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For just £6.99 on Amazon, this little plastic contraption has made my life so much easier.
Basically an extension for usb ports, it can be used on a lappy or a desktop.
I have a Thinkpad which I adore but has been slightly abused by my inquisitive toddler. Now a Thinkpad is a tough beast and has managed to keep going through all sorts ( including obsessive and annoying repeats of cbeebies and assaults of playdoh ) but unfortunately one of my USB ports committed hara kiri due to over enthusiastic toddler prodding. I was left with one paltry port that I had begun to guard with my life.
NO need to give paddington hard stares every time my hooligan comes near my laptop anymore though, because I bought one of these.
This simple little square gives you 3 additional ports which means I can charge my phone, run speakers and a hard drive without growling at the child.
It has a textured black plastic surround with silver colour plate for the USB ports.
Perfectly pocket sized ( and possibly therefore easy to lose ) the box states "Could this be the smallest USB hub in the world?"
Well no, but it is small and unintrusive. It does what it says on the tin (err box), it works well and is a good price therefore full stars awarded from the Spiritwood house of chaos.
USB ports are at a premium on my iMac, as i've got so many different electronic devices cluttering up the desk top. As my computer only has three USB inputs, I needed a hub to allow me to connect more of these devices at the same time. As well as USB ports being scarce, plug sockets are similarly rare in my office - so requirements stated that the hub would have to be self-powered rather than requiring a mains connection to operate.
PRICE & DESIGN
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Costing £6.99 from Amazon, the Lindy Four Port USB 2.0 Mini Hub was just what I was looking for - it's one of the smallest devices in its class on the market, and (as its title suggests) will allow another three* USB connections to your PC (*once you minus the one USB port that the Lindy itself requires to work). In all honesty, it's not one of the prettiest or most space-age looking hub out there - but it's not ugly either, and because of its size, appearances really aren't important.
SPECIFICATIONS & PERFORMANCE
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Compatible with both PC and Mac, the product has a maximum data transfer rate of 480 Mbps, and supports both high speed (12Mbit/sec) and low speed (1.5Mbit/sec) devices. On paper, this is quick enough for speedy data transferal, and fast enough to keep my peripherals running smoothly. In terms of its performance, for the most part the hub is fantastic - the printer connects without an issues, as too does my external hard drive, keyboard, and assorted flash drives. The only issue occurs when I attach the scanner - which struggles to operate correctly. The problem is the fact that the scanner requires a fair bit of power to work, and self-powered hubs can't quite cope with the demand. Personally, this isn't a huge issue - I just keep the scanner plugged into the port at the back of the computer instead.
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Overall, I would certainly recommend the Lindy Four Port USB 2.0 Mini Hub - the majority of the peripherals I have plugged into it have operated efficiently and without any trouble. The device is reasonably priced, and small, plus it's very reliable - i've used mine for a couple of years without problems.
This is a simply device giving your computer or laptop four addition USB ports. In fact you only 3 additional ports as you use a port from you desktop or laptop to plug in the mini hub.
It comes with a black plastic surround with silver plating for the USB ports. It is an ugly little device. It is quite tough as I often place it in my pocket with my keys resulting in no damage.
On the box it came in it states "Could this be the smallest USB hub in the world?" The answer to this is no. I have seen a number of smaller four port USB hubs which incidentally are more attractive. Saying this it is very small at around just 4cm by 4.5 cm with a depth of approximately 1 cm. It is perfect for carrying around when you need additional ports.
It is very simple to use. Just plug into a USB point on you device then you have a hub offering four more slots. These are Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports are you can plug anything USB 2.0 into them.
I did a google search for the price and they came up for around ten pounds. Although I am happy to use the device I would not pay more than five pounds. Also I find it very rare that I need additional USB ports.
It is a good device and works well. But for me it is ugly and expensive.