New USB 3.0 Hub Combines Power and Speed

“It’s a hub.”
–Brian Marshall

The quotation above comes from a review of one of Plugable’s self-powered hubs. It implies that there’s not much that can be said about a hub. But at Plugable somehow we end up having a lot of long discussions about hubs and their features (it is a fun place to work, really!). When customers ask us about our hubs, we want to make sure we suggest the right ones for their needs.

The newest entry to our Plugable hub family–the Plugable USB3-HUB4 four-port USB 3.0/2.0 compact hub–is perfect for customers who already have more USB 3.0 devices than they have USB 3.0 ports on their computers, which is a common issue for owners of many 2011-12 laptops that provided only one USB 3.0 port.

With its strapping four-amp AC adapter, the four-port hub can supply power simultaneously to four attached USB 3.0 devices that each pull the USB 3.0 maximum of 900 milliamps of current. For example, this hub would be an ideal choice for a customer using four Plugable USB3-HDMI-DVI USB 3.0 to HDMI graphics adapters to connect four external display to a laptop.

The hub’s cutting-edge VIA VL811 controller chip supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed data transfer rates of up to 4.8 gigabits per second, a big jump up from USB 2.0’s top rate of 480 megabits per second. But the VL811 is fully compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 devices, meaning that customers with a mix of USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 devices can plug all of them into this compact four-port hub.

What comes with the hub

The hub comes with a four-amp power supply with a three-foot cable for connecting it to the hub, another three-foot cable for plugging the power supply into an AC outlet, and a three-foot USB 3.0 data cable.

Like all hubs offered by Plugable, this one provides plug-and-play connectivity with any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Just attach the hub and use it, no additional drivers needed.

Despite its great features, the USB3-HUB4 USB 3.0/2.0 four-port compact hub isn’t right for every Plugable customer. For anyone with a computer without an internal USB 3.0 port, the USB3-HUB4 would become a pricey four-port USB 2.0 hub. Plugable’s 10-port or seven-port USB 2.0-only hubs would provide these customers with more ports at a lower overall cost.

And even with its hefty four-amp power supply, this hub is not a charging station. Don’t buy it to recharge an iPad or iPhone or any other tablet or smartphone. If the USB3-HUB4 provides charging functionality, it’s a matter of luck rather than design. In these lucky instances, it’s probably not doing anything that any other hub with a power cord wouldn’t do.

See, I told you we could go on a long time about hubs. If all this talk has you wondering whether the Plugable USB3-HUB4 four-port USB 3.0/2.0 compact hub is the hub of your dreams, send your questions to us at or use the feedback form below to reach us. We’re real people, we love discussing our products, and we’re here to help.


2 comments on “New USB 3.0 Hub Combines Power and Speed”

  1. Josh Reply

    “We’re real people”. That had me cracking up! lol. Why the White design though? Most of your products are black, so I’m just curious. I actually like the white color and design of this thing.

    • Wiley Reply

      “Why the White design though? Most of your products are black, so I’m just curious. I actually like the white color and design of this thing.”

      My guess is that Plugable correctly noted that most Mac people tend to be addicted to one color, whereas PC folks don’t seem to care one way or another. Make it white and you cover both platforms with a single product. Works for me!

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