VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub – Review

VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub
Company: VisionTek
Price: $49.99 US

 

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The VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub (which I will hereafter refer to as the “VisionTek Charging Hub” for brevity) is a small 0.9” x 1.8” x 4.3”  silver anodized aluminium rectangular hub with a press on/off power switch, a sensibly diffused orange LED on indicator and seven powered USB charging ports. It is built solely for the purpose of plugging in your USB chargeable devices such as mobile phones, tablets, music players, Bluetooth earpieces/headphones, satellite/GPS navigators and any other USB chargeable items you may have. If you prefer a “sync and charge” hub then VisionTek have that covered too with their VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub

The VisionTek Charging Hub has three ports rated at 2.4A (for iPads, Kindles, pocket power-packs) and four rated at 1.2A for phones and all those other rechargeable gadgets we tend to have around us.

The hub with its nice LED
The hub with its nice LED

In order to provide all that “oomph” the VisionTek Charging Hub does have to use an external power supply. It is a standard auto switching power brick of the sort most laptop users are familiar with.

The device is very nicely made in plain but quality feeling aluminium of a good gauge. It takes the DC in on the smallest side next to the pleasantly solid feeling on/off press switch. On the top face are the seven ports neatly grouped in a 3:4 configuration and clearly labelled as 2.4A and 1.2A. The ports are quite close together, but not so close as to make you feel they are jammed together. If you have really big fat sausage fingers then maybe they’d be a little fiddly. But for most people I don’t think they are overly difficult. There is an orange on indicator LED on the top face too. This is suitably diffuse and restrained, something I particularly appreciated as it sits on my nightstand charging a multiplicity of devices overnight.

Cables are compact but not jammed together
Cables are compact but not jammed together

This product has one purpose and it fulfils it excellently. The VisionTek Charging Hub is well made and solidly put together. The silver anodised aluminium construction looks and feels good. I have no doubt the parts I can’t see are of equal quality. The fact it comes with an 18 month manufacturer’s guarantee also reassures me that VisionTek have faith in the quality of their product.

I have to say I loved this product. At first I had it on my desk for a day or so – and that was fine, but I soon realised it had a much more obvious home in my life. I put it on my nightstand so could plug in the iPads, iPods, iPhones, Bluetooth earpieces, pocket powerpacks, other mobiles and Android tablets that my family expect to charge at night. I immediately freed up six (count them) power sockets in my bedroom and consigned several ugly wall warts to the drawer.

The hub in real life with the traditional cable spaghetti
The hub in real life with the traditional cable spaghetti

I only have one relatively trivial gripe about the VisionTek Charging Hub. That is when it has a plethora of cables plugged in they can apparently be more weighty than the hub itself and want to pull it off the nightstand or make it move around the desk. I suggested to the manufacturer that perhaps some sort of non slip rubber matting on the bottom would help. They agreed that would not be a bad addition to the device. Additionally I don’t think it would hurt if perhaps it had some “artificial weight” or ballast inside it to help give it a bit more heft. Personally I have simply used some self adhesive velcro pads to attach the hub to the laptop style power supply (which weighs considerably more than the hub), and that works well enough for me. Unfortunately, if you are outside the US it only comes with a US mains plug for the power supply. I know it doesn’t take much to change the plug, or if you are like me rummage in the spares drawer for a “figure eight” mains cable, but it was a very minor let down.

Overall

This is a brilliant item and to be honest I may find myself buying more of them. Then my family can charge their own damned devices and give me back my nightstand! Or I can gift them to the unenlightened and help them cut down on wall warts too.

I give the VisionTek High Power Seven Port USB Charging Hub a MyMac.com review rating of 8 out of 10

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About Simon Parnell

Co-host of the Essential Apple Podcast alongside Mark Chappell who lives in the far West of Wales, while I make my abode deep in the East of Suffolk.

Father, Husband, Mac Lover, DTP & Prepress Professional, Geek, Cook, Drinker of Wines, Beers & Spirits.

I am British, and now the “wrong” side of 50 years old, I am married and have 3 children.

I started working in a design studio in the early 80’s back in the days of Cow Gum, Rotring Pens and Scalpels. I moved on to using Macs in about 1989 (way back when 40MB Hard Drives were BIG and 8MB RAM was a top end spec, System 6.0.3 was the cutting edge and the IIcx I worked on set me back about £5000… eek!).

Since then I have worked on pretty much every generation of Macintosh and every Mac OS Apple have released. I have done design and pre-press work with a wide variety of “DTP” applications old, new, well known and obscure. I have a fascination with finding cheaper alternatives to the “big guns” so DTP can be accessible to everybody!

For the last 15+ years I have worked in a small print works close to my home doing design and pre-press work.

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