Back in late September I wrote 9-Port 60 Watts USB 3.0 Hub with 2 Smart Charging Ports. The links included below to Amazon are affiliate links and I do receive a small commission if you buy something.
When we recently got a new computer in the office, all of the USB ports were immediately filled. So I ordered two of the HooToo USB 3.0 Hubs described in that post as I wanted one on another computer as well.
Now that the new hubs have arrived, I wanted to share my experience with them. In both cases we wanted the hub to sit on top of the desk so it was easy to plug something in to them without crawling under the desk. The challenge was that the hubs came with a 2.8 foot cable. While it was just enough to get the hub on the desk, it was not optimal.
So my recommendation if you want the hub to be on your desk, pick up a longer cable and make sure it is a USB 3.0 cable such as the one I’ve linked below.
That one is a bit longer than I need, but it also gives me plenty of extra length that I can hide behind my desk. There was one other minor thing I found and thankfully I had seen the answer while reading the documentation (yes, I’m the weird one who reads it).
We had plugged the little stub for a wireless mouse into one of the hubs and the mouse was acting wonky. The stubs put out a 2.4GHz signal and USB 3.0 ports interfere with it. So we moved the stub to one of the ports on the front of the computer and the mouse was working just fine again.
As for the hubs themselves, they work exactly as desired. I have plenty of extra USB ports and I also have a charging cable plugged in for my smartphone. Other than a shorter-than-desired cable for my needs, they are perfect!
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