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I see a big range in 16 port usb hub prices does anyone know if the cheap ones are good?

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I see a big range in 16 port usb hub prices does anyone know if the cheap ones are good?

this one is $159
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/usb-gadgets/cef0/

these are under $40
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=16%20port%20usb%20hub&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3A16%20port%20usb%20hub&page=1
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I think the reason the thinkgeek one is so expensive is because it will let you plug in 2 computers to the hub, and it also seems to have a large power supply so it can provide power to all of the devices you plug in.

Most hubs will only let you plug in one pc, and provide only modest power to the usb devices plugged in, and in most cases you don't need more than modest power.

Unless you have a bunch of high draw USB devices, you should be fine with the cheaper ones.

On a side note, throwing my 2 cents in I have no idea why anyone would have 16 USB devices plugged in at once, but if you do, plugging them all into the same hub may not be the best idea.  A typical computer nowadays will have multiple USB controllers serving several physical USB ports.  If you really have (for example) 16 USB devices, it may be better for you to get 4 4-port hubs so that the load is balanced across multiple controllers.  This would require you to figure out how many controllers you have and which physical ports are mapped to which controller, but you get the idea.  Also, USB 3.0 is out, I wouldn't invest too much in an expensive USB 2.0 port when USB 3.0 is so much faster.
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Thanx for your time actualy I am a teacher /programmer and I have created aprogram that accepts answers via joysticks the computer can process 16 joysticks thus the need for 16 ports with some sort of power have you any idae how much power a pc game controller draws?
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Well, it all depends on what controller you have, but rather than guessing I'd suggest checking the manual or looking for a sticker on the device which would probably tell you the draw.

Intresting application btw...
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is it possible for me to damage my laptop using one of these guys with 16 chaep game controllers plugged into it
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No, worst case scenario is that some or all controllers don't work.

PS, my alternate suggestion is still valid, using 4 4-port hubs would still let you plug in the 16 controllers, and you probably wouldn't have to worry about the power consumption, assuming you have 4 free usb ports on your pc.
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