Recently I switched from a desktop PC to a laptop as my daily driver. There were several reasons for this but the main one being so that I could have something portable in case I wanted to take it on the go and not have to worry about not being able to access my home PC for various reasons. With the switch came the need for a way to have more ports than the 3 or 4 that came with the laptop. Thanks to the awesome folks over at Plugable, I now have a USB 3.0 10-Port Hub which comes with 2 charging ports included.

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Specs And Features

  • 10-port USB 3.0 self powered hub with robust 48W (12V, 4A) UL certified power adapter (US/UK/EU AC wall outlet plug options, 100-240V 50/60Hz)
  • Compatible with most Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, Linux (kernels 3.0 and later), and Unix systems
  • Fully plug and play, no drivers required (individual devices / USB 3.0 host controller may require drivers), devices can be hot-plugged
  • Features three VIA VL812 B2 hub chipsets, one with v9091 and two with the latest v9095 firmware for maximum compatibility and performance with most USB 3.0 host controllers along with additional BC1.2 smart charging on the two flip-up ports. This firmware also allows the hub to be a stand-alone (not connected to host computer) smart 2-port USB charger able to select the best charging mechanism for the attached device.
  • Sleek piano black glossy finish with 6 front ports and 4 rear ports (2 flip-up vertically) to minimize cable clutter and maximize accessibility
  • USB over-current protection supporting up to 900mA per port (up to 1.5A on the flip-up ports for BC 1.2 devices)
  • Supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps – transfer rates are device and USB host controller dependent)
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed devices (rates up to 480Mbps), and USB 1.1 Full/Low Speed devices (rates 12/1.5 Mbps)

About The Device

The Plugable USB 3.0 Hub is made of black shiny plastic yet seems to be quite durable. It doesn’t have a cheap feel to it at all like so many USB hub’s I’ve had in the past. Each port is labeled so you know it’s a 3.0 port or if it’s a charging port it has a little lightning/charging symbol on it.

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As stated, this is a 10-port USB 3.0 Hub which is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 so most anything you plug into it will work. There are ports on both sides of the device, 2 of which flip upwards and swivel to a vertical position to allow you to more easily insert USB devices into them. The overall size of the Plugable USB 3.0 Hub is perfect for my needs as it fits on the shelf just behind my laptop and is very well hidden out of sight, but yet it’s still easily accessible if I need to plug something into it or unplug something from it.

As mentioned above, there are two ports that actually do charging of devices and this is a great feature. I’m often at my computer desk since I work from home and keep my phone next to me. While I might not use it a lot, if I ever need to charge it I can do so by plugging a cable into the Plugable USB hub and plugging up my phone to the other end. That way I can still have easy access to my phone if I need it for some reason, and it will charge while I’m busy doing whatever on the PC.

The Plugable 10-Port hub is small enough and light enough to carry around with you as well. So if you need some additional ports at your work desk, take it with you and plug it in and just that quickly you have 10-ports that you can use for most anything and everything.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend the Plugable USB 3.0 10-Port Hub to anyone who is in need of port expansion on their desktop PC, laptop or just need them on your desk for multiple mobile devices or anything else. Simply put, it just works and does what it’s supposed to which is what’s nice. Throw in the fact that you can pick one up for about $50 over on Amazon by hitting the link below the ratings section and you’ve got a great little device without spending much money.

Plugable USB 3.0 10-Port Hub

$49.95
Plugable USB 3.0 10-Port Hub
9.375

Design And Form Factor

10/10

    Ease Of Use

    10/10

      Portability

      10/10

        Affordability

        9/10

          Pros

          • More Than Enough Ports
          • Two Ports That Charge Devices
          • Lightweight
          • Decently Small Sized

          Cons

          • No Wall Mount Holes Included

          About the author

          Cliff Wade

          Founder and Chief Editor of TechDissected. I'm an avid Linux user, that's addicted to music, electronics, the internet, computers, Android, iOS and everything tech related! Rocking a Google Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus and several other devices that go beep. Lover of #Cheeseburgers #UnsweetTea #Penguins #Nascar and the #HoustonTexans Gadgets and Gizmos are my specialty. Customer Suppport Specialist and Social Media Manager for TeslaCoilSW, the makers of Nova Launcher, Nova Launcher Prime and TeslaUnread. If you have any questions just ask as I'm always happy to help.