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This review is from: HooToo HT-PC002 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Add-On Expansion Card with Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header & 5V 4-Pin Molex Power Connector (VIA VL800 Chipset, Solid Capacitors)
Pros: Easy install. Good USB-3 speeds when it worked. Reliable and fast USB-2.
Cons: USB-3 is occasional rather than typical. Often doesn't recognize USB-3 external HDD until connected via USB-2 cable.
Other Thoughts: I use this card together with a USB-3 external HDD for video backup purposes - most file transfers are larger than 100MB. As I expected, I had to install driver software with this hardware - the process was pretty easy.
The card worked most of the time when I first installed it, but it was temperamental - sometimes great speeds that were almost that of my eSATA-connected ext HDD. Other times, speeds looked more like USB-2.
Recently when I connect to the external HDD, Windows fails to see the drive at all via USB-3. I connected the ext HDD using a USB-2 cable to this card and the drive reappeared as a USB-2 drive. Thinking the USB-3 cable was maybe bad, I replaced it with a known good one, but again Windows failed to recognize the drive until I connected via USB-2.
I'm disappointed with the poor reliability of the card. I want to simply connect my backup drive and hit the backup button and go, but all too often I find myself troubleshooting rather than doing work with this thing. It's just too temperamental for me.
Pros: Solid build. Responsive (no lag). Lots of apps. Big screen. Accurate voice dictation. Standard mini USB port. MicroSD slot. Great ear bud sound. Takes surprisingly good HD video as long as you don't zoom.
Cons: Few killer apps for me - I'm not a gamer or movie buff. Camera is weak compared to most smartphones. Big hands may have trouble holding it without accidentally tapping or swiping, especially in portrait orientation.
Other Thoughts: I bought this so I could enjoy my news feeds at the breakfast table. I soon found, though, that two apps helped me set up my home wireless network. If you intend using this to take pictures, I think you'll be disappointed, though I found it takes reasonably good video outdoors (inside... meh!). I recommend using a case cover to protect it and to prop it up on a flat surface. As a touch typist, I found the virtual keyboard difficult to use at first, but I've gotten better with practice.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I like the overall build and design. It holds my Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablet snugly and securely without clips and all holes align properly. Quick and easy to slide the tablet into and out of the case. Has a solid magnetic flap that holds it together. Keyboard has useful function and arrow keys. Battery life seems long. Looks professional. Arrived in 5 business days.
Cons: Major issues -
- The keyboard keys feel mushy - though not as difficult to use as the tablet's screen keyboard, the physical keyboard is so flexible keys often don't register - especially when not on a solid surface (e.g., while held in my lap).
- No delete key.
Minor issues -
- No place to secure ear buds, charging cables, etc..
- Tablet must be used in landscape mode only and has only one position in relation to the keyboard.
- You can't charge the tablet while using the keyboard because the charging connector keeps the tablet cover from seating properly to the keyboard.
- No way to reassign keys to other functions - no software comes with the hardware.
Other Thoughts: This keyboard-cover appears to be very well designed and built - I don't travel much so probably won't test its durability on the road. Its added weight is noticeable yet reasonable (still far short of a laptop). The keyboard is very difficult for me to type on as I'm a touch typist - I've reverted to two-finger hunt-and-peck on this keyboard - this is especially noticeable when it's held in my lap where keystrokes are often not registered. I wish the cover had a pocket for my ear buds. I have a tablet instead of a more capable laptop because I like the mobility, light weight, Android OS, touch-screen, and long battery life of the tablet - I miss a physical keyboard and this product helped me overcome that obstacle (mostly). 3 eggs for the keyboard, 5 eggs for the overall design, materials, and workmanship.READ FULL REVIEW