Summary: For the first time I can plug all my peripheral devices into one USB hub! Keeps the cords neat, provides enough power (if you use the power block, which I do) for all but the most "hungry" devices, and has room for temporary plug-ins! I haven't had it long enough to rate longevity, but so far, I LOVE IT!!!
Summary: One thing I've started to consider with this device is that if I don't readily need access to the memory on something, I don't use the hub. A perfect example is the micro-fridge. I don't need to access information on it, it can be powered directly from the motherboard, ergo, I don't use the hub. All in all WORTH the $. I recently purchased a different usb hub that was unable to connect to the computer at all... this one is awesome!!!
Pros: Shocked... I actually ran out of things to plug into this hub... I felt shocked!!!!!
Cons: Like most have already noted, the hub will NOT charge everything you plug into it... it simply can't handle it. However, I was able to power the following before power drain problems: 4x ipod shuffles, 2x ipod nanos, 1x kindle(original), 2x fitbit devices, 1x Galaxy S4 phone, 1x usb camera, 1x digital camera, 1x micro refrigerator, 1x Sunpak(72 in 1 card reader)... then when I went to plug in my vapor ecig... poof... blinky lights indicated it was just too much... Wha...
Summary: I wish they would have provided a schematic somewhere so that those who are electronically inclined can redo the power supplies and power factor controllers inside the device. Or better yet just give us a device with at least 15 A capacity. Just running the six Saitek LCD instruments consumes 9 A as they are rated at 1.5 each.
Pros: An amazing amount of ports (28) that support USB 2.0 and 3.0 and every one of them can be switched on and off. magnetic feet allow you to stick the ports right to the side of your case providing you have a Steelcase.
Cons: Not enough power the four amp power supply provided cannot supply anywhere near enough power for all those ports and so a lot of those ports just do not get used. Even if you try patching and a higher amperage supplied say from a computer power supply such as I did. The hub internally limits the total power to the ports with your average USB device consuming between .5 and 1 amp do the math and you see a need it least 6 to 7 times the amount of amperage than they prov...
Pros: I'm keeping the magnets (which, as others have noted popped off within seconds).
Cons: Failed within 2 hours of installation. I plugged this into a USB 3.0 port on my Gigabyte X58A-UD7 motherboard and plugged in (2) 1 TB USB 3.0 western digital external drives and (2) 1 TB USB 3.0 Seagate external drives. Prior to installing this hub, each of these drives mounted fine on the native USB 3.0 ports on my mobo, but I got this hub so I could have all 4 drives mounted simultaneously, since there are only (2) 3.0 ports on my mobo. Within 2 hours of install, no...
Pros: Love it. Replaced 3 hubs and wall warts with one. Low profile for the back of my desk. I usually don't reviews stuff so take it from me, this is nice to have. The buttons are great also.
Cons: They have magnets on the bottom that came off while unboxing. I don't wont magnets around my stuff anyway so took them all off and plan to replace with small round foam pads. Not a con for me to have them off.
Summary: If you are a member of the elite that require numerous USB ports, far more than the meager 8 or so directly available, then consider this little number. Even if 8 ports might satisfy your needs, you may either need more, eventually, or find that your poor little PC can't really handle 8 devices simultaneously. Enter the Manhattan 161718 mondohub!. This little baby handles 28 USB ports [including 4 USB 3.0 ports]! And [they won't tell you this] they can be daisy-chained.
Summary: all in all i would buy this again... i got this one after reading all the usb 3.0 hub reviews and it seemed that alot of people were having issues with multiple 3.0 external hard drives at one time, or the whole unit just failing completely. so i tried this.
Pros: alot of ports... has a separate power source. blues led lights are nice and not bright enough to be annoying with the room lights off. speed is decent with the 3.0 ports. having the ports in different directions has worked out well. tested the 3.0 ports with 4 3.0 external drives and ran atto on all of them at the same time to see how it would handle it and it did very well.
Cons: the magnetic mounts on the back all came off, when the first one came off when i was moving it, i went by the other magnet to try and put it back and it pulled the other one right off. the glue they use wasnt strong enough or not enough of it. one of the magnets i stuck to my case and when i tried to remove it, it broke in half. so i threw them all away. i had a issue at first where one of the usb 3.0 ports the button wouldnt click/stay down, i had to work with it and...