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7 Port USB 2.0 Powered Hub Review – 500mA per Port


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It’s time for an intervention. Your computer and I want you to know that the USB hub you’re using just isn’t working out well. It’s time to take a look at something new – something better! The NewerTech 7 Port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Hub with Power Adapter is a fantastic replacement for that tired old hub you’re using now.

It has both type A and type B ports. It’s powered by way of an AC adapter and comes with a cable, as well. Why is this one better than others? Each and every one of these ports gets up to 500mA per port. That means you can run all of your high-powered devices at once, right from the hub.

You’re likely gonna spend about the same for any other hub. This only cost $30.00. Why not spend your money wisely. Your computer wants the best there is. This was sent to me to review, and I’m very happy with this. It’s now my hub of choice!

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Which is the Best Media Reader?


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For the most part anymore, I use my iPhone to take pictures. Not long ago, I actually didn’t have my iPhone with me and used my actual digital camera to take a few snapshots. However – I soon realized I had left the dang proprietary connection cable at home. And, of course, I didn’t have any type of media reader handy. What’s a Geek to do other than head over to Fry’s to pick something up!?

I picked up the IOGear USB Hub and Card Reader for about eighteen bucks. It has three USB ports, which is very cool. We all know that I can never possibly have enough of those lying around. It has a 45-in-1 card reader, which can handle nearly any type of removable media you might ever need.

You don’t have to install anything fancy to use this device – or anything at all, actually. It’s completely plug-and-play, and will transfer your files extremely quickly. It works with several different types of removable media, including memory sticks, micros drives, multimedia cards, and CompactFlash drives.

The only difficulty I had with this awesome little gadget was when I attempted to open the package it came in. YOU try getting one of these plastic bubble things open without scissors or a knife handy!

What do you look for in a media reader?

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A 16-Port USB Hub Hubbub


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I love USB. I love the ports, the devices and the hubs. The problem with hubs, though, is that most of them top out at only seven little spots to plug things into. I have SO many USB devices. How the heck am I ever going to plug them all in at once? It’s a good thing my friends at ThinkGeek sent along their 16 port USB Hub for me to review!

This baby has a built-in 22.5W power supply so an extra AC adapter is not needed. Connect all of your favorite USB devices at once, such as your USB Humping Dog, your USB microphone, your USB drink cooler, your phone and virtually ALL of your other USB devices in at once!

The hub weighs less than a pound and is smaller than you might expect at approximately 4.5in x 2.5in x 2in. This makes it easy to actually throw it in your suitcase and take it with you when you travel. You know it will come in handy… even on the road.

The built-in power supply ensures you don’t need another AC adapter and there’s even a switch that allows you to switch the hub between two computers. You can’t use it on two computers at once, but you can just push a button to switch back and forth between them. Some hubs are underpowered, but not this beautiful little box! It will handle pretty much anything you throw at – or plug into – it.

This is now my USB hub of choice. I double-dog dare you to list all of your USB devices. I’m going to send my existing USB hub to the person who lists the most – and can prove it. Take a picture of all of them at once, all together. Whoever has the most (provable) USB devices will win!

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uBoard Review


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I do have a lot of desk space, but it’s still not enough. I could always build up if I wanted to, by adding shelves. This would allow me to put things on, under and around the shelving. What type of shelves would I use? I’m glad you asked! The uBoard is not just any old shelf, sitting there doing nothing. It’s an amazing addition to my work space!

Not only can the uBoard help keep your desk organized, it gives you a three-port USB hub! We never have enough USB ports around as Geeks, do we? I know I don’t. You’ll also find a cup holder/notepad holder on the other side of this handy little shelf.

The uBoard is thin and lightweight, and will easily go with your office decor – no matter what style or colors you’ve chosen. You can place your laptop on the shelf, and put your keyboard underneath. You can use your uBoard for any number of things – all of which can help free up your space, and keep you more organized.

