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Great little USB hub includes everything you need
on October 31, 2013
I needed a powered USB hub that could run my external hard drives, as the old bus-powered hub I was using before didn't have enough power available. After much shopping, I discovered this unit which was just the thing I was looking for. Included in the package is the hub, a rather long standard-to-mini USB cable (it looked to be about 6' or so in length) to connect the hub to the computer, and a large-ish power adapter.
The hub is very small and compact, measuring only about 4 inches wide by 2 inches deep by half an inch thick and resembling a small harmonica. Each port is shrouded with a clear plastic shell that lights up red whenever a device is connected, which I find to be a handy feature (not to mention it looks cool, too). I like the fact that the hub features a detachable USB cable (rather than being permanently attached like less-expensive units), which allows you to easily swap in another cable if you need a longer or shorter cable than the unit comes with. The unit ships with a 5V 2A power adapter which provided plenty of power to run my USB-powered external HDs. The power adapter is in a horizontal orientation which means it won't block half the outlets on your power strip, which is a good design. However, I should add that the barrel plug that connects the power adapter to the hub looks to be smaller than standard; the plug of another 5V power supply (which I use to power 2.5" external HD enclosures) I had was too big to fit in the hub's power port. If the stock power supply should fail, finding a compatible replacement could be problematic. Although the hub can be used without the external power supply (instead running off the 5V power supplied by the USB port), beware that it probably won't have enough power available to run high-drain devices such as external HDs and battery chargers. The unit is marketed as a USB 2.0 hub, but I can't comment on the speed because I'm currently using it with one of my old "dinosaurs" that only has USB 1.1 although I will say that it has thus far worked flawlessly (albeit at poky USB 1.1 speed). Because the unit is so small and light, it has a tendency to move around any time you bump a cable and plugging/unplugging cables is a two-hand operation as it takes one hand to plug/unplug the cable while the other hand has to steady the hub, something that some users may find irritating. Overall, I am very satisfied with this unit and it would be a good purchase for anyone looking for a small and inexpensive yet good-quality powered USB hub. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.