I can see the rationale for sticking the ports on the back of the USB hub: it keeps the cords hidden. But what if keeping them in plain sight meant you could cut the power to each device individually?
This classic chicken sandwich USB hub would have served us just fine a month ago, but the world has changed since then thanks to a couple of pieces of chicken that were sick and tired of business as usual.
I don't think 24 ports is any kind of record, but as far as ridiculous USB hubs go, this one looks compact—and you can actually purchase it for $70.
It's a piece of industrial equipment, sure, but something about the Cambrionix Hub V2 is kind of fascinating. Consider this: With 49 500mAh ports, this USB hub needs its own ATX power supply.
This cannon-shaped USB hub features three ports that trigger an artillery sound effect when a device is plugged in. There is even a bomber for air support. Unfortunately, I would hesitate to bring these into battle.
The latest creation from the industry leader in extremely unlikely gadgets, Brando's Rota-Rota USB hub combines three swiveling USB ports, readers for most flash memory formats (sorry, CF) and, uhh, two thermometers?
This AC adapter from Brando is pretty nifty. Not only can it power five USB devices, the adapter can also be used worldwide.
You big tough IT guy you. Just because you can rip the still-beating RAM from a PC doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the simple beauties of life, like USB ports shaped like tulips.
With a data transfer rate of 480mbps and LED light indicators, this four-port hub may seem like any other USB Hub, except it is annoyingly perky.
While soundbars are becoming ever more popular in home theater use, the iLuv iSP200 speaker is a fairly novel design for the PC industry.
Forget Dr Who's TARDIS, sci-fi USB hub fans (come on... you know who you are) are going to go bonkers over these official R2D2 and Vader USB hubs. R2's head moves, he lights up and emits genuine Star Wars sound effects every three minutes, while Vader just seems to have the sound effects and glowing eyes. *Shiver*...…