As laptops continue to get smaller, the connectors provided become even more limited. Today I’ll provide a quick list of adapters that can expand your connections. Yes, there will be Amazon links that can earn me a very small commission. No, I didn’t get any free adapters.
On newer laptops, the primary port available is a USB-C port so we’ll focus on adapters that work with that USB-C port. It supports high enough bandwidth to send enough data for networking or displays. Below are adapters that work with three types of displays as well as an Ethernet adapter.
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For those who want to turn a single USB-C port into several different ports, consider the Anker USB-C Hub. It provides 4K HDMI, power delivery, USB-C data port, microSD and SD card readers, plus 2 USB 3.0 ports.
Some of you will only need one specific type of connection, while others will prefer to get a hub providing a number of different connections. One of these products might be what you need to connect your laptop to data, networking or a display. Even if you think you might not need it, it never hurts to have a little extra in your laptop bag should a situation arise when you’ll truly need it.
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