I recently got an email asking me to review a 4-port USB 3.0 PCI-e card from Inateck for computers. I was actually in the market for one of these so I quickly took them up on the offer. Now I know, you’re saying to yourself, what is there to review about a 4-port USB 3.0 PCI-e card? Well, there’s not really a lot, but what’s important is to know if it works, if it works well, how easy it is to use and install and if the price is right or not.
With today’s technology and the use of so many mobile devices such as phones and tablets in use today, we are often looking to have more USB ports on our PC’s for those of us who use computers on a regular basis. For me this is important because I often have a couple of tablets and mobile phones laying around and it’s easy to keep a few USB cables plugged into my computer to be able to do various things with my mobile devices. Plus doing so allows you to charge most of those devices without having to take up power outlets in your house.
As you can imagine, installing this Inateck 4-port USB 3.0 PCI-e card is just as simple as installing most any other PIC-e card. It’s a matter of snapping it into place, putting in a screw to hold it into place and powering the system back on. Once the system is powered on, then you can plug just about anything into it to test if it’s working.
For me, I just took a USB cable and plugged it into the Inateck card and then plugged the other end into my Moto X. When the USB Debugging icon popped up on my Moto X, I knew the card was working. But of course a few tests were in order to ensure it continued to work and test speeds of the Inateck USB 3.0 card. Since I have a USB 2.0 card in my computer already and know that it transfers files relatively slowly, I wanted to test the speeds of the Inateck and ensure it didn’t get any disconnects during file transfers or anything else.
I plugged in my Kingston Data Traveler MicroDuo USB Device since it has several files on it to do some testing. First I plugged it into the new Inateck USB 3.0 PCI-e card and tested the amount of time it took to transfer a few files from it to my computer. Then I did the same exact thing again, except this time I had the device plugged into my older USB 2.0 expansion card and quickly noticed that speeds were considerably slower than the Inateck card.
For the cheap price of $16 or so, if you’re looking for a quick, easy and relatively cheap way to expand the number of USB ports on your computer with USB 3.0, then the Inateck 4-port USB 3.0 PCI-e card is for you. It works and does the job that it’s intended to do and do so at a pretty cheap price as these cards can cost $0, $50 or some times even a bit more. Now that I have one, I can say that if I were ever in the market for another card, I would definitely drop the $16 to get the Inateck card knowing that it works and does so quite well.