Here's a good way to connect a ton of USB devices without draining your laptop's battery.
San Diego-based Satechi sent over an email revealing that its new ultra-slim twelve-port hub -- which resembles a power strip -- is now available to purchase. It features eleven LED-lit USB 2.0 ports which reside on top, and a twelfth port which is mounted opposite of the USB connector that plugs into a desktop or laptop. There are also two control switches, allowing the user to turn on just the first six, or just the last six, or all eleven top-side ports on at once.
Regardless of how many ports are on or off, the USB hub comes equipped with a power supply to guarantee the electric current stability and effective operation of the connected USB devices. This way, users can recharge their smartphones and tablets while also accessing their stored data. There's no severe battery drain on the laptop or a strain on the rig's power supply.
"Providing data rates of up to 480 Mbps, this 12-port hub is the ideal solution for transferring data between your computer and external USB storage devices," the company states. "It does not require any software or complicated installation process. With the slim, strip-shape design, it saves your precious desktop space. It's extremely portable and easy to move between systems or take on the road."
The Satechi 12-Port USB Hub is compatible with Windows 98SE /ME /2000 /XP /Vista /7, Mac OS 9.1 or above, and Linux 2.4 or above. It's Plug-n-Play, hot swappable, hot pluggable, and can even chain up to 127 USB devices such as digital cameras, external hard drives, flash drives and printers. No software is required save for what's required by specific devices.
The new hub is available now, and can be ordered here for $29.99 USD.