Moshi continues the trend of stylish products that solve a problem. The iLynx 3.0 is a 4 port USB 3.0 hub that looks great and has a ton of great features. The original iLynx offered a combination of USB and Firewire ports but since Firewire has been pretty well phased out by the consumer market, Moshi updated their hub and focussed on USB 3.0.
Moshi really does make the best looking products out there. The iLynx 3.0 is surrounded by a silver aluminum case around black plastic on the front and back. The rounded curves on the rectangle give the hub a design akin to Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a fact that we’re sure is not a coincidence. The shiny silver aluminum is set off by the matte black of the rest of the body giving it an even more impressive effect.
Looking at the iLynx 3.0 it’s very obvious that the USB hub was built to match the Apple iMac. You’ll pay a little bit more for the iLynx 3.0 but when you’re getting aluminum casing and premium components, the price is easy to justify especially if you own an iMac. Not only does the aluminum look good but it houses electromagnetic interference shielding so it won’t interrupt wireless components operating on the 2.4GHz spectrum.
The iLynx 3.0 a total of 5 USB ports. 4 USB 3.0 ports on the front of the hub allow for syncing and charging multiple devices. The iLynx includes “intelligent power management circuitry” which means that the hub will provide full power across all ports and features a high output port (10W) for devices that can handle that high of an output. I had no issue charging my iPhone 6 on this port but would occasionally run into a “This accessory may not be supported” error that we’ve all grown to know and love.
On the back of the hub sits one permanently connected USB 3.0 cable to connect to your PC and a port for a detachable power cable. When using the power cable, the hub will continue to charge your devices even when the computer is turned off which makes this a handy accessory to take with you on trips. The power cable isn’t required to be used if you’re plugged directly into your computer. You may run into some issues if you’re not using the power cable with your computer if it’s a pre-USB 3.0 computer but for most newer rigs, you should be good to go.
Moshi faces competition in this space from cheaper alternatives. You can find any number of USB 3.0 hubs on amazon or elsewhere for cheaper. In fact Amazon sells their own for about $20. The caveat here is that Amazon’s offering isn’t designed to work with iPads or other tablets and the build materials are going to be inferior. I’ve browsed enough /r/battlestations to know that what this hub is made out of and what it looks like is going to matter to a large user base. There’s nothing on my desk that I care so little about that I’ll let it look like crap.
Frankly, reaching the back of my computer to plug in cables is a pain in the ass. I don’t want to do it. The iLynx 3.0 offers me 4 USB 3.0 ports that can charge my devices, sync them to my computer and keep my desk free of clutter and still looking good. Alternatively, it’s perfect for my MacBook Pro dock since it only houses one USB port. I now have 4 USB 3.0 ports to plug in other accesories. The iLynx 3.0 costs a bit more than others but in my opinion, it’s worth it.