|Product||Samsung Optical Smart Hub SE-208BW||Belkin Network USB Hub||Pogoplug Series 4||Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station||Pogoplug Pro|
|Price||$299.50||$129.99 to $257.20||$26.49 to $98.08||$189.95||$49.97|
|CNET editors' rating||3.5 stars||4 stars||3.5 stars||3 stars||3.5 stars|
|Average user rating||2.5 stars||2.5 stars||1.5 stars||2.5 stars||2.5 stars|
|Release date||Info unavailable||June 7, 2007||December 14, 2011||Info unavailable||Info unavailable|
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The Samsung Optical Smart Hub SE-208BW makes a great digital hub for mobile devices, especially on the go. At home, it's rather limited and potentially confusing and hard to use.
The Belkin Network USB Hub provides a simple way for multiple users to share USB devices wirelessly. It's a must for any multiuser household.
The Pogoplug Series 4 is a cleverly simple device for getting files and media from your hard drive, USB drive, or SD card online and making them shareable with smartphones, tablets, and PCs. While many may find it redundant with cloud storage services, the Series 4 is easily the best version of the Pogoplug to date.
The Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station is a great device to quickly turn your USB external hard drives into a robust network storage solution. Its compact design and ease of use more than make up for its average throughput performance, which is fast enough for most casual file sharing and backup needs.
The Pogoplug Pro adds Wi-Fi and costs $30 less than its predecessor, and remains a unique and easy-to-set-up device for sharing files online. However, many of its higher-end features (printing, media streaming) remain buggy and unreliable.
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