Five USB-C Hub Docks For Your Steam Deck

A Steam Dock for your Steam Deck

USB-C Hub
Not available at launch.

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The Steam Deck has finally been officially announced. While gamers are ordering the Switch-like machine in incredible numbers, Valve have confirmed that the dock won’t be ready for their launch window. Any powered USB-C Hub will work with the device in the meantime however, so which third party solution should you consider spending your hard earned money on?

On Steam’s store page, the hardware specs of the dock they have planned have been listed as follows, but keep in mind they could change between now and when Valve’s boutique tech product actually releases:

 

Expansion

  • Peripherals

1 x USB-A 3.1 Port

2 x USB-A 2.0 Ports

  • Networking

Ethernet

  • External displays

DisplayPort 1.4

HDMI 2.0

Power

  • Input

USB-C with Power Delivery passthrough input

  • Deck connection

6″ USB-C captive cable with low profile 90° connector

Size and Weight

  • Size

117mm x 29mm x 50.5mm

  • Weight

  Approx. 120g

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock

Elgato
Not to be confused with the Elgato Stream Deck.

Ports:

1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 1 x USB 3.1

Price: 

£139.99 from Amazon

What We Think:

This small form factor dock is sleek. It has display output options for televisions and monitors alike and will even allow you to ethernet into your router for a more stable multiplayer experience. It only has one USB port however, so if you want to use lots of peripherals or portable hard drives for game storage then it may not be for you.

Euasoo 9-in-1 USB-C Hub

Euasoo
Bargain.

Ports:

1 x USB Type-C, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 1 x microSD card slot, 1 x SD card slot, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack

Price:

£49.14 from Amazon

What We Think: 

On the other side of the price spectrum is the Euasoo 9-in-1. It has several extra USB ports for external storage as well as microSD and full-size SD card readers. This one is definitely the best value for money, including a 3.5mm headphone jack if you prefer to use a pair of non-bluetooth headphones and an ethernet port for playing online over a wired connection.

Dell DA300 6-in-1 USB-C Hub

USB-C Hub
The roundest one.

Ports:

1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x VGA, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x USB-A 3.1

Price:

£83.00 from Amazon

What We Think: 

While Dell’s offering is probably the best one at discreetly managing your cables, this hub only has two USB ports and an ethernet port on it, so it doesn’t really compete with the far cheaper Euasoo 9-in-1. It also supports legacy monitor video outputs like DisplayPort and VGA (if that’s something you’re interested in) but feels a little overpriced overall.

Kingston Nucleum USB-C Hub

USB-C Hub
This one looks a bit like a Wi-Fi Dongle.

Ports:

2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD card slot, 1 x microSD card slot, 2 x USB-C

Price:

£48.00 from Amazon

What We Think: 

With respectable amounts of storage and additional USB input options, but doesn’t have RJ45 support, so if you care about playing online games that require a stable connection then it might not be for you. Especially if you play Tekken 7, where it will flag you up for not using a wired connection and let everyone know your secret shame.

Lention CB-C37 Hub

USB-C Hub
Lention sounds like the name of a robot who is friends with Voltron. So it has that going for it too.

Ports:

MicroSD, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB Type C, 1 x HDMI,  1 x 3.5mm headphone jack, Thunderbolt

Price:

£47.99 from Amazon

What We Think: 

This one doesn’t support ethernet connections either, sadly. Lention’s offering however is small enough that it can be easily and discreetly hidden near a TV or a computer monitor. It has the longest cable of all of the hubs listed in this article (3.3 meters) so you could probably put it anywhere in the average living room and still reach the TV. If you’re a macbook user, this one also has Thunderbolt support for your laptop, which is nice.

 

What do you think of this list? Do you know of a better dock or hub that we’ve missed? Will you just wait for the official one? Reach out and let us know below. Also, if you’re interested in the best MicroSD cards for the Steam Deck, we’ve got you covered — you can find that here. 

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