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: I would split my rating to 1-star for the hub and 4-star for the card reader. I really only wanted the card reader function, so I'm happy. The cable is short, so bad if you want to use it on an under-desk tower, good if you just have it sitting next to a laptop and don't need a big tangle of wire.
Pros: Reads lots of card formats with one small device, fast data transfer compared to cable direct to camera. STILL WORKING after almost a year of using at least once per week and riding around in a laptop bag (not transported daily), so at least no annoying early failure.
Cons: The cable is a Y-configuration, with two USB plugs (one marked "Power") and a short connector between them. To use it as a hub, both cables need to be plugged in, so the "3-port" hub actually gives you only one extra port. If you have a computer with its USB ports separated by more than a few cm, (e.g. some MacBook Pro models, where one port is on each side of the chassis), you will not be able to plug in both and the hub will not work. Occasionally, cards do not moun...
Summary: Bought this to give me easily accessable USB ports on the front of my computer as the back ports are hard to access. As I can't leave it plugged in on reboot it is useless to me as I would keep having to plug it in in the back every restart.
Pros: Works if plugged in after computer starts up.
Cons: Hangs the computer on startup, usually when loading Windows. WinXP sp3. Both cables must be removed and plugged in every time you use one of the card readers, as Windows removes all the card readers every time you safely eject one. This does not happen with the USB ports though.
Summary: Normally I have no complaints about IOGear's stuff. Sadly, in this case, I can find no compliment.
Pros: It is inexpensive.
Cons: 1: Included cable is way too short for use on a tower machine that is on the floor. I was hoping to use this on my desk, but the cables don't even get me to the top of my case, let alone my desk. 2: It uses 2 usb ports with a custom cable that plugs into a single miniUSB port on the hub, so I can't even use a replacement cable that is longer. Sure, I could get 2 USB extension cables, but I don't think I should have to. Would a useful length of cable have cost that muc...