Need a reliable USB hub... Suggestions please

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by stringtheorist, May 13, 2013.

  1. stringtheorist macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2008
    I've been using a Hewlett Packard 4-port USB hub for a few years now and it has finally decided to give up the ghost. All the ports now fail when I insert a USB cable. So I am looking for a reliable alternative. Should I get a USB 3.0 hub? What are some good models?
  2. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
  3. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    Kanex makes good USB hubs. I use their 4 port USB 3.0 hub on a 2012 Mac mini. They are very Mac focused too.
  4. RadDave macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2013
    North Carolina
    Hello - yes, you need to define your needs; I would definitely go w/ a USB 3.0 hub, IF your computer has USB 3.0 ports, otherwise the hub will be backward compatible w/ the older USB standard; second, I would suggest a 'powered' hub; and finally, how many ports do you needed (and always purchased more than anticipated).

    For my new iMac w/ 3.0 USB ports, I purchased the Sabrent product below - did not need that many extra ports - fast - and powered; so far happy. :)

  5. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
  6. ColdCase, May 14, 2013
    Last edited: May 14, 2013

    ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    If you are going to be attaching hard drives to the hub, most USB 3.0 hubs have issues connected drives to a Mac (especially SSDs). They are usually fine for keyboards and syncing i devices. But their firmware doesn't support standard USB 3.0 features the Mac tries to use (i.e. a hub issue not a Mac issue). USB 2.0 is a simpler interface and typically is without issue unless a device draws too much power. Sleep is another source of possible incompatibility. Mixing 2.0 and 3.0 devices is another. Its a wild west out in 3.0 land.

    The only hub I've seen so far that seems to be 100% compatible with all kinds of drives and is solid connected to a Mac running 10.8.3 is the Belkin Connect USB 3.0 4-Port Hub sold at apple stores and sometimes available elsewhere. It is a powered hub.

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