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Gadget gal: Satzuma Squid Hub

Are gadgets getting silly?



I HAVEN'T REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT.

I remember how serious the old computers used to look. Sure they were massive, and manufactured in an unfortunate shade of beige, but they sure looked reliable and serious.

Even the wee classic Macs looked quite sober and efficient. And when Apple started making those tower jobbies! Wow, it was enough to make you feel like you could maybe land a plane with one of those things.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS.

They certainly were. But then, on the other hand, all the bits and bobs were so impersonal looking, weren't they? It was impossible to resist making your machine your own by covering it in stickers, say, or using the hard drive as a plinth, displaying travel souvenirs and such. Surely there is a middle ground!

SURELY THERE IS!

I've had many clever USB devices come across the Gadget desk, many of them having been studded with Swarovski crystals. This USB hub, however, takes the biscuit.

The Squid, by Satzuma, is a device with which you can increase the USB ability of your computer.

AND THE POINT IS?

Well, I have been known to multitask, and often have to either unplug my printer cable, or worse, disconnect my mouse, if I want to do more than three things at once.

My laptop, you see, has only two USB ports. And my MacBook Air has only the one! So the Squid has its advantages.

ANY DISADVANTAGES?

I wouldn't try to send a really huge file across it, as plugging into something that is plugged in to something else disrupts the flow.

But it works well, and darn it, it's kind of cute. You can squich his legs around so he sits up, ready to transmit.

If you're not into clutter, you can just put him away in a drawer until needed.

Should you find yourself in need of extra portals, and you also fancy a bit of light comic relief, then get thee to Tesco and get yourself a Squid.

Satzuma Squid Hub is priced €9.99 and available at Tesco