Summary: [...] Can be used with or without it's power adapter, meaning can be powered from the PC using the FireWire connection or the supplied AC/DC Power Supply for maybe higher power drain when all the ports are occupied. Nice and compact little unit and blends right in with my DELL white computer case. Can be velcroed anywhere it's convenient.
Pros: Convenient, Easily Expanded, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Reliable, Small
Summary: For my laptop, I'd recently purchased firewire speakers, and then added on a firewire external storage device, so I was unable to use them both simultaneously, as my Macbook only has one IEEE port. This compact Firewire hub allows upto 5 connections (once hub is connected to laptop), doesn't take up much space, and has comparable upload speeds with two connections (haven't really tried to plug use up all 5 ports at the same time.
Summary: I have several external hard drives I use for my digital scrapbook materials. I have them all plugged into this unit, then this unit plugged into my MacBook Pro. It's great to only have one wire plugged into my Book. I recommend this unit. It's easy to use. It's small, but works great.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Fast, Reliable, Versatile