A New 13 Port USB Hub

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I'm always on the look out for the perfect USB hub for my Mac Pro. I just came across another 13 Port hub. Being able to plug in up to 13 devices into one hub may sound like a lot, but honestly I have close to that now without even trying hard, so it's not too far fetched to think that many of you do to. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages to this approach.
 

Advantages

13 ports is the biggest advantage. You plug the hub into one of your built-in USB ports and now you have 13 more. Great! There is also a flip up 13th port on top for quick access to things like thumb drives.
 

Disadvantages

The design of this particular hub creates a cable mess pretty quickly since the wires go in all four directions. The other disadvantage is that you are dividing up the throughput between 13 devices. Now this isn't really a big deal if most of your devices don't do a lot of data transfer like hard drives do. So for pointing devices, keyboards, tablets, printers, etc. you'll be fine. However, I wouldn't string more than a couple of hard drives off one port if speed was a factor.
 

The Bottom Line

If you need to have a lot of peripherals connected at once and you're short on built-in USB ports, this is a great option. If you can keep it off your desk from a cable management standpoint, that's even better. You can get it here for $33 in black or white.

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