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Inateck HB7003 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub With BC1.2 Charging Review

Manufacturer: Inateck

One hub to rule them all!

Inateck sent along a small group of connectivity devices for us to evaluate. One such item was their HB7003 7 port USB 3.0 hub:

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This is a fairly standard powered USB hub with one exception - high speed charging. Thanks to an included 36W power adapter and support for Battery Charging Specification 1.2, the HB7003 can charge devices at up to 1.5 Amps at 5 Volts. This is not to be confused with 'Quick Charging', which uses a newer specification and more unique hardware.

Specifications:

  • L/W/H: 6.06" x 1.97" x 0.83"
  • Ports: 7
  • Speed: USB 3.0 5Gbps (backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1)
  • Windows Vista / OSX 10.8.4 and newer supported without drivers

Packaging:

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Densely packed brown box. Exactly how such a product should be packaged.

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Power adapter (~6 foot cord), ~4.5 foot USB 3.0 cord, instruction manual, and the hub itself.

Charging:

Some quick charging tests revealed that the HB7003 had no issue exceeding 1.0 Amp charging rates, but fell slightly short of a full 1.5A charge rate due to the output voltage falling a little below the full 5V. Some voltage droop is common with this sort of device, but it did have some effect. In one example, an iPad Air drew 1.3A (13% short of a full 1.5A). Not a bad charging rate considering, but if you are expecting a fast charge of something like an iPad, its dedicated 2.1A charger is obviously the better way to go.

Performance and Usability:

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As you can see above, even though the port layout is on a horizontal plane, Inateck has spaced the ports enough that most devices should be able to sit side by side. Some wider devices may take up an extra port, but with seven to work with, the majority of users should have enough available ports even if one or two devices overlap an adjacent port. In the above configuration, we had no issue saturating the throughput to each connected device. I also stepped up to a Samsung USB T1 which also negotiated at the expected USB 3.0 speeds.

Pricing and Availability

Inateck is selling it these direct from their Amazon store (link above).

Conclusion:

Pros:

  • Clean design 7-port USB 3.0 hub.
  • Port spacing sufficient for most devices without interference.
  • 1.5A per port charging.
  • Low cost.

Cons:

  • 'Wall wart' power adapter may block additional power strip outlets.

At just $35, the Inateck HB7003 is a good quality 7-port USB 3.0 hub. All ports can charge devices at up to 1.5A while connecting them to the host at data rates up to 5 Gbps. The only gripe I had was that the hub was a bit on the light weight side and as a result it easily slid around on the desk when the attached cords were disturbed, but some travelers might see light weight as a bonus. Overall this is a simple, no frills USB 3.0 hub that gets the job done nicely.


June 24, 2015 | 07:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous13 (not verified)

Will admit the review does feel small compared to all the grand reviews done but I like the format for small devices. It is fully readable on the main page, and doesn't feel too long.

As for the review, I reall liked it. With regards to photos, be nice to see the back or bottom, if for example it has mountable capablilities (wall or under the desk for example)

Also as this is a hub, how well does it perform when trying to copy data to two (or more) USB 3.0 devies at once? Will performance drop proportionally?

June 24, 2015 | 01:36 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

Yeah as it was just a hub it was best to keep things short and sweet. The bottom is nothing to write home about, just some rubber feet. For parallel transfer, things tend to keep ramping up until you hit the ~450 MB/sec upstream bandwidth limit. If you're reading from several USB devices only capable of 50 MB/sec, all of them would remain at near full speed.

June 25, 2015 | 07:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous13 (not verified)

So the bottom does not have mouting holes? if for example I would like to mount it under the desk or on its side?

And thanks for the feedback on the rest.

June 28, 2015 | 11:29 AM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

Moderately used double sided tape or velcro is your best friend, my friend.

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