5 Benefits of Using a Powered USB Hub You Need To Know


If on the market for a new USB hub, you would do well to consider purchasing a powered USB C hub. These sorts of hubs have a number of advantages over their non-powered counterparts that are sure to please just about any PC owner.

They Generate Their Own Power

Unlike non-powered USB hubs, powered hubs don’t rely on your personal computer’s internal power supply, also known as its “bus”, to generate power. Instead, they receive power from an AC adapter that is connected to the hub and then plugged into an electrical outlet. This helps to ensure that powered USB hubs don’t slow down your computer’s performance. While not having to plug a non-powered hub into an electrical outlet may seem convenient to most, this “convenience” will result in a disappointing performance from heavy-duty USB components, as well as a decrease in the speed of your personal computer.

They are Well Equipped to Accommodate Heavy-Duty Components

Another key advantage to powered USB hubs is the ability to handle large numbers of demanding PC components. Whereas non-powered are primarily recommended for small-scale components like video game controllers and joysticks, powered hubs are able to run heavy-duty components, such as external hard drives, external disc drives, printers, scanners and printer/scanner combos.

They are Able to Run Many Components at Once

Because they are capable of generating their own power, powered USB hubs are able to run many devices at once without slowing down your personal computer’s performance. This is particularly helpful to people who use a large number of USB devices. So if you want to get the most out of your USB hub without overtaxing your computer’s power supply, a powered hub is just what you need.

They are Recommended by Most PC Manufacturers

Most computer manufacturers recommend purchasing a powered hub for people who are interested in running USB devices. This is because many non-powered hubs are poorly equipped to properly run newer USB devices.

They are the USB Hub of Choice for Macs

In the last few years, Apple’s iMac computers have grown immensely in popularity. If you’re among the current generation of Apple devotees, you may be interested to learn that Apple highly recommends powered USB hubs for the computers they produce. Many iMac-oriented USB devices require a fair amount of power to function as, as such, are scarcely able to operate to full potential when run through a non-powered USB hub.


Thunderbolt 3 and 4 Compatible

USB hubs that is compatible with thunderbolt port have an impressive data transfer speed that can reach up to 40Gbps with Thunderbolt 4, significantly reducing the time required to transfer large files.

The compatibility with these technologies enables simultaneous connectivity with multiple devices such as monitors, hard drives, and other peripherals, enhancing the versatility of your setup.

This USB-C hub can also deliver power, making it possible to charge devices directly from it. The Thunderbolt 3 and 4 compatibility also ensures it can connect with a wide range of devices, both old and new, and even future-proof your setup. 

Final Thoughts

Overall, USB C hubs provides more connectivity and optimizes your digital workspace by streamlining connections and boosting efficiency.

So there you go. Although they may be slightly more expensive than non-powered hubs, powered USB hubs are well worth the extra cash spend and will enable your computer’s USB components to perform to their very full potential. GearIT offers powerful USB Hub models which offer universal device compatibility for whatever your needs might be, all backed by a Lifetime Warranty! 

If you aren’t sure what model-type suits your needs best, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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