With the multitude of devices in the home, we never had as much need of USB Sockets. To charge the batteries or simply to synchronize data, the USB connector has become as indispensable as the socket. TP Link therefore offers a unique solution with this hub and practice involving 9 ports. What, at least on paper, never running out of USB Sockets.
The UH720 is surprisingly successful from an aesthetic point of view for a product of this kind. We’re not going to say it’s pretty, but he sitteth not too on a desk. First observation: despite the large number of connectors, there is relatively compact, a part of the catch being positioned on the sides. The design itself is relatively neat, we feel that the manufacturer has sought to make it a little more original than a simple parallelepiped. The result is a small not very bulky case whose manufacturing quality is satisfactory, with solid plastics and an Assembly leaving perceive no weakness. In addition to the 9 USB ports, the connection is limited to two connectors. The first is there to power the device (essential if you want to be able to use all these ports) while the second is a micro-USB 3.0 that you connect to the computer. A single button is present, to turn on or off the hub. Struggling themselves are ‘high’ and remote enough from the other so that the devices do not interfere each other.
They adapt to the needs of the connected device
The installation is could not be more simple: we plug the power, the USB and everything is automatically recognized by the PC. On nine connectors, seven are actually connected to the computer while the remaining two are dedicated to the load. If this may seem like a waste, this choice is actually very clever. The two ports dedicated to load are indeed able to deliver 2.4 amps against 900 mAh for a classic port. This means that they are able to quickly recharge even very hungry devices such as an iPad or some smartphones.Additional refinement, these ports automatically adjust their power output based on the needs of the connected device, which limits the wear of the battery. For what is the party hub, the rates are good since you don’t notice significant performance between a direct connection to the PC and use of the hub. The hub is connected to a single port USB bandwidth will be of course shared between all connected devices. This is not a problem for the vast majority of users, but we can reach the limits of bandwidth in some scenarios (where a multitude of storage devices are connected for example).
To choose the right version
USB hubs are not exactly the most innovative products that are, but it is quite rare to find a model both complete and avoiding the most common defects. TP-Link does this by offering a UH720 rather pleasant to the eye, well thought, offering many connectors and allowing to charge all your devices. It is especially interesting that its price is frankly honest since it is easily found below the 45 euros on the Internet. Attention still well choose the version with the load ports (there are a UH700 Variant that is meaningless).
7 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB ports on load (2.4 has), micro-USB 3.0
165 x 65, 5 x 17, 5 mm
No more than 45 euros
Akasa Connect 7 EX €42
Icy Box IB-AC618 €47