Go2Link Ultramini 4-PORT USB HUB provides additional USB ports for multiple device connection.
With nearly every electronic device I have charging via USB, USB ports become premium real estate. For example, my wife’s HP laptop has 3 USB 2.0 and 1 HDMI port. We have a USB printer, a USB cooler and a USB external drive plugged into the laptop. This does not leave room for a jump drive or other USB device to easily plug into the laptop. My home PC has two USB 2.0 and 3.0 on the front and four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 on the back. I built this computer to have more access. However, USB keyboard, USB mouse, 1 TB external HD, USB Printer plus USB to lightning and USB to micro-USB cables for both phones (wife and mine). This does not leave much real estate to charge other devices.
This is where USB hubs can really begin to shine. I have received a Go2Link Ultra Mini 4-Port USB Hub in blue. The product arrived in a rather plain cardboard box labeled with “GO2LINK Make Your Life Convenient.” Other than the title and a white UPC sticker, there was nothing else to suggest what this product would look like. Turning the packaging over, you see “Designed by Cloud Technology” and the address to Naperville, IL. This product was assembled in China and has the CE FCC and do not throw away logo. Lifting the lid off of the packaging, you see a very small device wrapped in plastic. This could have shipped in a smaller box and saved the company some money.
The device weighs 1.6 ounces, measures 3.5″ X 1.5″ X 0.9″ and has a cord just under 10 inches. It is wedge shaped and the USB ports seem to be upside down with the receptacle pins facing upward instead of downward. This is not a big deal, just turn your jump drive or cable upside down and plug it in. The only complaint that I have about this hub is the short cord and its location. I would actually like it to be slightly taller and to stick out of the front or back rather than the side. The cord does not seem to be long enough to reach from the back of my desktop to the top of the computer. It works really well for my wife’s laptop as we can plug it in to the side and have 4 extra ports. It also works well from the USB ports on the front of my desktop.
The problem with benchmarking and testing USB devices, is that there are so many variables involved. You need to take into consideration read/write speeds of the device, limitations of the port (USB 1.0 12Mbps (notice the small b), USB 2.0 480 Mbps (60 MBps), USB 3.0 5Gbps (640MBps). I plugged a connect sense wireless stick into the hub and transferred guardians of the galaxy (1.8Gb) and was only able to get about 12MBps transfer rate, whether through the USB hub or through the computer directly. I looked up the specs of the device and found the transfer rate was very limited. I then used a Patriot 64 Gb jump drive and was able to get into the 50MBps range both through the HUB and directly plugged in. I was using a file size of 1.8 Gb and I monitored the average speed. I tested this with all 4 ports. I also tested this while I had my iPhone 6S linked and my wife’s Galaxy S5 plugged in. I also had a Bluetooth headset charging from the port.
Although USB 3.0 is becoming the new standard and USB C connections will likely replace USB A connections (for most products), the USB A connection with USB 2.0 port is likely going to be around for a while longer. Since we have more USB powered devices coming onto the market, more access needed to terminals, HUBs are a very valid option to maximize space. This device allowed me to essentially net 3 extra USB ports to the device (think I had to use 1 to plug in a 4 USB HUB, netting 3). There was no included user manual or tech specs. I turned to the Amazon page for the item description. The device does have over current and short circuit prevention. It is available in pink and silver as well. I think I prefer the silver to the blue and pink. I also do not see why the USB ports are upside down. You will need to turn your device over to plug it into the slot. I would rate this at 4/5 and it is a very valid option to increase access to USB ports. Again, the cord is rather short and may be a deal breaker for some people.
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