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USB 2.0 4-Port Cube Hub - Green
Do you need more USB ports for your laptop, game console, or USB charging solution? This USB 2.0 4-port Cube Hub 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).
I generally use these hubs as passive devices because of the back power issue.
additionally, the power supply appears to expect "tip positive" which is the most common kind.
PROS: Small, option for external power. also works as multi-port USB charger if you use external power and don't plug into a computer.
CONS: doesn't come with power adapter or documentation for power requirements.
I bought two of these in different colors, one for myself, one for my father. Performance for both was erratic from the get-go. Both units had trouble sustaining connections for input devices (a keyboard in one case, a mini tablet for Chinese character input in the other). We had to plug and unplug the devices multiple times to get a working connection (and this had to be repeated every time the computer was restarted). The devices then often stopped working for no discernible reason, or when another device (usually a flash drive) was plugged into hub. It got so frustrating, we gave up and just plugged the input devices directly into the computer.
Connections to flash drives and hard drives that had their own power sources (not USB powered drives, I knew this hub was not intended to support those) also spontaneously failed so that the drives would be improperly ejected without warning. After about a week, one of the hubs failed completely, and nothing plugged into it connects to the computer.
Have already started the process of returning the items for a refund. They are small, attractive, and inexpensive, and I really hoped they would get the job done, but they don't. They're junk. I feel Monoprice needs to start improving quality control on products that have an electronic component, as more often than not, I've had problems with such items, and am unlikely to buy anything with an electronic component again. If I could give a zero rating, I would.
CONS: Erratic performance, failure after one week.
PROS: Small. Works.
CONS: No indication of what type of AC adaptor to use.
I apologize for the lack of information. PID 10067 uses a 5V, 2A adapter. 3.5mm OD 1mm ID . Without the adapter, the total power is 500mAh for 4 ports. With the 5V 2A adapter, each port is about 500mAh. Thank you for your feedback and hope this helps!
PROS: Small, light
CONS: Poorly constructed, unreliable.
Truly sorry to hear about the issues you have encountered with PID 10067. Would you be able to send a photo of the cube? Have you tried different USB cables for the ports or connecting to different devices? Does the issue remain? Please let me know so that I may further assist you.
PROS: * Attractive Finish
* Mini-USB connector with cable for attaching to computer very convenient
* Like that there is a DC connector so that I could add a power supply if desired.
CONS: None I can think of.
2 weeks ago