Working from home isn’t for everyone, especially when it isn’t a choice. Those who generally work from an office have access to all of the tools they need to get their job done. But at home, those niceties can’t be found. Thankfully, there are accessories like Aukey’s Wireless Charging Hub that can make getting through your day-to-day a bit easier.
The biggest issue with most modern laptops is that companies have moved to slimmer designs. In doing so, they threw out most ports that people relied on to get work done. Fortunately, the market is flooded with USB dongles and accessories that add more functionality to your computer.
Enter the Aukey Wireless Charging Hub. With one little USB-C accessory, you gain two USB-A 3.0 ports capable of 5GBps data transfers, an HDMI port that supports 4K/30fps, a USB-C port, and a wireless charger.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Aukey Wireless Charging Hub, and why I believe it’s the best accessory for those working from home for the first time.
Your Charging Needs Are Covered
Because I like having my phone’s battery constantly topped off, I keep a wireless charger on my office desk. But when I’m working from home (or somebody else’s house as my office is technically in my home), I typically choose a wired connection over traveling with a wireless charger.
Having a Qi wireless charger built into the top of the hub provides a convenient place to put my phone down and get a slow charge. I only say “slow” because the hub supports 5W charging, but that’s more than enough to reach a full battery if you sit at your computer for an hour or two.
It’s important to note that the Aukey Wireless Charging Hub only offers wireless charging when external power is coming into the hub. When the built-in USB-C cable is plugged into a computer, it will only act as a USB and HDMI hub.
My current setup includes plugging the hub into Aukey’s 65W GaN charger. The wall charger produces enough juice to keep power flowing to my laptop and smartphone. If your computer requires a higher wattage, the hub supports up to 100W PD passthrough.
The Ports That You Need
As mentioned above, the Aukey Wireless Charger is a 5-in-1 hub. You’ll find the two USB-A ports on the right side of the device and the USB-C and HDMI ports on the left. All of the ports are easy to access, but with four cables plugged into the device, it does tend to look a bit cluttered.
Additionally, there’s a rubber foot on the bottom of the hub that keeps it in place and two LED notification lights. The front-facing light turns green when plugged into a computer or external power. The second, found on the top of the puck, goes from red to green when successfully wirelessly charging a smartphone.
The Perfect Work-From-Home Package
The Aukey Wireless Charging Hub solves multiple work-from-home issues while being the size of a hockey puck. Not only does it add extra functionality to your computer, but it also ensures that your phone stays fully charged throughout the day.
My biggest (nitpicky) issues with the hub are the fact that the attached USB-C cable is relatively short (roughly six-ish inches long), and there isn’t any built-in storage to tuck the cord away when not in use. Neither are genuinely problematic but may be annoyances for you.
If you’re already going to be looking for a way to add additional USB ports to your computer and home workspace, Aukey’s Wireless Charging Hub is probably one of the best solutions. For $50, you’re getting an all-in-one device that’s most likely cheaper than buying two separate accessories.
Here’s What We Like
- 5-in-1 hub with USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI ports
- 5W Qi wireless charging
- 100W Power Delivery compatible
And What We Don't
- Cables can get cluttered
- Short USB-C cable
- No built-in storage