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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 10:08 am    Post subject: Belkin Hubs for the Mac Mini Reply with quote

Belkin Hubs for the Mac Mini
Monday May 9, 2005

Belkin has unveiled a new line of USB and Firwire Hubs designed for the Mac mini. The Hubs are specifically engineered to stack on top of or below the Mac mini helping to save valuable desktop space. The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire 6-Port Hub for Mac mini feature front ports that give easy access to USB devices such as thumb drives and the iPod shuffle. Both Hubs will begin shipping in North America on July 15, 2005.

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub for Mac mini (F5U264)
- Two USB 2.0 ports located on the front of the Hub.
- Adds four 480Mbps downstream ports.
- Works with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 (low- and full-speed) devices.
- Provides a low-profile, space-saving platform for stacking your Mac mini.
- $34.95

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire 6-Port Hub for Mac mini (F5U507)
- Two FireWire ports and four USB 2.0 ports.
- Provides a low-profile, space-saving platform for stacking your Mac mini.
- single USB and a FireWire port are located on the front of the Hub.
- $49.95







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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally something with ports up front! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful!

But must wait 2 months before it's available. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

syaman wrote:
Beautiful!

But must wait 2 months before it's available. Confused


Maybe by then the new mini will be out with front ports. Wink

These new Belkin ones look pretty good! I'm not too crazy about the white but at least the ports are in the front.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me likey! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the looks of it. Having ports on the front make me want to get one. Too bad it doesn't have the aluminum finish to match the mini.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoffer wrote:
I like the looks of it. Having ports on the front make me want to get one. Too bad it doesn't have the aluminum finish to match the mini.


I agree Silver would look better, but they probably couldn't match the color since it's plastic. White's alight! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm confused...how many Firewire ports are open after it's connected?
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
I'm confused...how many Firewire ports are open after it's connected?


Two, one back and one front.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why can't someone just make a hub with at least 4 USBs and 2 Firewire ports on the front? What good are 2? I'll still need another hub. But that is probably their plan - you will buy more hubs.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think most people only use front ports to sync up and don't leave things permanently connected to them. These companies realize the same thing and try to keep the front clean for the mass market. I think two is a pretty fair number as they have another 4 in the back.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to see one of these devices have an audio input or built-in iMic for audio-in and headphone jack.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
I think most people only use front ports to sync up and don't leave things permanently connected to them. These companies realize the same thing and try to keep the front clean for the mass market. I think two is a pretty fair number as they have another 4 in the back.


Point taken. Maybe 2 firewire ports is asking too much, but I stand firm on the 4 USB Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brendan wrote:
blazer wrote:
I think most people only use front ports to sync up and don't leave things permanently connected to them. These companies realize the same thing and try to keep the front clean for the mass market. I think two is a pretty fair number as they have another 4 in the back.


Point taken. Maybe 2 firewire ports is asking too much, but I stand firm on the 4 USB Wink


Hey 8 is fine with me 4 front, 4 back. Screw the mass market! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2005 9:52 am    Post subject: No power supply included... Reply with quote

This is a big problem on the mini, because the power the Mini supplies from the USB ports is not enough to power many peripherals. For example, I had to get a powered USB hub before it would spin up my "pocket" drive, and it doesn't provide enough power for the Macally Icecam.

And while the pictures show a power connector on the back in the article, A power supply is not listed as an option on Belkin's website.
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