July 25, 2014

ORICO M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub Review

ORICO M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub Review

Picture This: You purchase a new computer, say it’s an ultrabook, and you’re jumping with joy because it was only about $500 and it packs everything a $1000 computer features. You get home and start setting it up. It’s up and running and you start connecting your USB devices. Wait, there’s only two USB ports (i.e. USB 3.0) and you have more than two USB devices. Ah, snap! You don’t worry cause you also picked up the M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub from Orico. Problem, solved!

It goes beyond what the competition has to offer with it’s combination of USB 3.0 and USB Charging ports but I will get to that later.

What’s in the Box?

I like these kind of products that don’t offer a bunch of gear to set up and use. Orico hit the nail right on the head with their packaging. They included:
Orico M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub

  • USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 Cable
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Business Information Card

ORICO M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub

Where Does the ORICO M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub Exceed?

There’s so many good things about this product that I may not be able to share all of them with you since most of them you just have to see in person. Either way, I will do my best! First off, there cabling system gets an automatic “A+” because it’s simple and straight-forward. Rather than including a cable that’s Propitiatory-to-USB 3.0 they included a USB 3.0-to-USB 3.0 Cable. This means you can easily replace it if it ever becomes broken – highly unlikely since it’s durable and very strong due to it being produced out of high-quality material.

Once you plug the cable into the hub a blue LED will light up indicating that it’s powered on. This is a little feature but it’s important especially for people like myself. I usually would have the hub on all the time since it will charge my devices at night and I hate when an LED light is shining so bright it disturbs my beauty sleep. Yes, my friends, I indeed did say “beauty sleep.” Either way, the LED on this hub doesn’t do that and that’s another thumbs up to Orico for keeping the average consumer in mind.

Remember that “Picture This” scenario that I mention earlier well this hub is the solution for the problem that I mentioned earlier. It features 7 USB 3.0 ports which, in my case, makes transferring files to/from devices extremely fast – faster than USB 2.0 connections. If you want to benefit from speeds like this your computer must have a USB 3.0 port pre-installed and you can check by simply looking at it. (Black = USB 2.0 & Blue = USB 3.0).

The last three ports are all black due to them being USB charging ports. They all are 5 volts but the first one gives out 2.1 Amps while the last two only give out 1.0 Amps. What does this mean? Well, 2.1 Amps ports are recommended for those who want to charge their tablet and phablets (phone + tablet) while the last two are for those who want to charge their smartphones and other small-battery devices. In my testing, the ports worked exactly how they are and I highly recommend taking my advice of which ports to use for which devices. If not, you will be charging at your own risk.

The hub is powered by a medium-sized brick which, unlike its competitor, is completely understandable. This size of battery brick is needed not only to push power for USB 3.0 devices but also USB-powered devices that are charging at the same time. If you compare the brick size to their competitors you will notice that it’s considerable “small” and a lot more reasonable as well.

Where Does the ORICO M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub Lack?

There’s so many good things about this hub but then there are the bad things. If there were any I would point them out but I have yet to even find one.

ORICO M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub

How the ORICO M3H Series Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub Fit in my Life?

Personally, I love this little accessory and it has greatly improved my connectivity! I’m able to connect my Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse, X2 Saturn Headset, HHD/SSD Docking Station, as well as my Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nokia Lumia 810 to one computer that only features two USB ports.

Why Should You Purchase this for Yourself?

A clean workspace makes life a little more manageable and this little accessory gives you one way to become an organized person in less than 10 minutes. I highly recommend getting yours today!

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