" ...It hit the mark head on...We also used it to hit our Mark on his head…Thus confirming it’s rugged construction. "
Title: Saitek USB Hub
Format: USB Hub (though I was expecting it to be a coffee maker)
Reviewing Monkey: Dungapult
The Hype: Plug more crap into your already overloaded USB ports! Keen. No longer will you have to switch which periphs you have plugged in when you go from gaming to downloading porn…Which, as we all know, is a major concern in most Monkey’s lives.
What This Monkey Thought...
Usefulness: Considering the plethora of interfaces we have plugged into any given machine here in the office, this hub came as a godsend…. Since it let us plug in even more. It’s four USB ports quadrupled (of course) our USB usage, way decreased the amount of time we have to spend switching which sticks and mice we have plugged in at any given time, and left us only in need of some damned form of massive cord organization. It’s own USB cord (which plugs into your machine) is plenty long enough for you to put the hub anywhere you want, so you’ll even be able to find space for it just about anywhere on that junk pile you call a desk. 5 out of 5.
Compatibility: Take it out and plug it in. That’s it, end of story. There is no power supply to have to find a plug for, no driver, and even sticky pads so you can hang it anywhere. It will, of course, work with any USB device- not just your PC…So you can pick this up for your PS2 or *shudder* Macintosh as well. 5 out of 5
Performance: The performance, over all, is fantastic. The only problem, and it is definitely notable, is because there is no external power supply you’re sapping the same USB resource for 4x the power requirements. This means that if you have any significant power draw, such as a multi-featured joystick, force feedback util, or optic mouse you may tax it out. Its no real big deal if you do…you just unplugs the offending devices until you need them. Still, if I wanted to be unplugging and replugging shit in, I wouldn’t have bought a hub. 3.5 out of 5
Aesthetics: The hub itself is a 4 port USB base with no extra external wiring and a mere 3x5" footprint. It comes in jet black, is molded into a neato semi-dome shape, and says "USB Hub" in raised letters on the front in case you get so drunk you can’t figure out what the hell the little four mouthed alien sitting on your computer wants. It’ll also get you laid…Just wear it around your neck in place of a tie and chicks will flock to you like they were junkies and you were the only crack dealer in a 500 mile radius. It’s a well-kept industry secret but trust me, it works. Try it. 5 out of 5
Easy to use, sleek, and simple- it hit the mark head on. We also used it to hit our Mark on his head…thus confirming it’s rugged construction. If you have a lot of high drawing periphs, you may want to spring for the much more expensive self powered models, but otherwise this is a great unit.
The Good: It’s a Hub! And, of course, it gets you laid.
The Bad: No extra power source means no high draws.
The Overall Ugly: For it’s inexpensive price and simple use it’s definitely worth having. We’ve picked up ones for all the machines in the Monkey Headquarters.
What it's Worth: Market