Pros: Yarr! This be a mighty fine hub. Many a swashbucklin' be had utilizing the 7 ports for keyboard, mouse, and storage devices of all kind! A real treasure this be --fit for the likes of ye while battling a foe or two on the high seas.
Ye'd be hard-pressed to find such a fine vessel in all the world that can boast a full 7 ports at USB 3.0 speeds! With nary even a hint of lag or sacrifice in the quality of the unit, the price point be ripe for the takin'! No need to be plunderin' this lot!
Up to 5Gbps in data transfer speeds (2,028kts for ye sea worthy), means ye'd be crazier than a pirate swimming in rum to pass this up!
It be pleasant on the eyes too!
Cons: I curse the vile beast that decided the 12v power supply jack be on the starboard side of the vessel! The data connection be aft as ye'd expect, but the soulless monster who decided to place the power port on the side should be meetin' the likes of Davey Jones!
Overall Review: Nothing wrong with this here unit. Should make a great addition for any of ye commoners lookin' to be addin' some added connectivity to yer ship!
Pros: I like the look and design of this hub. It also works very well. It has small LED lights on each port, so that you know which devices are powered up. It also has a power button with LED to allow you to see that the device itself is powered on. The price point is also decent for what it is.
I ran some benchmarks against this device, with multiple devices plugged in. These were my results, with the devices that I used to test it.
Seagate FreeAgent (USB 3.0): 73-85 MB/s average read/write speeds.
Corsair Flash Drive (USB 3.0): 78.8 MB/s average read, 11.5 mb/s average write speeds.
Kingston Flash Drive (USB 2.0): 22.1 MB/s average read, 5.5 MB/s average write speeds.
I also plugged these devices directly into my PC (USB 3.0 port) and found practically the exact same transfer rates. Give or tank 0.5 MB/s read/write.
All-in-all this device functions well, is fairly inexpensive, and does what it's made to do.
Cons: Personal con is the location of the power port. I think it would be better if it was on the back, where the USB 3.0 port is. Just seems that it would look better on a desk, if the plug was on the back. Not necessarily a operational con, but a personal con.
Overall Review: I like this device. I will definitely be using it on my desk at work.
Pros: +Size - It's just as big as it needs to be.
+LED Brightness - Each USB port has a small soft white LED to indicate an active device on that port; the LED's do not blink. The power button also has an LED which is slightly larger than the others but otherwise looks and acts the same. All of them are just bright enough to do their job. They're not distracting and won't spoil intense moments in a dark video game or movie by blinking a bright laser in your eyes.
+Performance - I tested all of my USB 3.0 storage devices through this and compared that data with results of the same devices tested directly at the motherboard USB 3.0 port. The results were satisfying. This USB hub extends USB 3.0 performance to these 7 ports pretty effectively.
+Simple - No software or configuration required. Simply plug it into a USB 3.0 port, press the power button on the top of the hub, and now that port turns into 7 ports through this hub.
Cons: -USB cable length - It's ~40" which isn't terrible but not quite enough to reach my PC without an extension. Be sure to only use a high quality USB 3.0 extension if you do this.
-I wish it weighed a bit more. Some of my stiffer USB 3.0 cables tend to push it around.
Overall Review: With 8 USB ports on the back of my motherboard, and 4 on the front of my PC, and 3 on the side of my monitor (built in hub), I really have enough ports for my needs. However, with most of those ports being behind the case, it certainly qualifies as at least a mildly annoying first world problem to have to reach back there to reach those plugs. I like the ports to be right in front of me and that's exactly what this device makes possible.
Many have complained about the side power port and I can see why that would be annoying most of the time. But for me it was actually a good thing. I have this sitting in my keyboard tray (it's a huge keyboard tray, 38" wide x 19" deep) which has a power outlet installed at the rear and a port for wires to pass through. This hub sits just right so that the port for the USB cable to exit is right behind it and the power outlet is right next to it. It couldn't be any better.
Overall I'm very satisfied with this. My only complaints are minor and situational to my particular setup. It does exactly what it's supposed to do and it does it well.
Pros: This hub is a powered hub and has great speeds. Seven ports is a nice feature. <br>I tested a 13 gig file transfer with my Transcend USB 30 external drive.<br>Download rate was approximately 106MB/s swinging in between 97 and 109 MB/s.<br>Took two minutes and ten seconds. Power switch for power saving.<br>I’m pleased with this unit and seven ports are more than enough.<br>Nice slim layout and great looking too as far as hubs go that is.
Cons: Only one con and not a terrible one. Not even sure if it is a con for most people. The data cable is 40 inches long and for me its about 12 inches too short for me. Wont reach the center of my desk. But that may just that my desk is huge. So I didn't remove a star for that.
Overall Review: This will be a very handy addition to my desktop. I wont have to switch plugs anymore. Very Nice.
Update to first review.
After having this hub for a quite some time now I see many bad reviews. It is still rock solid for me. All ports work it will work with usb2 i can bump it on my desk without any issues and it never has disconnected. Is charges my stuff with the computer off. So I don understand the negative reviews but maybe there are quality but i'm not seeing it.
