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Anker® USB 3.0 4-Port Portable Aluminum Hub with 2-Foot USB 3.0 Cable (Silver)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
The AH430 aluminum hub works very well with my 2012 iMac running OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks. When both USB 2 & USB 3 devices are plugged into the hub, it will appear in the System Information app as two hubs, one on a "USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Bus" with the USB 3 items attached to it, & the other on a "USB Hi-Speed Bus" with the USB 2 items attached to that.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test shows that it can deliver USB 3 speeds to USB 3 devices even when both USB 2 & 3 ones are plugged into it. I saw no difference in transfer speeds between plugging a fast USB 3 hard drive into the hub & directly into one of the iMac's ports.

Since the hub does not have a separate power supply, it is limited to supplying a maximum total of 900 ma (0.9 amps) to all the devices plugged into it, & no more than 500 ma (0.5 amps) to any USB 2 device. This means it will charge my iPhone 5s, but at only half the rate of Apple's 1 amp "cube" charger. For those using a wired Apple aluminum keyboard, note that the USB ports on the keyboard's built-in hub can supply more than 500 ma to an iPhone to charge it, but only if the keyboard is plugged directly into the Mac. If the keyboard is plugged into this (or any other) hub, the iPhone will only get 500 ma.

However, unlike the keyboard this hub still supplies power when the Mac is asleep (the green light stays lit) so it will continue to charge an iPhone when the Mac is asleep, if slowly.

The fit & finish of the AH430 is excellent & the supplied USB 3 cable appears to be a rugged, high quality one. However, the one I got was a little stiff & 22" long, slightly less than the advertised two feet.

On a final note, I want to mention that Anker's customer support was great. I had some questions about their hubs & my email about that was answered promptly & completely.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2014
Color Name: Silver
I've already had the chance to test this hub for a couple of weeks and I like it. Certainly, this is not necessarily the most recommended product for just any user. A friend of mine is looking for a reasonably priced hub to dock about six or seven different things, from printer and scanner to hard drives, so this is not for him, becasue of the power some of his stuff needs. I, on the other hand, went with this model because I need an easy and really fast way to connect a maximum of three portable storage units, since I usually run HD video from flash memories or portable hard drives to my iMac. When I started to use it, I had to force the USB connectors a bit, because it is like a pair of new shoes: you have to loosen it a tad. After four or six times, though, connectors seat perfectly. My only complain doesn't come from the unit, actually (that so far performs perfectly), but from the kind of interface that's still the most usual: I've had the chance to test only one USB3.0 device, because most of the stuff in the market still complies to USB 2.0. The velcro is I nice touch, and very helpful if you handle connections often, but I still have to see how easyly it will peel off my desk.

UPDATE (06/08/2014): Some things have happened since I purchased this product. First, the USB cable that came with it became loose after I disconnected and connected it a second time. Then, the people from ANKER customer service contacted me to know how I was doing, and when I told them about the cable, they asked me for the serial of the product to process a refund and to do quality control. When I tried to release the hub from the velcro that came with it to read the serial, the plastic side of its case fell apart because one of its two screws was defective. So, I still think the electronics of the product are superb, the ports themselves work properly (and really fast) after all this mess, but mine was not, after all, a sturdy hub. ANKER is a decent company, they actually contacted me first (which says a lot about their customer service policies), they offered me a full refund and their excuses, and I felt pampered. But this shouldn't have happened in the first place. I feel compelled to edit my first review because I still think it's all a matter of quality control, and maybe someone else has a better "version" of the product that, by chance, may have been defective in my case. On the other hand, I feel compelled to do it because I feel this company did things right.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
Not only does the product not work well when it is physically still in tact, it will break quickly. Like many other reviewers of this product on Amazon, I had the same issue of the usb 3 port on the back completely breaking. It is unusable at this point I also had many issues of this product not being recognized once plugged in. I am using a 2013 model macbook pro and everytime I had this product engaged with my computer, it would somehow block my wifi connection. This is a complete waste of money and is unstable at best. AVOID!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
I tried it with my 2013 MacBook Pro but unfortunately the hub didn't work well, I had very good expectations of it because of the reviews I read but the hub didn't work as I expected... Intermittent transmission to my wireless mouse was the fact that I hated the most.

Pros:
- Appearance
- Small
- Box where it came in is very well detailed and designed

Cons
- Build quality is bad, specially in the USB plugs
- Whenever I tried to plug a USB device it was getting stuck and hard to pull in & out
- I tried with a wireless mouse and the communication kept breaking with intermittent signals, totally useless for wireless devices that transmit constant signals
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
Bought this hub for my new iMac out of the box it never worked, not only that but it froze up my computer, put it back in the box and am sending it back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2015
Color Name: Silver
Apple puts far too few USB ports on the back of their iMacs, this is the solution. It matches the brushed stainless finish of my late 2012 iMac perfectly. I need it for keyboard plug-in and usb thumb drives primarily, and it works great.

My only suggestion for an improved product would be to use a slightly grippy material on the bottom of it (vs the soft foam that comes on it) so that it clings to the surface of your desk/iMac base/etc. better. Maybe that stuff that they make the dash pads that hold your phone and keys out of? They do include velcro so that you can semi-perminantly adhere it to whatever surface you choose. I did end up using the velcro (vs ordering a handstands dash pad), but it hurt me a little inside to do that to the base of my beautiful iMac. Hoping that Goo-gone will help me out if I ever need to remove it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
Doesn't work well with my Logitech unifying receiver. The connection drops very frequently to the point where I can't type a sentence without my keyboard stopping. It's not the Logitech unifying receiver as it works perfectly when I plug it in directly into my laptop. It does look great, but it's just collecting dust on my desk as it doesn't work well when trying to even read/write from multiple external hard drives at once compared to when I connect them directly into my laptop.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
I never write reviews, but i had to write for this one. I needed a usb hub to plug in the many portable external hard drive i have. I went online and did my research and found that anker was the brand that most everyone said as being best in making product like these. I came on amazon and decided to buy this after reading the positive reviews. I got the product today, and was excited because it came a day early!! (kudos to amazon!!!!!). I plugged in the hub to my macbook pro and then connected one of the external drives, but nothing. Then i tried another, and another...still nothing. So i thought maybe the power isnt enough so i connected it to a wall outlet and still nothing. I will be retuning this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
This hub looks like it was made for the iMac. I have it installed, using the supplied velcro, on the base stand of my 27" iMac. It is so much easier than reaching around the back to plug in USB cords or jump drives. It has worked flawlessly. I bought a second one for my wife, who is thrilled with the ease of use.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
Poorly constructed. USB male end would not plug into unit and when it was tried to plug male cord end into female port on unit the female port broke loose and pushed through breaking any hope of connecting. Cheap does as cheap is.
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