What are USB ports on your laptop for?

When most people buy a laptop they don’t usually think about what ports it comes with. If you buy a cheap laptop a lack of ports can be a real pain in the backside. So don’t neglect an important aspect of buying a laptop!

Which is the USB port?

Take a look at the photograph below – that’s the USB port!

What can you use your USB port to do?

The USB port is the one which people use the most. It lets you connect several types of device to your laptop. Mobile phones, cameras, Printers, scanners, MP3 players, keyboard, mice… you can also charge your mobile phone or other items via the USB port – although they won’t charge very fast. And let’s not forget that many of us use a USB port to transfer files from a USB stick. So, all those documents, photos and videos you want to keep safe – you can copy them onto or transfer them from a USB stick.

So, there are lots of devices you can connect to your laptop, and if you don’t have enough USB ports you can use a USB hub which has several USB ports and one USB cable to connect the hub to the computer.

Using a USB hub

A USB hub plugs into one USB port on your computer and contains additional ports for other devices to connect to. If you’re using a USB hub, plug a separate cable into each device and connect them to the hub individually. But remember, with each extra USB port used simultaneously, the power will be divided between them. Don’t expect them all to be working really fast!

How to use two devices

Connect two devices directly with one USB cable by plugging each end into a USB port. (Some devices feature more than one USB port, but do not plug both ends of a cable into the same device, as this can cause electrical damage, so don’t even think about it!

You can plug cables into a USB port at any time, regardless of whether the devices involved are switched on or off. Follow the instructions provided with your equipment before unplugging USB cables. In some cases, unplugging a USB cable from a running device can cause damage to the device itself or to the files being used on the computer. Therefore, it’s good practice to always safely eject your USB device before physically unplugging it.

So, that’s the end of our quick look at a USB port. Check out Ebuyer’s full range of tech products here.

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