Useful Gadget of the Week: 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 36W
The 15″ Retina MacBook Pro that is the centre of my daily work is connected to quite a few external devices and it’s getting messy. Time for a desk rethink.
A Thunderbolt dock would be nice but they’re still a pricey item and I can get most of what I need with a decent USB hub.
So I looked around for a multi-port USB 3.0 offering to connect my variety of USB devices. These include speakers, an optical drive and a selection of external hard drives too.
I settled on the Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 7-Port Hub and ordered one up. After a couple of months with the hub in daily use its been great. The unit attaches to your computer with the included USB 3.0 cable to a Type B socket on its rear leaving all 7 Type A ports free on the front. Theres decent space between the ports too so my trusty Kingston HyperX USB thumb drive has no problems fitting in beside other plugs.
This latest version uses the VIA VL812 Chipset with updated firmware and the power supply has been upgraded from a 2A to 3A which makes it perfect for charging my phone, MiFi and other USB powered items throughout the day.
The Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 7-Port Hub is available now for around £30