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Orico Unveils Multi-Port USB 3.0 Strips

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  1. btarunr

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    Chinese peripherals maker Orico took it upon itself to help make 2013 the year of the USB 3.0 hub. The company launched a trio of brushed aluminum USB 3.0 port strips (akin to power strips), the 4-port A3H4, the 7-port A3H7, and 10-port A3H10. The three use single upstream USB 3.0 connections, and an external DC power input to ensure at least the power spec requirements are met. Each of the downstream ports has a single link/activity LED. At the heart of the three is VIA's VLI VL811 USB 3.0 hub controller, which is awaiting USB-IF certification. The three are fabricated with 2 mm-thick aluminum sheets. The A3H4, A3H7, and A3H10 are priced at 218 RMB (US $35), 298 RMB (US $48), 398 RMB (US $64), respectively.

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    Those look nice and very convenient.
     
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    Could be nice for machine with only a couple USB 3.0 ports like my Macbook Air for work, where there are only two USB 3.0 ports in all.
     
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    It looks bulky, but I could see using this daily with my desktop.
     
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    its not expensive for a usb hub / self defense weapon!
     
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    I like them - they look as if they could be easily disassembled, refinished, and even have ports for other devices modded into them. Very nifty little things...
     
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    How long until someone tries to get some RAID action on like the 10-port version? :p
     
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    never. because its still only got a single uplink.
     
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    Wow - I just browsed to see if they were being sold anywhere yet and on Amazon they are priced at more than double the prices listed here in the USA. Way too expensive - from $90 to $160! Crazy - hopefully they'll get distributed to more resellers and become more realistic.

    BTW - they are also offered in black aluminum, really nice looking.
     
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    The only thing that I would do with that is strip the stupid things out of the chassis and build a mini tube amp in it. :toast:
     
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    on topic though: the hub looks like a recipe for a spaghetti junction scenario.
     
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    I could see this device being modded to have USB3 ports built into my desk easily.
    Providing they don't drop out like other large USB2 hubs do.
     
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    The 7 and 10 port versions seem to use 4-port hubs behind 4-port hubs. I wonder how (in)consistent the performance is because of this.
     

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