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Review: Mediocre Discount Product with Misleading Packaging

 Posted - 1/29/2010 11:09:28 AM  - Show Profile  Edit Message

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Title: Mediocre Discount Product with Misleading Packaging

Item Resource Page: Rolodex-ComboUSB2.0HubandPowerOutlet

Pros: - Though plastic, it feels stur-dy enough

Cons: - No power connection between two parts (AC port has it's own cable and that's all it gets power from, and USB has the same and that's what it gets power from)
- Bulky
- Packaging and manual are badly written and inaccurate
- Packaging states that USB has 100 mA Bus power and 2.5A with External power - but there is in fact there is no power provided, these are all statements based on what you may hook the device up to (but which are not provided or referenced specifically)
- No surge protection circuitry of any kind - it's an overly simple electronic device.

Price Paid: 2.99 CAD

Overall Rating: 4/10

Other Info: I've been seeing these products on for prices from $35 to $12 to $9 to $7 to $5 and I always decided it wasn't worth going out to get it for those prices. However, I came across while browsing the "Ultimate Bargains" store at the Malvern Shopping Mall and thought, why not. I was intrigued by what looked to be an auxiliary generic output port where the second USB LED light should have been (and therefore could charge Cell phones and so on at 5V) and the statement of "2.5 A DC +5V."

It turns out that the other port is an input (on the output side of the device) and that the 2.5A statement is just there because they never bothered to change it from the 4 port USB model Rolodex also sells.

I assumed that the USB ports would get power through that massive AC cable and that the USB cable would be for data only - but no. Even when I hooked up a 2.5A DC +5V Adapter from another USB Hub (a much better model that I purchased for $7 that included the adapter), it would only give about 1.2A output per port (possibly splitting the 2.5A evenly?), so that my 2A rx1950 PDA could not charge even when it was the only thing connected to the Hub. I've had that situation happen in the past where the PDA could not charge with ample power available - but that was due to old style surge protection systems that did not allow over 500 mA per port maximum based on the USB spec - this though as a splitting mechanism is a first for me.

Even for $3 I don't think this unit is worth the price - it's just too bulky with it's non replaceable extremely long AC cable, combined with an equally long and completely seperate USB cable. It's essentially a long extension cable, but with the need for both cables to be connected to work - if you wanted this as a USB power source, I'd look elsewhere - as a USB hub and extension cable I'd look elsewhere - in fact, I'd just look elsewhere. The only reason this doesn't have a lower rating is that it turns on and was only 3 bucks.


Last Edited By - PJPeter on 1/30/2010 10:37:29 AM


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