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ROCCAT Apuri Active USB Hub Review

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Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Testing the ROCCAT Apuri consisted of using the device extensively for about 10 days. The results of this phase will be based on how it performed in its role as an accessory. In other words, was it a benefit in its role as a mouse bungee? And, how did it perform as a USB hub? We will answer these and many other questions regarding the ROCCAT Apuri as we move forward.

Keep in mind that the results will consist of my opinions regarding the ROCCAT Apuri. Other individuals may have had different experiences while using this device. This is a component of the ROCCAT Smart Desktop Management System (SDMS), and even though this device may have worked well on my desk, it may not have worked as well on the desk of another individual. Anyway, my goal is to provide you with unbiased, accurate feedback.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
  • System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
  • Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
  • Audio: ASUS XONAR DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card
  • Video: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card
  • PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Monitor: AOC e2752Vh (27?) & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24?)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate

ROCCAT Apuri

Test Results

There are a number of different qualities that ROCCAT claims the Apuri possesses. One of these qualities is that “USB ports always within reach.” Yes, there are four USB 2.0 ports that are at the user’s immediate disposal. However, two of those ports are in the front of the device. Think about that. Are you going to plug in a wired device into the front of the Apuri? Probably not. The front of the device is where your mouse belongs, not cable obstructions. It is probably best to utilize the front ports for light duty, such as transferring files via a flash drive. The USB ports on the right side will probably be utilized for “permanent” use, such as plugging in a mouse, headset, and/or keyboard.

Now, ROCCAT provides an AC adapter with the Apuri and I would recommend using it if you are planning on charging devices through it. Without the AC adapter, I plugged my smartphone into the Apuri and, even though the battery charging indicator came up on the phone, it was only momentarily. Yes, I checked to make sure it was plugged into a powered USB port, and I also tried different ports. With the AC adapter on the job, no charging issues. Other than that, the ROCCAT Apuri met my expectations in terms of living up to its role as a USB hub.

“Smooth Gaming” is another claim that ROCCAT makes on behalf of the Apuri. The company is confident that it will eliminate any catching, grabbing, or pulling that can take place when a bungee is not in the picture. Considering that it is outfitted with a flexible rubber mouse bungee, it seems as if this is a plausible claim. After putting it into action, the claim is confirmed. The mouse bungee basically follows your movements and does not even come close to impeding them. Also, the mouse cord is elevated around 4-5″ off of the surface of the desk. What this does is prevent the cord from catching on anything or dragging on the desk surface. There are other mouse bungees that elevate the cord, but I haven’t used one that incorporated a flexible design.

The final test was regarding the claim that the ROCCAT Apuri provided a, “Secure + Stable Stand.” The tripod design does provide all the stability required. It will not tip over; it won’t even list to one side. What it has the potential to do is slide. It is not a very heavy device, so if you don’t get your mouse cord situated in there correctly, slippage is a possibility. However, if it does slide, you know that you need to provide a little more slack.


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2 comments

  1. Wayne

    I’ve never been one for gimmicks and when I first clapped eyes on this thing that is exactly what I thought it was until I took a closer look at one during a computer show, this was at least 5 years ago and decided I’ll buy one because it wasn’t expensive then and it intrigued me. Needless to say I still use it to this day and love it.
    I have to agree with two points the reviewer stated, it does need better grip on the surface it stands on because it indeed slips about although I solved that problem soon after I got it with double sided tape and secondly it desperately needs updating to the USB 3.0 standard, something I can do nothing about.

  2. Johnniedoo

    Ditto to Wayne’s thoughts on the 2 missing elements to make this perfect
    I thank you for the simile like a scorpion. I do not think i would have made the connection-but that is exactly the critter in form , at least
    I believe your review made a customer out of me. I really like the concept and do not do much looking anymore for usb hubs. have a mess of them-but not like this
    Thanks again
    John

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