USB ports in back: Super Annoying! Reccomend any USB hubs?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Swift Sketcher, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Swift Sketcher macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    I'm constantly plugging in and removing flash drives and externals, and with the USB ports located in the back of the iMac, blindly searching for the ports becomes pretty irritating fast, at least for me. Do any of you use any hubs that you could recommend?
  2. IeU macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    Same, im looking for a compact usb host that matches my 27'iMac (color-wise). . .

    I saw one from belkin, white i believe with 5 or 7 ports (2 on the top and 3/5 in the back). . .

    any other tips?
  3. Spike88, Feb 1, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012

    Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Suggest visiting many computer stores in your area and look for a "powered" USB hub. If plugging too many things into a non-powered HUB, the attached devices "may" become sluggish. re: Slower transfering data from a USB stick. For best results, always best to use a "powered" USB hub. If a "hub" to split 1 USB port isn't your fancy, then perhaps using USB extension cable (re: 12" long extension cable) might work better.

    Also... If iMac connected to Backup UPS unit, ensure the power HUB is connected to the Backup UPS as well. Especially if you use the Backup UPS's USB control cable.

    If wondering, my iMac uses a "low cost" self powered basic 4 x port USB hub. Low cost thing from my local computer store.... re: Seen under left side of my iMac screen @ iMac system/After-1.jpg

    Hope this helps...

  4. Rogue. macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Telford. UK.
  5. Rich5150 macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2012
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Check, and as someone noted get a powered one. The 7 port monoprice one has worked flawlessly for me, and is $15 or so.

  7. adnbek, Feb 1, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012

    adnbek macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec
    If you don't mind replacing your keyboard with the wired one, there's a USB jack on it.

    EDIT: Two USB jacks.

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