel for how well it performs. It’s such a simple little device. It’s light yet well built and for some reasons reminds me of car doors once the auto industry decided usability and quality mattered. Prior to that car doors were always heavy, they seldom felt like they closed with much precision and the handles were quick to break. Then after the quality revolution, details like doors closing and door handles operating correctly became a big issue. While that’s a total digression I included it b/c that’s the same feeling I got here. It’s sturdy, everything fits snugly without any unnecessary leeway (you know that leeway, the type you usually encounter before your device stops charging correctly unless you go to great lenghts to make sure the connection is made correctly) and although it’s lightweight, it feels as though somone put a great deal of effort into making it so as opposed to just using cheap low end materials. I decided to review this device on a whim, it wasn’t something I thought I needed and didn’t really think I had a use for it. When I saw the charging features for USB C , it was enough to make me want to give it a try. Since them, I’ve found countless uses for it. I’ll admit that each of the phones we use them for are the latest generation and are higher end devices but I love this little guy and I’m pretty sure you will too.
Ruth Anderson (verified owner) –
Solid construction (the feed cable seems reinforced). Connected to Dell and Macbook (Pro with touchbar) and it just works without any extra steps. The power adapter is a nice touch as it allows for devices with a larger draw to be connected. File transfers from internal storage to a connected USB device, from a 2nd USB over the ethernet, and from the network to local storage over ethernet all at once and throughput was spot on. My only criticism is that the device won’t work as a simple charging hub unless the USB-C is connected. Other than that, it’s an ideal little device! I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
Alisa Dach (verified owner) –
This is a great addition to my desk for my new work laptop, that has neither an ethernet port, or many USB ports. Wireless is great, but can’t beat having a direct connection, and having 3 high-speed USB ports close together is great. The power adapter is great for those power-hungry portable Hard Drives, but it will work great without it if all you’re using is USB Flash drives and a Network Cable, perfect for travelling! I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
Toney Gerhold (verified owner) –
I find this to be a very good product. It is compact and stylish. It is not a plug and play device though. You will have to go on StarTech’s website to download and install the current drivers for this product for it to be functional. Once you have successfully installed the drivers then the Gigabit Ethernet port and powered USB ports become active. I do like that StarTech includes universal power adapters for international travel.
Raegan Hahn (verified owner) –
The Startech.com 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub plus Gigabit Ethernet is a must for the road warrior! By using a USB C port you can expand your workspace with three USB 3.0 Type-A ports plus add gigabit Ethernet to your device! Having access to USB 3.0 is fantastic which means faster data transfer rates using an external hard drive, thumb drive or hard drive dock (all devices must be USB 3.0 to take advantage of faster transfer rates) just to name a few. Coupled with this is the gigabit ethernet port which is a must when moving large amounts of data across a network. With all of these feature packed into a light weight device it is a must to be part of anyone’s toolkit. In the box is the hub and the required power adapter. Another great product from Startech.com! I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.