I feel like I’ve posted a lot about Anker products and accessories lately, and thats probably for good reason. It seems that every time I find myself in need of some sort of technology accessory, they have one of the best products out there in terms of features and design. This Anker USB 3.0 7 Port Hub with 20W (4A) Power Adapter (via Amazon) is yet another fine product in their line of great computer accessories.
The main reason I picked this up was because I wanted to make sure that I had some extra USB ports available for the HP Google Chromebox that I recently picked up from Amazon. Although the Chromebox came with 4 3.0 USB ports, one is automatically taken up by the wireless mouse and keyboard bluetooth receiver that you see in the photo plugged into the hub above. The blue tabs that you see inside each of the 7 (yes, only 6 are visible) indicate that they are the faster 3.0 USB ports vs the previous generation USB 2.0 ports that are usually black. On the far left there is also a small LED bulb that you see which isn’t on, but when the unit is plugged in, the light turns green to indicate that it is powered.
On the back of the Anker USB 3.0 T Port Hub, you can see that there is both a spot to plug in a power source as well as a USB 3.0 cable, both of which are included with the device. I’ve only got two devices that I really rely on to be powered by a USB 3.0 cable, and they are my Samsung Galaxy S5 and my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet. The device was able to charge my phone, however it was not able to power the tablet. Since I already have the Anker 5 Port USB charger that is a dedicated charging solution and takes care of both my phone and tablet easily, I don’t really need this device to charge either of them, but its a nice to have feature for my personal situation.
The smooth black aluminum case for this device measures 5.125″ long, 1.75″ deep and 1″ high at its highest point. If you are more of a visual person, the picture above shows you that overall its got a smaller footprint than a Samsung Galaxy S5.
As a nice little extra, the Anker USB 3.0 7 Port Hub comes with a swatch of Velcro that measures 4.75″ by 1.25″ for your mounting convenience. Personally I have not mounted mine yet because I’m not 100% sure where I want it, and peeling off the sticky back of the Velcro seems like a huge commitment that I’m just not ready for at this point in my relationship with this device.
The photo above should give you an idea of how small and out of the way the Anker USB 3.0 t Port Hub can be. I’ve got mine right next to my Chromebox but I may consider moving it somewhere else that is visually out of the way, but still easy to access so I can swap out whatever USB 3.0 devices I need. When I do reviews I usually check out what other people have to say about the product, especially if its a negative comment because I like to make sure I cover that in my review. In this case I saw one person note that the device interfered with the 2.4GHz wireless signal from their wireless router. I cant say that I saw any disruption in my wireless signal while I’ve been using this device, but it is something that you should be aware of if you decide to pick this up because there may be some other variable that I’m not testing for that could be sparing me from that issue. At the end of the day this is a great way to expand your current availability of USB 3.0 ports on your computer. In addition to being able to act as a data transfer hub to move or read data, its also capable of charging some devices (likely not iPads or Android tablets based on some reading I’ve done) and acting as an input for things like a wireless mouse or keyboard. I’m definitely a happy owner of yet another Anker product in this Anker USP 3.0 7 Port Hub (via Amazon) that gives me a world of expanded options for my computer.