LaCie Core4 USB 2.0 Hub review

The LaCie Core4 USB 2.0 Hub is a chunky yet compact device designed to add additional USB ports to desktop and laptop Macs. Designed by award-winning industrial designer Sam Hecht it resembles a Lego brick and is about the size of a matchbox.

The Core4 incorporates two built-in cables that fold away into the body of the hub protected by a functional, if slightly fiddly, plastic sleeve. The hub includes four USB 2.0 ports: three external USB ports and a built-in mini-USB cable for additional connectivity.

For everyday use the Core4 proved a useful, occasionally vital addition, especially when working with a MacBook Air that offers just a single USB port. Although it wouldn't fit into a rather snug laptop bag it easily slipped into a pocket and felt reassuringly solid being carried around. The price is also an attractive proposition, as the Core4 feels like a quality device, built to last.

OUR VERDICT

The dinky LaCie Core4 USB 2.0 Hub is as good a choice as any for those who require additional connectivity, especially on the move. For once design doesn't distract from function and the ability to tuck away cables helps keep the hub in order when not in use.

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