Inateck HB4103 Three-Port USB 3.0 / Ethernet Hub Review

Inateck HB4103 Three-Port USB 3.0 / Ethernet Hub Review

It doesn't look like much, but Inateck's HB4103 three-port USB 3.0 / Ethernet hub is pretty impressive considering its price and performance.

| Sep 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm CDT
Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Inateck
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Inateck is a vendor that appears to dabble in many markets including storage and networking to an extent. The solution sent over for today's review is a three-port USB 3.0 hub but setting it apart from your standard hub is the addition of gigabit Ethernet.

Inateck for the most part came on as an Amazon vendor and to this point provides affordable options in many markets including USB, Bluetooth, and PCIe Expansion cards. The product I have today, the HB4103, is part of the USB 3.0 Hub lineup and more specific a three-port hub with a side of gigabit Ethernet.

This device is a plug and play solution needing no drivers while supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. With all of this device's functionality, Inateck is pushing this towards Ultrabook and tablet devices that often are missing a wired Ethernet interface.

The MSRP of the Inateck HB4103 comes in at $39.99 with a one-year warranty.

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Packaging is quite simple with a sticker on the front of the box offering information on the hub.

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Taking a look at the hub, we have three USB 3.0 ports on top followed by a power LED at the top.

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On the bottom edge is the RJ45 Ethernet port and LEDs on each side.

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At the end of the cable, we have a Type-A USB 3.0 connection.

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Running the Inateck device through a rough performance test with my Intel 730 SSD, I was quite happy with this hub. I found no loss in performance running my SSD through the hub.

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On the networking side of things, impressive was this small hub's Ethernet controller, reaching very close to full gigabit speeds, topping out somewhere around 960 Mbps.

I was quite impressed by the Inateck HB4103. Not only did it provide a solid device physically, the build quality is quite good thanks to the thick aluminum shell, but the performance too is good. In my testing, I did not lose much more than 1 MB/s when placing this hub between my PC and the Intel 730 SSD.

Adding to this device is the gigabit Ethernet port, which from my testing is coming from Realtek and on this device offers up 960 Mbps consistently. In my own personal use, I was quite happy the claims of plug and play functionality were true both on my late 2013 MacBook Pro and desktop test system you see in the specs below for both the USB 3.0 connectivity and the Gigabit Ethernet port.

With all of the above considered, the Inateck HB4103 is a great device for its target audience of Ultrabooks, MacBooks and notebooks etc., but for those of you wanting a hub for desktop use, the included cable will be way too short.

Tyler's Test System Specifications

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging70%
Value for Money95%
Overall Rating88%

The Bottom Line: At the given price, Inateck's HB4103 may be the highest quality and performing option for a three-port hub with gigabit ethernet that we've seen.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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