Product Review (December 2007)
Belkin - 7 Port USB 2.0 Plus Hub

One of the problems with my new laptop is the limited number of USB ports available (two) for external devices. Not only does my V450 laser mouse require USB, but so does my Zune, cell phone, PDA, camera and less commonly used items such as my color analyzer. It seems like I'm constantly plugging and unplugging USB devices into my laptop due to limited resources. Well that has finally stopped because my laptop is now connected to a Belkin 7-port USB 2.0 Plus Hub that makes connecting to multiple USB devices simple. Powered by a hefty 3.8 amp 5 volt power adapter, the Belkin 7-Port USB 2.0 Plus Hub provides connectivity for up to seven USB 1.1 or 2.0 devices through a single USB port. Our test laptop, a Sony Vaio VGN-N130G, only has two USB ports on the right side. This was a little frustrating at times, but not any longer. Cascading two hubs is not a problem as the units are designed to have one stacked on the other. If you were wondering why the open slotted square in the middle of the case exists. This saves space and give the user plenty of USB ports. A flexible side cable management slot keeps cables in check and help prevent a wiring mess on the desktop.

The two USB ports on the top of the hub are provided for quick access to wireless sticks such as Bluetooth, WiFi, or 2.4GHz mice. It also accommodates larger USB sticks such as the Pinnacle PCTV HD tuner that may not otherwise fit into the tight quarters on the rear panel where the remaining five USB ports are located. A mini USB interface is used to connect the hub to a computer using the provided cable. Indicator lights shine through the opaque chassis for power (orange) and for each of the connected USB devices (green) to provide status to the user. The hub only gets slightly warm to touch and provides up to 0.5 amps per USB device connected. In most cases this is enough current for the majority of USB products connected.

Conclusion
The Belkin 7-port USB 2.0 Plus Hub is a great way to maximize your USB devices while minimizing the mess associated with connecting them. Installation is very simple and requires no software. The hub is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP and Vista as well as Mac OS 9 and OS 10. The package includes the 7-port hub, power adapter, USB cable, and users manual. With an MSRP of $49.99 the Belkin 7-port USB 2.0 Plus Hub is a steal.

- Kevin Nakano




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Review System

Desktop PC - Sony Vaio VGN-N130G


Review at a glance


Belkin - 7 Port USB Plus Hub

Features

  • Adds up to 7 USB devices to your computer
  • Features 2 top-load USB ports for quick access
  • Includes an internal weight and stay-put pads to keep Hub anchored to the desk
  • Requires no external power supply (for most devices)
  • Prevents damage to your computer and devices with over-current protection
  • Comes with a Belkin Lifetime Warranty
  • Part # F5U307-WHT
    UPC: 722868620489
    MSRP: $49.99


    Company Information
    Belkin Corporation
    501 West Walnut Street
    Compton, CA 90220
    Customer Service/Sales: 800-2BELKIN, 800-223-5546
    Sales: 877.523.5546
    Tech Support: 310-898-1100 ext. 2263
    Fax: 310-898-1111

    URL: www.belkin.com

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