I create a lot of videos, artwork, and graphics. It’s something I enjoy, but with all the small files, I tend to use up a lot of USB thumb drives for backup. Between that and the fact that my brother and I both use really old iPod Touch music players, I needed more USB ports for my computer. I noticed that my dad had included a Satechi 10 Port USB 3 aluminum hub as part of the 2016 Fathers Day Gift Guide. I asked him if I could review it and install it for use with our “communal” iMac…Fortunately, he agreed.
Satechi 10 Port USB 3 Aluminum Hub Features
It has seven USB 3.0 ports and three dedicated USB charging ports. Those three ports on the right of the Satechi hub provide power to your USB-chargeable devices—even tablets which require a bit more current. Theres one 5V 2.1A port and two 5V 1.0A ports (power supplied by an external power supply). That should be enough to take care of your phones, tablets, etc. The entire aluminum hub feels substantial, but only weighs 5.5 ounces. While it’s backwards compatible with USB 2.0, if you do happen to plug in a USB 2.0 device, you drop the entire speed of all connected devices to those lower speeds. For this reason, we actually recommend dedicating this to USB 3.0 devices unless speed isn’t an issue of you. There’s also no speed penalty of using the USB charging points, regardless of the type of device connected.
The Satechi 10 Port USB 3 Aluminum Hub comes with a 1 year warranty, and they will repair it if it’s defective. Overall, it’s a great addition to any computer.
Satechi 10-port USB Hub Specs
- Connectivity: USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
- Compatibility: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8 and Mac OS X
- Dimensions: 7 x 2.5 x 5.75 in.
- Weight: 5.5 oz (without power cable)
- Warranty: 1 year
Using the Satechi 10 Port USB 3.0 Hub
I love the look of this hub. The aluminum enclosure matches the low of our iMac. It’s super-easy to install—I got it up and running without even looking at the instructions (if that doesn’t prove it has an easy installation, I don’t know what does).
One of my hobbies is collecting unique USB drives, so you can imagine this is a very helpful device. I can use as many as seven USBs at one time. For my iPod Touch and the family’s iPad Pro and various phones, it’s great that I can now charge up to three devices simultaneously. This would make a great addition for anyone’s computer, but if you have an Apple product it’s an even better match.