Conclusion And Overview
Over all, I think it's obvious that I liked this bay mount 4 port hub. The unit doesn't come without its pros and cons, however.
The pros are:
- The USB ports are powered by the power supply offering much more juice for bus-powered devices without putting a load on the motherboard's front USB header.
- The hub mounts in a 3.5" bay, so one can choose to mount it in a 3.5" or 5.25" bay with an adapter. User's choice.
The cons are:
- The hub has a goofy cable that plugs into the back of the motherboard instead of into the motherboard's front USB header. Easy to remedy, but still pretty lame.
- At $29, the price of the hub is more than other USB 1.1 compliant 4 port external hubs (typically priced between $20 and $30), and the external hubs have more to them (fully enclosed shell, LEDs that show ports in use, etc). Go figure.
Despite the cons, this hub still deserves a high rating. As I have shown you, the wiring issue was resolved with some simple cable that I had laying around and the $29 price tag is not going to break the bank, I just feel it's slightly inflated given how cheap external USB hubs cost. This is why I gave this hub a rating of 9 out of 10 on the SystemLogicistical scale.
With a lower price and a cable that plugged into the motherboard, I would have easily given this unit an Editor's Choice Award.
Rating: 9/10 SystemLogistics
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