When I built my desktop system and bought my laptop, I was determined that they would both include USB 3.0. I got what I wanted but my elation was short lived when I discovered how expensive a USB 3.0 hub could be. Aukey has designed two 4-port USB 3.0 hubs that provide reliable power and performance at affordable prices. It was worth the wait.
Aukey W6PH4 Portable 4-port Super Speed USB 3.0 Hub
This 4-port hub is about 4″ long x 1.5″ wide x .75″ high and made of sturdy plastic. The cable is attached to one end and adds about 12″ to the overall length. I received the white model for review but it’s also available in black. The compact size and candy bar shape stash easily in your laptop bag or briefcase. The USB ports are oriented from side to side across the hub instead of running end to end. That pretty much eliminates any problems with a novelty type of drive that might be wider and encroach on the space needed for a drive in the next port. No special drivers need to be downloaded to use the hub. Windows XP and Windows 7 both automatically recognize the hub and install the necessary drivers. A blue light strip glows on the hub to let you know it is connected and active. The Aukey W6PH4 USB 3.0 hub offers data output speed up to 5 Gbps.
The W6PH4 hub supports a variety of different devices including:
- USB Flash Drive
- External Hard Drive
- Wireless Adapter
- Cell Phone
- Card Reader
- MP3 and MP4 players and more
Make sure that the combined power requirements for all the devices inserted in the hub do not exceed 900mA or performance might become unstable or stop completely. I found that most newer devices had lower power requirements and were less likely to have problems. I was also surprised that the ADATA 500 GB Superior SH14 mobile hard drive performed flawlessly when connected to the hub even without an external power supply. The printed manual that comes with the hub offers some usage tips and a list of typical power requirements for a variety of devices.
I particularly like the size and shape of this hub as well as the length of the cable for use with my laptop. I have not encountered any situation where I felt a longer cable was necessary and it’s small enough to sit close to the computer where it’s out of the way. Performance was very fast and reliable every time. The W6PH4 is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0 to accommodate your older devices. Aukey also provides a generous warranty period of 18 months for this hub.
The best part of all is the price. If you’ve been waiting for the price of USB 3.0 hubs to come down to a common sense price, that time has finally arrived. The Aukey W6PH4 Portable 4-port Super Speed USB 3.0 Hub is available on Amazon for the amazing price of only $12.99 with free shipping on orders over $35. Read my review of the Aukey M3H4 4-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum hub for another stylish hub from Aukey that is eminently suitable for use with your desktop system or laptop.