One thing is certain: after trying the USB 3.0 there is no turning back.
Bella the Thunderbolt, indeed beautiful, especially if it attacks in waterfall a Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock, a pair of WD Thunderbolt Duo and a Thunderbolt Display (the expense total, though, you do it I feel like crying). I say this because the advantages of this technology are noted mainly at these levels because it is needless to connect a drive via USB port 480 Mbit/s when the Thunderbolt 3.0 often prove over-abundant.
On my Mac Book Pro 15 “Retina in homemade station, I have two USB 3.0, USB 2.0 HUB–a monitor intended for static devices for which it is sufficient. as the microphone)–and the other la tengo free for connect alternately Hard drive, PenDrive or the tireless Lexar Card Reader. Needless to emphasize how annoying not being able to make a copy between two USB 3.0 drives, at least not without disconnecting other things I constantly need. That’s why I was looking for a USB 3.0 HUB to associate with the Mac product that I finally found after considerable research.
The brand Orico, I admit, I was totally unknown. However, the purchase was not impulsive but sophisticated, based on extensive research online. The first issue of these hubs is that many do not hold up the loading of two or more disk drives powered, the second is that there is no product yet thinking “for Mac” it’s easy to be confronted with the old graceless. In the end I chose the product less conspicuous as possible and gave less problems for buyers, the 7-port USB 3.0 HUB Orico.
The aesthetic is not his forte, but is robust it is inconspicuous. On the back is the main USB port for connecting to the computer and to the power supply. The 7 front ports are well spaced and each of them has its own status led light blue. Just arrived I immediately did some intensive tests and I must say I was impressed.Basically I ended powered disks before crisis, by connecting 4 simultaneously without any problem of recognition and Exchange files.
In order to achieve a more realistic test of use I instead connected:
- Pen Drive USB 3.0
- Lexar card reader with an SD and a CF within
- USB 3.0 2.5 “hard drive self powered
- Powered USB 3.0 2.5 “SSD
- iPhone 5
- Pen Drive USB 2.0
- 5 “USB Hard Disk with its own power supply
In this case, no problem: all devices recognized and working.
Could think of a couple of holes to hang it vertically, so make it disappear behind the desk, but having smooth surfaces I solved with some common double-sided tape. In this way I see only flush doors of desk (please don’t rry this at home).
Positive adjectives about aesthetics doesn’t go precisely in consideration, but I guarantee you there’s much worse around. HUBS that would put to shame even the impassive Spock, stuff with strange shapes, positions and reduced capacity so as not to hold up useless even two hard drives. The HUB of Orico, at the very least, it is not all that. Has a regular shape, all ports are well spaced and accessible and holds just about anything. The price tag on Amazon is 47.99 €, which is extremely reasonable and which also includes the shipping cost. Recommended.