IT WAS ALMOST PERFECT
The 10 port USB 3.0 hub from ORICO is an all around good product with one small flaw. Internal and external build quality were decent, speeds were good, 10 devices can be connected simultaneously, and it was plug and play with both Windows 7 and Xubuntu 16.04 (Linux). However it is not perfect, an incredibly flaky power button detracts from the overall quality of the product and it does lack quick charge support, a feature that I feel many expect from a modern day USB hub.
Initial impressions during the unboxing were excellent. The P10 hub is entirely composed of plastic but despite this it is surprisingly sturdy. It allowed little give when I attempted to flex the casing with my hands. The power button had a nice tactile feel (which did not last 😐 ), the USB ports were firmly mounted within the hub, and there were rubber feet on the bottom to prevent the hub from sliding all over the place. Each USB port has a corresponding blue LED light which indicates if the device plugged in is functioning correctly, it does not blink when said device is being accessed though. Also included in the package were a 3ft USB cable, 48 watt power supply (12V @ 4A), and a user manual.
Getting everything up and running was fairly simple. Just connect the PSU to the hub and then plug the hub into your PC. With Windows 7 and Xubuntu 16.04 I found that the device was plug and play. Using my USB multimeter I determined that all ports were providing a steady 5V indicating that they were in working order. I conjured up 10 USB devices and fully populated the hub. All 10 devices were properly detected and I was able to remove and add accessories without running into any issues. The max output of these USB 3.0 ports is 900ma so do not expect to see blazing fast charging form this hub. With 10 devices still connected and drawing power I took some temperatures around the hub and the power supply, temps did not exceed 95F which is only slightly warm to the touch.
With my Silicon power 120GB SSD in hand I compared the speeds of my drive while directly hooked up to my ASUS G75’s USB 3.0 ports vs the speeds while testing through the P10 hub. The results were good as the speeds clocked in to be nearly identical. There were no noticeable speed reductions while benchmarking through the hub.
Unfortunately right after my benchmarking I realized that the power button mounted near the bottom of the USB hub had nearly ceased its operation altogether. I was getting absolutely no feedback from the once very tactile switch at this point, and it was very hard to switch the device between power states. Getting frustrated at this developing failure I proceeded to tear the device down to get to the root of the problem. Removing the four rubber feet on the bottom exposed four screws, once these were removed the device came easily apart. The internal construction of the hub was actually pretty good. The overall layout of the PCB was clean, it was utilizing all solid state capacitors, and the USB ports were mounted firmly to the circuit board. The hub is using 3X Via Labs 812 hub controllers to allow 10 devices to be connected simultaneously. Taking a look at the mechanical power switch I could see nothing visibly wrong with it, it seemed to be internally defective. The best solution to this issue would just be to desolder the original switch and replace it with one of higher quality. Honestly, this issue is annoying but I do not see it as a deal breaker. I personally see no reason to actually use the power switch as it is going to set on my desk in the ON position for its entire life.
This hub was almost perfect, if they boost the capable output of the USB ports and fix the power button (actually the best course of action would be just to get rid of it) I think it could make an exceptional USB 3.0 port. It’s good now but they have some work to do to make it excellent.
Update: They sent me a new hub after I inquired about the power button issue. The new unit’s power button did not go through the same rapid degradation. It is possible that the problems experienced with the initial unit were just an anomaly.
-Surprisingly sturdy for something entirely composed of plastic
-10 devices can be connected and detected at once
-Plug and Play
-Easy to take apart
-Very flaky power button, I would advise not to use it at all
-Max output of 900ma at 5V (no quick / fast charge support)
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