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Plugable Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 Hub review: Pocket rocket

Plugable Thunderbolt 4 Hub Specs

Price: $199/£209
Ports: 3 x Thunderbolt 4 ports, 1 x Thunderbolt host port w/ 60W PD, 1 x USB-C to HDMI 2.0 adapter
Supports: Thunderbolt 4 Windows systems (Windows 10 and above), Thunderbolt 3 and USB4 Mac systems (macOS 11 and above)

As the latest and greatest laptops continue to evolve each year, so do their connectivity. The days of needing a power supply input are dwindling; the latest slew of MacBook Pros and Dell XPS notebooks are case in point. Thunderbolt 4 and physical USB-C connectors are slowly taking over, and Plugable is embracing the change with its Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 Hub.

Without any hint of a USB-A port, DisplayPort inputs or even the adored 3.5mm audio jack, Plugable has thrown port variety out the window and went all-in on USB-C connections. That may not sound appealing to many who need a simple USB-A slot to plug in a mouse, keyboard or extra peripherals, but to those with the means to use Thunderbolt 4’s 40Gbps transfer rates and dual 4K resolution monitors at a 60Hz refresh rate, you’re in for a treat.

Plugable’s TBT4-HUB3C hub delivers an additional three Thunderbolt 4 ports that can charge devices, transfer data, and link up to fancy external monitors all at the same time. You don’t necessarily need Thunderbolt 4 either, seeing as it’s backward compatible with Thunderbolt 3, along with other USB-C type connections, and connects via USB-C. Is it a hub that can make its way on our best USB Type-C hubs page, though? Read on to find out. 

Plugable Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 Hub price

The Plugable Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 Hub doesn’t come cheap, despite its small selection of ports and compact size. While $199/£209 is nothing to sneeze at, it’s still considerably cheaper than bigger Thunderbolt 4 docking stations on the market, including the $289.99 Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station and $299.99 Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station. However, not having any other ports, apart from a USB-C to HDMI 2.0 adapter, is a bit of a raw deal. 

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