Easy expansion of USB options
In addition to being useful for managing the ever-increasing number of USB devices in our lives, powered USB hubs also make great gifts that actually get used, even though some of them are small and cheap enough to be considered "stocking stuffers." In our latest review, Ilene Hoffman checks out two seven-port USB hubs from Targus and Newer Technology, as well as a four-port (but USB 3.0 compatible) hub from Targus. We weigh up the pros and cons of each model with all the info you need for holiday shopping decisions.
Hub connects via SuperSpeed USB cable
LaCie has introduced a new USB hub, the Hub4, designed for USB 3.0-equipped computers. The hub integrates four USB 3.0 ports, supporting combined speeds of up to 5Gbps when connected to a single USB 3.0 port on a computer. Users can also connect via USB 2.0, but at the slower 480Mbps data transfer speeds.
Contort is equipped with 360-degree flexible rubbe
Quirky has released its Contort Flexible USB Hub Manager. The four port USB hub has up to 360-degrees of rotational flexibility, helping to ensure that users won’t accidentally damage their USB devices. It also includes built-in cord management, allowing longer cables to be kept tidy and out of site behind a user’s desktop. The device is also portable and can help stop notebook users on the go from getting tangled up in the cords from multiple devices.
Chargepod V2 charges seven items simultaneously
Callpod has introduced a new multi-device charger and two Bluetooth headsets. The Chargepod V2 is said to be the world’s first multi-device charger and docking system for PC and Mac laptops, according to the company. It offers three different sides, each with various connections, and is capable of simultaneously charging up to seven products. The first side integrates a computer connection, while the second can charge up to three small devices. The third side provides a 3-port USB hub.
USB hub is deactivated during iPod syncing
USBfever has launched two new products for the iPhone and iPod; a 3-Port USB Hub with a sync connector, and the iSponge Docking Entertainment System. The USB accessory is essentially an iPod docking cable spliced by a USB hub. The 30-pin docking connector supports both Data HotSync and charging functions for all iPhones and iPod touches, along with the iPod classic and 4th- or 5th-generation iPod nanos. The USB hub is deactivated while the cable is used for syncing an Apple device.
Culore Multi-Card Reader supports 66 memory cards
Vantec Thermal Technologies has announced two new card-readers for its line of computer accessories, the Culore Multi-Card Reader and Multi-Card Reader & Hub. Both devices support 66 different types of memory cards including SD, Memory Stick, or Compact Flash, and include a built-in two-in-one USB 2.0 carrying-strap/cable. The Culore Multi-Card Reader features five dedicated slots, transfer rates of up to 480Mbps, and support for high speed cards. The device comes in three different colors including pink, blue or green.
One of the biggest flaws of Macs is that they don’t include built-in media card readers. This makes sense, given the bewildering array of different media cards available and the fact that media card readers offer more slots than anyone could possibly want or use, hence wasting space and marring the uncluttered appearance of the computer. Another problem with any computer is the limited number of available USB ports. If this problem of media card readers and USB ports sounds familiar to you, then consider Griffin Technology’s Simplifi.