USB hub

inatek-4porthub-1

So many gadgets nowadays use a USB port. I even have an IP Camera that can be plugged in via USB! With the need for ports, comes the need for hubs. There are so many of them on the market that it's difficult to find which one works well and which one doesn't. I was [...]

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satechi-sata-disk-docking-station

If space is at a premium on your desk, you'll like the Satechi Aluminum USB 3.0 SATA III HDD/SSD Docking Station with 2-port Hub and SD Card Reader.  The aluminum docking station allows you to add 2.5" or 3.5" HDD or SSD disks without needing an enclosure, and you'll be able to quickly switch between [...]

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iogear-gofor2+-1

Like many of you, my smartphone and tablet are my go-to devices for almost everything. I use them to listen to music, to communicate, to do research, to shop, and so on. As much as I love these devices, they have their limitations. The GoFor2+ USB On-The-Go Card Reader with Hub for Android Devices by IOGEAR [...]

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EasyACC-H70-7

I recently purchased a 1993 Midwest Micro Elite notebook off of eBay.  It boots to BIOS but that's about it.  I just wanted to own my very first "real" laptop computer again...I sold it off on the comp.sys.laptops USENET group back around 1995 and kind of regretted it ever since.  It has a serial port, [...]

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Satechi_4_Port_Hub_6

I’ll admit up front: this review will be short. After all, it’s a USB hub. How exciting can that be? Well … the Satechi Aluminum Premium 4-Port USB Clamp Hub is at least interesting. Satechi—known for making almost any geek accessory imaginable—was bothered by the hard-to-find USB ports Apple hides at the rear of their [...]

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orico-hub

Have you jumped on the Qi wireless charging band wagon yet? If you haven't, what the heck are you waiting for? Once you go wireless, you'll never want to plug in another micro USB cable into your phone again. Trust me. If you're lucky enough to have a smartphone that is Qi capable, the ORICO [...]

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49porthub

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that I have a LOT of gadgets that charge via USB, but this 49 port USB hub from Brando has enough ports for all of my gadgets and all the gadgets of my friends and family. The hub features 49 ports that supply 0.5 - 1.5A per port [...]

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satechi-machub

I used several iMacs over the years until I decided to downsize to a MacBook. I still love the iMac for its style and gorgeous display, but I've always questioned Apple's choice to locate the USB ports on the back side of the computer. I understand that they want to preserve the clean lines and [...]

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Truffol Station - 01

Okay, I just recently declared the Bolse 5-port USB desktop charger my favorite gadget of 2014. Now along comes the Truffol Station 5 with very similar functionality wrapped in a handsome wood exterior. It could look great on my nightstand! Can a pretty face lure me away from last year’s true love? Let’s take a look.  [...]

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visiontek-high-power-charging-hubs

You won't have to hunt for a vacant AC wall socket when you want to charge your USB-chargeable devices with these high-powered USB charging hubs from VisionTek.  The VisionTek High Power USB Four Port Charging Hub (center) has three 5V/1A ports and one 5V/2.1A port, so you can charge a tablet and three other devices [...]

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bolse-4port-USB-charger1

In my never-ending quest for power, with thirst-hungry gadgets all over my house, my car, and my office, one of the biggest problems I have is being able to charge multiple devices at once.  For example, when you travel and stay in hotel rooms, if you are lucky you have one of those lamps beside [...]

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eggtronic hub it 02

Too many gadgets, too few USB ports, never a charging cord when you need it.  Sound familiar?  The Eggtronic HUB IT attempts to solve this problem with this nifty USB hub with fixed and retractable USB cables. According to the Eggtronic site, the HUB IT is: "a USB 3.0 Super-Speed Hub & a Smart Charging Station [...]

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satechi-4portusb3.0hubaluminumpremium_03

USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the standard method of connecting just about anything to...well, just about anything else, but particularly desktop and laptop computers. Not only does a USB connection transfer data, it can also power a device. Many of us have so many USB-based devices that we frequently find ourselves needing more USB ports, [...]

