Transferring data from a storage device to a phone or tablet can be a little tedious. Think about what goes into transferring data to a mobile device when using a wired connection: dock the storage device, connect both devices with a wire, install drivers, locate the appropriate folder. Not too easy. The Inateck USB 3.0 Hub, when used in conjunction with a mobile device, wants to make the process of transferring data as short as possible. It reduces the processor to a intermediary-like accessory between the storage device and mobile device.
The design of the Inateck USB 3.0 Hub is compact despite all of its ports and connectors. The accessory has a total of seven ports and connectors to work with; therefore, just about any type of data transfer imaginable is supported here. Inateck included three USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader (with microSD adapter), and a USB 3.0 connector with an on-the-go (OTG) enhancement plug. Connecting to and from the Inateck USB 3.0 Hub is easy, too, because everything is spaced out and not placed tightly.
Place the OTG enhancement plug over the USB 3.0 connector and it is ready to work with an Android device. Take any storage device and connect it to a USB port or the SD card reader. The Android device should then recognize the connection. Select companies bundle file managers with their devices and the Play Store has a number of them. Head into the file manager and locate the storage device. Navigate through some folders and you can seamlessly move files such as pictures, documents, videos, and more between devices.
One use for the accessory that Inateck should mention is powering multiple mobile devices simultaneously. I was able to charge the HTC One (M8), Nexus 9, and LG G Watch all from one outlet that was connected to the Inateck USB 3.0 Hub. That saved two other outlets to now be used for other items. Charging the three devices simultaneously was only slightly slower than it would be if all three were on separate outlets.
Although this review focused on transferring data to and from a mobile device, the Inateck USB 3.0 Hub works just as well with a computer. Why? Because it has three USB 3.0 ports and an SD card reader. Most desktops and large laptops have these features, but ultra-thin machines are leaving them behind. The amount of USB 3.0 ports is now left to about one per device; therefore, the Inateck USB 3.0 Hub can expand that to three. Throw in the SD card reader to transfer photographs and this little accessory proves its value. The Inatek USB 3.0 Hub is available through Amazon for $40, but an ongoing sale has that price down to $20.