It all boils down to where you connect the magnets. For the most part this magnetic USB hub is best designed to work with office furniture, cabinets and the like. Probably not the best idea to set it on the computer chassis – although it wouldn’t do too much harm.
The idea behind USBFever’s magnetic hub is convenience. Place it where you need it. There are three magnets on the underside of the 4 port hub with enough strength to hold any combination of USB cables and flash drives in place.
The 4 port USB magnetic hub will only set you back 14 USD plus a couple bucks in shipping.Available via USBFever.
The Newton’s Cradle USB hub is a fun twist on that traditional office gift of Newton’s Cradle. Rather than stainless steel balls however, this one uses USB connectors to make up a 4 port USB hub.
Albeit a bulky device for a USB hub it would create some interest from the folks around the office. Clearly it would observe the law of conservation of momentum, but none-the-less a great conversation piece….for about 20 seconds.
The Newton’s Cradle USB hub is available from Buy.com but is currently sold out. They are still booking orders.
I don’t have USB connectivity issues, but I believe many do. The super 16 port USB hub will help in those situations. The plethora of ports will give any computer uber-geek the ability to connect just about everything in his office to a single computer. But even then, the uber-geek has the ability to split up those 16 ports to be shared with two computers…thus spreading the geekness all around.
The super 16 port USB hub has a switch for setting ports to computer A or B. Or you can simply keep all 16 ports designated to a single computer. Connect your printer, several cameras, web-cam, your handful of USB drives, USB fan, another USB fan if you overheat easily, maybe a USB mask, or USB wrist pad, and of course a USB aroma drive. I think you get the picture.
The super hub comes in at $140. Fully supports the USB 2.0 specification and has a designated power line to insure optimal performance to all those USB powered gadgets.
Dimensions are: 116 x 67 x 63 (mm)
The Y-Shaped USB hub from Apacer is a clever design, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen it. RiDATA introduces a flash drive with combo two port hub on the back side, which I’m still wondering why it hasn’t gained more popularity, about a year ago. The Apacer Y-shaped USB hub increases the port connectivity over the RiDATA by two fold, but doesn’t have flash memory storage.
The Apacer PH151 uses a miniUSB connection to the host computer [via cable] and then provides two vertical ports and two horizontal ports. To me, once you’ve put a cable to the hub, it doesn’t matter what shape it’s in. Just stick your device in and go. The clear advantage with this design, is increasing
USB Fever is thinking outside the box on this one. Going away from standard box USB hubs, this hub is all cable. To continue along the lines of abstract thinking USB Fever includes a separate power cable to extract juice from the system bus solely for the purpose of powering up those peripherals.
So we are looking at one upstream USB connection, a 4 port USB hub held together by cables along with a dedicated power line (red cap) for those thirsty gadgets.
You should note, one of the four USB ports is a mini USB connection. All this for just $14 + $3 shipping.
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What else would you need as the ideal desktop clock watching device other than the USB Fever Temp, Clock and hub gadget. Not only does the 4 port USB hub have a clock to insure you exit work at exactly 5:01pm, but you’ll get an accurate reading on temperature.
The USB hub clock includes data and alarm settings as to wake you from the mid-afternoon slumber after the fat turkey sandwich lunch.
The USB fever hub, clock, temperature thingy is $16 plus $3 shipping.