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Hey guys,

I am looking at getting a USB hub, being that the laptop I use only has two USB ports. I have no knowledge of anything about USB hubs, other than you can connect more USB devices. I would be hooking up a mouse (I do plenty of gaming), a USB audio DAC and amplifier (I like my music), a printer, a laptop cooler, iPhone/iPod, and possibly others. At the moment, I am swapping them out and in as they are needed and it is a hassle.

Would I lose any performance by getting a decent USB hub? Could I run a mouse and audio setup through it and not notice that it was going through a hub?

Any thoughts or recommendations are welcome

Thanks in advance,
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Audio quality might be affected if there isn't enough bandwidth to carry it but mice, keyboards, printers, and iPod syncing ability shouldn't be affected. iPod syncing might be slower though. The laptop cooler could require more power than the laptop could provide if you have other devices hooked up into the same hub. A USB port provides 500mA of current. You will need to plug the USB hub into the wall plug adaptor.
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i got a 4 port usb hub at poundland for (wait for it) 99p its actually really good, and supports usb 2.0. i was well impressed, and its see thru, so you can see the insides
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Audio quality might be affected if there isn't enough bandwidth to carry it but mice, keyboards, printers, and iPod syncing ability shouldn't be affected. iPod syncing might be slower though. The laptop cooler could require more power than the laptop could provide if you have other devices hooked up into the same hub. A USB port provides 500mA of current. You will need to plug the USB hub into the wall plug adaptor.
That would be fine. I could get a powered one if needed. What would be a good one to get then?
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Almost any common brand name would be fine, don't look for those that are like $1 and don't have brand names.
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the powered hub it would be best, you can use it to charge your ipod/phone ect..
without overloading the port on your notebook
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They both have power though. Will there be any difference between the two performance wise?
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It looks like I might be running to a Fry's sometime soon. They don't have a rating system as I see, but any recommendations there. This looks just like the cables unlimited one that has been posted. Rebranding? It has two decent reviews on amazon.

http://www.frys.com/product/6050668#detailed

On the other hand, this one has awesome reviews, and a lot of them at that, on amazon:

http://www.frys.com/product/5665801#detailed

Any thoughts?
Edited by bigal1542 - 1/12/11 at 9:46am
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