Amazon with Super Deal has the Stanley Global SGT303 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub for $10 with free shipping on $35+. Normally $25+. Features a stainless steel-plated construction, a 3.16 ft. USB 3.0 cable and supports up to 5Gbs transfer speeds.
Retail: $50

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 145
    Posted 10:43 am PDT 08/2/14

    The 4 ports on this thing are shared through one USB 3 port. The data bandwidth and power amperage/voltage are divided between 4 if you are using every port simultaneously...

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3648
    Posted 11:34 am PDT 08/2/14

    ^ Yeah but what's the typical use going to be where you have that much bandwidth simultaneously required among 4 USB devices?

    I could see the issue with copying between 2 or more flash drives but for external enclosure HDD they usually come with a cable long enough to just run it back to the rear USB ports on a mobo and unplug it at the enclosure if you want it disconnected, if there is no power switch to accomplish that.

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 145
    Posted 6:30 pm PDT 08/2/14

    The reason you choose a USB 3 port over a USB 2 port is that you want increased band width which equals more transfer speed and less time completing a task. Go ahead and plug your mouse and keyboard in this thing but it's a waste of a USB 3 port.

    The point is that if you are using a USB 3 port for increased bandwidth over a USB 2 port, using this things is going to decrease performance...

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    Posted 11:58 pm PDT 08/2/14

    ^ I'm not so sure I agree with that. On paper USB3 is 10x faster. Granted you would never see that but you'll never get a USB2 device to max out the theoretical potential of a USB2 port either.

    Still, 4 devices would need 4X USB2 instead of 10X. Your typical high performance USB2 peripherals barely break 30MB/s peak read throughput. 4X that (4 devices) would then always be 120MB/s or lower while there are ample benchmarks out there of HDD and flash drives that can achieve over 120MB/s peak read speed over 1 USB3 port.

    USB3 also allows simultaneous I/O between multiple devices which USB2 doesn't, so if using 4 devices simultaneously that alone is a big boost.

    ... but hey, if your computer has the USB3 ports you need to make use of USB3 on this hub, then sure you may as well plug what you can into those and use the hub for things you want closer access to. For example my computer is tucked away under a desk and only a hub on the desk for temporary USB connections.

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    Posted 4:33 pm PDT 08/3/14

    This is running though one USB 3 port and this thing can't create extra bandwidth. The four ports share the resources of the one USB 3 port. As long as the user understands this, they won't be disappointed in the decrease performance of high bandwidth USB 3 devices plugged into this thing.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3648
    Posted 4:35 pm PDT 08/3/14

    ^ The same was true of USB2 hubs plugged into USB2 ports, yet I found my USB2 hub to be very handy and worth the money spent.

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    Posted 7:08 pm PDT 08/3/14

    zzyzx wrote:
    The 4 ports on this thing are shared through one USB 3 port. The data bandwidth and power amperage/voltage are divided between 4 if you are using every port simultaneously...


    Yes, it's a hub, we know!

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    Posted 6:36 am PDT 08/4/14

    Unless you have been appointed spokesman for everyone else, not everyone realizes this...

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