As computers start to offer USB 3.0
as an option, more people are starting to realize the limitations of the USB 3.0 controllers available right now. No motherboard out there right now boasts ONLY USB 3.0 ports; with most offering at best two USB ports or maybe even only one (as the new Fresco Logic FL1000 controller starts showing up in laptops). In theory, this is no big deal for most consumer; but the reality is there are going to be times when your are going to want MORE. When USB 2.0 arrived, the answer was the good old fashioned HUB. Since USB 3.0 offers an insanely large bus at 5Gbits/s, this means you can easily split a single channel four ways and still get speed that are way above what USB 2.0 can offer.
The latest USB hub to hit the market is by LaCie. Their aptly named Hub4
offers four USB 3.0 ports and connects to your USB 3.0 enabled system via one SuperSpeed USB cable. Simply plug it in to your system and plug in the power adapter and presto you now have 4 ports that can be used simultaneously with very little real world performance penalty (unless you are rich enough to own four LaCie FastKey’s
that is. ). Where it is a LaCie product, the styling is as unique and striking as the price tag. With a MSRP of 59.99, it is a tad on the pricey side, especially considering you can get a SIIG 4-port USB 3.0 hub
for less which comes with a much longer than 2 year warranty that the Hub4 comes with; but if you want a down right sexy looking USB 3.0 Hub for your sexy looking MacBook Air than maybe the small increase in cost is worth it.