That’s true for most of us when you buy a new wireless mouse or a portable HDD or a printer or a camera or cell phone / iPod or a thumb drive and so on and you discover that you are out of USB ports.
So USB hubs you will find in all shapes, sizes and types ! Most important is portability & durability 🙂 So here is I have found Five Best USB Hubs in 2017, based on my own research with expert comments against each one.
Five Best USB Hubs in 2017
|Sabrent HB-UMLS Hub||AmazonBasics||Sabrent Premium||Anker Ultra Slim||UNITEK High Speed Hub|
|Supports USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Transfer rates||up to 480 Mbps||up to 480 Mbps||5120 Mbps|
|Backwards compatible||USB 1.1||USB 1.1||USB 2.0||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|System requirements||* Mac OS 9.1 & higher|
* Windows 98SE /ME /2000 /XP /Vista /7/8
* Linux 2.4 or above
|Windows 2000/Win XP/Vista/Windows 7 & Mac 10.1 up||Mac OS 9.1 & higher|
Windows 98SE /ME /2000 /XP /Vista /7/8/8.1/10
Linux 2.4 or above
|* Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X 10.2 (and above)|
* Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 users should upgrade to Mountain Lion 10.8.2 or later to avoid unstable connections.
|Windows XP /Vista/7 / 8 /8.1 (32/64-bit) /Windows 10; Mac OS 10.10 or higher; Chrome OS; Linux OS|
|Power adaptor to use||Sabrent 5V 4A 100V-240V to DC Power Adapter||No external power||Sabrent 5V 4A 100V-240V to DC Power Adapter||No external power||external power supply can be added via Micro USB female port|
|Warranty||3 years||30 days return ?||1 year||1.5 years||2 years|
|Size||0.5 x 1.25 x 3.25 in||1.92 x 2.48 x 0.63 in||1.18 x 3.54 x 1.97 in||1.18 x 4.21 x 0.39 in||4.5 x 7 x 1.5 in|
|Weight||0.3 ounces||1.9 ounces||2.6 ounces||1.3 ounces||3.2 ounces|
|Blue LED to indicate power status for each port||LED light power indicator||Aluminium case & rubber base||Some devices may not be supported since no external power||Built in Overvoltage/Overcurrent/Leakage & Short-Circuit protection unit|
|All 4 ports on one side to minimize cable clutter||Ridiculously short USB cable||Port too tight issues faced|
|Not suitable to charge iPhones (user feedbacks)||Burning issues faced|
|OFFERS in Jan 2017||Sabrent Hub||AmazonBasics||Sabrent Premium||Anker Ultra Slim||UNITEK Hub|
Questions Answers about USB Hub 2.0 & USB 3.0
How many USB devices I can connect at a time using USB hubs?
- Daisy chain multiple hubs to a maximum of 127 devices
Why I need the external power adapter for USB device?
- Many times your external 2.5″ HD’s are not able to get enough power from the USB port itself, a powered hub resolves this issue.
- An un-powered hub divides the power among ports which create problems for some devices
How do I know if I need a 2.0 or a 3.0 USB Hub?
- Firstly your computer/parent device must be compatible to USB 3.0
- USB 3.0 provides higher speeds than a 2.0
Notes USB 2.0
For a stable connection, the devices connected to the 4 Port Hub must not exceed a combined current of 5 volts 500mAh. External hard-drives should be connected to an external power source. This 4 Port hub will not charge an iPad (it will only sync)
Notes USB 3.0
- 2.4 Ghz wireless devices, such as wireless keyboard and mouse adapters, may not work in close proximity to USB 3.0 devices or hubs. Connecting to a USB 2.0 port is recommended.
- For a stable connection, the devices connected to the 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub must not exceed a combined current of 5 volts 900 mAh. External hard-drives should be connected to an external power source. This 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub will not charge an iPad (it will only sync).