We tried the versatile Hub of Moshi to find out if the combination of the original aesthetics and versatility are worth the 59.99 euros that you must shell out to bring it to your desktop.
Those who have visited the stands of Moshi in the various editions of Macworld Expo has realized how the company was founded in Palo Alto know match the refined design in innovative technological solutions.
Even with the product under test, in the creation of an object that can be defined as “trivial” as a USB and Firewire hubs Moshi has come up with an original form that you marry well with Apple products, both for finishing to shape.
Ilinx indeed combines brushed aluminum top that is “dug” company logo a polycarbonate bottom casing in side two Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 ports: 4 all described by a trapezoidal shape and wedge section that you can easily match the aluminum base of every new iMac, the LED cinema Display and latest Apple monitors.
The task of a HUB is to replicate the signal and allow access to a quantity of ports greater than that of the basic equipment of a computer and, in some cases, even to power devices that require a high amount of energy to operate, energy that should be shared with the other devices that are accessing the same door.
Ilinx used to power the devices but doesn’t have a bulky external power supply, but is based on a proprietary technology called DPS (Dynamic Power Sharing) which will manage the power of reader DVD or hard drive otherwise unmanageable from a non-powered Hub.
Already from the packaging made of cardboard with gray lettering on which stands out the logo moshi green we are faced with an elegant presentation.
At the back we find the explanations and the connecting diagram (all in English but there’s not much to explain) while inside over the iLinx real is a USB extension cable-USB, Firewire 400 extension cable-Firewire 800-400 adapter 400 and useful for many of the newer Macs.
All cables are completely white to keep a perfect aesthetic coherence.
The 2 + 4 ports on iLinx are all available because the computer connection is made through the cables protruding from the back of the Hub and are extensible to the computer, be it an iMac and a laptop and Mac mini.