Joined on 09/10/01
Pros: Tiny! I didn't realize how small this thing was going to be before I received it. It's about the size of four USB type-A connectors side-by-side. It seems to work fine, too.
Cons: There are no indicators for port status or external power supply availability. Be careful if you use high-current devices, because the hub always reports itself as self-powered so there is NO protection against trying to source 2 amps from the upstream port if the hub's power supply isn't connected.
Overall Review: This unit (at least, at the time of this writing) is based on the Genesys Logic GL850A chip, which is a low-end product from a low-end manufacturer. Besides the power issues noted above, this chip only contains a single Transaction Translator, so it will be very slow at driving multiple USB 1.1 devices for a USB 2.0 uplink. Should be fine if all your devices are USB 2.0 though.
Pros: Works fine after receiving replacement
Cons: First card was faulty. Worked fine under Windows for a little while, then used the same reader under Linux and the card immediately developed unrecoverable media errors. Newegg exchanged for a new card that worked fine.
Overall Review: Doesn't seem to be worth paying extra for the brand name in this case. Speed is about the same as the cheaper options and it obviously wasn't any more reliable.