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My old hub was too small now with all the different items I'm using, so I looked for small neat hub with more outlets. After viewing several I came across the one with 7 outlets. It measures 4" x 2.5" x 1" approx; or 100W x 60D x 20H in millimeters, for the younger generation. It has 3 outlets on one side with USB In and the Power inlet, the other 4 on the opposite side. It sits nicely on my desk and caters for all my needs, ie. 2 x external HD's, Disk Writer, Printer, Camera lead etc; etc. The only down side I suppose, is that it doesn't have any indicator light which would be useful but not essential. Other than that I can't fault it. Great purchase.
Following an act of almost superhuman stupidity, I blew one of the USB lines on my iMac. So, four ports, which were not really enough anyway, became two, and something had to be done. Got this little item, and it does what it needs to, although it won't charge the new Apple express ported iPad even though it supports it for data transfer......doesn't matter to me, but it's worth knowing, and hence the deduction of one star, as the blurb does not mention this. No activity/status light, which for me is a bonus.
Over the past few weeks I tried to find a powered usb hub that has enough power to power a usb hard drive, I bought a couple at the same price range both of which could not handle the hard drive. I'm pleased to say that this one has plenty of power and ports to effectively do this. I'm sure that it would also be able to handle 2 of them as well. Very impressed with startech's products at the moment, never heard of them but used several of their products recently which appear to be a high standard.
I bought this to use with some Astronomy equipment via a laptop PC. The first one lasted only four nights before packing up. I requested a replacement which duly arrived. But that one only lasted three hours. This time it was connected to my PC in my control room. Both the hubs were mains powered.
Each time I was able to trace the fault to the supplied 5v power supply. I have two industrial USB hubs from Star Tech. So I was a little surprised to have two hubs from them, that were faulty.
I bought this many years ago, and never left a review. I've always been of the opinion that you leave a product a few months before reviewing, thus giving it time to fail or prove itself. In short, three years on, it's not failed and this keyboard I am typing on is attached to it now. Good product,.
Works well - have used it with a Raspberry Pi operating continuously for the past month without problems. The power supply seems robust enough and provides enough to supply the Pi on its own (although I was using it to power some peripherals so also connected the Pi to its normal adaptor).
I use this item to run several external memories from a Humax recorder. The startech power supply resolved earlier unreliability and I have purchased another. A very well made piece of kit and good value.