Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub
$29.95 USDSKU: USBC-7IN1
Amazon Rating : (1349 Reviews)
- 7-IN-1 USB C Dock—Enhance your setup by turning a single USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 / 4 port into 7 ports. USB C hub multiport adapter adds 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 4K HDMI, 1 SD card reader, 1 microSD card slot, and 1 USB-C Power Delivery charging port
- 4K HDMI Display—4K USB C to HDMI Adapter can drive an external monitor to stream video and multitask (up to 4K 30Hz resolutions). The Thunderbolt 4 hub's compact and portable design makes it easy to extend your screen space whether you're working from home or in the office
- High Speed Data & Charging—Transfer data with a USB 3.0 (5Gbps) port. SD and microSD card slots offer versatile access. Powered USB C hub offers 100W pass-through charging for USB-C power adapters (not all laptops support USB-C PD)
- Reliable Expansion—Unlike other USB hubs, this Type-C Thunderbolt 3 hub offers simultaneous port functionality, laptop protection, and an updated chipset. No need to worry about overdrawing power, Display flakiness, and other common issues
- 2 Year Warranty—We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 2-year limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email support
Expand Your USB-C or Thunderbolt Laptop
Connect your essential workstation peripherals to your laptop with a single, compact USB-C hub. The Plugable 7-in-1 USB-C Hub (USBC-7IN1) is the perfect companion to connect an external 4K HDMI monitor, USB peripherals like a mouse, keyboard and flash drive, SD or microSD cards, and provide power to the laptop all through a single USB-C connection back to your laptop.
Optimized through extensive testing and years of product development, the multiport adapter was designed by Plugable to fix the problems most commonly mentioned by real customers. Building on the latest technology, the USB-C 7-in-1 hub provides a more reliable DisplayPort over USB-C connection, consistency in port functionality, less risk of overdrawing power, and protecting the laptop when using pass-through charging.
Don’t give up your only USB-C port to your laptop charger. The included USB-C charging port will keep your laptop charged, while using the other hub’s ports at the same time. Supports USB-C power delivery input up to 100W.
High Definition Display
Connect your HDMI-equipped monitor, television or projector to your laptop and achieve resolutions up to 3840x2160 @ 30Hz (4K 30Hz).
Other popular supported resolutions include 3440x1440, 2560x1440, 1920x1200, 1920x1080 and lower.
Connect your Devices
Equipped with three USB 3.0 (5Gbps data transfer speeds) ports and an SD and microSD card slot in order to connect must-have peripherals and storage devices to keep your work in sync.
In The Box
|Item and Quantity||Item Notes|
|1x Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 hub|
|1x Quick Start Guide|
|Port||Placement||Specification||Max Resolution and Refresh Rate||HDCP||Chipset|
|1x HDMI 4K
3440x1440 @ 60Hz3840x2160 @ 30Hz
2560x1440 @ 60Hz
2560x1080 @ 60Hz
1920x1200 @ 60Hz
1920x1080 @ 60Hz
1600x900 @ 60Hz
1280x1024 @ 60Hz
1280x800 @ 60Hz
1280x720 @ 60Hz
1152x864 @ 60Hz
1024x768 @ 60Hz
800x600 @ 60Hz
640x480 @ 60Hz
|Port||Placement||Power Host / Device||Connection Type||Notes||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|USB-C Power Passthrough||Left||Device||USB-C Power Delivery||Up to 20.0V||5.0A||Up to 100.0W|
|USB-C to Host||Front||Host||USB-C Power Delivery||When Self Powered (USB-C Power Adapter is Connected)||Up to 20.0V||4.6A||Up to 92.0W|
USB To Devices
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|3x USB-A||Left||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||5V||900mA||4.5W|
Connection To Host
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features|
|1x USB-C||Front||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||Alternate Mode Video|
|Storage Port Location||Host Connection||Host Connecton Port Specification||Attached Cable (Port Type if No)||Slot and Media Type||Capacity (If Media Included) or Max Supported Capacity||Chipset|
|Slot 1||USB-C||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||Yes||
MicroSD (Trans-Flash) or MicroSDHC or MicroSDXCMicro SD
|Slot 2||USB-C||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||Yes||
SD or SDHC or SDXC or MMC or RSMMC or Mobile-MMC or MMCPlus or MMC-microSD or SDHC or SDXC or MMC
|Compatible Systems||Plug and Play installation on any Chromebook/Windows/Mac/Linux hosts which support DisplayPort Alternate Mode (Alt Mode) video output functionality. Adapter has been fully tested for functionality on the 2018+ iPad Pro (mirroring only)/MacBook Air/iMac and iMac Pro/MacBook and MacBook Pro/Google Pixelbook/Dell XPS 13 & XPS 15/Lenovo Thinkpad/HP Spectre x360/Samsung DeX capable devices/Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Go/and many other systems which support USB-C DP Alt Mode.|
|Audio is supported on HDMI-capable TVs, projectors, and monitors with built-in speakers.|
|Incompatible Systems||Not recommended for use with the Nintendo Switch. Most current phones and tablets with USB-C ports do not support Alt Mode video output., ASMedia USB 3.1 controllers do not support Alt Mode video output.|
|Most motherboards with dual USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports are limited to a single Alt Mode output; only one Alt Mode adapter supported per system.|
- Connect the hub to a USB-C port that supports video and charging on your laptop, tablet, or phone.
