What is the most beautiful powered usb hub out there?

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  1. yalag macrumors 65816

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    What is the most beautiful powered usb hub out there? I'm looking for a hub to go with my mac pro and I have a lot of devices that requires a powered usb connection.
     
  2. kellen macrumors 68020

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    If you have a monitor, the macessity lineup has a stand for the monitor with a built in powered usb hub. They are aluminum and look good in my opinion.

    I also was looking at a built into the desk hub. They have USB power hubs that fit into the cable holes in desks. I didn't have a hole and they were 40 bucks.

    I ended up doing two things to improve my USB connections. First I bought a card for my mac pro. Gives me 4 more USB slots. Then I took apart a cheap hub and flush mounted it to my desk. Looks good.

    As far as
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Haha, only the Mac owners world is where they want their devices looking like their machines. :D
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Macally TriHub. They have 4-port and 7-port versions.
     
  5. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    wait how does this thing connects to the computer?
     
  6. ftaok macrumors 601

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    [​IMG]

    That cut off wire to the left is actually the USB cable. That plugs into the computer or router, etc. The AC adapter is separate and can be used or not.

    The only downside is that the USB cable is permanent. If it goes, the whole thing goes in the trash, unless you're handy enough to splice/repair USB cables.

    ft
     
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    That's nice. Especially like that you can still use the hole for other cables and wires.
     
  9. ABG macrumors 6502

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    I have one of these - it looks OK...

    Kensington Domehub
     

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  10. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :D

    [​IMG]

    Mine doesn't have the light and the fan... it's got the USB 2.0 square end and mini-USB instead.
     
  11. rekhyt macrumors 65816

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    *Gasps* What is it called? O.O

    Is that a microphone also?!
     
  12. Icaras macrumors 603

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    That is beautiful. I hope this is real :D
     
  14. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    Lol. Yes it is real. :D La Cie always seems to have the coolest stuff.

    I've got my squid set up with the white ball attached to the back of my monitor, and the tentacles reach around from underneath the bottom of the display. Makes it simple to plug in iPhone iPod digi camera etc. :)
     
  15. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    I would really like to see that! :D
     
  16. cube macrumors G5

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    One that states in the packaging that it uses one transaction translator per port.
     
  17. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    [​IMG]

    Take me to your leader... :p
     
  18. FarSeide macrumors 6502a

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    ROFL
     
  19. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    NEED! That looks awesome! :)
    But 80 bucks... :eek: Not the cheapest hub, that's for sure.
     
  20. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    hey guys is any of the above usb hub a powered one? I mean can I charge my iphones, cameras etc with it? Because when I plug in those devices to my apple keyboard usb port, it always says not enough power.
     
  21. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    I got that hub for $20 used at my local Bookman's. Not sure if those are everywhere but we have a great one here. :)

    To the other poster, I think most USB hubs that require an additional power adapter will charge devices.
     
  22. rekhyt macrumors 65816

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    I don't think that it's really encouraged to plug in stuff that need a lot of power (Especially USB to more USB ports) since it would draw a lot of power out of your keyboard, which would then have less battery life overall when you plug in stuff through the hub.
     
  23. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Yeah, think of it this way. Aside from the wacko MB Air Superdrive, USB devices are limited to something like 500 mA of power. So devices like portable HDDs are designed to accept as little as 500 mA to operate. So I would expect devices that charge off of USB would also be designed the USB standard in mind.

    So stick with a powered USB hub and you're probably OK. I know that the Macally Trihub7 provides enough power to one of my portable HDDs that require a separate USB connection for power.
     

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