Griffin SmartShare USB

| In-Depth Review

One of the biggest complaints I hear from Mac users is lack of USB ports. Griffin Technologies has released a new product, the SmartShare USB, particularly designed for notebooks to help address that problem.

This device includes two USB ports, and each port is on a flexible six-inch cable, so it can fit into pocket, computer bag, or back pack. It supports USB 2.0 and transfers data at speeds up to 40 Mbps.

You can plug a keyboard, mouse or other heavy duty peripheral into one port and charge or sync an iPhone or iPod in the other. I also download contents from a memory stick from one port while running my keyboard from the other with no noticeable drop in performance. Of course, there are some external devices that require their own powered USB port, such as many external hard drives, and product manuals will make those specifications clear. 

The Bottom Line

This is a nice addition for notebook users who travel and need extra USB ports to get the job done. It is flexible and small. It is also well made and all the connections I made fit well with no slipping.

Product: SmartShare USB

Company: Griffin Technology

List Price: $19.95

Amazon.com Price: $13.99

Pros:

A small, flexible, extra USB port that fits in backpack or computer case. It is powerful enough to operate many peripherals. USB 2.0, with transfer data speed up to 40 Mbps. Reasonably priced.

Cons:

None

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Comments

Chris Ryland

Nit-pick, but you probably meant 400Mb.

I’ve got several of these (bought ‘em at MacWorld 09), and they work very well.

Billy Gore

There are a number of small USB hubs that would, in my opinion, offer a better options, all at under the list price of this item.

For example, Belkin has a four port Ultra Mini Hub with four ports, which can be purchased for around$7 in a number of outlets.

There is the Saitek PZ37Abk Mini UFO Hub Black which is approx. $10 and is a cute UFO looking device.

And there is the Targus 4-Port Ultra Mini-USB 2.0 Hub which is slightly less in cost than the two line item above.

Griffen is a wonderful company. Just that I don’t feel that this item is a good choice for notebook users. But heck, what do I know?

regards,

billy

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