This is a review of the ORICO Mini Portable Super Speed 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub which I have used for several months with an ASUS ROG gaming laptop and used this USB hub to do everything from transfer media files and leverage it for the USB Mouse, Gaming Headset, Logitech C920 Webcam and a Laptop cooling pad. One thing that sets this 4 Port USB 3 hub apart from other USB hubs is that it requires no external power and it has a 3.3′ cable which gives you options to place it in a convenient location giving it plenty of room to still reach your laptop or desktop.
First the skinny, the ORICO 4 Port USB 3 hub has 3 USB ports on the top and one on the front, so if you have an obnoxiously thick USB Drive that takes up too much space you can use the front port so it doesn’t block access to the other USB 3 ports which is a plus, as many thumb drives like the HyperX Savage can be thick enough that they would impede your ability to plug in another USB device in a port so close.
Because of it’s long cable, I am able to mount this USB 3 Hub to the bottom of a desk using a 3M sticky back. This allows it to stay in place and not be in the way, and I had used all of the ports for various functions. The USB 3 pass through has no quality issues and I get the same USB 3 transfer speeds using the ORICO Mini 4 Port USB hub that I do when using the USB port directly on the laptop. The fact that I can run a webcam and gaming headset through the hub at the same time which you would have some issues with some hubs speaks for itself.
The only negative thing I could say about the hub is I had some USB devices that they fit tight in the USB ports and get snug to pull back out and I have noticed that that casing around the USB can separate, see where the red arrows point to below in the image.
That gap can split and separate and it leaves you having to snap the casing back together, it is cosmetic and probably is related to me fixing the back of the hub to the desk, but just pulling out some of the really tight fitting USB plugs can put too much pressure and cause that seam to separate requiring me to snap it back together. They could have just made sure the casing seals shut better, but if opened it gives you full access to the board and plugs so maybe it is like that so you can do simple repairs/fixing manually if you wanted to and something was wrong.
Overall, for a laptop the hub is very compact, portable and does a great job of giving you 4 USB 3 ports on a single laptop USB 3 port. This is definitely desirable if you have a gaming laptop and you have multiple USB peripherals and I found this to be invaluable and this has been in use every single day since it was sent to us to review for one of the laptops in my house.
Disclaimer: ORICO sent us the ORICO Mini Portable Super Speed 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub to do a thorough and accurate review. All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone.