Looking for a non-crappy USB2 hub for a permanent parking place on my desk. Bonus points for heaviness.
I've read all the related threads
and done my duty with Google and eBay, but I'm having trouble finding a good USB (2.0) hub to help me untangle the mess on my desk.
I have an ad-hoc "docking" desk where I park my MacBook Pro most days, connecting my big monitor and keyboard and mouse and iPod and such. The two USB2 ports on the laptop really don't cut it, but I've always gotten by with swapping things in and out when needed. OSX 10.5 is making me want to keep an external hard disk online all the time for Time Machine (background backups), though, so I need to finally buy a USB hub, I think. I'd like to also fix my snakepit of cables that all this plugging and unplugging has caused, since 90% of these things (everything but the iPod) never leaves the desk anyway.
I know there are $9 hubs at Wal-Mart, and everywhere But all the hubs I can find are flimsy little "ultra-small" and "portable" things that are little more than dongles. This won't help with my cable mess, and in fact just adds a couple more loose bits.
So I'm looking for a solid (bonus points for heavy so it stays put) and powered hub to help reduce all the "permanent" usb connections I could possibly have (printers, external HDs, cameras, whatever), so that I could just plug ONE THING into my MacBook when it's at home. I think a minimum of six ports is needed, here, but 8+ would be better.
Brick is fine. Wall-mount is fine. Big box under monitor is fine. Just something "permanent" like so it doesn't add to the problem of rats-nesty cable mess.
Powered makes more sense, and looks are not important. A big steel box would be lovely. I've even dug around for rack-mounted ones, since those would be big and solid, but I'm having no luck -- I don't need a KVM, just a dumb powered hub.
Has anyone dealt with such USB overload successfully?