- Connect your USB peripherals, monitor, USB-C power adapter and SD/microSD card to the hub.
Note: Charging and HDMI output requires host device support for USB-C Power Delivery Charing and DisplayPort over USB-C Alternate Mode ("Alt Mode") standards.
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USB Port Types
This is the standard USB connection that most computers offered prior to the introduction of USB Type-C (USB-C). Even after the introduction of USB Type-C, this is still quite common.
It can provide data transfer rates up to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 gbps) specification depending on the host and device, but does not directly support video in the way that USB-C Alternate Mode does. This limitation makes DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and docking stations ideal on systems that do not have USB-C, or in instances where more displays are needed beyond available video outputs of a PC.
This type of connection comes in a couple different styles depending on whether USB 3.0 and higher transfer rates are supported (bottom graphic). Usually this type of connection is used to plug into USB devices that do not have a fixed cable connected, such as USB docking stations, USB hubs, printers, and others.
One of the first connectors for charging a smartphone, wireless game controller (such as the Sixaxis and DualShock 3), and other small devices such as external hard drives. Not commonly used today, but is still used in some cases. Most devices using USB Mini B are using USB 2.0, though a USB 3.0 variant does exist. This specification also added USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality, though it is more commonly implemented with Micro USB.
A smaller connector that serves many of the same uses as the Mini B connector, with added optional features such as Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) to allow devices like smartphones to output video to larger displays without requiring a dedicated port for video output.
The larger variant of USB-B is most commonly used for external hard drives for higher 5Gbps transfer rates.
USB-C, Thunderbolt™ 3, and Thunderbolt™ 4
The most recent USB connection, USB Type-C (USB-C), represents a major change in what USB can do. The connector is smaller, can be connected in two orientations, is able to carry substantially more power and data, and can directly carry video signals of multiple types (HDMI, DisplayPort, etc.) Intel has also adapted the USB-C connector for use with Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4.
It is important to note that while all Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 connections are USB-C, not all USB-C connections can be used with Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 devices.
More details regarding physical USB connections can be found on Wikipedia . The graphics depicted here are adapted from Wikimedia Commons by various artists under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Does the HDMI 1.4 Port Support 4K Resolution at 60Hz?
Can I Connect a DisplayPort (DP) Monitor to the HDMI Port on This Device Using an Adapter or Cable?
No, this is not possible. Please note that DisplayPort to HDMI cables (as with most cables involving protocol/signal conversion) are not bidirectional adapters, which means they only work in one direction -- from a DisplayPort output to a HDMI input.
Connecting these type of cables backwards will not allow an HDMI output port (such as those on a dock) to function with a DisplayPort input on a monitor.
The USB-C Port on My USB-C Hub Does Not Pass Data. Why Is This?
Self-Powered vs Bus-Powered USB Devices
While all USB ports provide some amount of power for attached devices, the available power may not be enough for certain high-current devices such as USB hubs or external hard drives. High-current devices usually come with their own power adapter, making them self-powered, in contrast to a bus-powered device that draws all of its power from the host computer's USB interface. Bus-powered devices can cause issues if they need more power than is available from the host machine.
Many of our devices that include power adapters, especially USB hubs, will function in either self-powered or bus-powered mode. However, even though the device may function, each additional device attached to the host computer reduces the total available bus power. If the power runs out, any USB device attached to the computer may suddenly disconnect. If this were to happen to a USB storage device, such an event could result in permanent data loss.
If a device comes with a power adapter, we recommend that the adapter stay connected at all times, otherwise the device may not function as designed.
Self-powered USB device - A device that takes all of its power from an external power supply
Bus-powered USB device - A device that takes all of its power from the host computer's USB interface.
Do Plugable products support the Apple SuperDrive?
Unfortunately Plugable products do not support the Apple SuperDrive.
