Granted, the performance of these hubs has gotten moderately better with each new update to Mac OS X (Panther made a big difference), but not so much that I don’t find myself frequently frustrated by some malfunctioning device. So I’m considering a purchase of a more reliable replacement as I continue to add new devices.
I’ve narrowed it down to two candidates: there’s the T7Hub 7-port USB Hub, which looks decent and bears the imprimatur of a well-respected Mac peripheral hardware vendor, Dr. Bott LLC. On the other hand, I’ve read decent things about the Pertech Hubmaster which seems to herald its proficiency with an absolute disregard for aesthetics of any kind. It seems to suggest that it’s not trying to get by on looks, so you can have confidence in the fact that it’s a rock-solid performer.
Anyway, if you have a hub that you find to be a real workhorse, and you’d feel comfortable recommending it to others, I’d be very interested in hearing about it.