USB Hub Buyer's Guide


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Recently I was shopping for a new USB Hub for my home base computer system. This is my experience.

All these devices are USB 2.0.

The last time I went shopping for a USB Hub, the choice came down to the Targus ACH81US 7-Port USB Hub or the CyberPower 7-Port USB Hub. Both offered decent power supplies to power USB devices but the Targus offered Audio Pass Through to boot, which is very handy. I chose the CyberPower based on its lower price, and it continues to be a popular choice, going on 3 years later. The Targus has somewhat fallen out of favor.

CyberPower 7 Port USB Hub

Targus 7 Port USB Hub

My recent search led me to 2 newcomers to the USB Hub marketplace...the Plugable 10 Port USB Hub and the Satechi 12 Port USB Hub.

Satechi 12 Port USB Hub

The Satechi 12 Port is fantastically simple, in the style of the classic power strip with USB ports all face up in a row and lit up with blue LEDs. It has 2 switches which correspond to the two sets of 6 USB ports and allows you to turn them off or on. When turned off, the Blue LEDs which correspond with those 6 USB ports turn off as well, for a great visual cue. One drawback is that the Satechi does not offer additional power to the USB devices plugged into it....only the power from the one USB port is distributed to the USB devices plugged into it. At only $30 shipped from Amazon, it is highly recommended!

Plugable 10 Port USB Hub

The Plugable 10 Port USB Hub has 6 ports facing forward as it sits flat on the desk and 4 ports facing rear-ward with 2 of those flippable to the verticle position seen in the pics. This is a nice configuration for keeping those cables organized on the desktop and is the reason I went with this over the Satechi above. There is plenty of power (2.5 amps) available for powering the USB devices attached to this hub as well. At $27 shipped from Amazon, it is highly recommended!

Simple and clean design. Ports on only two sides to minimize clutter. Two ports swivel to vertical position
USB 2.0 high-speed interface. 10 downstream ports with data rates up to 480Mbps
Supports both self-powered (with power adapter attached) and bus-powered (without) modes
2.5A Power Adapter. Terminus Technology Chipset. Overcurrent detection and protection
Easy plug and play installation. Works with Windows, Mac, Linux, Wii, PS3, XBOX, etc.n
Plugable also makes a nice 7 Port USB Hub with 3 Amps available to the USB Devices.

These days, those paltry 3 or 4 ports on your laptop just arent cutting the mustard. Even the 7 Port Hubs are becoming too restricting. These two 10 and 12 Port Hubs are great additions to the marketplace. The ergonomics are much better on these two hubs as well....still scratching my head on those verticle orientations on those lightweight 7 port CyberPower and Targus hubs (though the CyberPower can lay flat and no doubt that is where the vast majority of them ended up).

Good luck out there!



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