Question about USB hub

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gadgetgirl85, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

    gadgetgirl85

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    This may seem like a silly question but I want to buy a USB hub as there are not enough ports for me on my iMac. Does it have to be "mac specific" or can I buy any old one?
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    just about any hub will work. but to be of note: a powered hub is superior to those that are bus-powered, especially if you'll be hooking up devices like iPods that draw a lot of power via USB to charge.
     
  3. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

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    I have the Belkin Tunesync and love it because of the integrated iPod dock. It doesn't provide an adapter for the iPhone/Touch/new iPods as far as I know, but I use mine with my iPhone fine without an adapter. I think I paid just over $20 for mine, which is a steal. Bus powered, five USB ports.

    http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=255951

    I also like the look of the Griffin Simplifi. It only has two USB ports (so a net gain of one...), but it does have a card reader and iPod dock, which is a nice touch.

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/26/griffin-intros-simplifi-ipod-dock-card-reader-usb-hub/
     
  4. JNB macrumors 604

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    The critical component of the USB moniker is the "Universal" part. It's all good. ;)

    +1 for powered, especially if it's going to stay at home on the desk. Not everything needs it, but it doesn't hurt anything, and is essential when you do need it.

    I have two Belkin 2.0 7-port stackables, and am really happy with them.
     

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