The most fascinating USB-C accessories at CES 2022 are listed below

The most fascinating USB-C accessories at CES 2022 are listed below

Tech Highlights:

  • The crop of new products at CES show USB-C’s growing adoption. With one major exception, everything from cars and headphones to game controllers and multidevice chargers sports a USB-C connection. (We’re still hoping it’ll come to Apple’s iPhones.) 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.

  • As it gains additional data and charging capabilities, the basic oval port is showing up in an increasing number of products. Finally, thanks to Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, you can put several USB-C devices onto a single hub. This post is part of CNET’s coverage of CES, where we bring you the most up-to-date information on the most astonishing technology on the horizon. A slew of new USB-C accessories on show at CES 2022 suggest that the 7-year-old data-and-charging standard is now reaching its full potential. USB-C and its related standards are now commonplace in laptops, Android phones, and a slew of other devices. The Apple MacBook and Google Chromebooks introduced USB-C in 2015. Its oval connector replaced PCs’ rectangular USB-A connectors and many Android phones’ smaller, trapezoidal USB Micro-B ports.

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. 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.

Hyper’s 4-port Thunderbolt hub handles both power and data duties using either USB-C or Thunderbolt. One port connects to a laptop, supplying up to 96 watts of power — enough for almost any high end laptop. Three other ports connect to other devices and supply up to 15W of power. Unusually, Hyper’s hub has built-in power electronics, so all you need to power it is a cable, not the usual combination of cable and power brick. Hyper didn’t disclose pricing or availability.

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