Best USB Hubs in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 5, 2017
Sometimes you need to plug several devices into USB ports but your computer or laptop has just a couple of them. Therefore, you need to use a small and portable USB hub with multiple USB ports as well as various memory cards. We have tested lots of USB hubs and shortlisted just 5 best of them! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH
 
PROS
The USB hub connector features PowerIQ which identifies a connected device and ensures its quickest charging.
CONS
The hub is a bit bulky.
OUR VERDICT
This is a high-quality USB hub with a number of efficient USB ports that boasts a built-in protection against overvoltage. One of the best hubs on the market!
detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY
USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) / USB 2.0, USB 1.1
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
7 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB (2.1A) Smart Charging Ports
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.9, Linux 2.6.14 or above
DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH
A rectangular-shaped black unit, 70 cm cable
PROS
Each port is equipped with a switch and blue LED which shows a status of the USB hub. Use the device with ease!
CONS
A USB type C connector isn't compatible with all devices.
OUR VERDICT
You don't want to worry you lack free USB ports on your laptop! With the compact Sabrent USB Type C to 4-Port USB Hub, you'll get 4 additional ones!
detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY
USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) / USB 2.0, USB 1.1
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
4 x USB 3.0
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 7, 8, 8.1,10, Mac OS X
DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH
A plastic rectangular-shaped black unit
PROS
To guarantee a long-lasting use, USB cable was designed with a special shield. Take advantage of the USB hub for years!
CONS
It might be incompatible with some USB 3.0 devices.
OUR VERDICT
This is a super-slim USB hub connector you can take advantage of almost everywhere! Without any doubt, it'll take nothing in your laptop bag or backpack!
detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY
USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) / USB 2.0
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
4 x USB 3.0
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X 10.2 or above, Mac OS x Lion 10.8.2 or above
DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH
A plastic rectangular-shaped black unit
PROS
The device provides simultaneous charging via several USBs, two of them ensure an amperage output of 1.2A.
CONS
Relatively large size of the model.
OUR VERDICT
The user-friendly design of the model will allow you to place the USB hub wherever you want! Need available ports to connect your webcam or mic? This is your bet!
detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY
USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) / USB 1.1
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
7 x USB 2.0
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS x 10.1 or above
DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH
Vertically-positioned black unit, 91.44 cm USB cable
PROS
A blue LED will indicate you activity status of each port. Non-slip pads underneath will prevent sliding around a work surface.
CONS
Some users noted a short length of the cable.
OUR VERDICT
The housing of the USB hub is made of high-quality sleek aluminium protecting the device from scratches and other external impacts.
detailed parameters
INTERFACE AND COMPATIBILITY
USB 3.0 (5Gbps) / USB 2.0 / USB 1.1 / USB 1.0
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
4 x USB 3.0
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS x 10.6 to 10.9, Linux 2.6.14 or above, Mountain Lion 10.8.2 or above
DESIGN, CABLE LENGTH
Plastic silver unit, 50cm USB cable

What is a Usb Hub

USB data transfer technology is literally a backbone of modern electronics. And when there aren’t enough free ports, USB hubs are used. A hub is a small splitter with multiple USB and (optionally) memory card slots. Any USB hub itself is plugged into a USB port of your device (PC, Mac, laptop, etc.). Thanks to USB hubs, you can upload photos from your camera, charge your iPod, and download a movie from an online store right to an external hard drive.

If you need an additional space to store your videos, photos, and business data, take a peek at external hard drives and solid state drives.

What Features to Compare

Interface and Data Transfer Rate

The first issue to consider is the interface supported by every USB hub. For example, all modern computers and laptops have USB 3.0 support and this type of interface is several times faster than USB 2.0, let alone older versions (1.0, for example). That’s why don’t forget to check what the supported USB version is. The interface is closely tied to a data transfer rate it provides. If you need to connect several external disk drives, for example, you need a USB hub with a high data transfer rate.

Design and Size

Of course, a design itself has no impact on quality of each USB hub. However, design is important, since a hub is always near your computer or laptop, it has to be stylish. No need to say, a hub has to be convenient - all the surface must be used reasonably. Make sure to choose the right size - if you travel a lot and carry a hub with you, choose a smaller one. Whereas a USB hub for home use can be of any size. There is another major feature that you need to pay attention to - cord length. As we've already mentioned, every hub connects to a computer or laptop via a USB cord, so the longer the cord is, the more convenient it will be to use it with a PC, whereas a shorter cord will be perfect for a laptop. Buying a USB hub with a short cord for using with a PC makes no sense - it will be very uncomfortable for you to lean and plug in and out the devices and flash drives. However, it isn't a problem if the main unit of your PC is a tabletop.

Number of Ports and Extras

The next important criterion is the number of USB ports in a hub. No need to say, it’s different - some hubs have just 4 of them (which means 4 devices can be plugged in), whereas others have up to 8 USB ports. Don’t forget to check all extras every USB hub has. For example, a really versatile hub has the slots for memory cards (like SD, microSD, etc.), so you don’t need to buy a card reader. Extras are particularly important if you use a PC - it’s very uncomfortable to lean down and insert them into a computer tower. Also, some USB hubs are connected to a power source so that you can charge or provide sufficient power to several devices (like external hard drives or cell phones) simultaneously.

