Anker® USB 3.0 7-Port Hub Premium Aluminum Hub for iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac Mini (White Trim)
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The hub has 7 USB 3.0 ports on it that are also downward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices. Even though each port has accessible power you should remember that the data transfer speed is being shared with one USB 3.0 port from your computer. That means that the data bandwidth of 5 Gb/s is split across 7 devices and that is if you have a USB3.0 port to use. If you use a USB 2.0 port or a USB 1.1 port and then plug in USB 2.0/1.1 devices it will be even slower. That is not the fault of the hub but just the actual result of the technology's capability.
I like that the hub has a power on/off switch so I could set up the hub and plug in my devices and then turn the hub on. All four of my memory storage devices popped up on my computer is less than 10 seconds which is very good. Each port has an LED that lights up to indicate that a device is plugged in and drawing power.Read more ›
However, I am only giving it four (4) stars out of five (5) due to a slight manufacturing defect that hopefully only impacted my unit. The top of the aluminum enclosure has very noticeable scratch marks which are uniform and parallel and likely were made during the manufacturing or assembly process. My unit was intact when I received it, and the packaging appeared to be factory-new.
Other than a (hopefully) one-off defect in the finish, this is a fantastic unit and I am very happy with it.
UPDATE: (Dec 23, 2013) - The service I received from ANKER Customer Service regarding this matter was exceptional. They immediately sent me a replacement unit and a pre-paid postage label to return the defective/scratched hub.
FINAL UPDATE: (Feb 19, 2014) - The level of personal service and communication I experienced from ANKER was remarkable. However, the replacement unit they sent to me had an identical problem. In fact, the problem was even more pronounced as the scratches ran the length of the top surface, instead of just to one side. It has not been very noticeable in low-light conditions (as the scratches are very fine), but this problem is quite evident when using the hub in brightly-lit areas. I assume the hub was scratched during the manufacturing or finishing/packing process...thus might be affecting many of the units produced around the same timeframe.
**** UPDATE ****
A few days after posting my 1-star review, Anker customer service contacted me through Amazon. While the original product itself called for the rating I gave, Anker's follow-up was nothing short of outstanding. (Thus the update to 4 stars.) The agent (Laura from AnkerDirect Customer Support) asked if she could send me a replacement unit. I agreed, and by the end of the week -- at no cost to me -- Anker sent me their new 7-port hub: https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Charging-Adapter-Included-VL812-B2/dp/B014ZQ07NE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465915422 ... I've purchased numerous Anker products in the past and will continue to do so based on this positive experience.
This HUB also looks like it was made by Apple. The silver color fits in perfectly with my Apple Superdrive and of course my MacBook Pro. I would certainly recommend this to anyone in need of a bunch of USB 3.0 ports.
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