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Old 12 February 2018, 19:46
Paul85 Paul85 is offline
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What do you need to plug in that you need a powered hub for? Or are you just being cautious/future proof? Powered hubs have a plus in that they take the power load off the computer hardware and that, in some cases I had, made seemingly unworkable devices operate properly.
What type of ports does your laptop have? They vary in the amount of supplied power.
Also, the power capabilities of USB ports and possible loads might be described in tech specs of your laptop. You might have one USB charging (powered USB) port with the rest being low power.

Generally your choice should be determined by your real, not perceived needs. I'd buy a simple, robust hub with detachable power adapter if I planned to plug lots of devices that might need additional power into it. USB hubs are relatively cheap and I personally would skip all sorts of AIO gimmicks.
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