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Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

December 22nd, 2016

I’m a fan of Anker products and this small, Ultra Thin USB 3.0 hub fits well with the other Anker items I use.  The price of this hub has been reduced (at the time of this writing) to $9.99.

This is the “everyday carry” (EDC) USB hub for my Microsoft Surface Pro 4.  This is not an externally powered hub but it expands the single-USB connection of the Surface Pro 4 into four.  If you are looking for a hub that can power low-consumption USB devices, albeit slightly larger than Anker’s, check the Sabrent UM-43, also for $9.99 as of this writing.

 

 

The light (seen to the left of the hub ports), stays lit blue on mine when connected and blinks with traffic.

 

Some of the USB ports can be tight fits but they all work well and provide high-speed performance.

 

On the Surface, the ~5″ USB plug and cable are long enough for the hub to rest reasonably flat on the desktop.

 

One big con I’ve found is that plugging a relatively large-size (16gb+) USB storage device in after booting on the Surface Pro can disable my Logitech Unifying USB dongle until I remove the USB storage device.  Unplugging the offending storage device re-enables my Logitech devices.

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