Satechi, a mobile accessories manufacturer, has just announced the company’s new USB hubs, on its official website. These two are called Premium Aluminum 2.0 4-Port USB Hub and Satechi 3.0 4-Port USB Hub.
The beautiful Premium Aluminum 2.0 4-Port USB Hub targets the Apple users, and the small aluminum device will certainly complement the usual well-designed Mac products.
One other thing that Premium Aluminum 2.0 4-Port USB Hub will complement is the lack of a high-performance USB 3.0 interface on any of Apple’s systems.
The nicer USB hub announced today is, unfortunately, just USB 2.0.
That’s just like saying “if Apple doesn’t have USB 3.0 why put new tech in our well-designed product?”
Well, Satechi, you should have made Premium Aluminum 2.0 4-Port USB Hub USB 3.0-capable and you would have had considerable more customers than the ones in our lab that already like the design.
Premium Aluminum 2.0 4-Port USB Hub is lacking two features that any modern USB hub should have: a supplementary DC 5DC 5V 3Amp power adapter and, of course, USB 3.0 capability.
Performance demanding users are left with the funky-looking Satechi 3.0 4-Port USB Hub.
This is a rather “slim and convenient” USB hub, as the company likes to put it.
It is fast, since it is a USB 3.0 hub, and it has an ordinary design.
It also comes with a supplementary DC 5DC 5V 3Amp power adapter which can be useful when trying to power more demanding devices that don’t receive enough current from the system’s mainboard.
The Satechi 3.0 4-Port USB Hub has all the specifications and features we like, but, unfortunately, it comes in an ordinary plastic body.
Pricing is $40 for the funky-looking USB 3.0 version and just $25 for the nice, Apple-like USB 2.0 “Premium” version.
That’s about €32 for the former and just €20 for the latter.