USB ports have evolved in recent years, the standard port for peripherals – thankfully and rightfully so. Actually, there is now nothing, which is not connected via USB to the computer: smartphone, printer, keyboard, mouse, tablet, hard drives, memory sticks and so on. Doof only if one uses, for example, a notebook in which for reasons of space fewer USB ports are available (especially in the current ultrabooks or the “old” netbooks) or a computer to which is also a limited number of ports available , A solution in the form of USB hubs there has always been, to date, I could live a my USB hub Company HooToo movie, which also brings a Gigabit LAN port with next to three USB 3.0 slots. My little impressions you can read at this point.
Delivered next to the USB hub itself also a driver CD, I have not needed – it would take certainly only for the LAN interface on older systems like XP or Vista, I however unfortunately could not verzifieren lack system. But what I can say: In Windows 8.1, everything went without additional driver installation, under OS X as 10:10. Once unpacked, the USB hub (3 x dimensions approximately 11 x 2 cm) makes a surprisingly high-quality impression. No thin plastic which can be pressed on all sides, no piano black – instead, a stable housing with silver front, top. The cable is a bit thicker than the “known” USB cable, this is but simply because USB 3 cable consistently are slightly thicker, as the number of wires is increased. What might be disturbing for one or the other is the length of the cable that has failed with about 25 centimeters but rather short. To use the notebook certainly still under, but on the PC, this may be a bit more complicated. But do not worry: Can be by matching extension cable for USB 3.0 without correcting problems.
On the front, the said three USB ports will find just, in addition there are three small LEDs that signal indicate that the adapter is connected to the computer, a network cable is plugged in and a network connection. we find the aforementioned LAN port on the front end of the stroke, which has the advantage that the network cable adjusted no USB port and vice versa. The distances between the individual USB ports are quite generous, so you should have no problem actually to occupy all three ports – especially USB cable from home are already narrow and even USB flash drives are not much wider. The only small gripe: The stroke while making a solid impression, however, is still not as hard as if he would let the light weight is not always upset of inserted cables – standing her dürftet the stroke when used so rarely get to see. If there who cares.
So much time to the stroke itself, we come to the practical part. USB 3.0 brings it theoretically up to 5,000 Mbit / s and 640 MB / s. A value that is of course not always achieved or can be – it just depends on the hardware used. In addition, of course, should your computer have a USB 3.0 port, which is valid for the connected devices as well – logically. As a test device I have my SanDisk flash drive (also USB 3.0) used with USB 3.0 on my iMac, 2013. If the stick is plugged directly into the Mac, so it made this loud Blackmagic Speed Test on an average write speed of 40-50 MB / s, while reading went about 150 MB / s through the line. If the stick is connected to the USB hub, the power went just a little down: Writing there with smaller swings than 40 MB / s, reading nevertheless still 140 MB / s. Of course, is much room for improvement, the hub, the performance but go with smaller smears, at least as regards the hardware used by me – it is precisely in this case to compare values and approaching fairly close to each unused peripherals on.
Now we come again to the aforementioned gigabit adapters. What one needs this anyway? Sounds at first perhaps as an unnecessary gimmick, but you want to be, for example Ultrabook (such as the MacBook Air) would connect home via a LAN cable to the home network, which requires such a gadget. Other possible scenarios would be, for example, that the network connection is defective on the computer or simply is too slow or one purpose test requires a second network card. Another advantage of the adapter solution: The port used is Wake-on-LAN-capable. In terms of speed I could not tell the difference between a direct connection of the Mac to the router or the use of the adapter – you’re at the internet speed test or when copying data through the home network, therefore the Gigabit adapter should certainly not be a bottleneck.
What you should bear in mind however: According to the manufacturer should not connect as a maximum of two 2.5-inch hard drives without a separate power supply to the unit one, because as already the power limit of a commercially available USB port is exhausted on the computer. Several USB sticks, however, are not a problem. Likewise, one should consider: The lack of power to the USB hub is not to charge your smartphone or tablet. While the iPhone does not even responded to the Nexus 4 read load, for example – but since come up on average only about 0.20 amps from the port makes the whole precisely little sense.
Conclusion? Basically can no longer much to the HooToo USB 3.0 3 Port Hub say. The build quality is decent and very solid, only the cable is likely to be a little longer for one or the other, but he merely needs and store without the clutter for mobile use. Performance technically probably the USB hub actually provide the promised USB 3.0 performance, but for me the bottleneck would certainly be the stick or the iMac, although both devices with USB are 3.0. But USB 3.0 is just not USB 3.0, which relates to the speed it is nevertheless still well over USB 2.0. The Gigabit port is also not a bottleneck and was not utilized entirely with me, be it the Internet Speed Test or the home network. Generally it must be said that the built-in Gigabit port is quite a nice thing and the Hub something hits a sole corner – which is definitely not negative. For the currently ailing 25 euros you get in any case much Hub incl. LAN-to-USB adapter for narrow money.