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I travel a reasonable amount for conferences and symposiums, though I've never been able to figure out what the difference is! With this is mind I like to bring along my small netbook so that I can check my emails and make last minute adjustments to my presentations. The only downside to bringing the netbook is that I only have the one USB port and no DVD drive. I have a portable DVD reader but it takes up a usb slot, leaving me unable to plug in my iPod or my phone.
Thankfully Belkin have come to the rescue with their Travel USB hub. It's a simple idea, just like any other USB hub, it takes a single USB port and converts it into 4 new ones. It comes as a circular piece of plastic about an inch thick and the size of the palm of your hand, travel size indeed. The plastic feels a bit flimsy but it isn't exactly a high stress component so I can forgive them that. The cable conveniently wraps around the hub itself to keep you from snagging it during transport.
The hub itself has 4 USB 2.0 ports which allow connectivity for the latest gadgets and what not. I have connected my iPod, my phone and my camera all at the same time and it seems to work great. I'm sure there is some drop in speed but I've yet to notice anything disruptive.
I'm quite happy with my purchase of the Belkin Travel USB hub, it's a simple enough device that fills a particular niche in the market. The build quality isn't amazing but it fits in my pocket and doesn't weigh me down, thumbs up here!
My Belkin Travel USB Hub is the same as the one in the picture, although it has a black cable instead of the white one. The USB Hub is certainly a good size to suggest it is for 'travel' use, and with 4 USB ports it is also very capable of accommodating all your gadgets on the move, such as your mouse, for charging a mobile phone - and anything else that requires a USB port. A lot of the smaller laptops and some netbooks come with a single USB port to keep costs down and this hub is a very useful product for solving the problem of wanting to plug in a number of things at once. As netbooks dont normally come with a disc drive this generally means that no USB port is available once an external disc drive is connected.
This hub has 2.0 USB ports, which basically means it has high-speed capabilities and this is newer technology to the original basic USB connection. The wire is short so to keep the hub compact and this is also useful because I hate wires getting tangled and in the way. The ports are located around the outside edge of the circular hub and although the hub is around £8-£10 online it feels of a good quality. I own a number of Belkin products, and am generally very pleased with the overall quality and pricing of their goods. This travel adaptor is compact enough to carry in a laptop bag, but is also ideal for use at home on a PC or laptop.