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Satechi USB-C Hub for New 2018 iPad

Satechi, a company based in San Diego California unveils a new USB hub for the 2018 iPad Pro.

Designed specifically for 2018 iPad Pro to conveniently access peripheral devices while on the go.

Satechi USB hub

Featuring stunning 4K 30Hz HDMI display (2K 60Hz limitation for iPad Pro), USB-C PD 3.0 charging, USB 3.0 (up to 5 Gb/s) and 3.5mm headphone jack, all over a single USB-C connection. The USB 3.0 socket is the only USB port which transmits data, the USB-C socket sends only power. It’s worth noting the power features USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 charging, so it will deliver optimal power to the connected device while your iPad is churning through 4K video on some other application.

The hub is well designed an in-line with Apple’s design standards. This isn’t a chunking add on to your new iPad.

Satechi is offering the USB hub at $59 and you have the option of two colors while ordering: Silver or Space Grey.

Satechi USB hub
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Portable, Plugable USB Type C Dock Station

With the single USB-C port of the new MacBook laptop we knew a power station and/or dock station was right behind.  Here is a Kickstarter compaign to address the single port computer and connecting all your peripheral gadgets to your new computer.

The ultimate dock station will power and charge your system using USB’s new Power Delivery specification, while providing an additional alternate mode video output up to 4K resolution, gigabit Ethernet, audio input/output, and 4 USB ports.  The tall slender design of the dock station packs a number of sockets to support any type of peripheral you need to connect.

In addition, the USB 3.1 Type-C specification supports a feature called “VESA Alternate Mode” which works with the built-in graphics processor on supported systems to provide video output at resolutions up to 4K.  This is particularly important given the up-tick in TVs and monitors which are being released with a 4K specification.  The other two display outputs in the Ultimate Dock are enabled by the DisplayLink DL-3900 graphics processor, which can support two additional 1080P displays at 60Hz.  The DisplayLink driver is still in development, but the Kickstarter campaign claims the driver will have a final release by the time the dock station hits full production.

The Plugable Ultimate USB-C Universal Docking Station supports:

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Tech Hack: Alesis IO Dock with USB Hub

The Alesis IO Dock is a great product for iPad musicians – this small hack makes it even greater. It overcomes one limitation of the IO Dock: You can’t simply hook it to a USB hub. So I decided to build in an additional hub – which allows me to hook up additional class-compliant interfaces like my M-Audio Axiom master keyboard, and power them via the hub. Yes, it works. No, it hasn’t been thoroughly tested yet. So try at your own risk. Full Tutorial (nice) Continue Reading

USB Hub – 13 Ports in 5 Inch Bay

Just last week GetUSB.info reported on a solar charging USB hub and a USB power strip and for noting more than to recharge your gadgets.  It’s clear that USB is the common thread in recharging – and moving forward I only expect this trend to continue.

Speaking of continue, now we have a 13 port USB hub which fits right into your 5.25″ computer bay.  I do say, the picture is inviting enough to get this add-on component and integrate it into your tower, but then we’ve got two questions for you.  1) Don’t most people use laptops these days and 2)  Imagine all the cables coming out of this thing.  I say this because you’ll quickly realize the ports are much too close for anything but cables.  Even the most slim USB stick would have a hard time fitting into each port.

USB hub, 13 port

What I do like about the design is the power connection you can make to the internal power supply of your PC.  This means the 13 port USB hub will support larger devices with more power thurst…say hard drives and large 64GB flash drives.

The 13 port hub isn’t on sale yet, but will be in late August 2010.  Pricing was not given.  Here is a link you can bookmark to check availability.

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iMONO 13 Port USB Hub

Will this USB hub give you chub?  With 13 ports all rolled up into one case, it’s a gadget lovers dream to power all those things USB.  In addition iMONO went green with giving us the ability to turn off a port and save energy going to a device. A quick glance through the specifications shows that an external power adapter is not available so you might run low on the bus powered juice if you’ve got too many power hungry gadgets [say several USB hard drives], but for powering your MP3 players, sticks, and humping dogs, should be ideal.

13 port hub

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Our First Report On USB 3.0 Hub

We’ve seen the first step in USB 3.0 which is the USB host controller.  This gives motherboards the opportunity for USB 3.0 devices to connect.  Now we are starting to see other system support peripherals such as the USB 3.0 hub.

