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I just purchased the 4 port USB Mini Hub, it does not work and I will return it for a refund, so much for easy to use. I have only given it one star because the review system insists I put one down, otherwise it would not have recieved any!
From scanners, cameras, printers, external hard drives and mobile phones to flash drives, card readers, and even coffee warmers, USB is everywhere and everything. As a result you can quickly find your computer running out of USB ports, and since inserting and removing cables every time you want to use a different device isn't an ideal solution your only option is to expand. To the rescue is this "Trust HU-4440P 4 USB2.0 mini hub" that provides you with an additional four valuable ports (it requires one port on your computer to run). The question is however does this simple device deliver what it promises?
Its compact size, light weight, and the fact that its host powered (draws power from a USB port as opposed to the mains) makes it ideal to carry around with a laptop. This was the main reason that I purchased this model, as my now rather old Hi-Grade Laptop only has two USB ports which in the age of USB devices isn't enough.
The hub is beyond easy to use - any person that knows how to plug it in knows how to use it. It requires no drivers or any further installation on your part.
Sadly that's everything positive that can possibly be said about this hub, as I was soon to discover it was destined for the rubbish bin.
It has a rather major design flaw, as the USB ports that it provides you with are too close together, they are actually closer than they appear in the picture of the hub. Some USB cables are chunkier than others (such as the moulded plug on my scanner) which when plugged in blocks adjacent ports. It also means you'll have the same problem if you're using a flash drive that's wider than the USB connection.
The build quality isn't the greatest, the actual plastic shell seems solid enough but the actual USB sockets in side the hub tend to move when your inserting or removing a cable, I imagine that this isn't a device that can withstand repetitive and prolonged use.
Sometimes when I have my external hard drive connected to the hub it disappears at random. I suddenly hear my laptop make a beep-beep sound and the icon disappears from my computer. I imagine that if this was to happen when the device was active such as transferring data, then it could result in lost or corrupt data.
It works with my large scanner which I was pleased with, but surprisingly enough it does not work with at all with my USB optical mouse, when I plug it in to the hub my computer doesn't even see it.
Its light weight is also a disadvantage as it means it moves every time you do, which isn't a problem if you want it to use with a laptop, but it's a pain if you want to use it on a computer desk (Blu-tack would come in handy.)
At the end of the day it has too mainly failings for my requirements to whole heartily recommend it to you, unless your looking to fill up a bin bag. It's been awarded two stars since it's cheap, compact, and (sometimes) manages to do what it say's on the tin.
Personally I would spend a few pound more and buy a slightly larger unit heavier duty hub such as the Kensington PocketHUB Mini USB 2.0 4 port Hub (£10.12 from Amazon.co.uk)
This Trust HU-4440P 4 USB2.0 mini hub is very cheap with prices staring at £2.54 (before packaging) on sites such as Amazon.co.uk and ebay.co.uk
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)