USB 3.0 hub for imac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by negroswamy, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. negroswamy macrumors member

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    can anyone recommend a good USB 3.0 hub for iMac that can connect multiple large (2-3TB and larger) external drives AND charge the ipad and allow it to sync to itunes when plugged in also?

    direct links & experiences would be appreciated!

    thanks!
     
  2. h9826790, Oct 3, 2014
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    h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Haven't seen a hub that with real USB data connection + 2A charge at the same time on the same port.

    Anyway, this is my setup.
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    A Monitormate ProStation 3.0 dock as a card reader, USB 3.0 hub (5 data ports + 1 charging port), and ext USB HDD storage. This is mainly for some permanently connected device.

    An Orico 10 ports USB 3.0 hub (7 data ports + 3 charging ports). This is for easy access.

    There are 12 USB 3.0 data ports + 4 charging ports in total, and most of the cables are basically concealed.
     
  3. mrgreengenes1 macrumors newbie

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    MONITORMATE ProStation 3.0

    That MONITORMATE ProStation 3.0 is $1688.00. I bet you like it, but that is insane!
     
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Search around. Get one with external power that provides 2.1 amps so that you can charge the newer mobile devices with it more effectively. I use a Plugable one; very reliable. They have numerous sizes and configurations.
     
  5. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816

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    I bought an Amazon Basic USB 3.0 w/4 ports. I haven't plugged the power supply in yet, I hook my iPad directly to my iMac, so I can't verify how well it charges an iPad. It operates my Time Capsule drive just fine, though. Under $20.
     
  6. h9826790, Oct 5, 2014
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    h9826790 macrumors 604

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    ^^^ You can check the total current in system profile. So that you can compare the difference with and without the power supply, or if that's better than the direct connection.

    However, only the data port will be displayed. The charging port won't. And you can only assume the charging port is delivering the designed current.

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