Apc USB2.0 7 Port Hub
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The APC USB 2.0 Hub lets you connect up to seven peripherals quickly and easily. The APC 7 Port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Hub features Plug-and-Play connectivity to your USB 1.1 (low- and full-speed) and USB 2.0 (high-speed) devices. Ideal for peripherals such as scanners, printers, mass-storage drives, and high-resolution cameras. It also features its own power adapter.
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The stand is very light and flimsy so any cable pressure will drag
the unit around or topple it. My stand in particular was not level
so I had to bend it a little to prevent it from wobbling.
An external 2.5" portable drive seems to work fine when plugged into
However, even though it is a "powered" hub it does not provide enough
power to charge an iPad (to be fair a lot of PC laptops don't either).
An iPhone was also a bit fiddly as far as getting recognized by iTunes
and getting charged - likely because there is borderline enough power
Expect to have to charge iPads with a recent Mac's built-in USB port
or external power supply, and iPhones with a Mac/PC's built-in USB
port or external power supply.
The main reasons to get this hub over others (powered or unpowered) are
the good number of ports (7), the fact that it does seem to power external
laptop drives well, and the hopefully better quality and longevity over
other brands (I've read some scary reviews about other powered hubs frying
devices that were plugged into them).
This product is not listed on the APC web site, although they do list other USB hubs.
I have a lot of devices around my laptop and my laptop only has 2 hubs (it sucks, I know), so I really needed a USB hub to accomodate my keyboard, wireless mouse, my pen tablet, and other stuff that I plug in once in a while. I had a Targus travelling hub, but it wasn't self-powered, so external drives still need to actually be plugged directly to my laptop. It has a long power cord, but a shorter USB cord (I estimate around 3-4 ft), so if you want to place your hub on the floor this is not the best choice for you. I keep the hub right beside my laptop, since I want easy access when I plug in/out stuff.
I am satisfied with the product. It feels kind of flimsy, so heavy cables can drag this thing around if you're not careful. Of course I don't yank it around a lot - it sits nicely on my tiny workspace with its stand, not taking too much space, and the lights aren't too bright, which I know would bother some people. Only thing I wish is that the hub could lie sideways instead of just vertical, just so users have flexibility on how to arrange the hub in their workspace. The stand it comes with can only be used vertically, but it's removable.