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Belkin USB 2.0 hub doubles as iPod shuffle dock

imageBelkin today announced its new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub, which features a top-loading port that allows you to dock your iPod shuffle for syncing/charging. In addition to the top port, the Mac and PC compatible device sports three ports on the back for connecting other various USB devices. All four ports are compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 gear.

The hub is “smartly packaged in a white, compact shell that complements the shuffle and the Mac mini,” and can connect up to two devices without a power adapter. The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub will begin shipping on June 3 for a retail price of $29.95.

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costs as much as the apple dock for the shuffle and does more, has the clean white plastic look. definitely a better option if you plan on buying a doc

Posted by v1qq on April 26, 2005 at 9:13 AM (CDT)


not bad,
but I don’t like the sunken-in look at the top.  Also seems a bit tall for a hub.

The one thing I hate about those powered hubs like this are the power cords, often attached to a huge UL certified transformer brick.  So annoying and takes up all my power outlets.  They are usually to light too.  Not enough weight to support 5 cords or more.  Okay that was more than one thing wasn’t it…

Posted by apple juice on April 26, 2005 at 9:17 AM (CDT)


looks like Belkin told its engineers to make a USB port look exactly like a mac mini. mission accomplished there bud.

Posted by DerekJ on April 26, 2005 at 9:45 AM (CDT)


Now that’s a damn dock!  Nice and functional.

Nice price too.

Posted by Jerrod H. on April 26, 2005 at 10:53 AM (CDT)


I’m with apple juice.  I’m really getting tired of these extra power bricks.

AFAIK, Apple’s dock doesn’t require one since it’s really just a USB extender cable.  See, they were thinking.

Posted by Gordy. on April 26, 2005 at 11:37 AM (CDT)


the Belkin website lists this item as $39.95

Posted by toenail45 on April 26, 2005 at 11:57 AM (CDT)


Don’t whine about the power requirements.

You only need to use the extra power cable if you’re using three or more devices with it. So you should be able to use the Shuffle and one other USB device just fine.

Posted by Roach on April 26, 2005 at 12:22 PM (CDT)


I’m not whining! (geeeesh)

I’ve been there… but let me tell you a little story….

You ideally plug 1-2 peripherals when you first get the little gizmo.  Then a month down the line, you wife gets a new peripheral.  Then you pick up the latest usb gizmo and POOF!  The beloved “low power notice” comes up on the screen because you didn’t plug in the big brick.  So you go search for it in your box-o-power-bricks, only to have to get up under the desk to attempt to hide the wire- as it will now be a permanant installation.  Finally, you’ve routed the bloddy cable down to your power strip which has one socket left, only to find out the big fat brick doesn’t FIT!!!! 

now, call me ‘whiney’ if you want, but I vote for wireless- great taste AND less filling.


Posted by apple juice on April 26, 2005 at 1:01 PM (CDT)


this thing is sweet, perfect for my new mac mini

Posted by mrwright on April 26, 2005 at 8:14 PM (CDT)


Belkin aced this one. I’ll be buying a couple of them.

Posted by MacMice on April 27, 2005 at 8:38 AM (CDT)


First they brought out those great silver USB hubs, which look spanky, then they bring this out! I shall fill my desk with Sexy-Accessories(tm) until I have no more room…

Posted by Orinoco on April 27, 2005 at 9:42 AM (CDT)


I don’t have any plans to get a shuffle or a Mac mini, but I’d still like to have this thing.

Posted by croooow on April 27, 2005 at 1:01 PM (CDT)


Could this device possibly double up as an iPod shuffle charger independent of the computer?

Posted by miani on April 29, 2005 at 11:50 AM (CDT)


This dock is a good idea for the Shuffle, but let’s extend that thought and hope that Belkin sees this post and runs with the idea.

For the “regular” 3G and 4G iPods: How about a dock that has the “normal” iPod connector that can charge the iPod, is also a USB port hub like the above dock (it’s getting crowded in the back of my laptop), and has a hi-fi audio out like the Apple docks? Connection to external power (Apple mini-brick) should be optional, in case the iPod and other connected USB devices require too much power.

Posted by FloydC on May 1, 2005 at 12:49 PM (CDT)


The clue is in the name with these. Basically you can use them to charge any iPod because they come with a myriad of attachments which are compatible with all iPods. So you can charge your iPod Classic, iPod Touch or iPod Nano, and then charge your iPod Shuffle before you go out for a run.

Posted by iPod Shuffle Charger on March 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM (CST)

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