[dropcaps]As many of you may know, I am a huge fan of the cool gadgets that Inateck manufacturers. With inexpensive products that still function as well as their higher priced competitors, it’s hard not to like them. Well, a few weeks ago they contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their latest product, the Inateck HB4009. I, of course, jumped on the purity and I am happy to say they did not disappoint. The Inateck HB4009 is a really cool gadget that allows you to connect two devices, such as your Windows PC and your Android smartphone, and move files between them using the seamless software that is included and your mouse and keyboard. That’s right, you can control your Android smartphone using the same mouse and keyboard you use to control your computer! Enough of my geekish outburst though, let’s get on with the show and let’s see just how well the Inateck HB4009 performs.[/dropcaps]
Aesthetically speaking, the Inateck HB4009 looks just like any other USB hub. So much so, that without the included software that makes device connect to two completely different devices, you would never be able to tell the difference. Made completely out of a gray plastic, the Inateck HB4009 is rectangular in shape with ports on top and on the right and left sides. Starting with the top half, the Inateck HB4009 has three USB 3.o ports that also provided the device with some small splashes of color since the USB ports are blue instead of the gray found everywhere else.
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On the right and left sides, you are greeted with two more USB ports, one with a non-removable cord and the other a simple port. The one that does not have the built-in cord is the port that allows you to connect two devices together. The Inateck HB4009 comes with a USB cable and an OTG adapter, but you can use your own if you have on already. The actual magic that allows the devices to connect together is built into the Inateck HB4009 and has nothing to do with the cables themselves.
Now we can get to what makes the Inateck HB4009 more than just another USB hub. As I mentioned earlier, there are two sides to the Inateck HB4009. One that has the built in USB cable and one that does not. Well, the one that does not have the built-in cable is called the “Magic Port.” Magic Port you ask? Yes, the Magic Port. The name suits it well if you ask me, as there is an aura of magic that is felt when you connect two devices together and then control them using the same set of controls without having to instal a plethora of software tools or having to spend hours configuring things to get them to work. Magic, right?
[row][double_paragraph]Now we can get to what makes the Inateck HB4009 more than just another USB hub. As I mentioned earlier, there are two sides to the Inateck HB4009. One that has the built in USB cable and one that does not. Well, the one that does not have the built-in cable is called the “Magic Port.” Magic Port you ask? Yes, the Magic Port. The name suits it well if you ask me, as there is an aura of magic that is felt when you connect two devices together and then control them using the same set of controls without having to instal a plethora of software tools or having to spend hours configuring things to get them to work. Magic, right? [/double_paragraph][double_paragraph] [/double_paragraph] [/row]To test the Magic Port, I connected the Inateck HB4009 to my Windows 8 machine and to my Droid Turbo. Everything worked like a charm as my computer instantly recognized the Inateck HB4009 and automatically ran the software needed to use the device. I have to say that I was a bit amazed being to click Alt+s (the default hotkeys) and being able to use my mouse to control my computer and smartphone. I could then copy files from both devices with ease, and I used the opportunity to back up some of my phones pictures onto my PC. I should state just for reference that for me to be able to use my computers mouse and keyboard on my Droid Turbo, I need to connect them to the USB ports on the Inateck HB4009 and not just leave them hooked up to my computers USB ports.
While the Inateck HB4009 performed remarkably and did what is stated that it would do, there was one small hiccup that needs to be noted. That being changing from one screen to another. I had some issues making the Inateck HB4009 change from my PC to my Droid Turbo though that could easily be user error. I found myself having to click on Alt+S more than once to make the device change though I must say I didn’t try changing the hotkey to another key configuration to see if that made any difference.
The Inateck HB4009 is a great tool for those that find themselves using multiple devices on a daily basis and hate having to use USB drives to transfer files from one computer to another (since we are assuming you have a distaste for cloud storage). While we only touched on the subject of how the Inateck HB4009 performs when connecting a Windows PC to an Android device, the Inateck HB4009 is also capable of connecting to windows machines, a windows machine and a mac, and so on. So as you can see, the Inateck HB4009 has quite the potential to be a multitasking machine.
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