USB 3 Mac - SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hubs
Filed in: Mac Accessories
With the exception of the Mac Pro (expected soon) all other currently shipping Macs now include SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. That includes the Mac mini and iMac each with FOUR USB 3.0 ports on-board, and the MacBook Pro and Air which have dual USB 3.0 ports.
For Mac desktop users, four USB3 speed ports is more than they'll ever need. Especially when they might be using WiFi to connect a printer, Bluetooth to connect some external speakers, and maybe even using a ThunderBolt external drive for TimeMachine backups. However, the majority of Mac users are mobile and 3 out of 4 Macs sold are MacBook laptops. The MacBook line only include two USB 3.0 ports these days so there may be a need for a Mac USB3 hub to connect additional devices when Apple users are at at their home or office desk.
One of the computing technologies I track has been the USB 3.0 peripherals market. Years back I knew that SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports would become the de-facto successor to USB 2.0 and that both Windows PC manufacturers and Apple would eventually adopt this emerging device connectivity standard. A website dedicated to USB 3.0 Hubs has languished amid fierce competition and the delayed and rather slow adoption of USB 3 over the past few years. It made sense to recently make the site Mac-specific to target a less competitive niche, and to find Mac friendly products with both function and flair that's more in line with an Apple users technical needs as well as their aesthetic sense of style and design.
We've yet to see USB 3.0 take over in a huge way: Currently USB 3.0 has become ubiquitous for external hard drives, USB 3.0 flash drives, and ultra-fast SSD drive solutions. USB 3.0 has also appeared on high-demand A/V devices like music and video recording gear. Other peripherals like printers, scanners, keyboards and mice don't really NEED the potential 5Gbpa bandwidth USB3 provides, so those sorts of peripherals have yet to see SuperSpeed upgrades.