How to Connect Your Windows 8 Tablet to a USB Hub
Most accessories plug into your Windows 8 tablet’s USB port. Windows 8 usually recognizes them on the spot and downloads any necessary drivers through the nearest Wi-Fi connection.
Unfortunately, most tablets include a single USB port. That limitation brings us to the first accessory on the list: a portable USB hub. Small, flat, and easily packable, a portable hub plugs into your tablet’s lone USB port and offers two or more USB ports in return.
When choosing a USB hub, stick with these tips:
Portable hubs are inexpensive. If you’re paying more than $15, look around for something cheaper. They often sell for under ten dollars.
Choose the smallest, flattest hub you can find, so it will lie as flat as possible in your tablet’s case.
Buy a hub with an attached cable. Hubs without cables will protrude awkwardly from your tablet’s side. If inadvertently knocked, the force can damage your tablet’s lone USB port.
You don’t need a powered USB hub — one that plugs into a wall outlet — unless you’ll be plugging in heavy- duty accessories, like a portable DVD drive. Most USB accessories, including many portable hard drives, work fine on a regular, unpowered USB hub.
Some tablets include the newer and faster USB 3.0 ports rather than the standard USB 2.0 ports. If your tablet includes USB 3.0, spend a little extra money for a USB hub that supports the faster USB 3.0 speeds.
When you're not using USB accessories, unplug them from your tablet to preserve battery life. (If your tablet’s plugged into a wall outlet, feel free to leave all your USB accessories attached.)