External keyboard and mouse plugged into usb hub instead of laptop usb port

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  1. ej8989

    ej8989 Notebook Enthusiast

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    So for three years i've been using an external keyboard and mouse for my laptop (samsung r480) and i plug them directly into the laptop's usb port. I have 3 usb 2.0 ports and 1 eSATA + usb 2.0 port so all in all 4 ports. I got a laptop cooler with built in 5 usb hubs attached to one of the laptop's direct usb ports. I wanna save my other usb ports by using these 5 hubs as much as possible for peripherals. My question: will there be a downside in terms of performance for both my mouse and keyboard if I attach them to the hub instead of the remaining direct usb ports?
     
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    Indrek Notebook Virtuoso

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    In my experience, no.
     
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    ej8989 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks! :)
     
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    Vogelbung I R Judgemental

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    Yes.

    I can definitely feel it in terms of keyboard and mouse lag. It's not placebo - I go from hurling triumphant insults at 12 year olds to being teabagged. On the other hand I'm guessing you aren't doing response-critical stuff on your notebook.
     
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    To make sure he's thoroughly confused I guess I'll throw in the maybe? There is a limit to how much power you can draw from one ports Once you approach that limit, wonky things start to happen.

    You have to test it yourself under various conditions to be sure. You many also want to invest in a wireless mouse and keyboard. I used one transmitter that covers both.
     
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    Indrek Notebook Virtuoso

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    Well, I don't play online shooters (which it sounds like you're doing), but I do game, and I've never felt a difference between having the mouse and keyboard plugged straight into the computer vs. various USB hubs and laptop docks. Maybe it depends on the actual hub in question, or maybe it's power-related, as Krane mentions above.

    Nevertheless, I'll amend my post above.
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    I haven't tested it, but I'd bet a dock à la Thinkpad, Latitude and Elitebook dock wouldn't offer any problems. Unless I'm mistaken, the proprietary docking port connects directly to the chipset, video card, controllers, etc. rather than acting as a hub.
     
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    ej8989 Notebook Enthusiast

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    This is my exact laptop cooler: NotePal ErgoStand - Cooler Master
    It has a usb hub built-in with 4-ports (i said 5, my mistake). It only uses one usb port to connect and that usb port alone powers the cooler's large silent fan and the 4 usb ports built-in. There is no external power connection.
     
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    shea2812 Notebook Consultant

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    When I use a cooler pad I prefer to plug it into an external USB power supply like a charger or something rather than put the load on the laptop's power supply. Somehow i have this idea that a cooler pad's fan is more mechanical and it does uses more power.
     
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    Krane Notebook Prophet

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    Your laptop should have no problem with the meager power requirements used to power these fans; and all devices use power, and so much more the faster they go.

    Still, if I have a choice, I'd choose the external as well but that not out of any overwhelming concern for the wear and tear on the laptop ports.
     
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