|Item Weight||14.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.3 x 6.2 x 6 inches|
|Item model number||888|
|Pattern||USB 2.0 Hub|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
Star Wars R2-Q5 USB HUB (4-Port)
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- Voltage: DC 5.0V Connecting Port Type : USB Cable Length: Approx.62.5cm
- Over-Current protection :Yes USB port in use LED Indicator: Yes Dimension: 6.5(W) x 6.5(L) x 1.7(H)cm
- Compliant with USB Version : USB 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 Support: MS Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ Mac OS(10.X or above)/ Linux Bus-Power limit current protection: 900mA (When external adaptor applied)
- Package Included: 1 x USB 3.0 Cable 1 x 4 Ports USB 3.0 Hub
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FINIGO Portable 4 Ports USB 3.0 Hub Extension Adapter + Super Speed 5gbps USB 3.0 Cable
1.Brand new and high quality.
2.Transfers data at rates up to 5Gbps.
3.Ideal USB expansion for external use.
4.Compatible with USB specification 1.1 and 2.0.
5.Easy installation with no device driver necessary.
6.Supplies USB bus power (when power adaptor connected).
7.4 Downstream (USB 3.0 A-Type) ports and 1 Upstream port.
8.Pocket size with USB 3.0 A-type connector, easy to carry.
9.Automatic switching between self-powered and bus-powered mode.
10.Plug-in and use multiple USB devices simultaneously, plug and play.
11.Per-Port Over-Current detection and protection (when power adaptor connected).
12.Supports High-Speed (5Gbps), Full-Speed (480Mbps) and Low-Speed(12Mbps) USB device profiles.
1 x USB 3.0 Cable
1 x 4 Ports USB 3.0 Hub
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CONS: 3-minute beep gets annoying after a while - even with sound off, really have to mash the USB plugs in to get a solid connection, not really worth $90
Being something of a Star Wars fan I thought it would be cool to have this act as one of my USB hubs on my main computer. I had seen similar ones before, but just the European ones that are an R2-D2 housing on USB jacks. The idea of something that blinked and beeped and such sounded almost like it would feel like you had your own little R2 unit on your desk interfacing with your USB add ons. While it is a fun product, it has a few flaws that really don't make it worth the asking price.
The unit has four USB plugs and sits about six inches tall. When you plug an item in, the unit swivels its head and makes a series of beeps like you hear from the R2 astromech droids in Star Wars. There is also a button on top of its head that will let you make it turn its head and beep in a different sequence when you want to show it off. It also turns its head and emits a single beep every 3 minutes. There is a light at the front of its head that will flash blue-red and an amber light at the back of its head. Both stay on as long as the unit is powered. It is pretty well built, but the instructions show the arms can be removed, so they are a little wobbly as you handle the unit. This isn't much of an issue since you probably wouldn't be handling this much, but it's not built like a tank which can be an issue for the handling you do have to do. So, overall it is a cute little desktop item that can be fun for your hardcore Star Wars aficionados. However, the problems I experienced may make all but the most die-hard fans think twice about paying $90 for the item.
A couple of the USB ports on my model didn't always register the attached device consistently. On occasion I would plug in a memory stick and it would appear under My Computer and disappear, then appear and disappear. All the while the droid is spinning its head and beeping for 3-4 minutes straight. (I let it go that long since I was putting it through its paces.) Overall the performance wasn't bad, but that issue did crop up on a couple of the ports enough that it became a concern in terms of considering whether or not I would deem this a worthwhile purchase in the long term.
REALLY HAVE TO CRAM THE USB PLUGS IN
The USB port connections are *tight*. While a secure connection is obviously desirable, this means you not only have to brace the unit to plug a device in, but you may have to pick it up and cradle it securely in your hand to have enough leverage to suitably push the USB plug in. If the unit was more solidly built this might not be an issue, but since it is a little wobbly and you don't want to put any force on the head it means you have to brace the body solidly while handling the rest of it gingerly to plug an item in. If you're going to use this as a hub for devices that stay plugged in consistently it shouldn't be an issue. But if you're using this largely as a memory stick hub and will be swapping items out a lot you will probably find it a bit inconvenient to always have to brace this thing while being mindful of its more delicate parts. With a standard USB hub you can generally manhandle it pretty well as you brace it. The R2-Q5 hub, however, has to have a little more consideration.
This, combined with the price, was the real deal-breaker for me. The sounds and lights on the unit are really nice. The tones they selected for the droid are some of the more pleasant ones in the standard Star Wars astromech "language." Some R2 toys use many of the more shrill tones that can be downright unpleasant but these ones are less of the "beep, whistle, and shriek" sounds and more of the "boop, chuckle, and woo" tones. The tones and movement are fun when you plug a device in. However, it also makes a soft beep and turns its head every three minutes. The sound itself isn't bad, but the consistent 3-minute interval starts to wear on you after the novelty is gone. In fact, there were a few times that it startled me because I was focused on what I was reading. You can turn the sounds off, but the motor that drives the head is also loud enough that it actually kind of drowns out the beeps and boops. So even without the beep the 3-minute motion causes a "whrrr" from the motor.
All in all it's not a bad item, but the issue of having to cradle it to cram the plugs in and the 3-minute beep eventually becoming an annoyance convinced me to return this product for a refund. The other issue was these annoyances on top of the price of almost $90 at the time of purchase and review. If this was maybe $30 then I'd connect it to my laptop that I use largely as a music and movie player and let it do its thing when I'm in the mood for it - plus it would actually be handy access to that laptop's USB interface. But at $90, I just can't see keeping this thing to have on when I'm in the mood for it. It's too bad, as I really like it overall. I just wish the 3-minute beep could be turned off entirely (not just the sound) and that the price would come down. After all, for about $40 more you can actually get the big, interactive R2-D2.
So if you're like me and a fan of the sith, this looks like a cool item. I bought one of the car versiosn of this guy, but both are rebel droids, so i had to have this one. Much to my delight and surprise, i was able to get this to work in my car with no effort other than buying the AC jack to USB adapter for the car port. The side legs and bottom leg come off and clamp back on super easy. I thought originally i would have to modify and cut this myself to make it work for my car, but right out of the box it was ready ( as long as you buy the usb to cigarette lighter adapter which amazon has many under 10 bucks)
* my cup holders are pretty average sized, i drive a 2011 camry
The only downsides to this guy are the following. He's not the most stable design. His legs feel wobbly. Not so much that he'll fall apart, but I'd speculate a fall off your desk might hurt. His USB ports, while thoughtfully placed, can be a hassle and seem to have little "give" when it comes to inserting and removing USB items. Finally, mine has developed twitches where his audio won't go off, and his head only moves slightly. It doesn't happen often (usually he does his normal head swivel and audio routine), but you can tell when it does. Then again, these astromech droids are known to develop quirks, so I'm not too surprised by it. :P
It arrived ahead of schedule, packed well with the original retail box bubble wrapped inside of a larger box.
UPDATE: It is December 11th, 2012 and the little guy is still working, without being turned off other than a few times I have rebooted my desktop machine.