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Hands on with Cables To Go 7-port hub

24 June 2010 2,377 views 4 Comments

When it comes to powered USB ports, I’ve never had enough. My 2007 iMac’s three ports, only one of which had the juice to “trickle” charge my iPad, plus four ports on an unpowered hub left me swapping cables a couple times a day. Enough was finally enough and I splashed out for a proper USB hub.

With two external drives, a printer, camera, iPad, multiple iPods, memory card reader, audio I/O dongle, USB headset/mic and keyboard + mouse, I never had enough powered ports. Additionally, with a steady stream of new, used and refurbished Macs and peripherals through my office, there is a constant need to test things, little USB things.

I rectified that situation by purchasing the Cables To Go 7-Port USB 2.0 Aluminum Hub (Amazon, $28.49). Although it isn’t full power device, its powered ports are enough to power all my stuff and trickle charge my iPad, which I use constantly to monitor email, RSS and watch various news and podcasts.

The build quality of the Cables To Go 7-Port hub is quite good, a mix of Aluminum and hard black plastic, and cables fit snuggly. And, yes, it’s plenty stylish and the power-on light is a nifty blue LED, which goes well with my OWC Neptune drive enclosures.

It comes bundled with an A/B USB cable, wall mount, stick on rubber feet and AC power adapter. An important point here, is the power isn’t one of those freakin’ huge wall worts — it fits nicely in the bottom wall socket or either end of a power strip.

Lastly, the Cables To Go 7-Port is small, yet heavy enough that it’s not easily bumped out of place .

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