I don’t know about you, but for me, four inconveniently positioned USB ports on the sides of my laptop just aren’t enough. I’ve been looking for ages for a USB hub that wasn’t your average $ 59.99 HP 4-port clunk of ridiculously shiny plastic. I needed something heavy duty — and cheap, so here I am with a D-Link DUB-H7 USB 2.0 Hub.
The Good: 7 ports, low profile, externally powered, inexpensive, individual indicator lights, nice long cables.
The Bad: Not capable of powering USB devices solely from a power socket, all 7 ports downgrade to USB 1.0 if a 1.0 device is plugged into any of the ports.
Annoyances: The individual indicators serve no purpose other than to notify you if a port shorts out.
Overview: I would say that this hub was well worth the $30.00 I paid for it. While a USB hub isn’t a very consequential purchase, I took it very seriously. I was happy that it was a serious, no-messing-around hub that did it’s job and no more. There were no bells or whistles, and that was reflected in the price. It is compact and tough. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve knocked it off my desk. I did try to use it as a converter to charge USB devices from my wall, but that didn’t work for some reason. It has with other lesser hubs. If I plug it into the wall a swell as into my computer, all the lights will light up green. The only way I can get one to change is if I manage to short it out, then that individual light will turn red. They are essentially useless. The biggest problem I encountered with this hub was that if I plug a USB 1.0 device in it, all the ports seem to be downgraded to USB 1.0 speeds. This really isn’t as big a deal as it sounds, I don’t even think anyone has any of those anymore. You wouldn’t have noticed it I hadn’t just told you. Overall, This hub is delightfully average. It does its what I need it to well and no more. I’m sure there are better hubs out there, but not for that price.