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Anker 7-Port + 3 Charging

All-in-one Solution? Just Take a Look Here!

Today, we are using more and more gadgets, and all of them naturally require an energy source to recharge. And, not necessarily to plug them into a USB port on your PC or laptop, you may as well to charge all portable devices via a USB hub. Anker 7-Port + 3 Charging USB Hub seems to be a perfect solution here. Having equipped with many USB data ports and three Power iQ based ports, this device is able to add a charge to phone battery within the shortest time. Power iQ identifies a connected device and provides its quickest charging. While three of USB ports feature amperage outputs of 2.1A, each of remaining seven ports is intended for 0.9A. Great! The USB hub comes with a power adaptor protected against voltage surges and spikes. All ports boast USB 3.0 version and ensure a data transfer speed of up to 5 Gbps. With all these features, the USB hub is an ideal choice if you value a fast charging and have many portable electronic devices.

Additionally, if you're looking for a solution for charging your gadgets outdoors, consider buying one of the solar panels!

Review of Anker 7-Port + 3 Charging

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Anker 7-Port + 3 Charging
Anker 7-Port + 3 Charging
 

Sabrent USB Type C to 4-Port

Add More USB Ports to Your Macbook!

Portability and relatively small size of laptops allow using them almost everywhere. They are indispensable for business trips and travellings. However, there is not always enough USB ports to juice up several electronic devices simultaneously or copy some business data from a smartphone. The best solution here is to take advantage of Sabrent USB Type C which is capable of recharging several devices at a time. Likewise, an additional keyboard, microphone, mouse can be connected to one of the ports that provide quite fast data transfer speed. There is also a blue LED above each of USBs, it will display which of them works. Therefore, it will be a piece of cake for you to connect and recharge any kind of gadgets! A compact size is also worth mentioning, this unit won't take much space on your desktop as well as a bag during a business trip. Awesome!

Review of Sabrent USB Type C to 4-Port

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Sabrent USB Type C to 4-Port
Sabrent USB Type C to 4-Port
 

Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port

Maximum Portability

Laptop, without any doubt, makes difference in our everyday business life providing an important access to the Internet. Since a small size of a notebook is one of its most significant features, it's crucial to equip this device with small peripherals as well. USB Hub Anker Ultra Slim 4 is a nice bet if you're looking for the most compact solution. A very slim design provides an effortless carrying of the USB hub connector and the easiest accommodation wherever you work. Apart from the function of charging the hub offers a data transfer! Having connected the hub to a USB port of your PC or notebook, you'll be able to copy and share data, not only charge a smartphone! Not bad! Hook up your gadget to the shielded USB 3.0 hub connector and juice up its battery so fast!

To make your Web surfing faster, you definitely need a wireless mouse!

Review of Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port

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Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port
Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port
 

AmazonBasics Tower

Pretty Unusual

Perhaps you know that Amazon is not only the world’s largest online retailer but also a well-known manufacturer producing a huge variety of general goods. The company is constantly improving the quality of products and developing markets for new innovative solutions in many spheres of people's lives.

As to AmazonBasics Tower USB Hub, its remarkable design gives the model a really elegant aesthetic. The device was designed to be positioned vertically and contains 7 USB ports. Once you connected the hub to the PC or laptop, you'll get a number of available USBs to hook up a smartphone, gadget, smart watches, etc. USB 2.0 ports provide data transfer speed of 480 Mbps, pretty enough for basic tasks! To sum up, the stylish and efficient AmazonBasics Tower USB Hub might be your best choice!

LED desk lamps will more than likely make your work at night much more comfortable!

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AmazonBasics Tower
AmazonBasics Tower
 

Aukey 4-Port Aluminum Superspeed

Put Safety First!

Everyone knows that safety must be a top priority while using electronic appliances and tools. Without any doubt, device security in many respects depends on the material it's made of. Metal housing naturally protects better from scratches and other external influences. AUKEY 4-Port Superspeed USB Hub is made of aluminium, therefore there is no a need to worry about possible external mechanical damages. Special pads underneath prevent the device from sliding around the surface of a desktop and allow the USB hub to stay in one place. A LED on the front side indicates the current status of the device, green shows that the USB hub works properly. Noteworthy that the design ideally matches Apple devices, so it will be a nice companion to one of those devices. 4 USB ports offer fast data transfer speeds for all of your tasks.

A charging station is a great solution to organise all gadgets in one place!

Review of Aukey 4-Port Aluminum Superspeed

Aukey 4-Port Aluminum Superspeed
Aukey 4-Port Aluminum Superspeed
 

Sources:

1. How to Choose the Perfect USB Hub for Your NeedsHow-To Geek. July 20, 2014

2. Rick Broida How to choose a USB hub, PCWorld.  October 2, 2013

3. How to choose the best USB hub, BootableUSB.

4. Marshall Brain How USB Ports Work, HowStuffWorks.

5. How to Use a USB Hub on Your Laptop, dummies.

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