It's decently constructed out of aluminum, with the following ports:
-2 Thunderbolt ports
-3 USB 3 ports
-1 Ethernet port
-1 HDMI port
-Headphone and microphone ports
I haven't experienced any hardware weirdness with it, and it's equally featured to Belkin's more expensive equivalent. (Mine cost 240 dollars with shipping). The convenience of having a bevy of ports right next to my keyboard as opposed to the back of the device is awfully nice, in particular for hosting my secondary display (DisplayPort, DVI-D, and VGA are all supported over Thunderbolt, and HDMI gets its own port) and how my Thunderbolt port overall count remains at 2 available between the iMac and hub is nice for future expandability. I'm chiefly using it for input devices; my LeapMotion and Logitech M570 are both permanently hooked to it, along with a USB extension cable for my smart card reader, SD card reader, and various other odds and ends.
Read/write speeds are decent. I saw 65 megabytes a second over its USB 3 ports.
The pricing on devices like this seems to be dropping decently as well; sub 200 dollars for a used example on Amazon isn't out of the question. I've thought about actually getting a second hub just to expand my iMac's ports further.
I assume everyone is at least passingly familiar with the Opera browser and how it compresses data to allow for faster page load times; what this does is route your cellular traffic through a special, Opera-run virtual private network that leverages the same data compression as the Opera browser does. I've had it on my phone for about four days and while it's not perfect, it does do what it says-I have a 1MBPS HSPA connection at work and my apps tend to load quite a bit more quickly with this one. Sometimes it does stop working intermittently, but as its still a beta, that's not really terribly surprising.
I recommend everyone should at least try it. :)
- Browerville High School
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