USB Hubs can be very useful – especially in my case where I needed more than one of my peripheral components plugged in on the opposite side of me to my computer. Quite honestly, any hub would do, but I really like having the ability to plug in high speed devices at the convenience of right next to me rather than on my computer which is a few feet away. Perhaps I’m lazy, but when it’s taken me a few minutes to finally get settled just right in my seat – it’s worth every effort to stay put.
First – receiving the hub was quick and painless – thanks Amazon. It came in a simple somewhat unmarked cardboard box just slightly larger than the size of the hub itself. The USB 3.0 cord that came with it is very short… maybe 1.5 feet… so I had to to order another one on Amazon (15ft).
Second – regarding speeds: I always seem to get the worst luck with my usb 3 devices speed wise. My PC was only able to have throughput speeds up to about 14MB/s (that’s 112 Mbps) with a high quality USB 3.0 thumb drive plugged into the front USB 3.0 ports. The leaflet included in the box mentions up to 5000 Mbps, but is dependent on hardware capable of such speeds.
Running tests, the hub had throughput fairly close to directly plugged into the PC (about 12 MB/s) on average (using multiple size files during transfers).
As far as I can tell, the hub performs near as well as being plugged directly into the PC, so I really can’t complain about that. I plan on using this mostly for a graphics tablet, HOTAS, flight stick, and gamepad, so I really am quite happy with the performance. These also come with ports for an SD card and miniSD card for easy and fast transfers from other media.
At $17 each on Amazon – it’s really about what you’d expect from any hub at similar cost.