Date: June 12th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Hiyatek
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a quick look to see what we can expect from this handy little product.
As mentioned earlier, the base weighs in at about 62 grams which is plenty to keep this tower upright and planted. Simply screw it into the hub and you are set.
On the top, you have a green power LED that indicates when the unit is properly connected to a USB connection. For some reason it doesn't illuminate to show you that the power is connected properly which would have been nice.
When it comes to the connections for the hub, you have a power connection, a mini-usb connection which connects to you computer and your 7 full USB 2.0 ports. This hub can and will work without a power supply, but can be used for low power draw passive items with a maximum total draw of 0.5Amps. With the power adapter, you are allowed up to 2 amps of power draw. In most cases, the devices that use that much power are USB chargers for cordless mice or cell phone chargers.
PRODUCT TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
With most USB hubs, performance comes second to convenience. But don't get me wrong, they want a product that won't half their USB 2.0 connection. Through testing this simple product, a test file was transferred to a external hard drive with the performance difference between a direct connection to the computer versus connecting though the hub was only a drop of 1.78Mbps. Needless to say over the time of a large transfer that would make the total transfer time difference to be in seconds. So essentially, this hub performs like it isn't even there. It does its job just fine.