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Great performance with an iMac

I recently invested in a new iMac because of inadequate storage space on my previous model. But since the exchange also bumped me up to a machine with USB 3.0 capability (now standard on all new Apple products, but you won't notice any more speed unless your accessories are also USB 3.0),, it was difficult not to put to the test the purported improvement in speed of USB 3.0. Accordingly, I picked up a light and compact WD drive--the My Passport 1TB USB 3.0. Then, noticing the relative scarcity of "brand name" hubs with USB 3.0 connectivity, I first purchased a cheap 4-port version that could barely muster the strength to show on my iMac's desktop. So I put it away, determined to remain content with a 8-port CyberPower USB 2.0 Hub that had served me well for the past 5-6 years.

But the "need for speed" (and power) continued to gnaw away at me. When I saw this EasyAcc USB 3.0 Hub, I couldn't resist. Now I'm glad I didn't let the first, inferior USB 3.0 hub cloud my judgement. The EasyAcc evidences better build quality, has a conspicuously more rugged transformer, and is even more stylish than the previous, retired model. Most importantly, it takes the honors in the performance department, as demonstrated by the following speed test:

1. First, I copied my entire Applications Folder (10.8 Gb) to my new WD Passport drive with 3.0 USB, using the CyberPower USB 2.0 HUB. Time for completion: 7 minutes, 31 seconds.

2. Next, I copied the same folder to the new WD drive with 3.0 USB, except using the EasyAcc USB 3.0 HUB. Time for completion: 4 minutes, 44 seconds.

The preceding test should make the case for both the pictured EasyAcc and USB 3.0 connectivity. As for 8 ports vs. 4, the new iMac, unlike the previous model, practically makes a 8-port hub imperative. With a laptop like the Macbook Air a 4-port hub is likely to suffice. But not with the new iMac. Apple's brain trust, for reasons known only to them, have removed the "Audio In" port (requiring the user to connect an audio interface such as the Griffin iMic or Behringer UFO202 to one of the 4 USB ports on the iMac). Moreover, as was probably widely known by buyers before purchase, the innovative and seminal American company that banks on the predictability of unpredictability simply "excised" their vaunted versatile internal Apple drive-burner (the "SuperDrive"), cutting it out like a mere inconsequential "tumor" (for the sake of showing it can be done? or for a "pointless" thinner screen?). Whatever the reason for these two curious, seemingly cosmetic or even arbitrary, removals of key features, the burden of compensation for the double loss is now placed upon the user. The only solution has been to connect an audio interface plus an external burner to the second of the iMac's 4 USB ports (beware, however, the over-priced external SuperDrive, two of which I've had to "put down" like destructive pet pigs due to their insistence on "eating" my discs.

Thus, instead of getting four USB inputs, the owner of the new iMac is likely to feel "robbed" of the original USB 2.0 ports, then compensated by Apple with a mere two 3.0 USB ports. In fact, I was deeply regretting making the switch to the new iMac until coming upon this 8-port EasyAcc HUB (along with a decent-sounding Behringer audio interface and a dependable and inexpensive external Samsung burner). In short, I couldn't get along without this 8-port HUB. And USB 3.0 connectivity certainly lessens the pain of losing the Audio Input plus the iMac SuperDrive. (If any additional consolation is needed, you can always turn the computer sideways and marvel at the thinness of the screen. Just don't count on your friends sharing your enthusiasm. They probably already have a Vizio or LG high def TV set that's three times larger than yours--and with screens a lot thinner--if they thought it of sufficient importance to bother to look.