In case you haven’t heard about Qicent, here is a quick intro. Qicent, is a young company based out of Shenzhen, China. They primarily focus on USB Power Strips and USB Travel Chargers, plus Home Improvement accesories. Compared to other well known Chinese brands selling in the USA like Anker and Aukey, Qicent is a relatively new entrant. The company contacted us for a review of their powered USB Hub, and we readily agreed. As soon as we received the shipment from China, we opened, installed and started using for our daily use. In this article, we are going to do a Qicent 10 Port USB Hub Review based on our experience with the device.
Qicent 10 Port USB Hub Review
While we were using the 10 port USB hub, we were pleased with the performance. If you have a thin and light laptop, there is a high chance that USB ports are limited on them. A powered USB hub is useful in these scenarios. For our testing, we did just that. We used one available port on a Lenovo X250 Ultrabook for testing the device. All the ports on the hub are USB 3.0 and backward compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0. Here are the specifications of the device:
- 10 port USB 3.0 with transfer rates up to 5Gbps for 10 devices concurrently, and backward compatible USB 2.0 & USB 1.1 hubs.
- Adaptive high-speed charging where 10 USB ports provide 2A fast charge. Plus 2 charging ports with 2.5V, 2.4A for smartphones and tablets.
- Platic polycarbonate durable material for device longevity.
- Built-in surge guard keeps your devices safe and supports plug & play, hot-swapping.
- In the box, you will get the QICENT 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub, 12V – 2A power adapter, 4 feet long power cable 3.2ft USB 3.0 data-cable, welcome guide, and an 18-month hassle-free warranty.
If you hadn’t intended to use it for data transfer, do it. We tested it a bit and experimented with it. Our results indicate that we should use it exclusively for that. We used many external hard drives all pinned into this as well as smartphones and tablets in media mode. We have found it to perform exceptionally well. We have no criticisms as to the nature of data transfer and no grievances on the charging capacity.
The Hub recognized all the 3.0 devices right away as well as our 2.0 external HDDs. Sometimes, you might experience repeated dropouts of the 3.0 tools when tried to transfer data from multiple devices simultaneously. It might be a limitation of the laptop USB port, rather than the USB hub itself.
We used HD Tach to benchmark an external Seagate Hard Drive, which has a USB 3.0 interface. We performed sequentially as well as random disk reads. Pus. We also tested the burst-speed of the drive over the USB hub. As you can see from the screenshots below, the drive performance remarkably well. We did not find any difference in performance when attached directly.
Overall, an outstanding device although we wish it to be a little bit thinner. The boxy enclosure might be a good thing for its durability. However, it isn’t aesthetically pleasing to see on a desk. I know we have been picky. It is minor, however, not that big of a deal in the sumptuous scheme of things. Overall, we recommend it.
The USB Hub has come in convenient so much lately. We had to use many peripherals but ran out of USB ports on our laptops. It worked just fabulous because the ports are 3.0. We were able to get the data transfer that we needed! The unit is well built, which is nice to have. The small lights stay illuminated even if the USB isn’t being used. Overall, great!
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