USB 3.0 hub

VIA announced their USB 3.0 four port hub this week just days before CES 2010.  We fully expect others to make a similar announcement during the CES show, but VIA, thus far, has beat everyone to the punch.

The USB 3.0 hub supports 4 downstream ports and one upstream port.  The board is powered via AC and VIA claims to have improved the power management in the USB 3.0 hubs to allow attached devices to enter into a lower power state when not being used. The chip itself is based on advanced 80nm CMOS technology which makes it a more power efficient USB hub controller.

VIA did indicate the USB 3.0 hub is not only backward compatible, but also supports the full 5Gb/s transfer rate USB 3.0 calls for.  No word on price, but I’m forecasting a 50% increase in price over traditional USB hubs.

VIA press release.

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USB Duplicator Movie Trailer – Say What?

If Nexcopy where to make a movie about USB duplicators and data loading USB flash drives, this would be the movie trailer to draw in attention. Clearly, it would be ‘the most boring’ movie in the world, but I’ll have to admit the movie trailer is quite impressive given the mundane product. Nexcopy did a good job of putting a unique spin on their product announcement for the new 40 and 60 port USB duplicators via a movie trailer.  The 1 minute video gives you just enough information to peak your interest, yet doesn’t bore you enough to click away. The high definition version is posted on youtube, but you’ll get the point from this:
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USB Duplicator By Nexcopy Expands to 60 Ports

Nexcopy just released two large USB duplicator systems that are 40 and 60 ports.  Geared towards in-house USB duplication from fortune 500 companies, schools, universities and service bureaus, the Nexcopy units offer the largest PC based systems on the market.

USB Duplicator, Large 60 Ports, Nexcopy

It would be interesting to know how they got past the Windows drive letter limitation to reach the larger capacities.  The two new USB duplicator systems are modular in design.  Meaning you can start with a 20 port duplicator and expand it to 40 or 60 ports by simply adding more boxes.  I like this feature because it allows the user to grow as their duplication requirements increase. Nexcopy also mentions their new Data Collection feature.  This is an interesting concept as it does the reverse of what you would think a USB duplicator is designed for.  The Data Collection feature allows you to suck data OFF the USB stick and put the content to the host computer. Continue Reading

Artillery Gun Seconds As USB Hub

Wouldn’t it be cool that whenever you plug in a USB device your computer would make an awesome artillery sound?  I think it would – for at least the first 30 times – and so I found a solution for you.  The USB hub artillery gun.

USB artillery hub

This hub looks very cool and plays a three second sound effect upon connection of a USB device.  This really had me…until I read it was USB 1.1 compliant.  I didn’t know China was still cranking out USB with ONLY 1.1 support…especially with USB SuperSpeed just around the corner. The 1.1 spec means this USB hub artillery gun is really only good for mice, keyboards and other slow input devices.  Meaning you wont get the awesome sound effects all that often.  Still, it might be worth the Continue Reading

USB Hub Reaches 49 Ports But With One Big Flaw

A UK based company [Cambrionix Limited]  has mapped out a single PCB board to house 49 USB ports.  Using the typical cascading style of USB typology, the main 7 port hub is then wired to another set of 7 hubs with seven ports…giving you 49 total.

49 port usb hub

The device is originally designed for testing USB devices in bulk, which is fine, but I see a fundamental flaw in all this.  If one Hub chip goes south, the entire board [or portion of it] goes bad as well. Typically a cascade style is fine because if one hub goes bad you simply replace that one hub, but in this case it’s not so easy.  With an entire PCB board, you need solder rework – that takes time and expense.  It’s a great concept, but I don’t think it’s very practical.  Here at GetUSB Continue Reading

Realistic Looking Skull Seconds As USB Hub

USBFever rolled out a Gothic looking Skull shaped USB hub.  Almost good enough to be a prop for CSI, the skull hub includes a tray for collecting your cr&p.

skull usb hub

Nothing too extraordinary except the shape…you have 4 high speed USB ports, two on each side making it easy to connect your cables, USB sticks and other gadgets. The Skull USB hub retails for $35.  Shipping is just $3 from Hong Kong.  GetUSB.info has received plenty of items from USBFever and you get the shipment within 5 business days of placing the order.  Not bad for $3 shipping cost. Continue Reading

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