A very capable connection assistant.
Even though I use a newer model MacBook Pro that utilizes USB-C as its main connectivity, I do still work with USB-A as a utility connection. My work computer is a 9-year old custom-built PC. I do have a Steel Series Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard which has two USB-A ports built-in. Unfortunately, sometimes the two ports aren’t enough for me. So, I picked up an affordable USB Hub from QacQoc.
This aluminum USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 3-port hub provides a nice level of connectivity with the added bonus of an Ethernet port. Because it’s a USB 3.0 hub, it will transfer data at speeds up to 5 Gbps (10 times faster than USB 2.0) and the Ethernet connection will provide a gigabit (10/100/100M) hard wired connection. The product description states that the hub will support syncing and charging, but some of the notes at the bottom of the page indicate the following features may be limited:
1) Can not work with high power-consumption devices such as some large-capacity hard drives
2) Some 2.4Ghz wireless devices (keyboards, mice, etc.) may not work around USB 3.0 ports. Try connecting your wireless device to a USB 2.0 connection.
3) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to connect all devices such as your flash disks or camera or a USB cable for both syncing and charging.
The hub arrives in a simple box with QacQoc branding on the exterior of it. There is minimal information about the product on the packaging itself. When you open the box, you will find the hub wrapped up in a small plastic bag. Because its cable is integrated, there isn’t anything else included in the box. The hub is long and squared so it sits nicely on a flat surface even when its plugged in. It’s nicely weighted doesn’t pop up or try to flip over like some lightweight hubs do.
As a test, I plugged the hub into my work keyboard. The computer went through a bunch of checks but eventually approved the external device. The first item I plugged into the hub was a SanDisk Cruzer thumb drive. It was a USB 2.0 flash drive, but it mounted very quickly and I was able to access the files with no issues. The next device I plugged in was a unique one. I have a small USB powered fan that I use at my desk when my office gets too hot. When I plugged it into the hub, the fan did not kick on. I wasn’t surprised about this since my keyboard isn’t providing a lot of power output.
So, I then plugged the hub into a USB charging hub I have. The LED on the hub turned on, but the fan still did not work. When I plugged the fan directly into the same port, it finally kicked on. There is a note on the product page of QacQoc’s website that states that the hub “cannot work with high power-consumption devices,” but I wanted to test out the fan anyways. This means that you probably won’t be able to use this hub with external hard drives and some other USB-driven products.
All in all, this is a very capable USB hub. QacQoc mentions on their website that this device is designed to work with USB-C laptops, but now that some of Apple’s computers only have USB-C, it’s not really a practical descrption of the product.
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