midi controller connection to laptop

I’m looking at the Akai mini 25 controller, which only has usb port. My question is, I have a ur 44 coming, how do I connect the usb for midi controller?, directly to laptop, or through the ur 44. I’m running out of usb ports on laptop, can I use a multi usb adapter or ??? Thanks

I bought one of these and it’s great with my laptop. Elicenser, 2 pedals, 2 hard drives, a Yamaha keyboard and a mixer and they all work fine.