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Grab this super cheap 4-Port USB 2.0 Rotatable Hub for your Surface

Everywhere you look tablets and Ultrabooks are becoming more and more prevalent. But when it comes to ultra-portable devices, the number of onboard USB ports is often greatly diminished in favor of a smaller footprint.

If you are fortunate enough to have any USB jacks at all, like on a Microsoft Surface, you likely only have one. That may be enough for most occasions, but it is helpful to have the option for more, if needed.

So today, I am checking out the Sabrent 4-port USB Rotatable Hub, a handy way to increase the number of ports on your device.

The Pros

The Sabrent Rotatable Hub is about as tall as your thumb and about twice as thick, making it easy to slip into the pocket of a bag or carrying case. It gets power from your device's USB jack and indicates that it is working with a blue LED light.

The USB hub can accommodate the designs of different devices and workspaces by rotating 180 degrees. The rotating turret clicks into place at 0, 90, and 180 degrees.

Another thing to like about Sabrent's hub is the price. Though it retails for $15.99, you can find it for as little as $5.99 USD (see the link at the end of this article). Therefore, even if you do not anticipate using it very often, you will not have to shell much money to give yourself the option to expand your USB capacity.

Ultimately, the best thing about this product is that it does the job you need it to do at a very reasonable price.

The Cons

My only real issue with the Sabrent hub arose when using it with my Surface Pro 3. Because of its cable-free design, it becomes a little ridiculous hanging on the side with a few devices plugged into it. It got the job done but at the expense of looking rather silly.

The biggest knock that people will find against the Sabrent 4-port USB Rotatable Hub is probably its lack of USB 3.0 support. It's a fair point, given that most laptops and tablets that are equipped with USB ports have version 3.0.

However, I contend that the majority of people who would use a device like this are using it primarily for peripherals, like a mouse, or for charging a smartphone. Even if you are connecting a thumb drive, it is more likely for documents, not large file transfers. This hub is more for convenience at a low cost, so steer clear if you are looking for high transfer speeds.

In summary

Like nearly every device I review, Sabrent's 4-port USB Rotatable Hub is not going to be all things to all people. It is a wallet-friendly USB hub that is lightweight and easy to carry. It's not pretty, but it gets the job done the majority of the time.

If you are looking for high-fashion or top-notch performance, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you're in search for a good hub that won't break the bank and will help you out on the occasions you need it, then you can get it cheap on Amazon for $5.99 (opens in new tab).

Do you know of a cool must-have accessory for the Surface Pro 3? Let us know in comments and we'll see about reviewing it!

