If your computer has a tendency to acquire lots of peripherals, you know how quickly you can run out of USB ports to plug them in. Hubs are a way of life if you’re going to have much more attached to your computer than a keyboard, a mouse, and a single external hard drive. But the world of hubs varies widely, in both build quality and usability.
The iLynx 800 hub goes a step beyond the standard USB hub by providing FireWire 800 ports as well as USB 2.0. The trim aluminum-cased hub is shaped like a wedge, and designed the fit on the display foot of an Apple iMac, although it would look great with any system. The left and right sides each have two USB ports and one FireWire 800, and supplies power to all the ports without need for an external power adapter. The hub has a solid, well-made feel in the hand.
I’ve had the iLynx 800 running a Drobo through one of the FireWire ports and two external hard drives through USB for the last several days with no issues. The hub sits unobtrusively under my iMac and the rubber feet keep it from wandering off the back of my desk, as some other hubs have tried to do. And I finally have some free ports, one of them a FireWire – which is a new experience.
The Moshi iLynx 800 is available for $75 at the Moshi store.