Why not 4 in back? I need a USB port for my mouse, keyboard, and printer. That would leave 1 empty port for 2 external hard drives, a monitor, and a video cam. Yes, my monitor has a USB attachment, which admittedly is probably optional. Still, we're up to 7 desired ports without breaking a sweat.
For the front I'd like to use a flash drive, a charging port, plus a free one for whatever. Gamers use dedicated gaming devices, right? That sums to 3. So 6 USB ports in back and 2 ports in front would be nice. Though frankly 8 in back and 4 in front might be justifiable on a non-economy desktop.
Yes-yes, USB 3.0 is suppose to be downward compatible. It isn't always in my experience. So mixing in those cheaper USB 2.0 hubs isn't necessarily false economy. Also, if you get an external hub, get a powered hub. But even then, some devices won't work with hubs. From this recommended review of USB hubs at Wirecutter:
Devices that don’t work with USB hubs
Some devices must be plugged directly into the host computer’s USB port—they don’t work at all when you plug them into a USB hub. For example, the Apple SuperDrive works only when you plug it directly into a USB port on an Apple laptop.
It’s impossible to account for every setup, scenario, and device, so our advice is to do a bit of research before you buy: A quick Google search will usually turn up common issues with the devices you’ll be plugging into your hub. We also recommend testing, right when you get a new hub, compatibility with your existing USB devices so that you can return the hub if it has a problem.
Why am I ranting about this? I see a fair number of computers that skimp on USB ports. I just came across a gaming PC starting at $1100 with just 2 USB 3.0 ports, with no option to add more. This puzzles me. I would think that plugging in a keyboard, mouse, and external hard drive into a single hub would be asking for trouble. But maybe not.
I invite others here to share their experiences. I perceive this as an overlooked consideration, but I'm guessing that it's more of a nuisance than a disaster.
Built in media readers are also nice, but for some reason I think an external unit would work ok.
Edited by Measure for Measure, 03 February 2018 - 05:51 PM.