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3.0 out of 5 stars USB Switch, May 16, 2013
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This item is pretty cool, but I can't see what good the switches are in the long run. They are a good idea, but at the same time the switches are right next to the port. People say the switches are so cool because they no longer have to bend down and unplug the USB cable... But you still have the bend down and turn off the switch right, and with a 2" cord, you're not going to bed very far...

The item is a lot smaller than I would have thought. It's only about 3"-4" long. It's smaller than my cell phone.

The one real downside I see to this hub is that the cord is so short. It's barely 2" long... So there is no hope of putting it any place out of the way. If I plug it into my computer, the port can't be sat down any place, it just dangles from the computer port. The tiny little cord makes it impractical for any type of use on a desktop PC.

It could be used on a laptop that is sitting on a desk or something, but if it's sitting in your lap, this hub is still going to dangle next to your leg.

About the only thing this product is good for, is giving you a couple extra ports on your laptop, which is fine if that's what you're intending to do. But the switches are pretty much useless. If you bend down to turn off the switches you might as well just unplug it. It's not like USB cables are hard to unplug.

I would have given this product a lot higher rating, if it wasn't for the 2" long cord, which makes it pretty much useless for anything that I need.

It also comes in a clamshell box, which is VERY hard to open. Hopefully, the manufacture comes up with some different packaging. Seriously, it doesn't protect this product in any way, and it's such a low dollar item, there is no reason for that type of "security".
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Initial post: Jun 5, 2013 11:47:34 AM PDT
DougW says:
Good practical points!
I would be concerned about momentarily interrupting power by bumping one of the switches.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 4:17:42 PM PDT
pdnovara says:
Thank you. Very honest and informational opinion. This is probably the most helpful review I've seen on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 8:44:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2013 8:44:54 PM PDT
TheITMan says:

This is still a cool product if all you're doing is looking for a cheap way to add more USB ports, but as far as the switches being useful, I just don't see the point.

Even if this thing came with a 6' cord, the USB switches are still right next to the port. So if you can shut off the port with a switch, then you can just unplug it.

Anyway, mine is still stilling in the unopened box in my basement.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2013 8:33:30 AM PDT
Eddy A. says:
cord too short to make any real use of it

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 1:02:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 9, 2013 1:04:40 PM PDT
zgaspar says:
It's not possible to manufacture any device that would function exactly the way EVERYONE wants it. At first glance the short USB cable attached to this hub seems to be problem. But for my Apple keyboard having a USB connector at both of its sides it's a perfect solution! (Mouse on one side, Sabrent USB hub on the other side.) It also works great with my monitor that has built in, (albeit not switchable), USB ports in its stand. And as it was already pointed out it's also the perfect choice with laptops.

In those cases when the built-in cord would be too short I recommend using a USB extender cable. I'm using a 6' length without any problems with my scanner etc. But the real beauty of the hub is when used with a device like a media player which needs active only ONE of the number of USB devices connected to it. I have only one USB port on my media player that needs 2-4 external USB hard drives connected. But always only one, since I can't watch more than one movie at a time so the capability to turn the other USB ports off is the perfect solution. The USB hard drives remain always connected and any of them can be individually activated by its power switch.

USB cables are not hard to disconnect but they do have wear and tear, and if you have your computer on the floor like I do, it may require quite some gymnastics every time to get to them! Way to go Sabrent!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2013 10:07:09 AM PDT
frenchfries says:
I too appreciate the switch. It saves the wear and tear on the USB port. This ensures the USB connector will last a lot longer.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 3:57:17 PM PDT
I agree that the switches are very useful. It depends on the consumer and their need. An extra option or feature is not going to harm....

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 10:54:20 AM PDT
I'm planning on just putting a 3ft or so usb extension on it... researching now to see if there would be issues with powering it though

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 12:18:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2014 8:53:19 PM PST
JMAC says:
Simple solution for the short USB connector..add an extension cable and then set it on your desk. No "bending" then.
UPDATE 1/12/2014:
I have added a 3.3 foot Amazon Basic USB extension cable and it works perfectly. You can find it here: AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Extension Cable 2-Pack - A-Male to A-Female - 3.3 Feet (1 Meter)

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 7:37:24 AM PST
Bryan Hussey says:
they do sell male to female usb cables you know... you can have the switch up to 9 feet from your desktop, it doesn't have to be 2 inches away
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