USB Hub??


Hemingray

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Jan 9, 2002
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Pro of hub: You can put it where you want, in easy reach of plugs.
Con of hub: It's just one extra thing sitting on your desk.

Pro of card: It's out of the way, it's attached to your computer.
Con of card: The plugs aren't as easily reachable.

All-in-all, I'd go with the card. I value my desk's real estate and like having as much stuff integrated into my computer as possible. (The days of externals are numbered in my opinion!)
 

Hemingray

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I'd say if anything, the card would probably be faster, since it's tapped directly into one of the PCI slots, as opposed to a hub which hooks into one of the computer's USB ports only to travel even farther until it reaches the hub.

Another pro of a card: it doesn't use up one of your existing USB ports.
 

LethalWolfe

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Jan 11, 2002
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If you are going to be plugging/unplugging devices a lot I'd get a hub so you wouldn't have to get behind yer Mac each time to get to the ports.


Lethal
 

firewire2001

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Apr 2, 2002
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if you get a hub you should get one with a power supply -- i had a hub w/out one a while ago and it was a real pain because a lotta my devices wouldnt work with it cause they took up so much power.
 

Mr. Anderson

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One alternative is to get an Apple monitor or another brand that has the USB hub built in, this way its sort of the best of both worlds. I have an older 21" CRT Apple monitor with the 4 port USP hub integrated and it works wonderfully well, no extra desktop clutter and the cables are easy to reach. And even though the new LCDs only offer 2 extra ports, its still a good solution.