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#1 cherise

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:31 PM

I'm looking for some type of USB extension cord with extra USB ports, so that I can plug it in to my computer and then plug multiple USB devices in to it. Anyone have recommendations for a good one that is affordable?

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:38 PM

I don't know what he paid for it, but my DH got me a Targus travel stick usb 4 port hub that is pretty nifty.
he has used his more than I have mine.
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:51 PM

Hmmm not sure Cherise but you can ask April. I'm sure her hubby will have some suggestions since I don't use that many usb ports :)
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:52 PM

I have a small swivel hub that has worked pretty well for me, http://catalog.belki...duct_Id=377085. However, after 1 1/2 years of daily use with multiple devices that stay plugged into it (and then I just unplug the swivel) I've become concerned that it might be loosening the USB mounting on the laptop side. It puts a great deal of torque on the connection. I definitely don't want to damage that.

So I've switched to a powered hub http://catalog.belki...oduct_Id=158910, and will also look at http://catalog.belki...oduct_Id=277539 for travel.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 06:04 PM

Cherise I have a cheepo Dynex from bestbuy paid 20 bucks for it it has 5 usb plugs and sits on my desk top I have have absolutely no complaints I never even remember it is there LOL honest. go see Best Buy if you are not going to move it from place to place . Mine has to be at least 3 years old Hope that helps!
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 07:04 PM

Cherise, I used a Targus 4-port one for the last several years (Model: PA055) that I'm sure cost me no more than $15.00. I just replaced that one with Staples 7-port hub right before going to SLC and it cost about $40. It's been working fine. The other one still works ... I just outgrew it! :disappearing-smilie:
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 08:25 PM

Believe it or not we picked up a couple of 4 hub extensions at the dollar store ($2 each). My husband, also a geek, picked them up and we've had them running for two years with no problems. I do mainly use those ones for all my jump drives.
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 11:35 PM

Cherise,
I have a Kensington 8-port I've been real happy with. My computer-guy husband said a powered hub was better, I don't know why. (maybe it's faster?) I can't remember what I paid for it, but I'm kinda thrifty, so probably not too much!

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 11:52 PM

Powered hubs are better, especially for laptops, or for systems that are not designed for expansion; it depends on the devices you connect. Some, such as a USB flash drive, draw very little power. Disk drives draw a LOT. When your devices draw power from your computer, it may struggle to get every last milli-ampere it needs. Some drives will run, but slower. Too much "over-draw", and you can lose (burn out) the system power supply. (I've done this.)

So, when you have a choice, a powered hub is often better.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 11:56 PM

I have one with four ports in it but do not remember the name of it - I got it at the Apple store since I have a Mac but they told me that any one would do - they said they make them with up to 8 ports in them. HTH
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 11:57 PM

....and I agree with Barbara about the powered ones - definitely necessary and more reliable too.
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Posted 08 November 2009 - 12:01 AM

I just bought a Belkin 4 USB for my laptop. Since my desktop is still being fixed by HP, I have been using my laptop and was getting tired of plugging and then unplugging my printer and EHD in to the available USB's. There are only three on the laptop. One is for my mouse, one for the keyboard and one that is shared between printer and EHD. What a pain that was. The one I got only cost about $20 and so far is doing just fine.

Purchased it at Staples, as I won't deal with Best Buy anymore. Very long story about that.

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 01:46 PM

I have a Belkin 7 port (powered) hub that I am very happy with. It's small, convenient to use and has worked great for almost 2 years. I think it was about $40 and worth every penny.

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 03:06 PM

The powered hubs are better I agree. I have a small portable regular one (not powered) for little things on my laptop, like extra thumbdrives Etc. I got it for around $10-15 at either Staples or Bestbuy. But if I would go to plug my IPhone in to charge it through the computer, it isn't strong enough. That's where a powered one would be better.
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Posted 08 November 2009 - 08:55 PM

I have a Belkin 7 port powered USB hub and got it at Target for about $30. Works great!
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Posted 08 November 2009 - 10:18 PM

I have a Belkin 4 hub on I use on my iMac. I mainly use it for the things I change out most often- jump drive, camera, iPhone... It was about $15 at Office Depot.

I don't typically leave things connected to it. I got it so I wouldn't have to rearrange my desk to get behind my computer to plug something in... I just have SO many gadgets! :D

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:59 AM

Does anyone else have this problem: You straighten out all of your computer cables. Make them all nice and neat with none going in and out of other cables and twisted all around. Then all of a sudden you look behind your desk and see that they are all twisted up again.

How does that happen? Is there some little evil computer prankster that comes in the middle of the night to wreak havoc on computer cables? I don't get it. I straighten them out constantly and they always end up looking like a jumbled mess of cables.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 03:38 PM

Does anyone else have this problem: You straighten out all of your computer cables. Make them all nice and neat with none going in and out of other cables and twisted all around. Then all of a sudden you look behind your desk and see that they are all twisted up again.

How does that happen? Is there some little evil computer prankster that comes in the middle of the night to wreak havoc on computer cables? I don't get it. I straighten them out constantly and they always end up looking like a jumbled mess of cables.


Carol--I'm surprised that you're surprised. :hit-head-with-hammer:

This prankster is related to the coat hangers that multiply promiscuously in empty closets, and the one who removes post-it pads from your desk. He has a bunch of relatives, and a number of them live at our house. I'm sorry you've also got some in residence.:disappearing-smilie:

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