Multi-port USB Powered Hub. After buying a new laptop computer for my office to replace a desktop I did not have enough USB ports for all the peripherals. I tried a passive hub that I was not using and it could only support 2 peripherals at a time. This device supports all peripherals without any problem. It does the job and takes up very little desk space.
Great hub! I needed a hub to expand the number of ports on my laptop. It's worked great for the few months that I've had it! It's currently got a keyboard, mouse, gamepad, webcam, and Bluetooth adapter plugged into it. Haven't noticed any functional oddities or danger signs, yet. And yes - as other reviewers have said, it does run cool. It IS lightweight, so be ready for anything corded you plug into it to have far more heft than the hub. I've managed just fine with pulling the hub forward on my desk enough for the cords to rest on my desk. The hub is basically being supported by the cables that are plugged into it. Not really an issue, and creative people can find workarounds. =) One very small annoyance - I have a mouse and keyboard with LED backlighting. When I turn my system off for the day, the lighting remains on. For me, the hub is within reach, so (after my system is powered down) I simply unplug the adapter from the back of the device, then plug it back in. Resets the lights, and all is dark. I could do without that, but it isn't really a big addition to my shutdown routine. Overall, this is a very simple, stable option to expand the ports on your computer.
Happy so far with one small issue. The only problem I have noticed is that the power adapter doesn't fit all the way into the port on the unit. It is rather loose and has some wiggle room. This makes me a little uncomfortable. Other than that, thumbs up so far. I do like how it has five ports on the back and then two on the front. I use the 5 ports for devices that I keep permanently connected that way I don't have to reach around to the back. Since I don't need portability, I have permanently attached it to my desk as it isn't quite heavy enough to combat the stiffness of USB cables. The fact that it can be placed vertically or horizontally is also a plus.
Works great and looks good! The Tripp Lite USB Hub works just like advertised and was very easy to install and start using. I've purchased several USB hubs over the years and they all failed within a few months. The Tripp Lite has had no issues and it's still working perfectly a year after purchase.
USB Heaven. I've owned quite a few USB hubs in my many years of using computers for business and home use. What I like about this one is the style: Its vertical and the cables fall inline one behind the other. Most of the ones I've had took up too much space and spread the cables in all kinds of directions.