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IOGEAR GUH287 3-Port USB 2.0 Hub and 45-in-1 Card Reader
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good card reader, poor hub 08/17/2011

This review is from: IOGEAR GUH287 3-Port USB 2.0 Hub and 45-in-1 Card Reader

Pros: Reads lots of card formats with one small device, fast data transfer compared to cable direct to camera.

STILL WORKING after almost a year of using at least once per week and riding around in a laptop bag (not transported daily), so at least no annoying early failure.

Cons: The cable is a Y-configuration, with two USB plugs (one marked "Power") and a short connector between them. To use it as a hub, both cables need to be plugged in, so the "3-port" hub actually gives you only one extra port. If you have a computer with its USB ports separated by more than a few cm, (e.g. some MacBook Pro models, where one port is on each side of the chassis), you will not be able to plug in both and the hub will not work.

Occasionally, cards do not mount. IIRC, this happens most often if I put the card in the reader, then plug in the cable. In any case, pulling the card out and reinserting it always seems to work. At first, I thought I had to plug in both cables to use the card reader as well, but no, it will read cards with only the data plug inserted.

Slightly confusing: If the user brainlessly plugs in only the Power plug rather than the data plug, it won't read cards. That is more of a meat-ware problem, so I can't blame IOGear

Other Thoughts: I would split my rating to 1-star for the hub and 4-star for the card reader. I really only wanted the card reader function, so I'm happy.

The cable is short, so bad if you want to use it on an under-desk tower, good if you just have it sitting next to a laptop and don't need a big tangle of wire.

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