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newertechnology-ministack-disk-1

Back in May, I posted a news item about the Newer Technology miniStack MAX.  As I said in that post, the miniStack MAX is "an external drive, SD card reader, one charging-only USB-A port, 2 USB 3.0 A ports, one USB 3.0 B port, eSATA port, 2 Firewire 800 ports, and an optical drive with [...]

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ministack-max

Man, I wish I hadn't recently bought the Apple USB SuperDrive for my Mac mini.  In this "I coulda had a V-8" moment, I realize I could have added an external drive, SD card reader, one charging-only USB-A port, 2 USB 3.0 A ports, one USB 3.0 B port, eSATA port, 2 Firewire 800 ports, [...]

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cityscape-usb-hub

So you don't have a corner office - you can still have a city view from your desk chair with the USB Hub for the Lonely City.  Sure, this is just a 4-port USB 2.0 hub, but it puts the "fun" in functional.  It's $25 from Kikkerland.  It's the perfect accessory for your desk setup [...]

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detech-solar-usb-hub

I feel like I'm writing about one of those old Ronco products - "It slices, it dices, and it jump-starts your car!  Now how much would you pay?"  The Detech Solar-Powered Battery and 4-port USB hub does have a lot of functions, but all of them are related and useful.  Inside this handy little device [...]

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satechi-strip-and-pocket-usb-hubs

These two new USB hubs from Satechi won't add much bulk to your travel gear, but they'll give you four additional USB 2.0 ports for connecting your devices to your computer (Windows 98SE /ME /2000 /XP /Vista /7, Mac OS 9.1 or above, or Linux 2.4 or above) or to game consoles.  Both hubs have bus overvoltage [...]

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thinkgeek-usb-toast-usb-hub-and-thumb-drives

ThinkGeek always has a variety of cute stuff, but they've outdone themselves with this USB Toaster Hub and Thumb Drives set.  The hub looks like an old-fashioned chrome toaster, and it has 4 USB 2.0 ports and a 1 meter long USB cable.  It's capable of speeds up to to 480 mbps, and it even has [...]

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casecrown-alumi-HUB4ports

Are you a Mac fanboy/girl that thought you had everything? How did you not know about the CaseCrown Alumi-HUB 4-port USB Hub? Featuring a matte aluminum body and white accents, it bears a striking resemblance to Apple's Mac keyboard and Magic Trackpad. Includes 4 USB ports and a shielded connection cable. Lightweight and compact so [...]

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satechi-12-usb-hub

This 12-Port USB Hub with Power Adapter and 2 Switches from Satechi is for the person who has everything - and needs to charge/sync it!  The USB 2.0 hub has two switches that allow you to turn on the first six ports, the last six ports, all, or none.  It has a data rate of [...]

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kikkerland_usb_dog

  The standard 2-4 USB ports built into a computer never seem to be enough.  Between peripherals, storage drives, Mouse Jiggler (STILL one of my favorite office gadgets), sync cables, I always find myself needing an extra port or two.  I have yet to break down and buy a hub, but that may change now [...]

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gadget4all-mousepad-usb-hub-speaker

Here's a multi-purpose gadget for you from Gadget4All.com.  This roll-up mousepad also has a 4-port  1.1 USB hub.  It also has two speakers that can be connected to an mp3 player using the included 3.5mm audio cable.  The speakers/hub are powered with the included USB cable, but it appears there is a connector if you [...]

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hub

So you say you already have a hub with what, 4, 7, 16 ports?  Obviously you're not serious about your USB needs otherwise you'd have this 24-port  monster! Coming at at roughly 6" wide and a inch and a half tall, the majority of the ports are piggy-backed on each other around the diameter, with [...]

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r2d2_usb_hub

ThinkGeek has another cute item for the Star Wars aficionado.  This little officially-licensed R2-D2 has 4 USB 2.0 ports along the base of his chassis.  His legs are articulated, so you can adjust his position to make him recline or stand straight.  He chirps, beeps, and squeals when you plug something into one of his [...]

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