Conveniently expand your USB-A/USB-3.0 slots with Orico.

I know that I am not the only one that has had to climb under a desk to plug a USB cable into the back of a computer.  Frustratingly, I have had to do this more times than I would like to admit.  Whether you want to install a new keyboard, a mouse, or another peripheral, finding a spare USB plug can sometimes present a frustrating game of cord Tetris.  If you are running low on USB-A/3.0 Ports, consider adding a device like the ORICO 10 port Switch HUB. This will allow you to expand your USB-A/3.0 options significantly.  

The Orico Individual Switch Hub arrived in a classy 8 inches wide by 4 1/6 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches blue and white retail package.  The white-colored cover panel provided the ORICO name along the top left, a Global Insurance PICC label along the top right, a slightly generic “Individual Switch HUB” name just beneath the company name, and AT2U3-10AB model number.  You will find four icons along the lower left of the cover panel, which detailed the BC1.2 protocol, High-Performance chip, Power Adapter, and Independent switch.  The cover’s main focal point was the 5 inches wide by 1 7/16 inches tall image of the rectangular USB Switch HUB.  Despite the above information, you can find a quick run-down of the product just beneath the product name “Transparent PC+Aluminum alloy, unique design. Supports hot-swapping.”  Both side panels displayed a white-colored ORICO “LEADING TECHNOLOGY” icon upon a Cerulean blue vs. Bleu de France background.  Both the top and bottom panels provided the same Orico logo and detailed the “Individual Switch Hub.”  Rotating the packaging over, I noticed that the back panel was quite busier than the other panels.  The company name/logo was located along the top left, followed by a multilingual list of specifications: AT2US-10AB Model, 190L x 58W x 26H mm, aluminum alloy and transparent PC material, USB3.0 x1 input, USB3.0-A x 10, DC power 12V/4A, Blue indicator, Supports Windows/Linux/Mac OS.  Along the bottom left of the panel, you will find the website, telephone number, and Shenzhen address.  Toward the right, you will find a colorful image of the hub, a QR code, SKU sticker, and product manufacturing labels. 

I opened the front flap, lifted the lid, and removed the product contents.  The 7 1/2 inches long by 2 1/4 inches wide by 1-inch thick Switch HUB arrived packaged within a thin semi-opaque plastic bag.  The device had a thin layer of plastic over the 10 USB-A/USB-3 ports and each of the side panels.  Packaged underneath the internal cardboard divider, you will find a 43 inches long USB 3.0 Data cable, two small mounting screws, a bilingual instructional manual, an Orico welcome pamphlet, and a two-part power adapter.  The main power brick measured 1 3/4 inches wide by 4 7/16 inches long by 1 1/4 inches thick and had a 49 inches long cable with a DC adaptor plug. The brick had an opening at one of the ends that accepted the 48 inches long Type A wall outlet to two slot power cable.  I placed the two slot power cable into the power brick opening, plugged the Type A outlet into a wall outlet, then the adaptor prong into the Orico HUB.  I plugged a DROK USB-A into the last of the 10 USB-C output ports and then pressed the activation button. The lights on the multimeter illuminated immediately and read 5V/0A.  I plugged a USB-A to lightning cable into the multimeter, then into my iPhone 12 Pro Max, and found that my phone charged at 4.84V/1.65.  Since each of the ports is only capable of BC 1.2 output (5V/2.4A), you will likely not have enough power for an iPad Pro or MacBook.  

Designed for productivity and accessories, the USB-A/USB-3.0 HUB worked well with my older 2015 MacBook Pro and my PC work desktop.  Thanks to the 43 inches long data cable and the generously long power cable, I could position the HUB to my liking.  I loved that I could plug a single USB cable into my MacBook Pro/Desktop, to gain access to ten additional ports.  The kit came with two small wall screws (without anchors) and had two 1 13/16 inches long by 1/4 inches wide anti-slip rubberized feet.  When wall-mounted or static upon my desk, the device remained secure and did not move.  With the switch hub located behind my computer monitor, I was able to gain a degree of cable management.  Additionally, I found that I did not need to use such long USB cables, thanks to the Hub’s placement on my desk.  This added a convenient degree of cable management and plug-and-play features to the setup.

Although my iPhone 12 Pro Max was not charging at optimal speed, it was nice to keep a USB to lightning cable at-the-ready.  While sitting at my desk, I was able to press the power button for a quick recharge. When I needed to get up, I could remove the phone, place it into the case holster and complete my needed task. I loved that I could power on/off the port to reduce wasted power.  Whether we want to admit it or not, even small amounts of wasted power can add up to extra monetary costs and possibly environmental ones as well.  Like my phone experience, I loved the ability to quickly/effortlessly plug/remove jump drives and portable hard drives. I plugged a Toshiba 1TB hard drive into the device and found adequate power for the drive.  Using the Blackmagicdesign Disk Speed Test, I was able to transfer at 104.1MB/s write and read at 105.2MB/s.  I plugged a second hard drive into another USB A port and found 103MB/s write and 105 MB/s read. I was able to transfer data between my desktop and the two hard drives quickly and efficiently.  Additionally, I was able to plug in a thumb drive to gain a similar function.  Please remember to disconnect the device with the computer software (eject) before cutting the power. Failure to follow this step could result in data losses.   


My favorite aspect of the device was that I no longer had to find a port for my jump drives or portable hard drives.  I liked that I could sever the power to the outlet without having to unplug anything.  Using the computer, I could terminate the connection with the hard drive or jump drive, leaving the cable plugged in.  I could tuck the entire apparatus behind my monitor and did not have to try to do under desk yoga moves to get back into the game. By depressing the power buttons, I could leave the peripherals plugged in, but the ports no longer received power/connection.  I do wish that there was a master button because this feature would have added additional convenience.  I loved that the ports were aligned in ladder format and had ample room between the USB ports.  When active, the blue LED served as a convenient reminder that the USB port was occupied and in-use.  The only real downside to the Orico Switch-Hub is that it uses USB-A ports, and many modern devices are moving into USB-C.  For this reason, I was not able to use the HUB with my newer MacBook Pro.  This hub will allow you to plug in a camera, a tablet, a phone, a hard drive, and any other USB-A peripheral you could think of. Available in 7, 10, and 13 port hubs, Orico should have the device you need. 

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