Desk-Mount USB Hub: How to Build Your Own

Last Updated Nov 18, 2010 1:40 PM EST

One of my all-time favorite office gadgets is the In-Desk USB 4-Port Hub, which drops a quad of USB ports into one of the 2-inch grommet holes found in many desks.

If your desk lacks such a hole but you still want a flush-mount hub, the folks over at Make have a DIY solution: Make a Desktop-Embedded USB Hub.

All you need is your choice of powered USB hub (preferably something compact, like the one in the photo), a jigsaw or Dremel tool, a couple brackets, and a willingness to slice a hole in your desk. The complete instructions can be found in this PDF.

Because I'm not much of a DIY-er, I'd rather spend $12 on the aforementioned grommet version and be done with it. On the other hand, my desk has no grommet holes, so I'd have to do a little drilling anyway. Decisions, decisions.

Which option would you choose? [via Lifehacker]

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