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Nearly every computer device for both Macintosh and Windows Based Personal Computers now relies on USB Ports. The Universal Serial Bus allows simple (When it works) communication between devices and a host controller inside your computer. Most people already know this, but for those who do not there are currently 3 versions of USB.
- USB 1.0 – (1996) maximum data transfer 12 Mbit/s
- USB 2.0 - (2000) maximum data transfer 480 Mbits/s
- USB 3.0 – (2008) up to 10x faster than USB 2.0 4.8 Gbps
USB 3.0 devices are just starting to appear (Fall 2009) and offer a huge increase in performance potential for improving data transfer for flash cards, camera cards, etc. Unfortunately you’ll need to have a USB 3.0 capable host controller. USB 3.0 is being called “SuperSpeed” USB for now.
USB 3.0 Offers:
- Increased maximum bus power for power hungry devices like MP3 Players, External Hard Drives, etc.
- Full Duplex Data Transfers
- New connectors and cables to accommodate high speed transfer
Blah! Do any of us really care about technical specifications? Not really we just want faster faster faster! There is no good reason to want to wait around while you download MP3’s to your MP3 player or transfer files from your computer to your backup drive. And we all want to be able to just plug in a device and not have to worry about problems. One advantage to a “Powered USB Hub” is you can plug in devices that charge off of USB without the need to turn your computer on. My Sandisc MP3 player charges exclusively off of USB.
The only reason why I am talking about USB 3.0 here is because the USB Hub I am recommending at this point in time is NOT USB 3.0! I know that next year I’ll probably embrace USB 3.0 with any new equipment I purchase, but I need more connections right now as all my USB Ports on my computer are currently full. And it’s going to be awhile before a complete jump to USB 3.0 takes place. After all devices like Keyboards and mice won’t benefit that much from the high speed, however cameras and hard drives will. Windows 7 supports USB 3.0.
It’s pretty easy to reach capacity on USB ports with a mouse, keyboard, USB Webcam, External Hard Drive, MP3 Player, Speakers, Headphones, etc.
I tried a cheap $10 powered USB Device from a company called Koutech that I purchased from Newegg and have been sorely disappointed. So I’ve done my research and selected the APC (American Power Conversion) 19500SG-1G USB 2.0 4 Port Hub.
Care to share your experiences with USB Hubs?