Transcend TS-HUB3 USB 3.0 Hub Review
|HUB3 Official Image of Retail Package|
Yesterday, on Christmas day, I came across this little product. It's pretty rare to see a hub that uses USB 3.0 ports, so I decided to take a look. It was a little bit pricey, but I thought it was going to be worth it in the coming years. USB 3.0 devices may still be limited in number, but it would eventually replace the remaining USB 2.0 devices in the coming years. So, can I justify my purchase of this little fella? Hit the break and I'll try to explain everything in-depth! :D
|A rather complete package|
|The Hub's Front|
The star of this package, the hub itself, is actually pretty small. Measuring at 78.6mm in width, 49.5mm in length, and 15mm in height, it's smaller than even a credit card (minus the height). Therefore, it'll easily fit into your pocket, or your laptop bag. The included USB cable has the length of approximately 45.5cm. Its length is perfect, I think, since it won't need to stay that far from your laptop.
|The back. Left side is for the AC adapter, the right is for the USB SS Cable|
Moving on to the hub. It's actually a 1-to-4 hub. 3 ports in the front, and one on the right side. The lonely port on the right is quite special, actually. It's claimed that it supports fast charging, meaning that if combined with the included AC adapter, it could provide 2.0A output to the connected device. That means, this thing can fast-charge one of your gadgets on the go. All USB ports are fully compatible to USB 2.0 devices, like always.
|Four ports. All used.|
Well, I literally waste no time to put this thing to a test. I connected 4 devices to my Acer Iconia consequently: Apple iPad2, BlackBerry Q10, Acer external DVD Burner, and a HP Flash Drive. The AC adapter is also plugged in, as you can see from the picture above (sorry for the messy background :p). At first I was afraid that it would crash, but Boy, my Acer could withstand it, despite its Atom processor. When I first handled an Atom netbook, I was so annoyed like heck that I thought Atom processors are total failures. However, with Intel's latest Z2760, it's quite an improvement. It still can't game but heck, who would run Crysis on a tablet that's aimed for office and productivity use? Anyway, I was quite impressed with the performance. Each port has a LED indicator as seen in the picture to indicate that the port has a device attached to it, and the computer detects it. Unfortunately, I can't test the USB 3.0 speed, since I don't have but one USB 3.0 device. It uses the same SS cable, so I think it'll run the same speed. Besides, I doubt that my Acer Iconia's micro-USB supports USB 3.0.
Oh, and about the port that provides fast charging. Maybe I should remind you that the maximum output according to Transcend is 2.0A. In the other hand, iPad's original charger provides 2.1A of output, which is read by the device as 'Charging'. Less than 2.1A, the battery will show 'Not Charging'. The same case occurs when an iPad is connected via normal USB ports. So, not to worry. Your port's fine.
|This, in some cases, may freak some people out.|
|This is the future computer system :p|
Anyway, I bought this little toy for Rp340,000.00 or approximately U$28.00 (with the rate of Rp12,145.00 / 1U$). I know it's a little bit pricey since I could get a good USB 2.0 Hub for around Rp100,000.00 but I think it's a rather good long-term investment. We all know that USB2.0's days are already numbered and soon people will be moving to either 3.0 or 3.1 (don't bother with Thunderbolt; its support is minimal and its prices are insane). With that fact right in front of our eyes, is it wrong to prepare for its coming? I think not. So in the end, yes... I think I can justify my purchase. Not because I've already bought it, but because of the technology it's carrying.
Okay, I guess that's all, Folks. I know this review is kind of... bad and lacking, since it's been quite a long time since I last wrote in English. Therefore, if there are any mistakes or offensive items in this review, I terribly and sincerely apologize. You're welcome to criticize me in the comments, as long as your critics are polite, and most importantly, make sense. Finally, thanks for reading and coming by. I'm looking forward to seeing you guys again! :D
Merry Christmas, once again!