EasyAcc SuperSpeed USB 3.0 7 Port Hub

Most modern PC’s, laptops and MacBooks offer unfortunately few USB 3.0 ports, which are also occupied fairly quickly. Remedy promise so-called USB hub in order to multiply the number of usable USB ports. The EasyAcc SuperSpeed ​​USB 3.0 Hub expands your computer by seven additional USB ports and also brings an extra long USB connection cable. Whether the remaining properties of the stroke may also convince showing our detailed review.

Advantages of a modern USB 3.0 Hub

USB hubs have been established for many years to resolve the issue of rare sowed USB sockets on modern notebooks. Introduced with the USB 3.0 specification “Super Speed” transfer rate of up to 4000 Mbits / second can together ausreizen several USB sticks and external hard drives has difficulties themselves. Older USB 2.0 hubs come with multiple hard drives on the other hand quickly to their limits, which provides about one-eighth of the transfer rate of USB 3.0’s 480 Mbits / second. So it actually makes only since USB 3.0 really make sense to accommodate more than 4 USB houses in one stroke.

Support of Self-Powered and Bus-Powered mode

The tested here EasyAcc SuperSpeed ​​USB 3.0 Hub comes from the latest generation hub, the total seven USB ports can connect. This is designed both as an asset and as a passive hub: so he combines both options in a single device. As active hub it can be connected via the supplied power cord to a power supply or an old mobile phone USB charger. In this so-called self-powered mode of the hub itself can supply several external hard drives with enough power.

If the hub is connected only via the 1-meter USB cable to the PC, this acts as a passive hub without power supply. To connect multiple USB sticks, is usually sufficient of these so-called bus-powered mode, wherein in USB 3.0 mode, a maximum of 900 mA. However, once multiple external hard drives to be operated on stroke, each not supplied by a separate power adapter, then the self-powered mode is definitely recommended over a separate network connection. The current requirement can be may not be sufficiently covered, which can lead to an unstable connection.

Who the EasyAcc stroke only to a compatible USB 2.0 connector can operate, should be remembered that in this case, a maximum of 500 mA for the stroke available. The maximum load was already exhausted by a single external hard drive. In the table below we have listed the electricity needs of the main USB devices for better assessment.

POWER REQUIREMENTS OF THE MAJOR USB DEVICES CONNECTED TO A HUB

Wired Mouse, USB stick

100 mA

Keyboard, external USB 2.0 hard drive (without separate power supply)

500 mA

External USB 3.0 hard drive (without separate power supply)

1000 mA

Whoever comes up with the idea to use the free sockets of the 7-port hubs of EasyAcc for charging a smartphone or tablet, which had warned that the manufacturer has this function explicitly not provided. Even in self-powered mode, it may therefore be that the stroke smartphones and tablets may only very slowly or not at all charges. Should therefore be preferred to resort to a special USB charger for this application, which are also available to purchase with multiple sockets.

Built-in surge protection protects against defects

With cheap no-name USB hub with its own power supply is unfortunately often at a protection circuit saving which prevents an unhindered backflow of current to the computer. This can cause irreversible damage to the motherboard of your notebook or PC. Commendably, EasyAcc has at this point no expense spared and installed a surge protector in its USB hub. This ensures that no device can lead to damage.

With each new USB specification each also increases the complexity, to ensure backward compatibility with the previous standards. With USB 3.0, this goes so far that the jacks are internally wired in addition continues with the old USB 2.0 data lines. The EasyAcc USB 7-Port Hub is therefore fully compatible with all older devices that only support USB 2.0 or even the generation 1.1.

convincing quality workmanship and included USB cable

The build quality of EasyAcc 7-Port Hub is impeccable, he has an extremely robust, which is not self-evident secure in view of the low price. Made from plain black polycarbonate, the stroke, although visually not a highlight, but there is generally a USB hub well hidden under a desk perform his duties, where there is no such matters to the high-gloss finish. Remarkably, lays EasyAcc his 7-port hub even a 1-meter USB 3.0 connection cable for: nothing causes more problems in dealing with USB connections, as inferior or long cables. It is therefore assumed that EasyAcc relies on a high quality of its cable order to avoid any connection problem, which we find very commendable. The included 1 meter cable in any case offers sufficient possibilities of being able to place the hub away from the PC.

The seven integrated USB ports apart each about two centimeters and thus provide sufficient distance to accommodate even more thicker USB sticks. Wanted we could have a tab to tighten the Hub eg on a tabletop to us us. Who frequently turned on USB sticks and unpluging, such a solution will be appreciated. For resourceful hobbyists but that should not be an obstacle to attach the 7-Port Hub permanently.

Experience in use: solid and fast

In our tests ran EasyAcc USB 3.0 Hub in conjunction 3.0 hard drive to an external USB 2.5 inch without a separate power supply absolutely trouble free. The current requirement of the hard drive is completely covered by the 900 mA, which are available without a power cord. If, in addition to an external hard disk or other USB consumers are connected to the hub, but it requires a separate power supply for a reliable detection of the devices under Windows.

Mixed operation with multiple USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 sticks prepares the Hub no problem, all the sticks could be used correctly. Even with a fully-equipped hub with seven USB consumers here under two external hard drives and five USB sticks, we can not detect any problems. All devices are detected successfully under both Windows and our Mac mini with Mac OS X and can be connected.

The transmission speed of EasyAcc stroke corresponds to the expectations of the USB 3.0 interface. In read mode, a connected external SSD we have a data throughput of maximum 411 MB / second can be measured. When connecting directly to a Mac mini achieved this only minimally better 414 MB / second. The EasyAcc 7-Port Hub is so close to the maximum possible transfer rate, provided that the connected devices can exploit.

Conclusion and Recommendation

The EasyAcc USB 3.0 Hub with 7 sockets convinces with its sturdy design, the enclosed, very long and high-quality USB 3.0 connection cable and the flexibility this with and be able to use without a separate power supply. Even with our functional tests of stroke showed no nakedness. Mixed operation of USB 2.0 and 3.0 sticks given him no problem, even the maximum configuration with seven USB devices copes the stroke without any technical difficulties.

Requested, we would have only the possibility of being able to use the available USB ports for charging for smartphones and tablets. But in sum of EasyAcc USB 3.0 Hub knows by its reliable function convince and deserved due to the optimal price-performance ratio, our strong buy recommendation. Such USB hub simply belongs under every desk.

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July 25, 2016

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