Customers interested in a USB 3.0 hub with timeless beauty and performance to match need look no further than the Plugable USB3-HUB7A!
A brushed aluminum finish with white accents complements Macs and MacBooks perfectly, and will match popular aluminum or silver ultra-books. Also a great companion device for the Surface Pro or Surface RT, Lenovo Yoga 13, or other tablets featuring only a single USB port, this powered hub enables one-wire connection of peripherals like keyboards, mice, printers, or even USB graphics devices (on supported operating systems, Windows RT NOT included).
USB3-HUB7A units have been updated with firmware version 858x, tested to work well with both Windows 8, and OS X 10.8.x, as well as older systems running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and OS X systems with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Older USB 1.1 devices connected to USB 2.0 systems via the hub are also supported.
For desktop PCs where USB 3.0 ports may be hard to reach, the HUB7A’s design with top-facing angled ports can make connecting devices easier. The extra ports on a USB hub can also help avoid damaging built-in ports when frequently swapping devices. The built-in power button on the hub also makes for a convenient way to quickly disable the hub’s individual per-port LED’s, and all attached devices with the press of a single button.
With the included 5 volt 4 amp power supply, more than enough power to operate several power-hungry devices is available. In most real world scenarios 3-4 devices with their own power supplies like printers, scanners, self-powered external hard drives, or low-power devices like keyboards and mice mean that the USB3-HUB7A’s per-port power availability of ~570mA is more than sufficient for up to 7 connected devices. The included power supply will support up to 4 power hungry devices requiring USB 3.0’s full 900mA in addition to several lower-power USB 2.0/1.1 devices or self-powered devices like printers and scanners. Even among USB 3.0 devices, it is unusual for a device to require the full 900mA.
One exception of note is the Apple “SuperDrive” which requires a direct connection to a supported Mac. From http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2801
The SuperDrive is designed exclusively for use with MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini’s that do not have a built-in optical drive. The SuperDrive must be directly plugged into the computer’s USB port, and cannot be used if connected to a USB hub.”
To be clear, in unusual cases where USB 3.0’s full 900mA per port is required, a maximum of 4 devices are supported. Standalone device charging is also NOT a feature of this hub: customers seeking a hub with charging capabilities should consider the USB2-HUB4BC.
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