USB 3.0 Hub - Which one to buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by that1guyy, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. that1guyy macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2011
    I am looking to buy a hub and its surprisingly hard to find one that works well with macs without any issues. I plan to use with a Crystalwell 15inch rMBP

    I am looking for a 4 port one, but may opt for a 7 port one if it has no issues and isn't a behemoth.

    I will most likely plug in:
    1. a USB mouse
    2. iPhone (charge, sync)
    3. occasionally a printer
    4. occasionally a card reader
    5. occasionally a WD mypassport HDD.
    6. Occasionally flash drives.

    So anyone know a good hub that can work with the above devices without dying and flaking?
  2. revalationist macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    I use a USB hub on my computer because front USB ports do not work (forgot to plug them in, never need to); and I have adopted this policy.

    If you will ALWAYS use it, have it plugged into a port on the machine. (e.g keyboard, mouse, in your case the charger)

    If you sometimes have it plugged in, in the hub it goes.
  3. ihonda macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2009
    go look in the mac perp section i did a review on a anker 7port usb hub.
  4. zipur macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    If the above is a bit too expensive I also email Anker asking almost your same requirements because I wanted to make sure my DVD Super drive would work. They advised me that this has been tested and will work.
    Anker 3.0 USB Hub
  5. that1guyy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2011
    That is cool but overkill for my needs.

    This seems more like something I want. What's the deal with powered USB vs bus powered? I just wnat to be able to plug in the products I mentioned above and use them without problem. Does it matter which type of power I use? Also, I will use this in a dorm room and a 3.5 foot wire is WAY too long. I need something that is a few inches long so I can place next to my computer.

    Any others?
  6. zipur, Oct 28, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2013

    zipur macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    I think that is for high power requirements like the Apple DVD.

    I just found this thread they have some idea...
    Thats where I saw this, very cool check out the video link here

  7. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    I have been happy with this 7-port hub:
    It has a nice strong power supply which is needed for connecting devices like bus-powered portable hard drives.

    I had some software issues with it early on (beginning of 2013). However, later updates to Mountain Lion seem to have fixed most of its USB 3.0 problems.

    I use it with four hard drives, a gigabit Ethernet adapter and a Blu-ray drive.
  8. ahintz macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2007
  9. note235 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2007
  10. David John macrumors newbie

    David John

    Sep 23, 2015

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