As add-ons and peripherals for computers and laptops multiply, so do the ways to connect them. The latest hub devices include small, lightweight ones that travel well and devices that connect a variety of technology formats. Now if only they could make a similar- size printer in the same price range.


D-LINK QUICKMEDIA USB 2.0/FIREWIRE, $60ASSETS: Connects up to
seven devices (four USB and three FireWire). And it works with both the Mac and the PC.
LIABILITIES: May be a bit of overkill for most users.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s got everything you need, plus the kitchen sink.
MORE INFO: www.dlink.com
ADAPTEC XHUB4+, $70
ASSETS: Innovative design looks like a digital
picture frame, plus it mounts on a stand that does cable control.
LIABILITIES: Cool look equals higher price tag.
BOTTOM LINE: For a few extra bucks, you get a picture frame, useful hub and cable manager, and a conversation piece.
MORE INFO: www.adaptec.com
AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION USB 2.0
4-PORT TRAVEL HUB, $50

ASSETS: About the size of a business card and only half an inch thick.
LIABILITIES: The attached cable is fairly short.
BOTTOM LINE: Good combination of diminutive size and the latest in technology at a reasonable price.
MORE INFO: www.apc.com