Plugable 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 4A Power Adapter (VIA VL812 Chipset – USB
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- Expand by connecting up to 7 USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 capable computer
- Compatible with all Windows and Linux systems. Mac systems require latest Apple updates.
- Supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps. Backwards compatible with all USB 2.0/1.1 devices and hosts
- Powerful 4A laptop-style power adapter with 6 foot cable. Hub is not a standalone charger.
- 7 per-port LEDs. Sleek black finish. All 7 ports on one side to minimize cable clutter.
Connect up to 7 USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 capable computer. Featuring the VIA VL812 Rev B1 USB 3.0 hub chipset for maximum compatibility and performance. Attractive, solid, compact design with per-port LEDs for diagnosing connectivity.Compatibility- Compatible with all USB 3.0 hosts, including Windows 8 and earlier, and Linux kernels 3.0 and later. For Apple Mac OS X USB 3.0 systems, we recommend our Aluminum model USB3-HUB7A with special firmware fixes for the Mac (late
The Plugable 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 4A Power Adapter is a solid solution to this issue, and because it's fully USB 2.0 compatible, it offers an excellent upgrade path for those who are not yet using the USB 3.0 standard. Many USB 3.0 cables are shorter to support faster 5Gbps specification, so this hub allows closer placement to your PC or Mac.
+ Has 7 USB 3.0 ports; backward compatible to USB 2.0/1.1 standards
+ 5Gbps data transfer; up to 10 times that of USB 2.0
+ Excellent laptop-style power supply; rated at 5V-4A
+ Separate 2-prong power cord; doesn't waste wall space
+ Charges some USB devices when computer power is off
+ Has 7 blue LEDs; illuminate only when USB port is active
+ Full OS support; Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, others
- Could use an on/off switch, but not critical
- Needs four stick-on rubber feet so it doesn't slide on desktop
This 7-port USB hub comes in a neatly partitioned cardboard box, and it's easy to open. Inside you'll find the Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, which measures about 6¾" x 2¾" x 1" and weighs under 6½ ounces. It comes with a hefty USB 3.0 type B cable that's 40" long, and has a standard male USB plug on the end to plug into the computer, and the other end plugs into the hub itself. There's a 5V-4A power supply that resembles the type that we find with notebook computers plus a separate 2-prong power cord, and the two combined have a surprising reach of over 9-feet between the wall outlet and hub. There's an easy to follow one-page instruction sheet in English, with plenty of diagrams, and even includes a troubleshooting section.
The box had some simple two-step directions to plug the adapter into the power outlet and connect it to the hub, and then connect the hub to the computer, so I did. Started plugging various USB devices, and it was surprising how fast they were recognized. The seven USB 3.0 ports have a reasonable amount of space between them, and it even accommodated some of my older devices with fat plugs.
I tested this with a HP Pavilion mini-tower running Windows 7 (64-bit) with a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the back, with a Windows 7 PC notebook, and with a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8.2, and it was instantly recognized by all three with no problems at all. The specs say that it will work with PCs that run Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other OS that support standard USB, and from what I've seen, I have no doubts that it will. I uploaded some PDF files to my Kindle Fire and was surprised how fast the transfer went.
After the hub is plugged in and connected to the computer, there is a green LED that illuminates on the power supply indicate that the unit has power. Plug a USB device into any of the seven ports, and you'll see a blue LED light up closest to that port, confirming that it's in use. My primary purpose for this hub was to make and keep reliable connections at all times with a Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive and a Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, where data integrity is absolutely essential. I don't like to say that a product performed faultlessly, but in this case it did with both of these drives.
Have also hooked up a Samsung Printer with scanner, copier and fax; an Epson WorkForce DS-30 Document Scanner; and a variety of other USB devices. I've downloaded images from my digital cameras via USB cables, and tested it with all seven ports functioning at once. Not once has it protested or even hiccupped.
One caveat: this hub will not charge an iPad, a Kindle Fire or other non-standard charging devices. It just wasn't designed for that, so use your regular power adapter for those. That being said, I have transferred files from two computers to both my Kindle Fire and Kindle 2 using the appropriate USB cable connected to this Plugable USB 3.0 Hub, and it works fine with that.
Had expected good performance with this hub when it was hooked up to a dedicated USB 3.0 port as is found on the back of the HP Pavilion, and in that it didn't disappoint at all. The surprise came when it was hooked to the MacBook Pro and the Windows 7 notebook with...Read more
Some of you who may have concerns about hubs might enjoy reading the discussions between Mr. Anhnhat Tran and me as to why he originally gave his one star review, but then changed it to five stars . Towards the end of our discussions I give information about hubs, from Plugable, you might find interesting. See: "Was not designed for external USB hard drives," November 18, 2012, by: Anhnhat Tran (in the comment's area).
Ease of use: You can't get much easier than this. You open the box, you remove the USB 3 hub, the USB 3 cable and the power adapter from the box. You plug the power adapter into the wall, the power adapter into the hub and then the USB 3 cable into your USB 3 port (can also be used on a USB 2 capable USB connection, just realize you cannot obtain USB 3 speeds from USB 2 ports). Plug your USB devices into the hub and voila! Windows sees them.
Speed: If you have USB 3 devices, from the couple of simple tests I ran, you won't notice any speed difference, or minimal difference, with the device plugged into the hub.
Here's how I tested:
USB 3 port on E6530 Dell laptop
With these devices plugged in/used:
USB 3 capable Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100
USB 1 Microsoft Intellimouse 5 button
USB 2, powered by USB, Maxtor external HDD
USB Multifunction printer
All of the devices were recognized quickly and easily by Windows. The hub was found first then all of the other devices jumped on.
In terms of speed, I didn't notice any issues with any of the devices connected.
With all of these devices connected, I decided to test the speed of copying files on the hub and off.
3.65 GB folder from USB 3 drive, connected directly to the laptop, multiple files, folders and different file sizes and types: 42 seconds
3.65 GB folder from USB 3 drive, connected via this hub to the laptop, multiple files, folders and different file sizes and types: 42 seconds
2.2 GB single ZIP file from USB 3 drive, connected directly to the laptop: 22 seconds
2.2 GB single ZIP file from USB 3 drive, connected via hub to the laptop: 23 seconds
Running similar tests while printed netted similar results to the above. The single file copy, while printing, took an extra second (24 seconds).
What does this tell you about performance? The hub all but performs just like connecting your device directly to your PC's USB 3 port. This is a very, very good thing.
One thing to note, while some older USB hubs allowed you to plug a bunch of devices into the hub without it being connected to an external power source, you CANNOT use this USB 3.0 hub in this way. If power is not supplied, it will not appear as a Windows device. I believe this is part of the USB 3 standard, but don't know for sure.
Also, please be aware that this device is exactly the same as the Uspeed USB 3.0 7 Port Hub. I also own the USpeed device. The biggest difference between the two devices is that this one contains a manual that was either written in English originally or was properly translated from Chinese. The USpeed (I have the pre-October device) manual was a poorly translated manual from the original Chinese language version, or at least it seemed to be. This may be corrected on the new version of the USpeed.
And to be honest, a manual, while nice, isn't really necessary. However, if you want a legible manual that doesn't leave anything to interpretation, buy the Plugable device for sure.
I cannot speak to Plugable's customer service, as I simply don't need it. I also own a Plugable USB 3 Docking Station - no problems with that either.
If you want to turn a single USB 3 port into 7, you can't go wrong picking up the Plugable USB 3 hub. It retains the speed of standalone devices while allowing you to still use all other connected devices.
Disclaimer - I received a free review device from Plugable. This has, in no way, changed the content of this review.