Pros: Dual input 100-240VAC 12VDC 2.5A power supply or (12 x 2.5 = 30 Watts). That’s one beefy power supply for a USB hub, USB 3.0 is capable of 150ma and 900ma at 5 V so technically it’s capable of delivering _almost_ enough power to power every USB device up to 900ma. Realistically, there are few devices that use this much, but it is really unlikely this hub is going to have problems delivering what you need.
LEDs! Yes there is a power LED, this is something that isn't done much in my experience, but really useful as I do have this thing plugged into a power strip which sometimes gets shut off by wandering feet or small children. This can help you answer the question in a glance; is it plugged in? Also when you plug in a device, a LED illuminates over the port to tell you it’s active.
It comes with a USB 3 Micro-B to Type A connector (standard USB) cable which is good because the 3.0 standard hasn't been around that long that many people don’t have a bunch of these cables hanging around.
It successfully detected everything I plugged in.
Cons: The power brick while not huge is bigger than most typical bricks, you can’t have high power without a bigger supply, there is still that relationship. But if you are planning on plugging it into a power strip it is likely that it is going to cover some of the adjacent plugs. For me I’ll take the inconvenience of the larger brick size over the lack of power of a smaller brick.
Overall Review: Out of the box experience; the box is significantly bigger than the hub itself, I really expected it to be much bigger, but _fortunately_ it’s not.. I really didn't want a hub contending for a valuable piece of desk space. It’s very solid and very well made and really appears much more cosmetically appealing than some of the cheap junky hubs you can get.
It plugged in and came up without a problem. The whole thing is small enough to leave on top of my PC so I’m planning on leaving it there for badly needed USB 3.0 expansion.
This little box appears to have done almost everything competently so I really strongly recommend it even though you might have to drop a few dollars more, likely it will save you from other future aggravation.
Pros: • AC Powered – Makes it reliable for using it to its full potential. Do not trust a non-powered hub for even USB 2.0.
• Transfer Speeds – True USB 3.0 speeds.
• Compact – For my needs this is excellent.
• Lightweight – I attached with mounting tape to keep it secured. Velcro would work fine as well. (Neither included)
• Hot Plugging – I unplug external storage drives or plug them in frequently. This feature allows this to work without issues of dropping or not recognizing the drives.
Cons: None for me.
Overall Review: This little gem works perfectly for my needs. My only nitpick is that I would prefer the AC and data cable ports to be either in the rear or on the same end. Not a deal breaker by any means.
I have a nice full size ATX case and a motherboard with many USB 3.0 connections (not pulling it out to count them for this review, but I think 5 rear+ 2 front =7). Seemed like a lot when I built my PC. I use them all. I also use some located on my monitor, which is not as convenient as adding a hub. This helps me avoid swapping plugs when I want to offload data to my backup drives, or attach my other extra peripherals temporarily with convenience. I stopped using eSATA ports due to the lack of hot plugging.
I use many TP-LINK products and enjoy them. Brand name is a plus in my book, especially for support.
Pros: The unit has a power switch on the top of it, which is nice for conserving power when it's not needed. This also provides as a simple USB charging station when your connected computer is not turned on. I managed to achieve full speed on a read/write performance test of a USB 3.0 connected SATA 6 SSD, I was pleasantly surprised as hubs can increase signal noise. The power supply is 2.5amps, which is a little shy of what USB 3 is capable of providing per port, meaning if you have full power draw on all ports it will not provide enough. However this should really be a non issue for the majority of users. The power supply was tested and I found it to maintain good voltage (within 10%) even with 2 external USB 3 2.5" hard drives connected and moving data. Clean look, nice edges, good build quality, power supply cable plenty long.
Cons: As stated in other reviews it is terribly light and doesn't have much for feet. My solution was to install a few stick on rubber feet I got at the local hardware store. It can still move around a bit but it generally stays in place.
The power supply cable is a little underpowered but shouldn't be an issue for most people. Just don't plug in 7 USB 3 external hard drives.
Overall Review: Overall the unit is great, while there are some downfalls there are not any I can find that do not apply to other units alike.
No lock ups, no problems with devices, full speed, powered hub with a quality power supply. If you need more USB 3.0 ports this is a great box.
Remember, if you plug it into a USB 2.0 port, you are going to get USB 2.0 speeds.
Pros: Plug and play.
Detected everything I plugged into it.
I like that it is small and light. I just taped it down to a monitor base with double sided tape.
Top mounted power button and LED light is a great convenience.
Cons: Short 3' USB cable. Should be about 6'.
If maxed out it's slightly underpowered.
Overall Review: I love flight simming with Prepar3d on the computer and this powered USB hub is great for powering all my Saitek Pro Flight Controllers: rudder pedals, yoke, gauges, led panels, etc..
As far as more mundane desktop devices go I had no problem with cameras, HDDs, and all the other gizmos I've collected.