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Good Travel Hub - Simple, No Frills but Delivers the Performance,
This review is from: AmazonBasics 4-Port USB 2.0 Ultra-Mini Hub (Personal Computers)
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03/30/2011 UPDATE: Amazon just dropped the price from $19.99 to $10.99 and I just upped my rating to 5 Stars.
03/26/2011: With laptops and netbooks getting smaller and having fewer or worse, tightly spaced USB ports, a small USB hub has almost become an necessity. AmazonBasics has entered the market with a 4-Port USB 2.0 Mini Hub to provide road warriors (and others) the extra USB ports they need. The rectangular unit, molded in black plastic, is pretty small, measuring 2.5" x 1.75" x .67", and has a 8" cord which I found to be long enough. The layout has 3 ports on the front and one port on the back next to the cord and includes an orange LED indicator light on the top so you can quickly check to see if you are connected. I tested this on machines using both Windows7 and Vista and in both cases, the OS detected the hub and downloaded the drivers (from the hub) with no user input required. The unit was able to run multiple, low powered devices (mouse, recharge a music player, thumb drive, cordless keyboard mini dongle) simultaneously but since the hub isn't powered, i.e. from an external power supply plugged into a wall socket, I believe a user might have problems trying to use multiple devices with a power hog like an unpowered external hard drive or external DVD player. I did not have an unpowered external hard drive available so I wasn't able to test that.
I found the unit very easy to use and compact enough to find a permanent place in the computer bag. There were no printed instructions so I suspect this is one of those cases where if you know you need it, you probably know how to connect it. The only real, albeit minor, problem I noticed with the hub is USB plug on the device. There is an AmazonBasics logo on the plug and while the unit follows USB convention and has the USB logo on the top, several times I tried to plug the hub in with the AmazonBasics logo up and of course, it didn't fit. Also, that logo is raised and extends above the plug. Not a good idea in my opinion as the area around USB ports on laptops and netbooks is already too cramped. The Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging worked as promised as there was no plastic blisters or wrapping to cut open. Everything was packed in fitted cardboard that went right into the recycling. Nice. Overall, I like the AmazonBasics USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub and plan on using it when I travel.
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Initial post: Mar 10, 2014 4:02:57 AM PDT
Amazon hiked the price back up to about 20 bucks now. Should the product be bumped back down to 4 stars now?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2014 4:29:22 PM PDT
Tetsu Uma says:
Really? I just checked the price and it was $6.14. Do you think I can give it 6 stars?
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