Satechi makes a number of accessories for computers, cameras, cell phones, and tablets – including the iPad. From the company name you’d assume they originate from Asia but they are actually headquartered in San Diego and started up back in 2005. According to their website. their mission is “to provide our customers superlative service and products of exceptional quality at a moderate price”. We’ll see if they live up to that mission statement when we have a look at their four port USB 3.0 hub.
The hub can be found online for $39.99 and comes with a one year warranty. Because it uses a USB 3.0 interface, it supports speeds of up to 4.8Gbps but is also backwards compatible to USB 2.0 and 1.1. As with any hub, it’s hot-swappable/pluggable and requires no special software to setup and use. As such, it’s operating system agnostic so works just peachy on all modern versions of Windows as well as Max OS 9.1+ and Linux 2.4+. This particular one features a yellow and black color scheme. The top is mostly black with a large 3.0 emblem in yellow and in the bottom right corner us the Satechi brand in black on a yellow background.
Around the yellow bottom are four pads in each corner covering the screws we’ll remove a little later. In the center, is the Satechi name and logo with their website listed below. And although they are headquartered in the USA, it appears this particular product is made in China which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise as that’s where the majority of devices like these are fabricated.
Around one side are three of the four ports, complete with the blue colored plastic that signifies USB 3.0.
Around the other side we have the remaining USB 3.0 port along with the host cable connector and the port for attaching the supplied DC power adapter.