Inateck USB 3.0 Portable Hub: Fast, Lightweight, Versatile

Inateck USB 3.0 Portable Hub: Fast

Many USB 3.0 hubs available on the market tend to be somewhat bulky and solely function as hubs. However, Inateck has introduced a new product, the Portable USB 3.0 Hub Model HB4008, priced at $39.99 but currently discounted to $19.99 on Amazon. This device stands out because it includes an integrated SD card reader and supports USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality.

Specifications

Inateck USB 3.0 Portable Hub: Fast
  • Dimensions: 4.33 x 1.26 x .79 inches (110 x 32 x 20mm)

  • Weight: 1.06 ounces (30 grams)

  • Cable length: 11.8 inches (30 cm)

Design Highlights

Inateck has designed this hub with aesthetics in mind.

It features a sleek black matte plastic casing with an aluminum accent on top. The device is equipped with three USB 3.0 ports positioned on the top and a single SD card reader at the end.

Although Apple devices do not support USB OTG, this feature can be useful for transferring data from devices that do. Inateck includes a micro-USB to USB adapter attached to the hub’s cable with a small lanyard for convenience.

Functionality Highlights

The hub functions seamlessly.

I tested it with my MacBook Pro by connecting a USB flash drive to each port and inserting an SD card into the reader, all of which were accessible without issue. While I didn’t test the speed, the hub should meet the 5 Gbps transfer rate as it is USB 3.0 certified.

Inateck Portable USB 3.0 Hub with SD Card Reader

Note that since the hub is not externally powered, some bus-powered hard drives may not function properly without additional power. In such cases, using a powered hub or connecting directly to another USB port on your MacBook may be necessary.

Conclusion

Inateck continues to impress with its range of affordable, high-quality accessories for Mac and iOS devices.

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