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Having splashed out for a new iMac, the one thing that was slightly annoying was the small number of USB ports on it. Since I have a load of equipment (hard drives, printer, sound interfaces etc) I needed to get a USB hub. I saw this one on Microdirect and liked the fact that you could dock your iPod in it too.
The hub is mains powered, and connected to my iMac with no problems. A right light indicates that the unit is powered, a blue one indicates that your iPod is docked correctly, and a green one for each USB port when an item is connected. The USB ports themselves are a little close together, which makes things a little awkward when connecting large things like memory sticks. Part of me would like the ports to be at the front of the unit for ease of use, but another part of me prefers them on the back so that the cables are out of sight.
The hub itself looks great - the white glossy look compliment the Apple range perfectly. It comes with a range of adaptors for different iPods so that they fit snuggly in the hole. If have a 120gb iPod and mine fits in fine without an adaptor - there's probably enough options to suit any type of iPod.
The unit has a headphone socket which I have no use for.
I've been using it for around a month now and had no problems - everything I've connected is recognised on my iMac straight away and speeds are good. I've seen the price for this unit vary greatly - I got it for around £10 (inc P&P) I think, but I've seen it for up to £40!
I got 5 of these from Boffer (read my Boffer review) for around £35 in total.
1 Made a great christmas pressie to a friend that had a couple of Ipods, I have personally used one now I changed my PC set up, and now I have 3 left that I am gonna bung on eBay.
Belkin always has been a top quality brand, and I do like their equipment. The TuneSync just makes perfect sense. I have used USB hubs from Belkin before and never previously needed to use the iPod one, however when I got my new Vauxhall Insignia with its built in USB port for the iPod I decided to leave my iPod cable and add this docking point for the iPod, to charge or sync. The other bonys being with my iiYama B2409HDS (see that review too excellent monitor) and its built in speakers if i need some music i can use the 3.5mm jack out of the USB TuneSync dock through to the input in the monitor to play some basic music that way, if I am getting sound out of my main speakers while marking work.
So back to the features of the TuneSync.
It is a 5 port USB 2.0 hub, it is a powered hub so make sure you have a power socket near by. The Hub naturally plus into a USB socket on your PC, and has the 5 ports hidden in the back.
On the top as you can see is a very open plug for all standard iPods
(nope I do not think this will work for the iPhone or iTouch, although i could be wrong, but i believe they have different connectors to the other iPods)
You can place in 1 of the 9 dock adapters that come with it for various models of the iPod. My friend has a newer 160GB classic and that fits perfectly, as does the 80GB classic I got my partner.
I personally have the 80GB 5G which also fits in perfectly.
Now when I come in from work I can plug the iPod into the dock, use it if i need to, charge it, synbc it, either way it no longer rests on the desk taking up space it has a designated spot and looks stylish. I can plug any devicesd i need into the 5 USB in the back and have them all linkled through to my PC< so now on the desk I have 12 USB 2.0 ports available to me easily wihtout having to route behind my PC.
he other bonus this has is it has a 3.5mm Stereo jack out on the side, so you can output what is being played into speakers/headphones,e tc. and as my main PC uses decent speakers for its normal use, I will have occaisons when I can;t use those when marking multimedia work, but I still want some music on, althought the 2w speakers ion my monitor will not be great I can actually put them to good use, so all my equipment is used effectivly and I don't go with out.
This is a fantasitc bit of kit, well worth having one of. I am considering putting one downstairs hooked up to the hifi with 3.5mm jack to phono conenctors, and using the powered USB ports to charge the 360 and Wii controller batteries that have USB charging facilities, and save on ahving to plug them into the consoles themselves (while keepign them tidyly away in a cupboard)
NB on the box it says it is for;
iPod 3G, 4G, 5G Video, mini, nano and photo
but the classic also fits in one of these adapters (it just wasn't out at the time this product was released)
The latest innovation from USB leader Belkin integrates an iPod dock with a five-port USB 2.0 hub. With its slim and elegant design and top-load dock, this product saves your valuable desktop space. It adds a convenient stereo-out jack that lets you listen to your music by connecting your stereo, powered speakers, or headphones while the iPod charges. Designed to work seamlessly with all your USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices, the Belkin TuneSync for iPod lets you connect up to five USB 2.0 devices, such as your printer, scanner, hard drive, digital camera, thumb drive, media readers, and more to your computer. LEDs monitor your device activity for master power status and all port activity.