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Works very well, sometimes loses connectivity, but probably BEST for price range
on January 15, 2016
I bought two of these Sabrent 4 Port Portable USB 2.0 Hub devices. I use one at home with my laptop and I use the other in my office with the same laptop. My laptop is a Lenovo B570.
First, I want to say that I really enjoy having all of the extra ports that the Sabrent 4 Port Portable USB 2.0 Hub provides. All four ports on both of my devices work just fine (which others who have commented on this device or similar products have often commented as being an issue). I've plugged a wide variety of devices into the USB port with little or no problem. These items include: a Dell monitor, a Westinghouse monitor, a gateway monitor, an Asus monitor, a di keyboard, a Microsoft keyboard, 2 separate Microsoft mice, multiple USB phone chargers, a USB lamp, a Brother printer, a bluetooth port, and 2 separate pluggable USB display adapters. Some of these devices did have some problem installing their software through the Hub, however. In all cases I got the installation process towork and my laptop to recognize that they were plugged in. However, at times this did require (strangely) the devices to be switched between the different USB ports on the Hub to find the right 'combo' for them to function properly. Additionally, not all of the USB ports on my laptop seem to recognize the presence of the Hubs. Or at least not consistently (which is not demonstrated with the devices plugged directly into the laptop while bypassing the Hub). Both of these problems were bothersome and did occur with both of my Hub devices. However, once installed and running, they no longer have a problem. So after all that Minus 1 star.
The biggest issue is that the Sabrent 4 Port Portable USB 2.0 Hub will disconnect everything connected to it (often just momentarily) if the hub is bumped. this, again, has happened with both of my hubs and has been very annoying. Obviously, this can be avoided by putting the hub out of the ay, but if you tug on a mouse or keyboard wire too hard, or move somethign on your desk and it hits the hub, say goodbye to signal for about 1 sec. This wouldn;t be a huge deal, except I have monitors plugged into my computer via USB monitor adapters , so everytime the Hub's signal is interrupted my screen goes blank, my computer loses recognition of the 2nd screen, and my screen resolution is adjusted. Then when the hub regains signal, I have to go back through that process to return to what I was doing. A job interrupter for sure. So for this issue, I give it an other minus 1 star (though really, the minus 2 stars overall are mainly fueled by this issue).
- Love the Sabrent 4 Port Portable USB 2.0 Hub and the extra USB ports it provides.
- Minus 2 stars for some annoying connectivity issues
- I would STILL recommend purchasing these ports because, despite the connectivity issues described above, they otherwise work fine and it would be pretty hard to beat the price I paid for these and have them work as well as they do!