Do you guys think this is a decent USB 3.0 hub?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Che Castro, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Look at this on eBay:

    4 Ports USB 3.0 External HUB Adater for PC Laptop HDD MP3 Mouse Super Speed

    I have a late 2012 Mac mini, I'm going to use it for
    USB speakers
    And the extra port for plugging my iphone or ipad when I need to connect to computer
    Or when connecting a USB flash drive real quick

    The description says works on Mac

    The cheapest powered 3.0 USB hub on amazon is $30
  2. thread starter macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Yea I know is a USB hub , I was just asking if that looks like a good one or good enough
  3. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    The "problem" with ebay is that there isn't a rating system on a given product since they come and go. The seller has a good rating so that's good, but to tell you if this particular product is any good by looking at an image is impossible. I don't buy from ebay for anything I depend on. I buy all kinds of items that I only plan to use once in awhile (so I don't have to pay full retail), but I wouldn't buy something like a USB hub from eBay unless it is a specific model I can look up else where to verify it is even worth my time. The other problem with Ebay, is that people are virtually forced to give a review right after receiving a product, so you have no idea how dependable a product is long term.

    I'd look at newegg or amazon so you can at least see product reviews....

    For example only $10 more dollars gets you this: that has a 4.5 star rating...
  4. macrumors 603

    Feb 20, 2009
    I agree with the poster immediately above.

    USB3 hubs tend to vary wildly in their compatibility with Mac hardware. Buy a "cheap one" on ebay, without checking it out first, and you may end up with a hub that will work -- but only at USB2 speeds.

    Go to and first, and spend a few days checking user reviews on the hubs you see that interest you. Pay special attention to those reviews that mention "Mac" (these are probably the ONLY ones you should pay attention to).

    Best way to see what works, and what doesn't....
  5. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Impossible to say what the quality is. But it comes with a power adapter, so it should be possible to charge iDevices without a computer present (not at the highest possible speed probably because Apple detects these devices and supplies them more power than USB would normally allow), and it's handy for external drives as well.
  6. macrumors 68040



    With all due respect, but that cable isn't even specified by USB. IIRC, there used to be a version of this hub with a Mini-USB 3.0 connector, though. What's wrong with the Belkin USB 3.0 Hub?
  7. macrumors 68040


    Nov 3, 2011

    Different Item - Reviews Same - Weird!

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