Geek Weekly: Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub Blows…Up

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Geek Weekly: Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub blows…up…or something like that.

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The Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub is a dilemma:

Rarely have so many cool features been both intriguing and fulfilling and yet utterly limiting at the same time.

And for a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, this is vastly overpriced at 60 bones.

But!

And there is a ‘But!’

That is not to say that if a sale knocks the Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub down to $14.99 that it would not be a lot of fun (especially if it could be modded, but more on that later) and bordering on becoming a must-get.

Because the Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub is as square as square gets.

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This ThinkGeek exclusive features a skull-and-crossbones imprinted clear plastic red trigger button cover!

And aside from powering and/or connecting four devices to your MacBook’s utter lack of USB ports (I love Apple, but why?) it uses USB 3.0’s lightning fast connection.

And there is an actual key that needs to be fitted and turned in the right sequence of toggle switches and button pressing before the SELF DESTRUCT can be set off!

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The Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub is breathtaking.

Not the Hot Pockets, but the self-destructing USB box.

Despite some worry over who in the world has their hand on their own nuclear-fuse-lighting red ‘button’ – self-destruct or otherwise, the Austin Powers-Doctor Evil self-destruct sequences lead to a yearning for just such a device as the Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub (even though the movie trilogy never actually featured a button, prominent, like this one).

I mean who would not want to announce the end of the work week to the office with a blaring alarm sounding ‘SELF DESTRUCT!’?

The Geek Weekly good, the bad, and the ugly of the Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub are all stark, making this an enigma of a gadget buy.

The good:

This USB hub actually has a cord long enough to use!

The Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub can reach the back of an iMac and the desk it is resting on, with slack, as the cord comes in at a hefty 43 inches.

The button itself is amazing, as are the metal casing, the light, the symbols, and the sounds.

And it comes with a spare key to give the power to one other.

The bad:

This hub instructs you to “Keep [it] away from dust, dirt and humidity. Do not expose unit to excessive physical shock. Do not attempt to modify. (It’s like they’ve met you.).”

While the ThinkGeek joke is amusing, it would be nice to mod this hub so that the self-destruct does something cool besides making noise after turning a key.

I would love to be able to shut down my Mac or at the least cut power to the USB devices connected to the box.

The ugly:

The price is wrong, ThinkGeek! Very wrong!

Can I get a sale please?

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