The Blackbird MX-1 USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C PCIe add-in card works as advertised and allowed us to easily add both of the new style SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 connectors to our desktop PC. If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 the installation and setup is super easy and it’s just plug and play and there are no drivers that need to be installed. That means in just a couple minutes you can have upgrade your PC to have USB 3.1 Type-A port and Type-C ports to have the ability to transfer data at up to 10 Gbps. Many new smartphones and mobile devices are starting to transition to the smaller USB Type-C connector, so this card should be useful for years to come and is a cost effective solution for adding a couple USB 3.1 ports.
When it comes to pricing the Blackbird MX-1 is available for $39.99 with free shipping on Amazon and is backed by a 1-year limited warranty. We performance tested the Blackbird MX-1 against the ASUS USB 3.1 Type-C card ($42.62 shipped) and found that it performed basically the same and offers more ports for less money. There are other cards like the Blackbird MX-1 on the market that are available for less money, but they don’t have a black PCB or a labeled PCI slot bracket. This might matter to some gamers and enthusaists that have a PC case with a window or are going for a particular color theme.
If you want to USB 3.1 ports and would like to have both a USB 3.1 Type-A and USB 3.1 Type-C port we highly recommend giving the Blackbird MX-1 a look!
Legit Bottom Line: The Blackbird MX-1 performed as expected, looks great and is an easy way to add USB 3.1 Type-A & Type-C ports to a desktop PC!