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Review: Satechi 4-port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub

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Satechi 4-port USB 3 hub

Welcome to another USB hub review. This will be brief, because the nature of this type of hardware is pretty simple. You get a USB connector to plug into your computer, a 9.5” cord (integrated) to give you some elbow room, and a nice housing with four USB 3.0 ports. Don’t panic yet; the ports will also handle USB 1.1 and 2.0.

Satechi 4-port USB 3 hub

The housing is molded aluminum with a rubberized pad on the bottom to keep the sliding to a minimum. When the unit is plugged in and ready, there is a blue LED which illuminates the ports. Most of the visible parts are a metallic silver color and the foot of the base is white. Not very exciting, but not too bad (and a nice Match for your Apple computers).

The Satechi web site advises that 2.4Ghz wireless devices (mouse, keyboard, etc) may not function properly close to some USB 3.0 devices. I have been using a wireless mouse with the hub next to it and have not had any issues, so check your hardware for conflicts.

The mostly-aluminum housing is lightweight (good for travel), but is not as robust as an alloy housing. The cord and USB plug are standard issue gear and look fine.

Currently on the Satechi web site, this unit is on special for $39.99 with a regular price of $49.99.  The regular price seems a bit high considering the economy materials and simplicity of function but if it is the tool you need it works just fine.

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Satechi 4-port USB 3.0 Hub review

Buy the Satechi 4-port USB 3.0 Hub

Provides: USB 3.0 connection/expansion
Developer: Satechi
Minimum Requirements: USB 3.0 device (also compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices)
Price: $49.99 (on sale for $39.99 at press time)
Availability: Now

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