This review will have to–in a sense–having spoken of the USB hub-HooToo C in a recent article without trying it out first hand. Is something that I usually prefer to test first hand before offering you a product but specs good reviews on Amazon have made me lean towards a little anticipation. I received it last week and since then I’m putting him through the wringer with my MacBook Retina 2015.
The packaging, simple but refined, includes the only device with its USB cable-C integrated. The same is well built and very light, suitable chromatically MacBook grey but not available in other colours. Just OK, not one of those that attaches directly to the side of the laptop and in my case I preferred, because they can better manage the connection cables without burdening structurally on the single USB port-C on your computer.
Just connected a white LED will light that illuminates the Businesscarriers, a small detail quite agreeable. There are five ports: three USB 3.0 and a SD card reader are located on a long side on the short one there is HDMI and on the other a USB-C that supports the input power.
The video output runs up to 4 k, which, in the case of my MacBook 2015, can support a maximum refresh rate of 30 Hz. 2016 models there is a little trick to get to 60 Hz, but for video rendering is already good. Obviously it is a little less work, especially with management app to a certain degree, but this limitation depends on the computer and not from the hub. Below the Panel screen resolution on my Dell UP3216Q.
Put through the wringer, with all ports are occupied and a long series of copying crossed, reached 41.7°, but he never stopped working. The problems I have encountered are mainly two: the first is that the USB 3.0 are quite close together, so some devices make it difficult to use those at the side, the second is that when cuts power, all devices disconnect and reconnect, interrupting any operation (nothing happens instead, doing the reverse). This last detail is taken into consideration, because if at some point you need to recharge and connecting the USB cable-C, remember to conclude any transactions and unmount drives connected before removing the power supply.
Without power is one of the most stable I’ve tried: with a couple of units connected and powered transfer data between them, stand quietly.
Many doors available with a single cable, that’s what you promised the USB-C. With the Shuttle hub HooToo becomes reality, much more than it does not happen with Apple adapters, because you have to buy at least a couple to have even fewer connections. Here is missing an Ethernet port, wanting to be picky, but the quality is good and the price of € 59.99 on Amazon . For the microSD will serve an SD adapter, but honestly it’s not a big deal, because it comes bundled with virtually every card, in fact I find myself 4 or 5 around the studio. At present I would say is the best USB hub-C in this price range, suitable for mobile use that to create a stable position on the desktop. In this second case, however, you may need a USB extension cable-C wanting to hide behind the monitor, because the included cable is rather short. As for speed, I didn’t notice performance degradation with all devices tested against their direct connection to USB 3.