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I bought this hub as an impulse purchase but based my decision on: (a) you can never have enough usb ports (b) belkin are a respected manufacturer (c) I liked the design
It cost me £12 when I bought it but I think that was the stores mistake as I have seen it advertised at between £19 and £24. Even at that price though this is a good piece of kit.
Bearing in mind you can get USB 2 hubs for about half the piece of this one made by companies you may have never heard of, the design and features on this device make it a very attractive and useful addition to your desktop.
It has seven USB ports; five on the back and two placed nattily and very usefully on the top. The top ones are what make this great in my view. They are ideal for things you want to plug in and take out on a regular and irregular basis. I use them for usb memory sticks, camera connection, or anything which you don't want to have to delve behind to place in there. I know it might sound a little petty but slotting the memory stick or MP3 payer into these vertical slots is ideal. In the past I have snapped various USB stick devices (such as a couple of Bluetooth adapters and memory sticks) while trying to either take them out or put them in a horizontal device.
The Belkin hub has indicator lights on the front showing the status of each of the devices attached in green and a red one showing the power. The hub itself is externally powered and both this and the PC connection are positioned at either end of the rear of the device. Between these two inputs are the five USB outputs.
The device sits nicely on the desk and having a black and silver finish, fits in nicely with most computer colour schemes currently used. One little feature I love about this unit (although haven't used it yet) is that it is stackable. You can place two of these on top of each other and still use all the ports.
It has a throughput of 480 Mbps which is pretty much standard. It is compatible with USB 1.1 as well as USB 2. It's totally plug and play and is recognised with no problems in both XP and Vista (32 and 64 bit).
In use I have not had the slightest problem with this hub. It feels well made and hasn't faltered in use for the 6 months or so I've had it.
So, in short, it looks good, it feels good and by golly it does you good! A great product which will enhance any desktop.
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