Newest laptops, tablets, and other computing platforms are smaller and thinner than their predecessors. The form factor of computing devices is expected to get even smaller with the current advancements in technology. This trend demands connection ports that are smaller and capable of delivering faster speeds. The existing USB ports are large and not capable of meeting the performance demands of newer technologies.

USB Type-C Technology

In case you have one of the latest computing devices, you may have noted that its port is different and capable of supporting many protocols. Maybe you have not yet understood the capability of this port that is already on the new Macbook Pro, 12″ MacBook, Google Nexus, Google Pixel, and other newer laptops and tablets. This fairly new port is referred to as the USB Type-C. While this port may look simple, it is designed to allow you to experience more flexibility and faster connectivity.

The USB Type-C is designed to allow miniaturization of laptops, tablets, and other computing devices. This USB connector ecosystem is also designed to meet the robustness demanded by newer laptops, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to allowing a slimmer form factor and better data transfer speeds, the USB-C retains the functional benefits of the USB interface. It is compatible with USB 2.0, USB 3.1, and non-USB protocols including Thunderbolt 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort and MHL. The USB-C also supports power delivery and audio accessory mode meaning that you are charging, as well as passing data through this single port.

While some full-featured computing devices are capable of supporting almost all the uses of the USB-C, most laptops, tablets, and smartphones offer limited support. As such, not every computing device that uses USB-C is capable of supporting all the protocols that it supports. For instance, typical older computing platforms are capable of supporting USB 3.0 and DisplayPort only. You should, therefore, be careful when selecting a cable for your laptop, tablet, or any other computing device.

USB Type-C Adapter

This is a device that converts a Type-C port into different ports and slots. This allows you to connect more peripherals to your laptop or tablet. You could by a separate adapter or “dongle” for every individual port that you need, but that would leave you in a tangled and costly mess. You can use a Type-C hub for many uses including charging your smartphone, connecting an external hard drive, and connecting an SD card. To avoid damaging your laptop or connected peripherals, you should use a quality USB-C hub and connection cables.\

The Arc Hub is a high quality adapter with a slim form factor that is designed for USB-C Mac and Windows devices. This compact device offers 2 USB-C ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 SD card slot, I HDMI 1.2 port, and 1 Mini Display 1.4 port. The primary USB-C port of the Arc Hub is Thunderbolt 3 compatible while the secondary port is for charging uses only. The USB 3.0 ports offer 320Mbps/2.5Gbps when both ports are working and 640Mbps/5Gbps when only one is in use. This compact adapter has a diameter of 3.75in (95.9mm) and a height of 0.78in (19.2mm). In addition, this USB Type-C adapter has an attractive housing that makes it a truly elegant hub.

If you are looking for a device that can enable you to connect more USB peripherals to your 2015+ MacBook/Pro, Samsung TabPro, or any other USB Type-C device, then the Arc Hub is a suitable solution. This 7-in-1 Type-C hub is not only compact but it also has a beautiful design. Furthermore, the Arc Hub is a quality product that is optimized to ensure that your peripherals are connected safely.