26 Comments
  • I'll consider it, though I don't have a Surface :P
  • Cool gizmo and a very reasonable price. I have a shot USB extended cable for these types of devices. That way only the cable is hanging off the tablet. Bought several of these since I have a bad habit of loosing them.
  • I've never had good luck with USB ports that don't have power to them. I may try this as I only have 2 ports on my Helix which are taken up by my keyboard and mouse when I'm not in my office with a port replicator.
  • Not good product, make the USB contact loose. A hub with a short cable is much better.
  • Would a 9" cable be good for sp3?
  • Exactly my thought, this thing with 4 cables always being at a stressed angle will wear on the usb port and might damage the contacts over time. I'd rather use a single cable with a hub on the table.
  • I seen a nice four port powered hub that might have usb3 in bestbuys xbox one section
  • You could use a usb extension cable with it for devices like the Surface Pro.
  • You summed up why this is pointless when you mentioned the usb 2 only support. There are hundreds of usb 2 options, cheaper than this. I use an external 1TB drive with a surface pro 2 to run my steam games and that needs usb 3, which in turn needs external power. There is nothing special about this device. It is prone to break since the connector is integral and is expensive in my view.
  • $5.99 is expensive? There are 4-port USB hubs that are cheaper? Do tell... I've been using this for awhile and like it in a pinch. The lack of 3.0 doesn't bother me because, as noted in the review, if you are using this on a Surface you may not be doing heavy lifting. USB 3.0 to transfer a few documents won't make a difference.
  • I was tempted to send a lmgtfy link, but here is the first hit I got on amazon. Wired instead of integral, and individually switched ports, which is a nice touch. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AFYCBR6/ref=cm_sw_em_r_am_wp_am_gb?ie=UTF8...
  • Hm... that one is also USB 2.0! But thanks for trying
  • I was asked to show a cheaper comparable hub, exactly what I did, but thanks for trying.
  • The one he is pointing out is more expensive at $7.29 but in that same search I saw this one. Also $5.99 and it has the cable many here seem to prefer. http://www.amazon.com/eBuyeDeal-Expansion-Splitter-Individual-Switch/dp/B00GX6PXHA/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1420059644&sr=8-7&keywords=Blue+LED+Light+On%2FOff+Switch+High+Speed+Mini+4+Ports+USB+2.0+Hub+Adapter
  • Also USB 2 I think
  • The one he is pointing out is more expensive at $7.29 but in that same search I saw this one. Also $5.99 and it has the cable many here seem to prefer. http://www.amazon.com/eBuyeDeal-Expansion-Splitter-Individual-Switch/dp/B00GX6PXHA/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1420059644&sr=8-7&keywords=Blue+LED+Light+On%2FOff+Switch+High+Speed+Mini+4+Ports+USB+2.0+Hub+Adapter
  • Still USB 2, no matter how many times you post it :)
  • Yeah, PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE! It clearly states this isn't the end-all, be-all for USB hubs (if such a thing ever existed before). You're running a very non-common format, so this device isn't for you. Some people just want something for an existing mouse and keyboard or maybe transferring files between two flash drives or even a printer plus any other accessories. It fills a void and I'm glad they mentioned it. I'm stunned to hear an external HDD and Surface Pro (with those Intel Integrated GFX) can get the job done on gaming though.
  • Your assumption I did not read the article is wrong. I simply challenged the key point of this review - cost. You're statement that my setup is non common is based on what? An extensive review of surface pro users, or perhaps just personal opinion. I'm pleased in that case to both inform and surprise you that my setup provides a very good gaming platform indeed. If you have a look at youtube you can see many videos of SP gaming in action, enjoy.
  • Thanks for the review. Always like seeing opinions on gadgets. This one in particular is a bit too ugly for me, hehe, yeah I care about aesthetics (particualrly next to a beautiful Surface) and what you said, no USB3 support in this day and age, no sale for me.
  • That's cheap allright, but I guess it's for US only, 'cos here in europe it's over 250€!!
  • My recommendation is to avoid low cost options that may prematurely stress the port.   Note that the constant wear and tear on a USB port should kept to a minimum as the only way to repair a USB port is to replace the motherboard.  While this is cost prohibitive in any case (laptop/desktop), the unique form factor of the Surface will entail replacing the entire Surface.   Now is that $5.99 worth the cost of your Surface?  Or are you willing to spend $10 or $20 more for a solution that won't stress the port and provide full USB 3.0 functionality?
  • Check out the TouchMe Gesture studio on the store. Awesome on my Surface Pro 3 and my Dell Venue 8 pro. Well worth the$5 spent!
  • Plenty of better hubs exist - ones with short cable 2, 3, 4 USB 3.0, SD readers, Ethernet, etc, etc. Hang anything off this and likely to damage the onboard USB port. It's a NO from me.
  • But why blue LED? Aren't they aware blue lights messes with melanin production that resultantly knocks of the biological clock rhythm. In effect it can cause you not to sleep.
  • In Japan,  SANWA Supply sells edge fitted USB 3.0 hub for Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2.( http://direct.sanwa.co.jp/ItemPage/USB-3HSS1BK [write in Japanese only]) This device has 3 USB 3.0 A-ports and 1 microUSB A-port (microUSB port is using power supply for this hub). Maybe this device on Surface Pro 3 and blocking power port. Also SANWA Supply selled edge fitted USB 2.0 hub with memory card reader for Surface RT and Surface Pro. ( http://direct.sanwa.co.jp/ItemPage/400-SADR005BK [write in Japanese only] ) This device has 2 USB 2.0 A-ports, 1 microUSB A-port, SD/SDHC card reader and microSD/microSDHC card reader (microUSB port is using power supply for this hub). But, use this device on Surface Pro 3 and blocking power port.   I think these devices cannot buy outside of Japan.