USB hubs are never the most exciting things to grace a computer workstation. So it's always gratifying to see new variations that are as well designed as the latest range from Elecom Japan .
Retailing at a handy ¥3,570 (£14.50) each, the FC range of four-port hubs puts the focus on being useful in several ways, as well as looking passable in a choice of black, blue, silver and white.
First up, the FC014S is a standard-looking hub that has its own power switch. Normally, the unit is bus-powered. But - should you need to add a high-load device or switch off the PC - the provided AC adapter can kick in and take over.
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Next, the FC044S sports the simple addition of four suckers on its underside for securing the thing wherever's most convenient. Probably under a desk, we're betting.
Lastly, the pick of the bunch is the FC34S , which is a square hub with a rotating inner drum that can be used to wind in the USB cable like a domestic extension lead on a reel. Never in the field of human endeavour have mundane peripherals been such fun.