Targus 7-Port USB 2.0 Desktop Hub with Audio Pass-Through ACH81US (Silver)
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- Instantly expand your computer¿s USB ports and connect up to 7 devices simultaneously, including mice,keyboards, memory drives
- Hub is designed for both vertical and horizontal positions
- The front audio ports provide a convenient connection for headphones, speakers and a microphone.
- Constructed with d urable 840D Nylon; includes water resistant bottom panel
- The two high-power "Always On" ports provide twice the power as standard USB ports
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|Sold By||—||Amazon.com||Alcey USA||UGREEN GROUP LIMITED||AnkerDirect|
|Color||Silver||—||USB 3.0 3-Port Hub with Audio Adapter||with sound adapter||—|
|Item Dimensions||7.25 x 9.5 x 0.5 in||1.5 x 3.43 x 0.35 in||3.62 x 4.8 x 1.89 in||1.65 x 3.7 x 0.63 in||1.73 x 4.29 x 0.91 in|
|Item Weight||1.31 lbs||1.7 ounces||4.96 ounces||—||0.71 lb|
|Number of Ports||7||4||3||3||7|
The Targus Desktop USB 2.0 7-Port Hub allows you to simultaneously connect up to 7 USB devices such as mice, keyboards, memory drives, MP3 players, printers and more. With its unique audio pass-through ports feature, the hub also allows you to conveniently connect headphones, speakers and a microphone without having to reach behind your computer every time. For added convenience, this hub is designed to stand in either a vertical or horizontal position for easy accessibility. The two high-power "Always On" ports provide twice the power as standard USB ports and remain powered even when power to your desktop is shut down, a unique feature for charging any USB peripherals.
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Targus response was "Having all of those devices connected has resulted in overtaxing the hub, causing it not to work. With the overtaxing, the hub is not covered under the conditions of the warranty. I apologize for this inconvenience."
Nowhere in the user manual were there any warnings about damage occurring from plugging certain devices into certain ports. Nor is there any clear language in warranty that says "overtaxing" hub is not covered. So now I have a Targus paperweight.
More of a problem is that my iMac would frequently hang up with the USB hub in place (there IS a secret Apple equivalent of the Windows BSOD!). I was already using the iMac's USB ports for backup HD and headphones. I did try unplugging all from the machine, and using my USB devices all connected to the Targus hub but no joy. No solution exists that I could find, but it undoubtedly has to do with the USB standard in Apple's Linux OS. Certainly Apple gurus could write a patch to allow more sharing of the USB ports, but so far that has not been done. Nor does Targus have a patch. Proof of the problem was the lack of the BSOD when the Targus was removed from the system.
Basically I could not use this hub with my iMac, so I am passing it along on eBay for Windows use.
Which is a shame because the hub is well thought out, fits nicely in vertical position (small footprint), has its own power supply, and seems to function well when I can get the iMac to boot with it connected. I think it just needs a little software work for better compatibility with OS 10 Lion.
The hub works great as a USB hub and has 2 high power USB ports that can be used for powering high draw devices like some external hard drives. Compared to my other 7 port hubs, it looks nice and doesn't have one of those annoyingly bright LEDs on the front of it like some of my other hubs have.
Unfortunately, even with one of those 2-to-1 USB combiner cables (which can draw power off of both ports), I still get the "not charging" on the display. I can sync with iTunes and it does seem to charge faster when plugged in this way (when the display is off, of course), but it doesn't charge while the device is on.
This isn't a ding on the hub as the hub is doing everything it claims to be doing (hence why I still gave it 5 stars). I just wanted to point this out to others who may be attempting to try what I tried.
So, in summary, good hub, nice setup, and does exactly what you would want a 7 port hub to do. But no go on getting rid of the "not charging" on the iPad.
BTW - I did not try to do anything with the audio ports on the device.
Interestingly, they say the high powered ports are always on, even when the unit is disconnected from the laptop. However, as far as I can tell, ALL of the ports are always on; my other devices indicate that they're charging. Maybe there's something I'm missing.
To be fair, it actually did not claim to power tablets, so I'm not giving it the one star review I'd like to. Everything else about this thing looks like it works fine, though the manual states that you can't count on full performance when there is more than one high-performance USB transfer going on.
After doing some research (fool me once....), I decided to go with the Targus hub. I can't say that this is the best hub on the market because I haven't tried them all. But I can tell you that I've had the Targus for over 3 weeks now and HAVE NEVER lost a connection. The hub's two powered ports (denoted by a lightening bolt) supply steady and consistent power to my cell phone and ipod. It takes all of 5 min to go from red batt status to full charge.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced, solidly built usb hub, you can't go wrong with the this one.