You can never be too skinny, too rich, or have too many USB ports. The EZQuest USB-C Gen 2 Hub Adapter adds four USB-C ports and three USB-A, creating space for a range of peripherals for your Mac or iPad.
I conducted the USB-C hub through real-world testing. Here are its advantages and disadvantages.
EZQuest USB-C Gen 2 Hub Adapter Review
Interestingly, most USB-C hubs do not offer additional USB-C ports. It will mostly have one, plus a number of USB-A ports, as well as options for connecting monitors, etc. But these hubs cannot be used with multiple USB-C plugins.
Which isn’t ideal, given that Apple only uses USB-C in its laptops and high-end tablets. This makes you ask the question when buying a USB accessory: are you planning to plug it into your Mac or a hub?
This is an additional complication you don’t have to worry about with the EZQuest USB-C Gen 2 Hub Adapter. It offers four USB-C ports. And there are three USB-A ports for other peripherals.
Hardware and design
The EZQuest hub is 4.8 inches by 1.6 inches and 0.5 inches thick. It weighs only 0.16 pounds. All of this makes the accessory quite portable, if not pocket-friendly.
At one end is a non-removable cable, which is 7.75 inches and ends with a USB-C connector. That’s more than long enough to plug into your Mac, and enough to put the hub flat on the table when it’s attached to the iPad on the keyboard stand. In addition, the cable seems strong enough to withstand regular use.
The case is made of aluminum and uses a black and dark gray color scheme. The design has curved corners and straight edges. All in all, it matches the look of various Apple products. And it’s compatible with a wide range of them – any Mac or iPad with a USB-C port.
There are four USB-C ports along one edge. Three of them support USB 3.2 Gen 2, so they offer a maximum data transfer rate of 10 GBps. The fourth reaches 5Gbps, but also supports up to 100W PD 3.0 for fast powering of your Mac or iPad.
These ports are useful for charging your iPhone and other devices, as well as external drives. But I can’t stand an external monitor. You need a Thunderbolt hub for this.
On the opposite side of the EZQuest USB-C Gen 2 Hub Adapter are three USB-A ports with USB 3.0. They offer a maximum data transfer rate of 5Gbps. These ports are suitable for a variety of accessories, such as keyboards, mice and flash drives.
Just keep in mind, the only port that can be used to charge your computer is the fourth USB-C.
EZQuest USB-C Gen 2 Hub Performance Adapter
To make sure the EZQuest hub works well as a USB-C hub, I used it as a USB-C hub in my home office for a few days. This included connecting a mouse and several external drives. Everything was done as expected.
As part of that, I conducted real-world testing to confirm that different ports are meeting promises.
USB-C ports are really useful only if they support fast data transfer. It took 3.5 seconds to move the 1 GB test file from my computer to the external drive through the hub. It took less than 3 seconds to transfer the same file from disk to computer.
This was fast enough that I moved to the big league. It took 28 seconds to transfer a 10.5 GB file from my computer to an external drive via a USB-C hub. The transition from disk to computer took 30 seconds.
Note that these two tests were performed with Kingston DataTraveler Max, a drive that supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 and up to 10 GBps. Drives without that standard will not be so fast.
Then I tested the speed of four USB-A ports. I used a simple USB 3.0 flash drive because the ports in the EZQuest hub are no faster.
In my testing, copying a 1 GB test file from disk to my computer via a hub took 9 seconds. It took 80 seconds to move from the flash drive to my computer.
The EZQuest USB-C Gen 2 Hub Adapter aluminum case is not just for aesthetics. It also helps to release excess heat. The hub definitely heats up when used.
Plug in one USB accessory and it will soon be above room temperature. Add a few more, including a charging cable, and the USB-C hub will heat up quite a bit. It doesn’t reach dangerously hot, but it can be warm enough to make some people wary.
Final thoughts on the EZQuest USB-C Gen 2 Hub Adapter
Put this USB-C hub on your desk and stop worrying about whether the accessory you need is a USB-A or USB-C plug. The EZQuest hub has room for both. Or take him on a trip for the same reason.
It only heats up a little more than I like, but that didn’t affect its functionality during my testing.
The USB-C Gen 2 Hub Adapter costs $ 69.99 on the EZQuest website. Its manufacturer has a store on Amazon, but this product was still on the list at the time of writing.
The Satechi 4-port USB-C Hub ($ 39.99) is perhaps the closest competitor to EZQuest. The name emphasizes its recognizable characteristic. It’s small, but no USB.
As I mentioned before, if you want a hub with USB-C ports that can process video, you’ll need to choose one that has Thunderbolt. Let me suggest OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. It offers features that the EZQuest hub can’t even dream of. But it costs $ 269 and is not portable.
EZQuest provided Cult Maca with the review unit for this article. See our review policies and other detailed reviews of Apple-related items.
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