A USB hub that Makes SensePublished on May 11th, 2008.
I’m a laptop guy, I use my MacBook as my primary computer since I don’t really need more power in terms of graphics. One of the downsides of using a laptop as your primary computer is often that you don’t have enough USB ports. When you’re on the go it doesn’t really matter, as long as you have 2 ports so you can plug in a mouse and something else. But it can be annoying when you’re at home since that’s usually where you do most of your work. I only have 2 USB ports and when I’m home I’m always using both of them, which means I have to do a lot of switching, and doing that decreases the work flow a lot. I haven’t bought a USB hub yet, simply because I haven’t found one I like, except for the LowKey Stand for the iMac. But now I’ve finally found one I like!
This is the Elecom U2H-Z7S Series. It’s a 7-port USB hub and comes in 3 versions, black, silver and white. Depending on what and how many devices you’re planning to plug in, it can be run as a bus-powered USB hub, but it also comes with an AC adapter.
It weighs 66 grams and measures 23 mm in width and 144 mm in height. It’s compatible with Windows (Vista/XP/2000/Me/98) and Mac (both IntelMac and PowerPC-based Macs), the specifications doesn’t say anything about Linux, but that’s normal.
I especially like the design of this hub, it’s discrete and simple but still eye-catching. The space between the ports is big enough, you can definitely plug in 7 USB flash drives thanks to the smart designer.
I’m definitely gonna try to get my hands on one of these. The price is only ￥5,040 (approximately $50), hopefully it’ll be available on a site that provides international shipping in the near future.