This is a review of Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 4-port Hub that includes 2.1A charging port: Amazon.com: [New Release] AnkerŪ Uspeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub with 5V 2.1A Charging Port, 12V 3A Power Adapter and 3.5-foot USB 3.0 Cable Included: Electronics
(new release, not listed on their website yet).
This new gadget from Anker is a perfect solution to clean up your desktop clutter and combine together into one small footprint a high speed USB3.0 hub with a bonus 2.1A charging port which is perfect for our Note 2. When I say a small footprint, I mean it's really small!!! We are talking about 100 mm x 64 mm x 15 mm, and weight of about 76g (2.7 oz). Actually in this case weight doesn't even matter since you will not be carrying it in your pocket anyway because AC adapter is bigger than a hub itself lol!!! And its for a good reason because this 36W rated adapter will provide 12V @ 3A. Here you have a dedicated 2.1A port for power charging only, and 4 additional USB3.0 ports that can provide up to 0.9A of charging current while syncing your device at the highest possible rate. Btw, those USB3.0 ports are backward compatible with USB2.0 and 1.1. I haven't tested the actually USB3.0 transfer rate, but Anker guarantees with their new chipset to support data transfer rate of max 5Gbps, great for any of your high speed external hard drives, etc. It also has built-in surge protection, a bonus!
Obviously, setup is very easy. Connect external power supply, hook up USB cable to PC/laptop (the included cable is very high quality, ultra high speed rated with a fancy micro-B connector), and you are in business. I verified that 2.1A port charges Note 2 as AC power. Connecting to any of the data USB ports will show it as USB power charging. Whenever you have data connection, you get really cool blue led light indicator. So for example when I had my bluetooth headphones connected - those were charging but no blue light on the port. When I hooked up my Nexus 7 - it started to charge (USB) and also synced with my laptop. Btw, it's perfect for laptop since all the extra power is drawn from 36W AC adapter instead of your laptop battery. And even when you are syncing your Note 2 from one of the data ports, you are still getting an acceptable power charging rate which is higher than using 500mA.
Overall, a great little device to have for syncing and charging your phone and/or tablet. And with 18 months of extended warranty, you know the company stands behind the quality of their product!
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