One can never have too many USB ports, and the Satechi 10-Port USB 3.O hub (On sale for $59.99, usualy $69.99) certainly is welcome in my office. It looks like a power strip, but it's really a mighty USB hub. Because it is such a gathering spot, I call mine the hub Pub.
The unit has 9 regular USB 3.0 ports plus a port located on the end of the hub for iPad charging. This enables you to be connected to USB devices and your portable computer all at the same time from a single hub. The 10th port also features an On/Off switch.
I guess I never paid much attention, but it seems most hubs only have four ports. I have a whole gang of them chained together. I’m surprised they don’t blow out my computer.
This arrangement makes an ideal data transfer center with your computer and external drives all connected to it. It also solves the issue of iPads sometimes not charging from computer USB ports.
This unit has a unique design in that the ports are arranged in sets of three. Each set is controlled by an On/Off switch. A blue light glows for each set when turned on, and each port also lighted when in use.
The hub comes with its own power supply to assure a stable resource not dependent on a computer, and it is fuse protected. It also comes with built in over voltage protection so you don’t have to worry about power surges.
Although it features USB 3.0 and is super fast, it is also backwards compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0. The 3.0 rating allows data transfer at speeds up to 5.0 Gbps.
It has a minimal footprint measuring only 8.09 x 1.75 x 1.06 inches and weighs 5 ounces or about the same as a phone. It’s small enough to take with you on the road. In the box is a piece of double sided tape you can use to mount the hub wherever you wish. I decided to put mine on the side of my computer, which makes it very handy.
This guy is truly plug and play. There are no drivers required, and no installation is involved whatsoever. It’s a keeper and a clutter reducer.
Why wouldn’t anyone want one (or more) of these?