Inateck USB 3.0 Hub Reviews

Some time ago we talked about the UASP Protocol, you need to take full advantage of the speed of SSD installed in external enclosures. Having regard to the growing shortage of ports–on the go at the moment I’m using a MacBook or a Surface Pro 4, both with single connection–I decided to try a case of Inateck that holds within it a 3 port USB 3.0 HUB.

Comes with two cables, one USB 3.0 and a power cable. The latter is necessary for USB 2.0 backward compatibility, but will not serve on modern computers. Let me start by saying the case is ugly aesthetically, you are spared even one with specs in white lettering on the front. Is a little longer than normal because of the HUB houses appended, but remains very compact and especially thin (1, 4 cm). Don’t need screws for installing the unit inside, just slide slides off the top of the shell. This is entirely made of black plastic, moreover also rather thin.

In short, constructive and level design are definitely under the sufficiency and also the fact that the USB ports are upside down is annoying when we connect the Flash-carrier. By against installing a SSD Samsung 850 PRO from 512GB was effortless and I must say that the case remains tightly closed though there isn’t a secure mechanism.

First I tried it on MacBook, using the official Apple USB adapter-C/USB-A to make sure you take advantage of it as the parent wants. The benchmark has given me peak values of 366, 7 MB/s write and 422 MB/s read. There I connected in cascade a Lexar DD512, yielding 161, 1 MB/s write and 410, 2 MB/s read.

I redid the same test multiple times with the same results, even extra power cable to the electrical outlet. As I anticipated yesterday in the review of Letouch HUB for the MacBook, it is precisely the latter that evidently does not supply sufficient power and/or band. For this reason I ran the same tests on the Surface Pro 4, which went smoothly, holding the load without faltering and no need for the power cord.

However I have found differences in maximum speeds: the 850 Pro gave me write faster peak values (428 MB/s) and the same in reading (422 MB/s), while the Lexar DD512 connected in cascade proved even slower in reading (363, MB/s) but went slightly better in writing (171MB/s).