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These days, so many devices run off USB. Since it was developed in the 1990s, everything from mice, keyboards, digital cameras and printers use the interface to communicate and exchange data with our computers.
If you're anything like me, you've continually got your head lodged behind your computer rummaging amongst a nest of tangled cables, deciding which USB to whip out to plug in your iPod. Then of course you disconnect the mouse or external hard drive instead which screws up everything. My computer has four ports, laptops generally have two or three. In the past, I've even broken USB ports by continually plugging in and pulling out.
To save wear and tear on your computer, games of USB roulette and for general neatness and organisation, I'd recommend getting a USB port.
With the Trust 10 Port USB 2.0 Desktop Hub, by sacrificing one USB port on your computer, in return you'll get 10. The hub is slightly longer than an iPhone and about 15mm deep and moulded from silver and black plastic. It sits flat on your desk with 5 ports at the front, 4 at the rear and 1 on the side. It connects mini USB to your computer and the cable is supplied (about 1m in length). The base of the hub also has four mini rubber grips meaning it doesn't slide about. Due to the fact, you're now potentially running 10 devices through 1 USB, this is too much power for the computer to supply, so the hub is powered from the mains. Power is highlighted with a small blue LED. Being powered externally is quite annoying if you're trying to be as portable as possible, and it's probably possible to connect several low-power devices through 1 usb, such as a mouse, keyboard and a printer without it being mains operated. If you're charging a phone, powering a hard-drive and transferring pictures from a digital camera, mains is best. Both 'self powered' and 'bus powered' (power comes from computer) are available so you'd need to consider which is right for you. Larger USB hubs are usually self powered due to the number of ports.
I bought the Trust USB through Amazon for £14.49, delivery was quick and packaging was minimal - although it did come in a dreaded plastic clamshell only penetrable with industrial scissors.
I'd certainly recommend this USB hub, there are other cheaper ones available but this seems excellent quality and although I've only owned it a couple of months, it seems very reliable and I couldn't live without it! The hub runs of the current standard of USB2.0, although new connection technologies such as Thunderbolt and USB3.0 are becoming available, so many consumer products run on USB2.0 and it's not going away any time soon.