This week we were sent a couple more items from Inateck to review, so first up is the Inateck Aluminium Unibody 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with RJ45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter… not the catchest of names (and that’s the shortened version!). However, we’re not here to review names, but products. So what is it, and how does it rate?
Essentially, it’s a small portable USB hub, with 3 USB 3.0 ports, allowing you to connect whatever USB devices you need. However, it also has a RJ45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Converter LAN Wired Network Adapter on the end of it, meaning you can plug it into a USB port on a laptop and use it to connect to your network via a normal network cable. In most cases, your desktop probably has a network card installed, so it won’t be much use, but if you happen to have a laptop without a network socket (like some small form laptops or the newer Apple laptops), this can be a godsend. It’s small (about the size of UK Milky Way bar) and thanks to the Aluminium Unibody, solidly made. It feels like a quality bit of kit. Small USB hubs can be very hit-and-miss regarding the charging power, but as with other Inateck devices we’ve tried, this hub is happy to sit and charge whatever you plug into it without any fuss or bother. No drivers to install, just plugin and go. If you have a laptop, and find yourself in need of more USB sockets and a network connection, this is well worth the purchase.
9/10 – Once again, a solid, well make bit of kit from Inateck that does everything it says it’ll do.
Inateck Sweatproof Running Waist Pack Belt with Expandable Storage Pocket
The 2nd item we got to look at was the first non-tech device we’ve had from Inateck, but it would seem the design quality we see on their digital hardware is carried across to other items in their range. At first glance the Waist Pack Belt looks like a normal belt. However, there are 2 zipped pockets on the front which expand out to fit items such as mobile phones, keys, bank cards or other essentials you may need whilst out on your run. It’s solidly made, with a decent plastic clasp, so there’s no fear of it coming undone whilst you jog about. There are a number of reflective surfaces, so if you’re out running at night it will help keep you safe, and comes in lime green if you really want to stand out, or black if you prefer something a little more subtle! It’s also water resistant, so whilst it won’t help if you go jumping in a lake, it should keep your valuables dry if you get caught in the rain.