Vendor Store: Flowcross (3rd Party)
Vendor Rating: 22975 sales with 96.6% Positive feedback
Product Link: AliExpress Item Page
AliTech Score: 5 Star
Review Type: Personal Purchase
Price: $12.77 (Free shipping)
Pros: Well made, Fast, No drivers required
Cons: Internal socket would have been better as USB header
Bottom Line: Cheap way to add extra Type A and C USB sockets to your PC

Overview

This Vodool PCIe x1 card is a way to add extra USB ports to your PC. I provides five USB3 Type A sockets (4 external and 1 internal) along with a single USB3.1 Type C socket. All USB sockets gold plated and are fully powered by a SATA connector. The Type C socket is only 5Gbps, not the full 10Gbps of USB3.1 though.

Functionality

It is hard to fault the functionality of the card. The ports all work as expected and offer the full expected speed. There is no play in the sockets and they are well enough spaced if you need to actually make use of them all at the same time.

The inclusion of a single internal port USB Type A instead of a USB Header is a little odd. A header connector being more useful internally, but that would have caused the need for a bigger PCB and probably more cost.

Installation

Installation is simple enough. First you need to ensure that you have a SATA power cable that you can route in your case so it can be plugged into the card. I recommend you plug in the power cable before fitting as it is easier than doing afterwards. Then simply ply into a spare PCIe slot and screw into the case.

If you are using Windows 10 there is no need to install any drivers. The card is automatically recognized and standard Windows drivers are installed. This is a huge benefit as you do not have to rely on card manufacturer to maintain the drivers.

There is a driver disk for older versions of Windows but I have not tested this.

Construction

The card looks well made. The PCB having a great looking black finish. All components are fitted well and all solder joints look good.

All USB sockets are gold plated, not the thickest coating but good enough for the requirements.

Purchase experience

The vendor gave no troubles and the product was shipped in a timely manner. I had no cause to contact the seller so can give no feedback on what they are like to deal with or how quickly they respond to messages.

The packaging was a solid box that was well wrapped (inside and out) and the packaging did not suffer any damage in transit.

Conclusion

If you have run out of USB ports or just want to add USB 3 ports to a machine this is a cheap, easy to install and setup solution. The inclusion of a Type C connector is a bonus.

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