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Beautifully matched to Apple products, falls short in functionality and priced high for what it has to offer.
on December 12, 2013
1. I did receive the 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with the packaging in great shape and on time.
2. Aesthetically, the HUB is perfectly matched to the finish of my iMac. I appreciate the construction, look, and the feel.
3. It appears solid, sturdy, and durable. Kudos!
1. A nit. While the blue LED is awesome, it is extremely bright. When my office is dark and I'm working by the dull glow of the monitors, the blue LED shines like a focused flashlight onto the ceiling of my office, brightly illuminating it beyond belief. I've had to resolve to shut my office door now in order not to keep others in the house awake. It seems to me there should be a way to provide the indicator without the intensity. (Note: I have temporarily resolved this particular issue on my own, in a way that doesn't please me much, by placing a small partially transparent sticker over the LED. This attenuated the luminosity of the light enough to not be so blinding.)
2. The HUB's power cord and USB 3.0 cord are on opposite sides. While I can understand that this may have been due to the amount of space needed for each, having them on opposite sized does pose a problem for the placement of the HUB. You can't place anything close to either end, limiting it's placement. I can see the USB cord remaining where it is, but moving the power port to the same side or the rear of the unit would be a better location in my situation. As it is, I have to loop back and secure the feed and power cables in the same direction in order for it to remain neat and tidy. The USB data cables I am able to leave free without issue.
3. Even though the HUB is externally powered, when plugging in my Apple SuperDrive my iMac indicates that the HUB does not have enough power to run it. The reason for me spending as much as I did for this unit was based on the fact that it was externally powered and would have the extra juice needed for power hungry external devices. This, by itself, almost was a deal breaker. I have another external BlueRay drive on order, and I fear that the same situation may befall me. I will know more when that drive arrives. I'm not sure of the purpose of the external power supply if it's not even able to provide enough power to meet the requirements of a single Apple USB powered device with nothing else plugged into the HUB.
4. The largest problem that I have with the unit is the fact that it will not allow the iMac to power down any external drives attached to the HUB. I'm not sure exactly why, but when plugging my brand new USB 3.0 4Tb external drives into the HUB they spin up perfectly. I can transfer data to and from without issue, thankfully. When the transfers are complete, and after the drives sit inactive for a given period of time, the iMac instructs them to sleep to conserve life and power. However, when the drives are plugged into the HUB they are not allowed to sleep...ever....no matter what the Mac tells them to do.
5. On a side note, and one that will also be causing me a lot of grief is the fact that the HUB appears to limit the speed of the data transfers to almost half of what I can achieve when the drives are directly connected to the iMac's external USB 3.0 ports. It would be great if I could get some accurate specifications on the HUB regarding maximum transfer speeds and any documentation indicating if the maximum speeds are divided among the 7 individual ports in the HUB or not.
I can tell you that I am more than just a bit disappointed, for at this point it appears that the only thing I can use the USB HUB for would be for temporary thumb drive, camera, video camera, and printer. Using it with my external drives appears to limit my transfer speeds, puts extra wear on the drives by keeping them spinning, not to mention the thermal issues that come from running all the time. I am hoping that there are a few solutions that you might be able to provide me regarding my current situation.