Summary: NOTE: It takes two existing USB ports to connect...one for data transfer and the other seems to be power...so, yes, you get three USB ports on the hub...but ...two on your physical PC are being used. The net gain is only one USB port.
Pros: Multiple Data cards can be read...easy to setup!
Summary: I liked this one so much, I'm primarily looking at IOGEAR's 3.0 usb card readers for my new computer. I just wish they made a similar featured card readerfor USB 3.0 with extra plug for power as well as built in Hub.
Pros: USB connector cable has two USB plugs to double the power to the hub. Also functions both as card reader AND USB hub.
Cons: This is NOT a 3 port hub. It takes 2 USB ports on my system so really only adds a single port. I can't find anywhere in the description where it states that it requires 2 ports. Kind of a waste just to add one port.
Summary: Replaced because my iRocks media reader died after less than a year of use. Looking for longer use from this one.
Pros: It is very small. I have small hands and it fits in the palm of my hand. 2"x4" 1/2" long. Works with my compact flash II cards. Needed because my HP DV7 laptop does not support compact flash media. The usb cord is 12" long. Has 3 usb ports and can do just about any kind of media card you might have. Small is handy, cause I can tote this anywhere in my bag.
Cons: Not sure if this is a con, but it uses two usb ports to power itself. So if you thought you would gain a port, you wont.
Summary: In all honesty, I don't have a problem with this hub. It works just like it should. The only problem I have with it is the length of the cable. If that were fixed, I'd say it's the best combo unit I could have asked for. Please, IOGear, rethink the length of the cable.
Pros: Everything works exactly like it should. All cards (that I use anyway) seem to be reading and writing properly. The USB ports all work.
Cons: Tiny, tiny cord. Honestly, the length of this cable is downright obnoxious. We're talking a 1' cable here. I wouldn't have such a problem with this except for the fact that it's a highly specialized cable. There are 2 USB plugs that go to your computer and they're only separated by a few inches. This doesn't work in real life. I had to get a couple of USB extension cables to plug this in to my computer. F-- on cable choice for IO gear.
Summary: Perhaps I am missing something or maybe this is a Windows 7 Compatibility issue but I cannot leave the unit plugged in and then add, remove cards. I have to have a card inserted and then plug the unit in. Once I do that its recognized and I can access the card. If I remove just the card, take some pics, put card back in, it does not refresh even after hitting refresh.
Pros: Reads multiple card types. Made well. Compact.
Cons: Must unplug and plug in again to refresh card contents ?
Summary: over all it will do you fine, i just wasnt ready for it to take up both usb ports on the computer.
Pros: My computer XP recognized the drive and it read my cards just fine. its a nice size unit.
Cons: The usb cord between the unit and the computer turned out to be rather different. it requires that you use 2 usb ports on the computer and the cord is only about 18 inches long. since it has to go in front of the computer it takes up both usb slots so having the 3 slots on the reader only nets you one more slot.