Getting everything done at work means being able to multi-task. And to multi task in this modern era, you need to be able to plug in all your devices and use them conveniently. With all the USB flash drives out there, from my great little BYU Cougars Flashscot to charging my smart phone, I need to have more than just the USB port in my desktop computer.
Satechi USB hub is an expansion center that connects to a USB port and presents four USB ports for connecting external gadgets like printers, flash drives, external hard disks, digital cameras, phones and other electronic gadgets. So now, convert a USB 3.0 port in your computer into four ports.
The Satechi 3.0 four-port USB hub turns one of your USB 3.0 ports into four. It requires a 5V 3Amp power input. If you still do not have a USB 3.0 port, in your desktop or laptop you can still use it because it is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1. The ports have a speed of up to 4.8 Gbps. As expected, the Satechi USB expansion hub is compatible with both PC and Mac; it works with Windows 98 and above, Mac OS 9.1 and above and Linux version 2.4 and above.
The hub has a highly portable and lightweight design. Weighing just 1.6 ounces its maximum dimensions are 2.4 x 0.5 x 3.5 inches. You can easily put it in your backpack and use it along on your trips. The design is extremely compact and three of the USB ports are located on the front of the hub while the fourth along with the inlet power port. Also, located here is the micro USB B-type connector to connect to the USB port of your system.
The bottom, yellow frame is compact and is of plastic with a gray aluminum lid on the top. In the bottom, right corner there is an LED indicator that glows when the USB hub is in use. The frame also has four rubber pads in the bottom for grip so you do not worry that it will fall of your desk and unplug the connections.
Pros and Cons
As with any hub, the Satechi USB hub is also hot swappable and in pluggable. You do not require any specific software or drivers, and it is just plug and play. Although it fits in your pocket, and is priced appropriate the need for an external power supply limits the portability to a great degree. Nevertheless, for users looking to expand their USB 3.0 port or connect in more devices at a single time, this Satechi USB hub is an excellent choice.
The Satechi 3.0 4-Port USB Hub is priced at $39.99.