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Best USB Hub

A USB hub lets you easily connect numerous USB cables to a single device which acts as part of a larger network. This lets you work around limitations you may have on the number of USB ports in your computer and can make it easy for multiple devices to be shared within a network. The best type of hub for you will depend primarily on two things, the first being what version of USB technology you need, and second, how many ports you need. Most models out there support USB 2.0 because so many devices still use that standard but the best performance comes from a USB 3.0 hub. While a wide range of different models are available, most of them have about half a dozen ports. If you need more connections, many manufacturers make larger versions.

We’ve chosen these as the best USB hubs because they offer you support for at least USB 2.0 specification although USB 3.0 is even better if it will work with your hardware. You get at least four ports on these hubs which gives you a lot of options for connecting your devices and some of them also provide you with seven (or even 10) ports if you have a lot of devices to connect. All of these hubs include backwards compatibility so you can choose a model that’s a bit better than what you need but it will still work with older hardware.

AmazonBasics 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 12V/3A Power Adapter

While manufacturers like D-Link and Belkin have been industry leaders for many years, the AmazonBasics series of hardware is an inexpensive and very nice option if you are looking for a USB hub. It includes seven ports, which should be enough for most setups, with full USB 3.0 connectivity and speed. Each port is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and supports low, full, high, and super speeds depending on the hardware you connect. If you need few or more ports there are similar models available with either four ports or 10 respectively which gives you a lot of connectivity options. Despite the USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, there are also versions of all three of these hubs available as USB 2.0 ports, though the 3.0 models really are a better choice. All in all, this is a simple, straightforward hub that works well and just gives you everything you need.

Belkin SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub - F4U058tt

This USB hub has four ports that support USB 3.0 standards, though they are backwards compatible to USB 2.0. If four ports is not enough for your setup, then you will need to choose another option because there is no ability to easily expand on this system or other models with more ports. However, for a simple, four-port USB 3.0 hub this is a great option. This option is not only simple to set up and use, it’s nice and small to go with a laptop or tablet. You can easily pack this into a laptop back, small piece of luggage, or other bag and take it anywhere with you. Since laptops and tablets often have only a few USB ports, this is a great option for expanding on the amount of hardware available to you.

Tripp Lite U222-007-R 7-Port USB 2.0 Hub

This rather unassuming USB hub is one of the most popular models on the market. It has seven USB 2.0 ports that are backwards compatible to work with USB 1.1 specifications. Five of them are located on one side of the hub along with the power and upstream connections, while the other two ports are on the other side of the device. One great feature of this model is you can easily set it up lying on its side, but there's also a stand so this pick can be positioned upright in a vertical configuration.

This USB hub supports all major operating systems which makes it easy to use with just about any setup and all of the ports are hot-swappable so you can quickly switch out devices as needed. While it doesn’t have any options for expansion if you need additional connections, it’s a perfect choice if you just need a seven-port USB 2.0 hub.

Sedna Advanced Electronics SE-USB-IHUB-100 10 Port USB 2.0 Internal Hub

The design on this USB hub is quite nice and gives you an excellent option for internal port additions. You get 10 USB 2.0 ports with this model and they are all backwards compatible with USB 1.1. The price on this one is quite reasonable but you're not likely to find it in a lot of retail stores; additionally, ordering it online requires a fairly long shipping time since it comes from Hong Kong. This pick takes up a 3.5 inch bay in the front of your computer so you need to make sure you have room and it also uses a standard four plug connector from your power supply. Once installed, you can easily swap in and out USB devices and you don't have to worry about another device sitting around your computer.

Greg Wiesen
With an AA in Computer Animation, I have spent years building computers and playing video games. I learned early on that the best way to figure out a new software program was to just start pushing buttons and see what happens (saving often, of course), and that is still my philosophy. From hard drives and motherboards to graphics cards and "holographic" keyboards, I enjoy checking out and playing with all the tech I can get my hands on. I have written hundreds of informative computer and technology articles in the past, and I believe that anyone can understand and use a computer. I'll worry about research and trying out different hardware, you just enjoy the results.
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