Unboxed: Belkin's Wireless USB hub

Firstly, welcome to a new Stuff.tv feature. In these blog posts we'll be giving you quick, down and dirty peeks at new gadgets that have just landed o

Firstly, welcome to a new Stuff.tv feature. In these blog posts we'll be giving you quick, down and dirty peeks at new gadgets that have just landed on our desks so you can share our in our wonder, excitement and confusion at the latest shiny toys.

First up is this – Belkin's Wireless USB hub. This is the only sample in the UK, and it's about time we saw one in the flesh – it was first announced over two years ago and has been available in the States for six months. But in this world of Wi-Fi and UPnP gadgets, is it already redundant?

It's certainly a bit more niche than it might have been in 2006. The dongle on the right just plugs into your laptop/computer, while the main hub has room for four USB devices. The main hub sadly isn't wireless – you need to plug it into the mains with the adaptor on the left.

I've been racking my brain about what I might actually use it for. My first challenge is to track down a Windows laptop – the drivers in the box aren't Mac compatible. I do quite like the idea of reclining on my bed with my laptop and being able to print documents and back up stuff to my external hard drive without moving or getting in a wire tangle. Whether that's worth £130 I'll let you know in a full review soon.