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Sprinters Fireworks 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub Review

on March 25, 2005 12:00 am

 

Ok, this is for all of you hax0rs, modders and gamers out there that love
flashing LEDs. I’m going to start by saying that I’m not into all the blinky
lights. They kind of get on my nerves. Does that make me old? ;o) Oh well…

If you are not old, or do like flashing lights, then you might
just like the Sprinters Fireworks 7 port USB 2.0 hub. The folks at
USBGeek.com were kind enough to send us one to
take a look at. This smallish hub (100 x 75 x 21 mm)
comes with a USB cable to hook up to your computer, and a small AC adapter.

The hub is made of aqua colored translucent plastic which you can see the
circuit board through. Each port connector is a also translucent and lit by a
different colored LED. These port LEDs stay lit all the time, while an LED in
the middle of the hub constantly blinks green and blue. This particular LED
drives me nuts because I can see it blinking out of the corner of my eye when
the hub is on my desk.

Depending on what you intend to plug into the hub, you might not even need to
use the included AC adapter. I used it with various flash drives without needing
it to be powered.

The hub works as advertised, but feels a bit on the cheap side as the plastic
is creaky when you pick up the device. Since a person doesn’t often handle a USB
hub, I guess this isn’t a big deal though… If you to like surround yourself
and your computer with flashing lights, then this hub will probably fulfill that
requirement.

 

Price: $29.00 available from
USBGeek.com

Pros:
7 USB 2.0 ports
Multi-colored LEDs

Cons:
Multi-colored LEDs

 

Product Information

Price:29.0
Manufacturer:USB Geek
Pros:
  • 7 USB 2.0 ports
  • Multi-colored LEDs
Cons:
  • Multi-colored LEDs

Comments

  1. 1
    Julie says:

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  2. 2
    TheDreamer says:

    Wow….it’s both a pro and a con…..

    Though I don’t know about the pro part….I find the blue glow from my USB media card reader annoying enough…..

    The Dreamer.

  3. 3
    Julie says:

    For the most part, I don’t mind glowing LEDs. I just don’t like flashing LEDs that flash for no reason. That said, if I had my computer in the bedroom, I wouldn’t want any constantly lit LEDs.

  4. 4
    Altema says:

    Julie wrote:

    For the most part, I don’t mind glowing LEDs. I just don’t like flashing LEDs that flash for no reason. That said, if I had my computer in the bedroom, I wouldn’t want any constantly lit LEDs.

    I’m the same way, a blinking LED is always distracting. The exception would be the slow heartbeat type blinking that my Palm does when recording with the screen off. I do have one steady LED that annoys me to no end, and that one is on my Logitech speakers in the bedroom. I have them on a shelf next to the bed, and the one speaker has a clear blue LED that is so bright it hurts to look at it. A piece of tape solved that problem!

  5. 5
    strider_mt2k says:

    Cool device, but IMO USB hubs have no logical reason for attracting that much visual attention, unless that’s something you are going for specifically.

    I tend to side with Boeing’s “Quiet Dark Cockpit” philosophy when it comes to my computing environment, so this is not a product for me.

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