Powered USB Hub

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Awjvail, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Awjvail macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    Hi folks,

    I'm looking for a powered USB hub. Apple really cheaped out with the Macbook Pro USB ports so I'm in need of an additional 4-ish ports. However, I need one that has a fairly long cord as I would like to place it behind my monitor, and also one that isn't an insane price (like $50 at Staples).

    My intention is to hook up my iPad, external HD, iPhone and camera at the same time.

    Any suggestions?

    edit: I guess if the selection of hubs with long cords is slim, I could go with an extension cable.
  2. Awjvail thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    Bit expensive :/ I just need a simple one, not one that can go under my screen and store my keyboard.
  3. Kanunu macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2009
    I am using this one which I chose because of its low profile design (which you noted in a later reply.)


    You should note that a powered hub will connect the peripherals you list but it will not charge them. If you want to charge your iPad and iPhone when connected you will have to use an unpowered hub which has a limitation of 4 ports.
  4. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    Is that correct that I can use an unpowered hub to connect my iPad to my new iMac and it will charge? I have always used the AC adapters provided in the past, do I just not plug it in, or do I specifically have to buy one that says it is unpowered?
  5. Kanunu, Jul 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011

    Kanunu macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2009
    I may have to modify my statement. When I first got my powered hub it could connect my iPad to iTunes and power it as well if I removed the power from the hub, but when I tried today, with other devices connected, it was charging but would not connect to iTunes I got an error message from iTunes saying there was insufficient power to connect. Strangely my recently purchased Toshiba 4 port unpowered hub does not seem to charge. Your best bet if you want both power and connect to these devices is to use a direct port on the computer. This wikipedia page explains about USB hubs:


    Note the sections on cord length limitations and power use. When you plug in the iPad note the upper right corner of the opening screen. It will say either Not Charging or a % if it is. Note too that the rate of charge may be slower than with the wall plug charger.
  6. iMerik macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest

    I'm also looking for a quality powered USB hub. I've read good things about Macally's quality being great. Many seem to like the TriHub4. I think I'm going to get the 4PORTHUB [Newegg / Amazon].

    The reason I am looking at 4 instead of 7, I noticed this comment on OWC that has me thinking I might as well get the one that will provide the most without compromise... and I don't really need 7.
  7. cdcastillo, Jul 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011

    cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    I have used this since about a year ago. It has a relatively long cable, is powered and is not expensive (I got it for 29 Euros, so it means it should be about 30 USD in the states).

    It stays on my desk on the study and I use it to connect my iPhone (or iPad), TimeMachine Drive (iOmega 1.5TB), additional SeaGate 320 GB, and WD Portable Passport (500 GB) at once. This leaves one USB port on my laptop open for the ocassional pendrive.

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