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Satechi Ships Cool 12-Port USB Hub "Strip"

By - Source: Satechi PRess Release | B 16 comments

Here's a good way to connect a ton of USB devices without draining your laptop's battery.

San Diego-based Satechi sent over an email revealing that its new ultra-slim twelve-port hub -- which resembles a power strip -- is now available to purchase. It features eleven LED-lit USB 2.0 ports which reside on top, and a twelfth port which is mounted opposite of the USB connector that plugs into a desktop or laptop. There are also two control switches, allowing the user to turn on just the first six, or just the last six, or all eleven top-side ports on at once.

Regardless of how many ports are on or off, the USB hub comes equipped with a power supply to guarantee the electric current stability and effective operation of the connected USB devices. This way, users can recharge their smartphones and tablets while also accessing their stored data. There's no severe battery drain on the laptop or a strain on the rig's power supply.

"Providing data rates of up to 480 Mbps, this 12-port hub is the ideal solution for transferring data between your computer and external USB storage devices," the company states. "It does not require any software or complicated installation process. With the slim, strip-shape design, it saves your precious desktop space. It's extremely portable and easy to move between systems or take on the road."

The Satechi 12-Port USB Hub is compatible with Windows 98SE /ME /2000 /XP /Vista /7, Mac OS 9.1 or above, and Linux 2.4 or above. It's Plug-n-Play, hot swappable, hot pluggable, and can even chain up to 127 USB devices such as digital cameras, external hard drives, flash drives and printers. No software is required save for what's required by specific devices.

The new hub is available now, and can be ordered here for $29.99 USD.

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    Anonymous , March 16, 2012 1:14 PM
    USB3 has been out for ages. Get with the times.
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    Anonymous , March 16, 2012 1:14 PM
    USB3 has been out for ages. Get with the times.
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    pedro_mann , March 16, 2012 1:27 PM
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    It features eleven LED-lit USB 2.0 ports

    That's it? Not even worth reading about.

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    There's no severe battery drain on the laptop or a strain on the rig's power supply.

    Yeah, and not to mentioned this device would not even function if we split up 1000ma 12 ways. Don't think a thumb drive would even power up, let alone a hard drive.

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    hot pluggable, and can even chain up to 127 USB devices such as digital cameras, external hard drives

    OMG, really? We can daisy chain 127 hard drives together and feed them all with 3Mbps max? actually way less because of protocol overhead? It's like hooking up a local hard drive and running it the speed of dsl(the new dial-up) I bet it catches fire.
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    __-_-_-__ , March 16, 2012 1:53 PM
    there's already tons of hubs just like this one on ebay. In fact I bought one exactly like this one in 2009. another toms advertising. I wonder how much satechi paid.
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    jn77 , March 16, 2012 2:09 PM
    Might be interested if they said USB 3.0 with full bandwidth..... Not sure the last time I used USB 2.0
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    EDVINASM , March 16, 2012 2:11 PM
    __-_-_-__there's already tons of hubs just like this one on ebay. In fact I bought one exactly like this one in 2009. another toms advertising. I wonder how much satechi paid.


    Have you read the first line in the article about email from Satechi? What money? Probably known 'buddy' of Toms asked for quick line in favour. Big deal. Get over it.
    p.s. was never a fan of USB hubs
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    toms my babys daddy , March 16, 2012 2:47 PM
    why is this even news? usb hub with external power? welcome to 1998? garbage
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    silversurfernhs , March 16, 2012 3:10 PM
    I really have to vouch for this product - why its just getting release news is beyond me, but i purchased this about 4 months ago from amazon and its the best usb hub ive ever had - most of my devices are passive:

    Wireless 360 controller receiver
    Printer
    HP USB Speaker
    Corsair HS1
    Logitech USB Hub (to extend from underneath my desk to under my monitor)
    Logitech wireless dinovo mini KB & Mouse
    Logi Illuminated KB
    Logi G500
    ... (couple of usb flash drives and sometimes a usb2 hdd dock)

    So i purchased it to alleviate the amount of wires connecting to my pc
    I mounted it underneath my desk towards the back so all my devices are routed to it and not to my pc, when i need to cleam my 800D case all i have to do is unplug the power, speaker connectors, and 1 usb cable then roll it out and clean it - as opposed to unplugging a million devices and reconnecting them when im done

    It really allows fr better cable management/ routing/ preventing dust bunnies


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    Anonymous , March 16, 2012 3:43 PM
    Aren't there a billion of these things on dealextreme for like $7? What makes this one special? Oh wait I know, NOTHING because its a USB 2.0 hub it will never be special.
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    lathe26 , March 16, 2012 5:23 PM
    "OMG, really? We can daisy chain 127 hard drives together and feed them all with 3Mbps max? actually way less because of protocol overhead?"

    USB 2.0 runs up to 480 Mbps. This is orders of magnitude faster than 3Mbps. Older USB 1.0 ran at 12Mbps which is still faster. I think you've confused the speed with Bluetooth+ERR which runs at 3Mbps.

