Unitek USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader Review

Testing
To get the USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader set up all you have to do is plug in the USB cable to it and then connect it to any open USB port in your PC, preferably a USB 3.0 port.

To test the USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader we will first be testing performance on a SanDisk Extreme PLUS 32GB SD card. This card is rated for 90 MB/s. To see if the reader actually impacts performance we will first test it in the card reader that is built-in to our laptop, then a second time using the Unitek card reader. Below are the results, the built-in card reader is on the left and the Unitek card reader is on the right.

Next it is time to test the USB ports. To do this we used the Samsung Portable SSD T3 drive. Once again we tested directly connected to our PC and then again using using the Unitek USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader. Just like the previous test directly connected results are on the left and the Unitek results are on the right.

Final Thoughts
You know there really is not much we can say about a simple device like this, but it does serve a purpose and this specific unit accomplishes two things at once. Two of the most common accessories people buy for their PCs are card readers and USB hubs, the Unitek USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader has both of these in one single small package. You have a card reader that will read all of the latest storage cards (and quite a few old ones too) and a 3-port USB hub.

Did I mention this device uses a USB 3.0 connection? That means no transfers locked at 30 MB/s, you’ll get full USB 3.0 speed. This means transferring things like 4K video will be quick! The only real downside to this is that Unitek uses a Type-B connector on the device, which is far less common, which means finding a replacement cable will be a little bit harder.

Right now Unitek is offering the USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader for $21.99 at our favorite online retailer. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Unitek USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader a 9 out of 10 score.

Pros:
– Full card reader
– Three USB 3.0 ports
– USB 3.0 speed
– Small and compact

Cons:
– Uses USB Type-B connection (less common)

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