After a long wait, the Steam Deck finally launches on February 25th. But Valve now says that the Steam Deck’s must-have accessory, its official docking station, won’t be available until “late Spring.” No need to worry; there are plenty of affordable alternatives.
As explained in Valve’s FAQ, the official Steam Deck dock lets you connect your console to TVs and external monitors. It also provides power to the Steam Deck, lets you use a wired Ethernet connection, and has three USB-A ports for controllers and other accessories.
In other words, the Steam Deck dock is a USB-C hub. Valve confirms as much on its website, and even says that you can use a powered USB-C hub in place of the docking station. There are no drawbacks to using a generic USB-C hub with your Steam Deck, as the official dock doesn’t improve the console’s performance.
Popular USB-C hubs are a dime a dozen, and you may already own one for your laptop or tablet. Here are some killer options at a range of prices. (Bear in mind that you’ll need a high-wattage adapter and USB-C cable to power your Steam Deck with these hubs.)
- Anker 7-in-1 USB-C Hub ($35)
- Lemorele 9-in-1 USB-C Hub ($43)
- Anker 6-in-1 USB-C Hub with Ethernet ($56)
- LENTION USB-C Dock with Kickstand and Power Supply ($120)
To be clear, USB-C hubs without high-speed passthrough charging won’t replace the official Steam Deck dock. All of the hubs listed in this article feature 65 or 100-watt charging.
Anker USB C Hub, 341 USB-C Hub (7-in-1) with 4K HDMI, 100W Power Delivery, USB-C and 2 USB-A 5 Gbps Data Ports, microSD and SD Card Reader, for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, XPS, and More
Anker's affordable USB-C hub features 100-watt passthrough charging, two USB-A ports, a USB-C accessory port, HDMI output, and a pair of SD Card slots.
Anker USB C Hub, PowerExpand 6-in-1 USB C PD Ethernet Hub with 65W Power Delivery, 4K HDMI, 1Gbps Ethernet, USB-C Data Port, 2 USB 3.0 Data Ports, for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, XPS, and More
Spend a little extra to get an Anker USB-C hub with an Ethernet jack.