A majority of today's computer peripherals utilize USB technology. Keyboards, mice, printers, cameras, scanners, thumb drives, drink warmers, and even foam missile cannons all connect through USB. With the increased need for multiple USB devices, the convenience of a product that can connect multiple peripherals is also increased. And for real convenience, it would be nice to be able to share all of these USB devices between two computers. You wouldn't even have to reload your cannons, just hit a button and switch to the next one! This is where the Ultra Products 7 Port USB Buddy Hub comes in.
The Ultra Products brand represents a variety of items, including fans, CPU coolers, cases, power supplies, and memory, among other things. They also provide a 3 year warranty on most products (including the Buddy Hub), while an upgrade to a lifetime warranty is available on many simply for registering the product. With many other companies offering a 1 year warranty on similar products, Ultra Products truly goes above and beyond in customer satisfaction.
While the typical USB hub doesn't offer seven ports, it also doen't offer the ability to switch the control of the connected devices between two computers. The innovative design of the Ultra Products 7 Port USB Buddy Hub is the subject of this review, and before checking out the unit provided, let's take a look at some published data taken from their website.
» Share up to 7 devices between 2 computers.
» 7 switch buttons with dual LEDs.
» Individually control each device.
» USB 2.0 compliant.
7 Port Buddy Hub Info:
"This 2-PC USB sharing hub will increase your office productivity exponentially. You can share connections among as many as 7 USB devices and then link those peripherals to 2 PCs. Think of all you can accomplish! You can create a full service office that’s perfect for small businesses - it’s all made possible by one dynamic device! Or you can use this 7-Port Buddy Hub for an integral part of your overall big business matrix. Tested to the strictest quality controls. Made by the finest engineers. Includes 2 USB cables, power adapter and User’s Manual."
The Ultra Products 7 Port USB Buddy Hub was packaged quite well for protection and marketability. It is enclosed in a hard plastic shell with the buttons on top of the device provided extra protection by raised plastic in the front.
The graphics on the packaging are definitely eye catching. The company name is in gold letters and shaded and layered arches are on the front to accompany the product name. There is also a brief description of the product and its features on the front in both English and French. The silver 3 year warranty seal is also clearly displayed to emphasize Ultra Product's confidence in the quality of this product. On the back of the package is a more detailed description of the product, a few small pictures of it and the included accessories, and a brief descriptions of what is included. This type of information is especially useful, as it shows you what, if any, additional items you would possibly need to get up and running.