Best USB 3.0 Hub

Now that I have a mix of USB 3.0 and 2.0 peripherals I began the search for the best USB 3.0 Hub. I was interested in a 7 port model and most of all it had to be able to mix both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices. What I mean by this is that USB 3.0 devices shouldn’t suffer slow downs when you plug USB 2.0 devices into the same hub. My search led me to the Uspeed USB 3.0 7 Port Hub.

Setup and testing

Setup was easy and straight forward. It came with a power supply that in my opinion has a relatively short cord. It didn’t reach my power strip under my desk that my previous hub’s power supply did. Otherwise it came with everything needed to set it up and plug it into my MacBook Pro Retina Display. I plugged in my USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices. However, before hand I ran a speed test on one of my hard drives plugged directly into my computer and then I ran the same test with the drive plugged into the hub while USB 2.0 devices were also plugged in and I got the exact same speed results. So it passed my biggest test/concern.

Design

All of the USB ports are on one side, which is both good and bad. It’s good for cable management since all the USB cables go in one side. However, the power cable and host USB cable are on the other side, so you’re going to have cables coming off both sides no matter what. There are blue LED lights that confirm if a port is in use or not.

The Bottom Line

While this may not be the prettiest design, it is very functional and meets my needs quite nicely. If you’re looking for a 7 port USB 3.0 hub to plug in both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices, then this is probably one of if not the best one on the market.

You can get the Uspeed USB 3.0 7 Port Hub here.

  • Ray Pertierra

    Great writeup. Question: The vendor has a quote on the Amazon page saying that USB3 Hubs in general (and theirs as well) are not that compatible with Logitech devices. I was looking to use this to connect my Logitech wireless devices so I am concerned. Are you using this with any Logitech wireless devices?

    Thank you

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      Thanks. I don’t have any Logitech wireless devices, but it does work my Logitech C920 HD camera.

  • http://toptechreport.com TopTechReport

    I really like this hub for the most part. The only change I would make is where the power connection and host USB port are located. I would have really liked to have seen them on the end. Otherwise, great article!

  • jeffshead

    Thanks for sharing ! Are you still liking this hub? I’ve read reviews of this one and others that state all of them randomly drop HDD connections. Have you experienced this?

    • terryleewhite

      I haven’t had a single issue with it and would definitely buy it again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/red.baloo Ivan Musicco

    It’s impossible connect more than 1 2.5″ external HDD without dedicate power.

  • Nikie Lima

    USB hub is a great one. I got a Hootoo 3.0 7 port. Cannot tell how much I love it. Enough space between each port and a sleek look.