#1 Edited by super2j (1815 posts) -

I bought a powered usb hub for experimentation, it was noname. When I cut the sealed package open I got hit with this super overwhelming odor (reminded me of how strong acetone can be). I search around online and learned about the "made in china smell". My only question is, do I have to worry about touching this thing? It is a usb hub being used by an adult. At worst, I can see myself touching it and eating a snack or touching my eyes. Is there any point in returning it and picking up a different (but same model) hub? HELLLP!

#2 Posted by GreggD (4516 posts) -

If you touch it, your hand will fall off. Then you'll need to replace it with a bitchin' chainsaw.

I actually have no idea, but I'd assume it's okay to touch it.

#3 Edited by mlarrabee (3101 posts) -

Please insert the device into your Smell-O-Vision sample tray and transmit it.

But it's probably Phthalates.

#4 Posted by TyCobb (1977 posts) -

It's just a USB hub. Take a damp paper towel and wipe it down. You could probably use some Lysol on it too.

#5 Posted by super2j (1815 posts) -

@tycobb: that was my first immediate thought but I also understand that depending on what that odour actually is, it may be baked into the plastic itself and will always be secreted... But I guess it cant hurt.

#6 Posted by TruthTellah (9534 posts) -

@super2j: I would recommend wiping down the usb hub and then contacting whoever you purchased it from to ask about the smell. Sometimes products do have odd smells; though, I've never heard of a usb hub having one.

#7 Posted by HerbieBug (4208 posts) -

Yeah, just give it a once over with the paper towel and a mild cleaning product. That'll kill off anything that might be harmful to you.

#8 Edited by super2j (1815 posts) -

...problem solved.. this damn hub is made only to charge stuff. LAME

#9 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

It's probably made out of mercury or something. The safest thing to do would be to rub it on your face and body, especially around any open sores.