I am currently facing a problem, my laptop only has 3 usb ports and I have a lot of peripherals that need to be connected such as 3 external hard drives, ipods, ipads and many others. Can anyone point me to a good USB hub? Does it affect transfer speeds?
If you are looking for a USB hub to use on your USB devices, you should check this AmazonBasics 10 Port USB 2.0 Hub. It costs $21.99. It supports USB 2.0 ports high-speed interface supporting data rates from 1.5 Mbps, 12 Mbps, up to 480 Mbps and backward compatible with USB 1.1. This 10-port hub supports two modes: bus-powered mode and self-powered mode.
With bus-powered mode the hub get its power from the USB port where it is connected to while with self-powered mode, the hub get its power from the power adapter connected to an AC outlet. This 10-port hub supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. For Mac, it supports OS X 10.1 and higher.