I know my uBoard will stay on my desk, and be put to good use. How will you use your uBoard?

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The Force is Strong with this USB Hub

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I am a USB addict, that’s a well-known fact. I have so many devices, I have to keep a handful of USB hubs on my desk at all times. I also happen to be a Star Wars fanatic, as well. What if I could mix the two together?! Well, I am now the very proud owner of a Darth Vader USB Hub from my friends at ThinkGeek!!!!

When we were just younglings, that breathy evil space-samurai used to give us nightmares. Now, though, Lucas has turned him into a simple misunderstood uberjedi with a few mechanical upgrades. Still, that lovable 7 foot-tall misanthrope is the coolest Jedi ever, and it was about time we turned him into a USB Hub.

480 MBps of digital connectivity in a simple four-port USB 2.0 hub sits on your desk, just oozing sithy malevolence. Plug in your flash drives, scanners, and other devices, and he’ll frighten you with those iron-lungs of his.

I am literally the coolest kid on my block! Heck, I’m probably the coolest one in all of Seattle! This thing is simple to operate, just plug it in and you’re off. The USB connecting cable is permanently attached, which is great. I’ll never lose it!

It just doesn’t get any Geekier than this. I am one happy dude tonight.

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Is Your Computer Monitor Sitting Atop a Stand?


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I recently bought an iMac, to keep programs running on it that I don’t necessarily want going all the time on my main machine. I have it set up on one corner of my desk. However, something about the monitor setup just wasn’t ‘right’. I had to find some kind of stand that would work perfectly with the iMac, and my office decor. I found the exactly the right thing, after just a bit of searching.

The LowKey Stand was designed specifically with a Mac in mind. The Apple Slim keyboard fits neatly underneath it, and it’s the perfect width for my iMac.

This stand is designed specifically for Apple slim keyboard’s fans. Not only this beautiful stand provides an ergonomical view of your iMac or Apple Display, it helps organizing your desktop at the end of the day like never before. The perfect height of the stand provides a “home” for your keyboard, nothing will ever seem to be out of place on your desk any more.

The LowKey Stand is constructed of 0.1085″ thick steel, powder-coated in aluminum color matching that of the iMac or Apple Display. This stand spreads out the entire length of the slim keyboard and 9” deep, creating a sturdy structure, which can support any size of Apple Display or iMac.

No more reaching behind your iMac or Apple Display, Macessity’s 4-port front access USB 2.0 hub provides an easy hook up for your favorite toys or gadgets. This hub is self-powered, and elegantly integrated to the LowKey Stand, giving it a contemporary touch.

Features include:

  • Slim keyboard’s best accessory.
  • Sturdy yet elegant and contemporary design.
  • Support up to 35 pounds.
  • Perfect for any size of iMac, or Apple Display.
  • Include a “must have” front access 4-port USB2.0 hub.
  • Compact power adapter that won’t take up more than 1 precious outlet.
  • Powder coated in aluminum color to match iMac and Apple Display.

The coolest thing is the USB port. It gives you those four extra USB ports, yes. You can connect it via USB or AC Adapter, which is great if you don’t want to give up one of your machine’s USB ports. It’s nice to not only keep things organized, but also to keep things cleaner. I can slide the keyboard into the little slot with ease when I’m not using it. Also, the stand lets me easily pivot the machine itself if I need to.

Anything I can get to make my life easier and more organized makes me happy. Just call me Felix.

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How to Add USB Ports

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Condoulo wanted to know how he could add more USB ports to his PC. Luckily there are a lot of ways to add USB ports to your system.

  • The most common way is to add a USB hub to your computer, which typically adds four or more USB ports in an external box.
  • You could also add a PCI expansion card, which adds USB ports to the back of the computer.
  • Finally, if your computer already doesn’t, you could utilize the USB ports on your motherboard, although you’ll need to buy a USB dongle which connects to the motherboard.

To maintain all of those USB devices we recommend using USBDEView.

What weird or useful USB devices do you have?

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