updated 06:35 pm EST, Tue November 27, 2012
New USB 3.0 solutions designed for Windows 8, OS X
Connectivity solution manufacturer Kanex, today announced two new USB 3.0 solutions. A new four-Port USB 3.0 Hub and a USB 3.0 Gigabit Adapter were both announced, and are listed as having both OS X and Windows compatibility.
The Kanex 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub easily extends an existing USB 3.0-equipped machine's connectivity to include four additional SuperSpeed USB 3 ports. With SuperSpeed transfer rates up to 5 Gbps, users can connect USB 3.0 external hard drives, digital cameras, MP3 players and more while getting up to 10 times faster transfer speeds than USB 2. For fast charging, the USB hub includes a 2.1-amps power port so users can charge devices such as the iPad, smart phones, cameras and other mobile devices when the host computer is off.
The Kanex USB 3.0 Gigabit Adapter adds a Gigabit Ethernet port to your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina Display or any other USB 3.0 enabled computer. The small adapter connects to a USB 3.0 port on a computer and provides a standard RJ-45 port for connection to the Internet or local area network for sharing and accessing files at data transfer rates of up to 1 Gbps. The USB 3.0 Gigabit adapter is also backwards compatible with USB 2 and USB 1.1 (with an associated reduction in network transfer speeds) and supports Wake-on-LAN functionality.
The 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub and the USB 3.0 Gigabit Adapter are available for $59 and $49 MSRP respectively, through online retailers and the Kanex website.