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Is the 5 in 1 adapter worth it or does it just increase the workaround?

For those who need more inputs and connections in their routine use, they can benefit from adapters.

Notebooks are getting better and better, with a few exceptions, and also more compact and often with fewer ports and connections. Even sticking to wireless peripherals like keyboard and mouse, if you want to improve your user experience with a second screen, backups with external HD and other connections, you may need an adapter at some point. Faced with this need, we analyze whether a 5.1 adapter is worth it. 

What is a 5.1 adapter?

A 5-in-1 adapter is actually a hub that centralizes a series of connections for different purposes. On average there are three USB inputs, one HDMI input and ethernet inputs, but some models also have a memory card, USB-C and other connections. Normally the connection of the HUB to the notebook is done through one of the USB-C inputs, but in compensation, you get three free inputs to use, in addition to the other types of input. 

Benefits

The main advantage of the adapter is certainly versatility, but being more specific, we can mention the possibility of adding a second screen to the notebook, transmitting content in 4K images. Many ultra-thin notebooks today don’t have an Ethernet port and for those days when Wi-Fi isn’t working, the hub can help you connect to the internet via cable.

In addition to the obvious advantage of acquiring more USB-C ports, the adapter also makes it possible to mirror the screen of compatible smartphones on the notebook via the HDMI cable and concentrate numerous ports in a single device with small dimensions.  

Disadvantages

Perhaps the main disadvantage of this type of adaptation is the price, since every type of adapter of this category and of good quality costs an average of 300 reais, but can easily reach 500 reais, values ​​that are not so affordable for many people and that can be justified only for users who really need the benefits of a 5-in-1 adapter. 

5 in 1 adapter is it worth it? 

Yes, because they are options that are usually easy to carry everywhere, it amplifies the possibilities of using notebooks and solves an increasingly common problem in more compact notebooks, the lack of USB-C ports in good quantity and other inputs in general such as Ethernet and HDMI.