Sat. May 28th, 2022
Here are the most interesting USB-C accessories from CES 2022
Hyper's 4-port USB-C and Thunderbolt hub

Finally you can plug multiple USB-C devices into one hub, thanks to Intel’s closely related Thunderbolt technology.


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This story is part of CES, where CNET covers the latest news on the most incredible tech coming soon.

A host of new USB-C accessories that were on display at CES 2022 indicate that the data-and-charging tech may be about to reach its potential after arriving seven years ago. 

USB-C and its related standards are already fixtures in laptops, Android phones and countless accessories. USB-C made its debut in 2015’s Apple MacBook and Google Chromebooks. Its oval connector replaced rectangular USB-A ports on PCs and smaller, trapezoidal USB Micro-B ports on many Android phones.

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But a crop of new products at CES demonstrate the ever-growing adoption of USB-C. With one major exception, everything from cars and headphones to game controllers and multidevice chargers now offers a USB-C connection. (Yes, that major exception is Apple’s iPhone, but I still hope it comes to the iPhone¬†someday.)

Deeper changes are coming with the standards that govern what USB cables and ports can do. The upgrade from USB 3 to USB 4, now arriving in laptops and other devices, means faster data transfer and docks with multiple USB-C ports. The USB PD (Power Delivery) standard can handle more and more charging needs, now including high-end gaming laptops.

Here’s a look at some of the new USB-C devices from CES 2022. Where the products are not yet available for sale, we’ve linked to the product information at the manufacturer’s website.

Plugable

The $189 Plugable USB4-HUB3A USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4 hub skips the variety on many hubs and docking stations to concentrate on just USB and Thunderbolt, the closely related connector technology from Intel on which USB 4 is based. One USB-C or Thunderbolt connection on your laptop becomes three on this hub. Plus there’s a USB-A port for your keyboard, thumb drive, or other accessory that’s not part of the modern age. It comes with an external charger of its own that means the USB-C/Thunderbolt ports can supply up to 15W of power to whatever is plugged in, which is useful for external drives and some other accessories.

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