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The last few weeks the USB ports on my MacBook Pro and the one already connected Aukey 4-port USB-C hub (Recommended hub if you don't have many hard drives!) very scarce. Two external hard drives, a Time Machine drive, an external monitor and various charging plugs occupy even seven USB ports relatively reliably.
For this reason, I recently invested in a USB hub that finally solves the problem with the lack of ports: In the Orico A3H13P2. It is an active USB 3.0 hub (active means that it is equipped with its own power supply unit) that has no fewer than 15 ports. Two of these ports are fast charge ports that can deliver 5 volts and up to 2,4 amps, but which cannot be used for data transfer.
The Orico Hub has quite impressive specs - in terms of size and weight as well as in terms of the power that it can distribute via its 15 ports. Here are the details:
Ok, with its weight and dimensions, the hub is definitely not for traveling around the world, but for me it is stationary on my desk and can weigh as much as it wants. His main tasks for me are:
The Orico hub I presented here is unfortunately no longer available. But I have two recommendations from Orico that are also good - maybe even better. The reason for the assessment that the new recommendations are better is their new feature that allows you to turn off individual ports. This can be used to disable individual hard drives or USB sticks, for example. But here are the two recommendations:
It was also important to me that it had a USB connection cable that could be unplugged. I've been working on a MacBook Pro that only has USB-C ports for years. Accordingly, I have to be able to plug the hub into a type C port with an adapter or a cable.
But I don't want to use an adapter here, but to be able to use my own cable. The background to this is that I like to reduce the plug connections to a minimum and didn't want to work with a USB-C adapter, but with a USB-C to USB-B cable.
If you want to adopt this structure for your Mac or MacBook, I recommend this to you USB Type C to Type B cable from CableMatters. When choosing, it is important that the cable supports USB 3, otherwise you run the risk of getting a USB-C printer cable that only supports USB 2 and massively slows down the hub and all connected devices. The Linked Cable from CableMatters fulfills this point.
After me the Amazon ratings of the Orico Hub I was a little confused because a customer complained that the hub wouldn't even provide enough power for two external hard drives. Another customer reported irregular disconnections - also a condition that you don't want a hub to have.
Despite these two bad reviews (and because of some 5-star reviews), I bought the Orico 15-port hub and I still don't regret this step to this day. Of course, I put it through its paces as soon as I received it.
Several hard drives and various other devices had to be used for my test, because I wanted to know whether the hub really had enough power to operate all my hard drives and also charge the iPad and iPhone.
To make it short: Yes, it has plenty of power reserves and I haven't had a disconnection so far. For my test, I plugged in the following devices:
I really felt guilty about the hub because I tormented it with so many devices, but it took everything well. Incidentally, the two smart charging ports are hardly different from the other 13 ports, because although they do not have a data connection to the connected computer, they also offer plenty of power. My connected power bank charges at these ports with 5 volts and 1,9 amps, my iPad Pro and my iPhone XS with 5 volts and 1,5 amps. With this hub, there will no longer be a shortage of electricity in the future.
Another important point for me is data transfer. It would be a shame if the hub would have to accept speed losses when using hard drives. To check this, I have one Seagate 2,5 inch hard drive (highly recommended!) and the Teyadi SSD with a USB-C port, once directly on the MacBook Pro and once on the hub with the Aja System Test benchmarking tool checked.
Here, too, the result speaks in favor of the hub: I couldn't find any major differences with the two hard drives and would only like to show the screenshots of the Teyadi SSD here. In the screenshot above you can see the speed over the hub and below the results directly on the MacBook Pro. In both cases, the SSD achieves approx. 160 MB / s when writing and approx. 400 MB / s when reading.
The power consumption was another point that I wanted to find out by taking measurements. When all my devices were connected, this one was with one when measuring Socket meter between 25 and 28 watts. After I disconnected all the devices, it went down to 0,8 watts.
Since the hub has a central on / off switch, I also measured whether there was a difference between standby when it was switched on and when it was switched off. Here, however, the measured value was 0,8 watts in both cases. With an electricity price of EUR 0,28 per kWh, this means electricity costs of just under EUR 2 per year.
The aluminum housing may at first only be designed for optics, but the solid construction made of the light metal also makes perfect technical sense. On the one hand, the hub is almost indestructible and, on the other hand, the heat dissipation through the aluminum is very effective. After a few hours, the hub got lukewarm, even though I only withdrew 28 watts from it. I can imagine that it will get significantly warmer at the power limit of 60 watts. The aluminum housing distributes the heat very well.
The Orico Hub has met all of my requirements so far - and they were quite demanding. Hubs with 15 ports are rare and I'm all the happier that I've now found one that not only looks good, but also works perfectly technically.
I haven't been able to do a long-term test as I've only been using the hub for a few days, but if new findings come to light, I'll add them in the article.
Based on my current experience, you can Orico A3H13P2 Unreservedly recommend, especially if you need many ports and enough power for many hard drives. The on / off switch and the plug-in connection cable are - just like the appealing LED lighting of the ports - the icing on the cake.
If you need an active hub with many ports (haha!), Take a look at the Orico A3H13P2 here at Amazon or goes through this product box:
Orico is currently also offering a 25% discount for the hub - valid until November 30.11.2019, 3. To get the discount, simply enter the code "DEBRCJ5S" at the checkout in Amazon. Furthermore, I was just able to activate a 41,29% discount with a click of the mouse, so that I ended up with a final price of XNUMX EUR. A very good price for so much stroke. : D
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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