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USB 2.0 4-Port Cube - Gray
Do you need more USB ports for your laptop, game console, or USB charging solution? This USB 2.0 4-port Cube from Monoprice is the perfect solution!
This 1.2" cube hub features four full-sized USB A female ports. It attaches to the USB host with an included 29" USB mini-B cable. The hub is primarily designed to be used as a passive hub, however it does have a DC connector, so can be used with an AC adapter (not included).
PROS: No power needed, in my situation.
CONS: None yet, but I've only had it a day. Well, I guess it would be nice to know what size power supply goes with it , NO info. 5v ? 12v ? 1 amp ? 2 amp ? 100 amp ? Ha Ha, what size power tip ? 2.5mm ? 2.1mm ?
CONS: None yet
Note, it is not a powered hub out of the box. It will work fine for connecting low-power or self-powered devices. Total power draw on a passive hub should not exceed 500mA for all 4 ports combined.
If you need more than that, then you'll need to add a 5V DC power adapter that's rated at 2A at least (preferably 2.5A). And even then, it will only supply 500mA per port, so it won't work with devices that need more current, like many tablets and some phones that can require 2A or more to fast charge.
I have used this hub in both passive and powered mode with good results. It just works. Windows & Linux PC, PS3, Raspberry Pi, even tested it on my Android tablet (w/OTG cable). Pretty awesome, especially for the ridiculously low price. Currently using it (with an optional AC adapter) to connect my Deck Legend keyboard, Logitech G402 mouse and a Fiio USB DAC (with one port left for the occasional flash drive, etc.).
Let me take a moment to clear up a common misconception about USB hubs. Most USB 2.0 hubs are NOT designed to charge high current draw devices like tablets and smart phones. Even if you have a high current output port on your computer, the hub will not pass the power through to your device. 500mA per port is the USB 2.0 specification for power that most hubs follow.
If you want a hub for charging high current devices, then I suggest a dedicated multi-port charger like Monoprice item 10240. Or at least look for a hub that is spec'd for high current charging. These are not.
Hope this helps someone.
PROS: Very small and lightweight. Power jack for optional powered use. Vertically positioned ports work well with wide USB devices (they don't block adjacent ports).
CONS: Wish it had a power light, but that's a minor gripe.
CONS: Monoprice doesn't sell the power cable to enabled powered ports
-Good port spacing
-Ready to go out the box
PROS: Works as described. It is compact and easy to transport.
CONS: Would be nice if it were USB 3.0 but for the price, absolutely cannot beat it.
PROS: This hub does exactly what I wanted. Only giving 5 stars because the item has no information about the ac adapter it needs.
PROS: - Works fine unpowered
- Can power up to two devices (such as a wireless mouse and keyboard) without external power in my experience
CONS: - Can't handle three or more devices (such as wireless mouse, keyboard, and USB drive) without external power in my experience
- Adapter needed to supply external power is a non-standard size that is impossible to find