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USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:35 pm

I'm in the market for a USB-A 3.0 hub as I'm running out of ports on my PC.

But which to choose?

Is there any advantage in going for a 'name' brand?

Does a powered-hub (not so many about now) give any advantages in terms of reliability?

And... newbie question... does adding hubs 'slug' the PC's performance in any way? I already run a powered USB 2 5-port?

Windows 10 Home 64-bit

CPU
Intel Core i5 3570 @ 3.40GHz
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology

RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (9-9-9-24)

Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8H77-V LE (LGA1155)

I shall be buying from CPC in the UK...
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby The Elf » Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:28 pm

I have several 10 and 12-port (powered) USB3 Orico hubs, three of which are connected to my studio PC. I can say they have a 100% record here.
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby James Perrett » Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:00 pm

I'd go powered every time - especially as USB3 devices are allowed to take much more power than USB2. For quality I'd look at Startech and this one looks like it would fit the bill

https://cpc.farnell.com/startech/st4300 ... 9871?fi=wp

The hub shouldn't slow down the computer but you will now have multiple devices sharing a single USB port so those devices will be slower. This probably doesn't matter so much with USB3 but the general advice still seems to be to keep your audio interface directly connected to the computer.
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:54 pm

Thanks guys! Useful stuff. :thumbup:

I'm buying from CPC as I have a credit note... sadly they don't sell Orico. But that's a useful resource for the future, Sir P. Thanks!
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby pk.roberts » Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:12 pm

+1 for the StarTech brand. Have used lots at work and have had no problems - the only issue you might find is that the captive cable is a bit on the short side, so depending on what sort of physical access you need, maybe budget for a USB extension lead as well.
I also use the powered versions as some external devices can be a bit power-hungry.
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:17 pm

Another happy startech user here.
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:44 pm

Thanks all!

Having built a careful-costed CPC Order this afternoon and not being able to apply the Credit Note I was told that it wasn't a Credit Note, but an advice of refund!

Ah well! I'll start over... :lol:
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby baward » Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:12 pm

Another :thumbup: for Orico, I am very happy with mine (although it's on a Mac)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby zout » Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:47 pm

in the same kind of idea....


do you know if 5 meters is too long for a usb lead?

rather , what is the length limit in usb transfer???

i d install a usb hub in my rack for convenience, but it s a bit more than 3 M away from my pc...
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby The Elf » Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:29 pm

I have 10m cables to two 12-port USB hubs here - no problems at all.
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby zout » Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:40 am

The Elf wrote:I have 10m cables to two 12-port USB hubs here - no problems at all.
Allright!

Thanks Elf!
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby Marcus Bointon » Tue May 11, 2021 9:43 pm

FWIW I got an Orico 7-port hub recently that worked perfectly, but was horribly noisy, like listening to timecode! I returned it. I got the Orico because I previously had an Anker hub, but 3 of its 7 ports stopped working (after several years). Now looking at offerings from Aukey and Sabrent!

I'm currently using a cheap no-name one which has power issues that caused my Roland A-300 controller to stop working – though it works when plugged directly into my Mac Pro.

I guess I'm just unlucky in hubs.
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby Mike Stranks » Tue May 11, 2021 10:19 pm

I bought an Orico 7-port... works fine for me as both an HDMI link and for file-transfers.
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby The Elf » Tue May 11, 2021 10:24 pm

I've just upgraded to a pair of 16-port Sabrent hubs - they're working fine, too.
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Re: USB Hubs.... which to choose?

Postby shufflebeat » Tue May 11, 2021 11:36 pm

Late to the party but on the subject of powered/unpowered it may be worth considering a powered hub can also be used with an iPad where unpowered might not.

I have a no-name powered hub that I can use without power on my laptop unless I'm loading it up with buffet heaters and hog roasts.
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