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Belkin Clip-On 4-Port USB Hub

£21 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Belkin

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Belkin's clip-on USB hub does what it says on the tin: it clips on to your desk and allows you to plug four USB devices into your PC.

Belkin's clip-on USB hub does what it says on the tin: it clips on to your desk and allows you to plug four USB devices into your PC. There's a single input and a power input for high-power activities.

The design is simple and unobtrusive, if somewhat plasticky and cheap-feeling - and the clip itself is actually slightly inflexible and impractical if your desk-edge isn't of a standard thickness.

And we've got a few reservations about the entire idea of the product: we can't see any great advantage to being able to clip the hub onto the desk. What's wrong with a simple unit that sits on your work surface? The Belkin can do this too, using its clip as a pair of feet, but it's extremely lightweight and less stable than a boxier equivalent would be.

Nonetheless, the preponderance of USB gadgets - something that's only likely to increase over the Christmas period - means that many techies will be short of a port or two, making this a not entirely unpleasing item to discover in your stocking. Even if we think most buyers would choose something either more basic and cheaper, or a little fancier (such as the sadly sold-out Armageddon USB Hub).

The Clip-On Hub is available from Amazon.

Belkin Clip-On Hub Expert Verdict »

4-port USB hub (2 top-loading)
USB 2.0
power adaptor
desk clip
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Clip-On Hub seems a bit dear for such a simple product. But if you're desperately short of ports and like its one gimmick – attaching your hub to a convenient bit of desk – this could be the right purchase for you.

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