Haven’t you heard? USB 3.0 is all the rage nowadays! At least until Thunderbolt takes centre stage anyway… We’ve checked out a few super speed USB peripherals in the past here at Zath, including LaCie’s FastKey and Startech’s Hard Drive dock, but what happens when all of those new peripherals of yours are too much for the ports built in to your machine to handle? You need a high speed hub, of course!
The TruLink USB 3.0 Hub contains four ports, but the unit itself is deceptively small compared to the mock-ups of the product that we saw upon release. The top of the device is coated with a material that is given a brushed metal look, and it looks great compared to a lot of the cheaper USB 3.0 hubs you are likely to see on the market.
Around back, there’s a port for the power cable to go in to and a USB 3.0 port to connect the device to a port on your computer. Four LED lights on the top of the case are used to indicate which ports on the unit are currently in use by the computer.
The hub can simply be placed anywhere near a computer to be used, or you can choose to secure it to your desk using the supplied screws so that it isn’t sliding all over the place. If you don’t have a wooden desk or just don’t want to be drilling holes for a small USB hub then it will all function fine without being secured down – it may just be a little all over the place given its light weight and small form.
With the unit, you will receive a high speed USB 3.0 cable, so if you don’t have any spare cables floating around then you can still set everything up just fine. You do, of course, need to connect the hub to your computer using a USB 3.0 cable, but the hub itself is backwards compatible with any of your USB 2.0 devices as well. Plugging these in won’t affect the performance of other hubs either.
We received a power unit with an adaptor for both European and British plugs, as is standard with most of these accessories bought from Europe now. It’s still nice to have, as it makes it much easier to simply swap the adaptor out if you’re going to Europe on a trip and want to take your hub with you for some reason.
Officially, the hub supports Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7, but there is no support for Mac or Linux devices unfortunately, so those of you not using Windows may want to steer clear of this particular hub. Of course, no Mac ships with USB 3.0 yet, but Linux support would have been nice for people not using Windows.
All things considered, the TruLink 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub is a nice little product that will have you transferring data in no time at all over a super speed connection. It’s currently available on Amazon for £72, although it originally hit the market at around £50 so if you have a good look around then you may be able to find it for a little cheaper.