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I had a Belkin 7 port powered hub and just couldn't get more than three things to be recognized at once. So, off I go to Office Depot and buy another Belkin hub. Exactly the same problem. One day the thought occurs to me that maybe this hub is underpowered. Not a big enough power supply. I don't have any way to test this, but with this hub, all seven devices connect up no problemo and run just fine. Wish the light had come on earlier and I'd bought this first.
When I replaced my desktop PC with a laptop, I needed more USB space and the 4-port USB that I used previously was not sufficient. Based on the reviews, chose this one and have not been disappointed. The hub worked right from the box and continues to provide excellent service. It is well made and is well sized for a 7-port unit. The cable that attaches it to my computer is long enough to allow me to locate where it and the other cables leading to it will not be on my work surface. The hub is powered, which seems to give it more oomph even with all 7 ports in use, and the cable is long enough to reach my UPS from the out-of-the-way spot where I have put the hub. The connectors on both cables/cords that come with the hub are good and you don't have the feeling you will damage them if necessary to disconnect/reconnect. All the ports work, which is something you always expect but which has not always been the case with previous ports that I have purchased. But the fact that I previously pinched pennies when ordering hubs no doubt, in retrospect, had something to do with that.
Shipment was fast; the hub actually arrived a fews days ahead of when Amazon said I should expect it.
There are less expensive hubs, but if you want a well made hub that is likely to give long and reliable service, I encourage you to buy this one.
The hub and charger are completely stealth: no brand name, no ratings, plain white box with no boring directions. The hub is different from the picture on the Amazon page: there are 5 USB plugs on the front and 2 on the back, not 7 on the front. The included power cord and USB cable that came with this hub are quite short. The product writeup says that the USB cable is 5ft, but the one in the package was 2ft long, and the power cable is also 2ft. Luckily I had a spare USB A to B cable. I plugged in two different iPhone USB cables and connected an iPhone and an iPad. Both showed up in iTunes and I was able to sync both devices. I noticed that the iPad's battery charge was steadily decreasing: apparently it cannot get enough power to charge through this hub. I had problems waking my Mac from sleep with this hub attached, even when no USB devices were attached to the hub.
I purchased this item because I have a Macbook which means I have very few USB ports on my computer. My desk was getting cluttered with printer cords, camera cords, mouse cords, USB drives, etc. It also became a problem when I wanted/needed to use more than 2 of the USB connected items at a time. This USB Hub plugs in easily, and while it takes up a plug in your computer, it adds many many more.
It serves my purpose, plugging in an additional one or two USB connection electronics, but one con I ran into, and this could be due to the fact that I have a 2008 Macbook, which also means I'm running an older operating system. (Leopard I believe). Therefore, if I plugged in too many items, which this number could vary depending on how large these were (printer v. mouse, etc.), my computer would instruct me to unplug a USB electronic device since it could not handle the number of devices running simultaneously.
This one, is the one reason I docked it a star, so it's 4 instead of 5 stars. Sometimes, the connection doesn't work. I haven't experimented hugely with this, but 50 percent of the time, I have issues with my printer. While it is a wireless printer, sadly, to scan a document and save it on my hard drive, it still requires that I have a hard plug in. So when the printer tells me there isn't a USB connection, I have to take the plug out of the hub and plug it directly into my computer, which automatically works. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's enough to comment and warn potential buyers about the issue.
Otherwise, I like it and it serves it's purpose. It's not a miracle worker and can't reduce the number of items you have to plug, but it can make the plug in process easier. This device, also makes it easier to reconnect your computer on your desk when you've taken it with you. You have one plug to return to the USB port rather than multiple plug ins. And, you don't have to figure out which one is which to get the one you want.