With your camera, your phone, your USB drives, your iPod and more gadgets needing to be connected to your computer or laptop, you'll need a lot of USB ports to satisfy your gizmos. Sure, you can always unplug them, but sometimes, it's annoying to do so, especially if you have to disconnect and reconnect peripherals that you know you'll be using a short time later.
We all have this problem. There aren't enough USB ports on your computer or laptop, not even with the Mac Mini's 5 USB ports. We always need more. The trouble is that not all USB hubs are made of the same quality. They will all eventually break down and potentially break your devices as well. This 16 port monster looks huge and needs to be plugged in, but it can be shared among two computers, though not at the same time. From the site, it looks like it's being sold in Japan and it's probably made in China and Taiwan. That doesn't tell us much on reliability, but the hub looks sturdy enough with all that metal.
Having a reliable USB hub is a much for anyone who has expensive devices that are plugged into a computer. I've had trouble with hubs before. they can short out your gadgets and that can be really annoying. I remember an external USB drive that got zapped because of a hub failing. Anyway, it's best to spend a bit more money on a good hub from a reliable manufacturer than to be stuck with hundreds of dollars of worthless machinery. It's available for $105 at the Geek Stuff 4 U store.[via Technabob]