Satechi’s 4-Port USB Hub Looks Expensive, Isn’t

| Quick Look Review

If you own a Mac, it is almost a given that you will also need a USB hub. They come in all sizes and prices, but the one I am looking at today, the Premium 4 Port Hub from Satechi has some nice features and an excellent price.

Satechi Premium USB 2.0 4-Port Hub

The hub is made from aluminum and designed to work with any Mac that contains an Intel Processor. It includes a 9.5-in cable. It presents with four USB 2.0 ports. Each port provides 5 volts and 250 to 500 mA depending on the computer’s USB output.  The MSRP is US$27.99 and it is available from the Satechi web site

The Premium 4-Port Hub finish is brushed aluminum, and it’s a perfect match for the aluminum Mac products. It measures approximately 3.5 by 1.5-in and sits flat on a desk or table top. It is strictly plug-and-play and can be moved from machine to machine. No software or installation process is required. The design is reminiscent of the Apple Magic Trackpad, but there is no battery compartment or battery required to operate the hub.


Premium 4-Port Hub in use

Using the product 

I took the Premium 4-Port Hub and plugged it into one of the two USB ports on a 15-in MacBook Pro, plugged the printer and a speaker into the hub and everything was set up and ready to go. Should I need to, I could easily put this product in my pocket or computer bag to take it to an off site location. 

Do I recommend it? 

I do. I like the price. I really like the look and size of this hub, and I like the fact that it sits flat on my desktop. And, for the snob in me, it looks more expensive than it is.

Product: Premium 4-Port Hub

Company: Satechi

List Price: US$27.99

Pros:

Small and attractive.

Cons:

None noted.

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Comments

John Martellaro

That has to be the coolest looking USB hub I’ve ever seen.  I might have to have one.

JOhnO

The website has it at $27.99, not the $24.99 in the article.  And Amazon has the $27.99 price too, claiming it’s reduced from a MSRP of $39.99.

Clarity?

John Martellaro

JOhnO: It appears the price went up during the review process. The text was updated.

furbies

Maybe this is a stupid question but why the reference to needing an Intel Processor ?

USB is USB is USB isn’t it ?

And according to the maker’s page it runs on Mac OS 9.1 which wasn’t ever an Intel Processor friendly OS…

jbruni

There doesn’t appear to be an “Intel Processor” requirement on the product web site. It is a USB 2.0 hub. Maybe it doesn’t work with USB 1.

Lee Dronick

That looks nice, very nice, and I liked the angled up ports.

Nancy, how heavy is it? Some of these things are so light that a cord can lift them off of the desk. Light is nice for travel of course.

ShockerX

If I plug this into an AirPort Express could I then have up to four printers or USB drives available via WiFi?

jbruni

If I plug this into an AirPort Express could I then have up to four printers or USB drives available via WiFi?

It should work. I used a hub with my Airport Extreme with two printers and a hard disk. The hard disk allowed me to do Time Machine backup with multiple Macs. I could use both printers.

However, I was not able to use AirPrint in this configuration.

Sunil K.

You always get the coolest looking stuff to review!

Nancy Gravley

Nancy, how heavy is it? Some of these things are so light that a cord can lift them off of the desk. Light is nice for travel of course.

According to my postage machine it weighs one pound, 8 ounces.

Nancy Gravley

Maybe this is a stupid question but why the reference to needing an Intel Processor ?

USB is USB is USB isn?t it ?

And according to the maker?s page it runs on Mac OS 9.1 which wasn?t ever an Intel Processor friendly OS?

There was a bit of inconsistency between material I received with the product and the information on the web site.  When I requested clarification from the company the response I received was - It will work with any Mac that contains an Intel Processor - thus the wording I used.

craigf

Sounds like the Intel processor is used as a lazy, generic indicator of the Mac’s age/OS outdatedness, rather than a hardware requirement.

Ronin

USB 2? Why? This is a legacy product from day one. I would not buy it. Somebody tell them that USB 3 is standard now.

Tiger

LIkely because for $28, it will work with 95% of all USB devices on the planet versus the 5% of USB 3 devices that are currently on the market. In a year, you’ll spend another $28 for a USB 3 version.

ctopher

AND, most USB 3 devices work just fine (albeit slower) on USB 2 ports.

What this hub lacks (for $25+) is the ability to add separate power. Port powered peripherals must share the 0.5 amp from the computer.

That said, another power cord would ruin the feng shui!

Mark

Too bad their USB 3.0 hub doesn’t look as nice.

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