    Minor note: this hub won't allow for 127 devices since this is the absolute USB max. The hub itself counts as ~3 devices since it internally acts as a few daisy-chained hubs to be able to have 12 external ports (an unusually high number). The real number is closer to 124.
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    lathe26 , March 16, 2012 5:25 PM
    ... correction: that should have been "Bluetooth+EDR" (auto-correct got me).
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    scook9 , March 16, 2012 5:32 PM
    Even though it is USB 2.0 there are still many applications for this. I got the rosewill 10 port hub a few months ago and love it - only 1 cable goes into my laptop now. I have the following attached:

    Logitech G9x
    Aliewnare TactX keyboard (occupies 2 plugs)
    Printer
    Webcam
    Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver
    IR Receiver for Remote

    Despite all the hype for USB 3.0 - nothing I own uses it except my laptop. So why would I want to pay the much higher price for a USB 3.0 hub vs a USB 2.0 one?
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    freggo , March 16, 2012 8:52 PM
    silversurfernhsI really have to vouch for this product - why its just getting release news is beyond me, but i purchased this about 4 months ago from amazon and its the best usb hub ive ever had - most of my devices are passive:Wireless 360 controller receiverPrinterHP USB SpeakerCorsair HS1Logitech USB Hub (to extend from underneath my desk to under my monitor)Logitech wireless dinovo mini KB & MouseLogi Illuminated KBLogi G500... (couple of usb flash drives and sometimes a usb2 hdd dock)So i purchased it to alleviate the amount of wires connecting to my pcI mounted it underneath my desk towards the back so all my devices are routed to it and not to my pc, when i need to cleam my 800D case all i have to do is unplug the power, speaker connectors, and 1 usb cable then roll it out and clean it - as opposed to unplugging a million devices and reconnecting them when im doneIt really allows fr better cable management/ routing/ preventing dust bunnies


    Reads like a company sponsored post...
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    pedro_mann , March 16, 2012 9:26 PM
    lathe26"OMG, really? We can daisy chain 127 hard drives together and feed them all with 3Mbps max? actually way less because of protocol overhead?"USB 2.0 runs up to 480 Mbps. This is orders of magnitude faster than 3Mbps. Older USB 1.0 ran at 12Mbps which is still faster. I think you've confused the speed with Bluetooth+ERR which runs at 3Mbps.Minor note: this hub won't allow for 127 devices since this is the absolute USB max. The hub itself counts as ~3 devices since it internally acts as a few daisy-chained hubs to be able to have 12 external ports (an unusually high number). The real number is closer to 124.

    Just divided the 480Mbps by 127 Devices and hacked off the remainder for protocol overhead. OK, so I know that a typical user is not going to be copying from all 124 external hard drives at the same time, but for myself, even using a single usb 2.0 connected hard drive is painful, since I routinely do large file transfers.

    The point being is this entire article wreaks of being a paid ad. And it is redicoulous becuase the attempt for such a simple and outdated device is laughable. If it were USB 3.0 and maybe had a SD card reader built in for kicks I'de be interested. *Wink
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    pedro_mann , March 16, 2012 9:29 PM
    jacekringGotta agree, if it's not USB 3.0 and doesn't connect to the PC via ESATA I don't see what's so special about another USB 2.0 hub...as for the guy who doesn't like/use USB hubs...I have 3 hubs, because there is NO possible way to get that many USB connections on my computer. I have 29 devices connected all which use USB ports, some have to be directly connected (Like my Spyder monitor color adjuster). I have 12 external USB 2.0 hard drives (totals to 16 tb of externals), 2 eSATA hard drives (2tb each, so we are upto 20tb of externals now), 3 printers (Laser printer, cd printer and deskjet w/ scanner), wireless Logitech MX mouse, wireless MS keyboard, the list just goes on and on and on....btw: I have 2 dedicated 20 amp breakers for my computer system.....

    Your system is a bit self conflicting. Why so many hard drives on such a slow bus, do you ever do backups? Must take weeks. I could build a server with 100TB that would barely push 1 20amp breaker. You must have a bunch of CRTs and old laser printers hooked up to some sort of usb 2.0 dongle, eating all that power.
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    ProDigit10 , March 17, 2012 2:22 PM
    They'd make more profit making a 4x4 port USB hub, than a 1x12port!
    Also provide it with a battery pack,and a power adaptor.

    it'd be nice the day they are equipped with processors, so you can transfer files hardwarematic from one device to the other (each port having the full 480Mbits for themselves, only sharing 480MBits with the computer, rather than to share 480Mbits amongst all ports.
    In other words, there's no solution to faster data transfer to the computer, but it will be nice to be able to transfer files between harddrives, and USB sticks, each getting the full 480MBits speed. If data does not need to pass the CPU or computer, it might be called 'progress'. But as things stand, this is just the same as hooking up 4 cheap USB ports together!
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    jamie_1318 , March 18, 2012 1:06 AM
    How does a powered LED USB HUB count as news? they are a dollar a dozen and have been for years.

    Moreover, why is it $12?
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