usb hub??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sr5878, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

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    hey everyone

    i have a sr mbp... it's awesome except for the 2 usb ports.... who puts 2 usb ports on a professional laptop?

    i have the following devices:
    wireless microsoft intellimouse
    nikon p4 camera
    canon mp460 printer
    wd mybook premium 320gb
    ipod (dock)
    logitech wireless music transmitter

    i obviously can't keep them all plugged in at once, and it's a pain unplugging the mouse and usb transmitter (the two most used ones) to plug in my hard drive for backup, my camera, ipod, etc. i have a crappy bus-powered 4 port dongle, but it definitely can't support 4 devices at once. the transmitter wigs out, and the mouse gets jumpy with anything else plgged in. i've heard that powered usb hubs are a lot better, so i'm interested in this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817111402

    (or this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817201603
    but i would prefer the 7 ports, and i trust dlink)

    will it be enough to power these devices? i like to keep the port on the right side of the mbp free because it gets in the way of my hand/mouse, but if it's still better to keep the hard drive on it's own circuit i guess i can bite the bullet.

    thanks for your input. i love this forum!
     
  2. wallaby macrumors 6502

    wallaby

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    I'd go with the D-link, although you should read through their reviews to see if anyone has had trouble having seven USB devices plugged in. Sometimes you get a lemon. I'm considering getting the exact same D-link drive.
     
  3. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    Here is a thread that I started a couple days ago asking for USB Hub suggestions.

    Hope it helps.
     
  4. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    The D-Link seems to be popular and well-liked here on the net, and also happens to be the one I am choosing.
     
  5. sr5878 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    sweet... it seems like a lot of other people like this one. hubs arent a big deal and this one seems well-liked, so i'm gonna go ahead and order. comes out to around 22 on amazon with 1 day shipping (mmm, 1.99 for 1 day rush shipping with amazon prime trial... can't say no :D )
     
  6. sr5878 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well it just arrived... it looks really nice (though i suspect the 8 bright green LEDs will get annoying fast...) and so far works like a charm. i kind of feel bad plugging 5 devices into 'one' usb port, but i guess they all take external power now, so it's all good. i have:

    wd 320gb mybook
    ms intellimouse
    canon mp460 printer
    logitech usb wireless music transmitter

    all plugged in... i HAD my ipod plugged in but it started wigging out... it's such a piece of ****. once i get my 6th gen (or 5th gen for half off :D if the new 6th gen is anything like the rumors... square? yuck.)

    thanks for your help and reassurance, guys. this hub passes the test.
     
  7. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    Toootally off topic, but Amazon Prime Trial gets you overnight for $1.99? It's $3.99 for me I just started the trial. However, I happen to live real close to a shipping center so free 2day gets here overnight. Is it really $1.99 or is that a typo?
     
  8. sr5878 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yep... i got the hub shipped overnight from kentucky to connecticut for $1.99.

    2 day was free, but since it was thursday and amazon uses ups, it wouldnt have shipped on saturday (like fedex) but on monday. **** that.

    :D


    honestly the hub is great... the cable is nice and long, so i can run the thing off of my desk. theres no more cables running all over the place.. i love it.
     

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