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Sturdy USB Hub

I'm looking for a sturdy external USB hub - Win XP/7/8 compatible; note: portability is not at all a concern as this will be on a desk. I know there are other postings for these on EE but they are all about 6 years old and hence, not currently helpful.

I've purchased these in the past and am tired of reading the positive reviews on this and that only to find that the ports are loose making it easy for an external hard drive to lose its connection over and over again making for a corrupted drive. Or, the power connector is made poorly making for ALL of the ports to go off at the same time - or the main USB connector which is usually a mini-usb port is loose and the same situation occurs - or the the ports are too close to one another.

If you see what I mean...

I currently have a Belkin USB hub and all of the examples listed above are what it does - sad, I know. But, you get what you pay for and I was cheap with the last one. Hopefully, not this time.

My price range is upwards to $100. Enough?

Powered.

7 ports would be nice but I suppose I could survive on less if the hub is a monster hub.

Any ideas and suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
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Thank you for the reply nobus. Very helpful and gave me ideas I hadn't thought of.

I love the smartronix! Now, where is my Swiss bank account. lol. But wow!

Going on the smartronix link led me to this one (or two): what do you think?

http://www.amazon.com/Juiced-Systems-Aluminum-USB-Port/dp/B00DMN2OBU/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMMXSA2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A24Y22QERZZ9SS

Have you heard anything about this brand, i.e., is it garbage?
The reviews read as if the weight and metal used is good and port-fit is snug. However, as you are aware, many times, these end up being hit/miss.

Again, thanks for your input.  :)
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i never met the juiced one; but at 42 $ it is worth ttrying out.
After all- there are none about whom wwe know what is in the box, and if it is better than others; imo lately the electronics are so well made, that their quality gets outstanding (compared to 10 years ago)
as for wear and tear - that also depends on the user - pull the device out straight, and put it in the same way; i've seen many people "wobbling " with the devcie when connecting, or removing it.
Needless to say that this is the best way to break/distort / wear out the connector, certainly with constant use, which i presume you do a lot (otherwise you would not be interested in these)
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You are so correct! Lol. Thanks again for your help and advice (I'll go with the 42 one and if I break it, then get the monster-USB that is marked as solution).

Thanks again!

:)
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no problem - i learned  there exist rugged ones in this Q
enjoy!
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