The Apple SuperDrive has stringent power requirements that can only be met by directly connecting the SuperDrive to your host laptop. As a result at this time Apple recommends only using their USB-C adapter cables. You can find more information on that here -→ How to connect the Apple USB SuperDrive
If you have purchased a Plugable product to use with your Apple SuperDrive, and would like some additional assistance please do not hesitate to reach out. You can do so by emailing email@example.com, or going to Plugable.com/Support.
My full size SD Card is not detected by my USBC-7IN1 when locked. Why is this?
In some situations full sized SD Cards may not be detected when in the read only or 'locked' position when inserted into a USBC-7IN1. The lock position on full sized SD Cards is not meant to lock access to these cards, it is intended to make the card read only.
Pictured below, a full sized SD Card with the card lock enabled.
At this time the best solution to mitigate this problem is to 'unlock' the SD Card before inserting the card into the USBC-7IN1. We do understand that perhaps this is not a viable solution for you, and if this is the case please reach out to us for further assistance. You can do so by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, please be sure to describe the problem.
* Please Note: This problem is only known to affect the USBC-7IN1.
Can I leave my notebook computer connected to a charging dock overnight, or should I discharge and recharge the notebook battery regularly?
We are often asked if it is okay to leave a notebook computer connected to one of our USB-C docking stations with Power Delivery for extended periods of time. The short answer is yes, it is no different from leaving the laptop connected to the manufacturer's original USB-C power supply for the same time. The long answer is yes for modern laptops, and maybe for older (1990s-early 2000s laptops) and involves going into the different battery technologies used in consumer electronics devices.
Another common question is if it is possible to use the docking station but to disable powering and charging the computer. When a modern notebook computer runs on battery power it will often set the system to a reduced power state which may impact performance, or connected devices and we recommend always powering the computer when using a desktop docking station. For all of our docking stations that provide power to the host computer this will not affect the lifespan of the computer's battery.
Modern Laptop Batteries: Lithium-Ion
Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries are found in a wide range of consumer electronics from notebook computers and cell phones, to electric cars, power tools, and wearable electronics like wireless earbuds. Li-ion offers fast charging, high-current discharging, fairly long service live compared to other rechargeable battery technologies and are relatively inexpensive.
The life-span of a rechargeable battery depends on many factors including age, temperature history, charging patterns, the chemical composition of the specific battery, and usage. For example batteries stored at 100% charge will degrade faster than batteries stored at 50% charge, this is why most consumer electronics devices arrive from the manufacturer with between 25% to 75% charge.
Lithium-ion batteries are consumable components, however in most modern computers, cell phones, and tablets these are not user serviceable components. To help maintain the battery all modern computers and most consumer electronics will include battery charge and protection circuits. These can be fairly simple, charging up the battery at preset rates depending on the charge level to help maintain the battery life, or complex software controlled charging that monitors battery temperature, voltage and current draw to maintain the fastest charging while maintaining the battery longevity.
Modern notebook computers can be left connected to the original power cable or a docking station with charging capability for extended periods, and do not benefit from regular discharge/recharge cycles. Our docking stations with charging capability rely on USB Type-C Power Delivery to power and charge compatible computers. USB Type-C Power Delivery is a negotiated charging protocol between the host computer and the docking station or USB Type-C power supply, this allows the computer to draw only the power it requires, and even select the best voltage level for powering the computer. In combination with a computer's built-in battery charging controller the computer is capable of maintaining the battery's optimal state even when left connected to a power source for an extended period of time.
Legacy Laptop Batteries: NiCad and NiMH
Older laptops, from the 1990s and some early 2000s, as well as some consumer electronics, and most rechargeable AA or AAA battery replacements use Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) or Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries. These batteries are slower to charge and discharge than li-ion batteries, and require very simple charge controllers, and in some cases can even be trickle-charged ( very low-current continuous charging ) if desired.
These batteries generally don't have smart charging controllers and to prolong the life of the battery required "training" or fully discharging and recharging the battery every so often. Many laptop manufacturers recommended fully charging and discharging a new laptop 2-3 times to train the battery, this is not necessary with modern laptops.
Modern notebook batteries are managed by the computer's built-in battery charging circuit, and require little to no user intervention to maintain optimal battery health. It does not harm the battery to leave the computer connected to an external power supply, so long as the computer is being used regularly. If the computer is to be stored for a prolonged period then discharging the battery to between 50-75% can help to maintain the battery life.
Batteries are consumable components and degrade over time, however modern notebook computers can extend the battery life generally to meet or exceed the life of the computer's other electronic components.