Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Y-3181 USB 3.0 6 PORT HUB
Product Description: USB 3.0, 6 port hub with additional 2 charging ports (2A each)
Product Model Number: Y-3181
Product Manufacture: UNITEK
My laptop was running out of USB ports so I went looking for a USB hub. The hub had to be capable of USB 3.0 and be able to provide adequate power to the devices connected to it. After searching around I purchased the Y-3181 USB 3.0 6 Port Hub from UNITEK.
The package contains the following:
One (1) USB 3.0 hub
One (1) 12Vdc, 4A power adaptor
One (1) power cable
One (1) USB 3.0 type A-B cable
The hub is powered with the provided 12Vdc, 4A power adapter. There is a green LED to indicate that the USB hub is powered. The laptop connects to the hub with the provided USB 3.0 tye A-B cable via the USB type B port.
The hub provides 6 USB 3.0 blue ports which can be used for limited power and data transfer while. After some testing I verified that the blue ports are able to provide power without the USB hub connected to the laptop. I also noticed the hub will not perform any data transfer unless powered.
The remaining 2 red ports are for charging only and are advertised to output 2A each. Another thing to note is that the USB hub did not warm up when I used it to charge a mobile phone and power a small 2W LED desk lamp.
Out of the box this device performed as expected. I have not had this HUB in service for long, but at the moment I recommend it for the price, number of USB 3.0 ports and charging capacity.