Why use a USB hub?

Written by: Jon Duffy

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Time to read 1 min

Whether you’re using a laptop with limited ports or you need to connect a device but don’t have the right connection available, USB hubs can solve all your problems! Available in both USB-A and USB-C varieties, USB hubs often feature multiple connectivity options, but which one is right for you? Maplin are here to help you!

USB

Sure, you’ve connected your USB hub, but now you’ve lost access to the USB port itself, right? Wrong! Most USB hubs include other USB-A and/or USB-C ports, so you’ll still be able to connect devices such as mice, keyboards and charging cables.
Monitors

If you want to create a multi-monitor setup, a USB hub can be a handy solution. They often feature some combination of HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA connectivity, so you can work and play across multiple monitors at the same time.

Getting online

Need a more stable internet connection? Some USB hubs include a Gigabit RJ45 port, also known as an Ethernet port. This makes it possible to connect directly to a router or powerline adapter, so you won’t struggle with any intermittent or sluggish WiFi issues.

Audio

As we move towards wireless audio, many devices are missing the traditional 3.5mm audio jack entirely. So how do you connect your favourite wired headphones to listen to music or get involved in work meetings? Many USB hubs include a 3.5mm jack, so you won’t have to splash out on a new pair of wireless headphones.

SD cards

If you’re a photographer, you’ll know how important it is to review and edit photos on a computer to get the best results. Pick up a USB hub with a built-in SD card reader and you’ll be sharing your creations with friends and family in no time.

Explore our full USB Hub range and find the ideal model to suit your needs!

About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.