USB 3.0 Hub - Which one to buy?

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  1. that1guyy macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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

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

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    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
    [​IMG]
     
  5. that1guyy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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
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    zipur macrumors 6502

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    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

    [​IMG]
     
  7. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

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    I have been happy with this 7-port hub: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008ZGKWQI/
    [​IMG]
    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.
     
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