Update 6/15/16: Increasing from 3 to 4 stars after receiving a warranty replacement from Orico, which I requested after experiencing that some of the devices (keyboard, flash drive) connected to one of the switched banks would sometimes go offline. The replacement unit works fine, and I've had no further problem with Bluetooth interference either. I attached some rubber feet to the bottom of the unit to keep it from sliding around on the desk.
Original Review: Nice connection layout all around, and the individually switched segments are great for use with webcams, microphones, hard drives, and any other devices that you may not want powered on at all times. I would have preferred a heavier aluminum case instead of the plastic housing, but couldn't find any powered units with the individually switched banks. The throughput and power delivery of this unit are good, but it seems to be lacking proper electromagnetic shielding. USB 3.0 is notorious for emitting...
I can confirm that the ORICO H9978-U3 does indeed have an NEC chipset.
I have used other USB 3.0 hubs with the Via vl812 chipset and this one is much better. It seems to establish connections faster and the connections seem to be more reliable. The power adapter really is rated for 12V 3A unlike the one pictured.
The one down side is that it has a power button and defaults to off. If you plug it in, it will be off and require that you push the power button to turn it on. If the hub loses power, when it is restored you will need to turn on your hub.
ORICO 10 Port USB3.0 Hub with One Charging Port (Model: H10C1-U3)
This particular hub is made of plastic, has ten USB 3.0 ports and one 5v 2.1A charging port. There are nine USB 3.0 ports on top of the hub, and one USB 3.0 port on the end of it, next to the red charging port. There are three small On/Off power buttons on top of the hub. Each button controls a set of three USB 3.0 ports, which will allow you to turn off any set of three USB ports that aren't being used. There is no power button for the single USB and charging ports located on end of the hub.
Each USB port offers a snug fit for your plugged in device. You will also need to use both hands unplugging a device from the hub. One to hold down the hub while unplugging your device. You could get some Velcro or double sided tape and secure the hub into place on your desk. if you wanted to. This is something I may actually do, I just need to figure out where I want to place it.
The authorised South African distributor of this product is under no obligation to honour the manufacture's guarantees/warranties or to provide after-sales service.
Please note that this item is imported from the USA, and is designed to be used in the USA. In addition, if the unit is powered it will come with a US plug and an adapter/transformer may be required. Please click here for more information on power requirements, or check with us if you are unsure or need any assistance!
Please also note that certain items cannot be imported, these include Alcohol, Animals, Batteries, Flammable Materials, Currency, Food, Furs, Chemicals, Explosives, Medications, Plants, Seeds, Supplements, Pressurized Cans, Tactical Equipment, Vitamins, Weaponry and Weaponry Accessories. In these cases, the item and information is displayed for reference purposes only. If you are not sure if we are permitted to bring an item, please send us an e-mail with a link to the item to confirm.
Please also ensure that you are ordering the correct item for your particular application as returns to the USA are costly. Product reviews are also provided for most of our items, which can give you a good idea for possible things to look out for and the quality of the item. By clicking Add to Cart, you are confirming that the item is correct and you accept the conditions listed here.