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Inateck USB 3.0 4 Port Hub Review

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Inateck 4 port hub

The Inateck 4 port hub has help solve a problem I’ve had since building a new PC: Only one USB 3 port.  Having recently come into possession of some USB 3 devices it became clear a single port was going to restrict the speed advantage the new standard offers.

If like me you’ve not only got USB 3 devices but have also ended up with a lot of USB devices, pen drives, external hard disks etc, then this little 4 port hub will be really useful for you. It’s a USB 3 hub (it’ll work with USB 2 devices) which requires no software installation and is designed for use on tablets/laptops. I’ve been using it with my desktop and it’s worked really well. Easy setup, just plug it in, plug your devices in to the 4 port hub, and off you go.

I’ve even used it with an external HD caddy which it powered no problem (the excellent Inateck 2.5 HD Enclosure).

 

The http://your-pharmacies.com design allows for 3 USB devices to be plugged in at the top, and one at the end. The ports are well spaced to allow multiple items to be plugged in at once, but the overall size is small enough and light enough to pop in your pocket or laptop bag. Transfer speeds are good, but remember you’ll need a USB 3.0 port to plug this into to get the most from your USB 3.0 devices, this doesn’t convert an existing USB 2.0 port into a USB 3.0 port.

I did try the 4 port hub with my Android Transformer Prime tablet but it only recognized one device at a time, never all 4 at once. I suspect this is more a limitation of Android that the device.

Overall the 4 port hub is a great little gadget if you’re on the go and want to have more than 1 USB device plugged into your laptop.


Inateck Superspeed 4 Ports PCI-E to USB 3.0 Expansion Card - Interface USB 3.0 4-Port Express Card Desktop with 15 pin SATA Power Connector, [ Include with A 4pin to 2x15pin Cable + A 15pin to 2x 15pin SATA Y-Cable ]

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Features

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer rates of up to 5Gbps - The actual transmission speed is limited by the setting of the device connected.
  • 4 USB 3.0 downstream ports for standard desktop PCs; Supports USB Hot Plug, Plug & Play; Support LPM, Low Energy Consumption; 15 pin SATA Power Connector to power USB devices from your PC power supply
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices; Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10.
  • With quick and easy installation, this USB 3.0 PCI express I/O Card offers a simple solution for connecting to and using USB 3.0 devices on your standard desktop PC. Enjoy copying videos, music, photos, data files between USB devices and the computer at blazing fast speeds
  • Notice: Windows XP and Vista Users Please Note: Due to OS limitations, the real transfer speed after installation of the respective drivers will be located between the level of USB 2.0 and 3.0.

[Support UASP for Mac Pro] Inateck 4 Ports PCIe to USB 3.0 Card for Mac Pro - No Additional Power Connection Needed

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Features

  • Expansion of 4 ports USB 3.0 connections; No additional power supply for normal recognition and operation needed anymore, optimised board plane architecture, fast and easy installation, keeps your Mac Pro case tidy
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer rates of up to 5Gbps - The actual transmission speed is limited by the setting of the device connected.
  • Compatible with Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10. Windows 10 and Mac 10.8.2 and more latest systems are built with a driver inherently. Windows systems earlier than Windows 10 and Mac OS earlier than Mac 10.8.2 require installing a driver in CD
  • With quick and easy installation, this USB 3.0 PCI express I/O Card offers a simple solution for connecting to and using USB 3.0 devices on your Mac Pro. Enjoy copying videos, music, photos, data files between USB devices and the computer at blazing fast speeds
  • Windows XP and Vista Users Please Note: Due to OS limitations, the real transfer speed after installation of the respective drivers will be located between the level of USB 2.0 and 3.0

Inateck 2 Port PCI-E USB 3.0 Express Card, Mini PCI-E USB 3.0 Hub Controller Adapter,with Internal USB 3.0 20-PIN Connector-Expand Another 2 USB 3.0 Ports,KT4006

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Features

  • No additional power supply for normal recognition and operation needed anymore, One Step Update your Windows Computer to USB3.0 Easily with PCI Express to USB3.0 Controller Adapter Card; 1 USB 3.0 20-pin Connector ( expand another two USB 3.0 ports )
  • Super Speed USB 3.0 supports transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps - The actual transmission speed is limited by the setting of the device connected.
  • Compatible with Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10. Windows 10 and Mac 10.8.2 and more latest systems are built with a driver inherently. Windows systems earlier than Windows 10 and Mac OS earlier than Mac 10.8.2 require installing a driver in CD
  • With quick and easy installation, this USB 3.0 PCI express I/O Card offers a simple solution for connecting to and using USB 3.0 devices on your standard desktop PC. Enjoy copying videos, music, photos, data files between USB devices and the computer at blazing fast speeds
  • Windows XP and Vista Users Please Note: Due to OS limitations, the real transfer speed after installation of the respective drivers will be located between the level of USB 2.0 and 3.0

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.

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