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Vantec UGT-AH700U3 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub w/ Power Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Unreliable 06/24/2015

This review is from: Vantec UGT-AH700U3 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub w/ Power Adapter

Pros: 7 full-speed, full-current USB3 ports
Nice aluminium case, well constructed

Cons: Flakey as all get-out.
Might or might not connect to host device.
Might or might not connect downstream devices to host.
Might or might not fry downstream devices.
AC wart is fairly large.

Other Thoughts: I purchased two of these. One seemed to be just bad (would not connect to host, when it did it wouldn't stay connected, appeared to "shock" downstream devices somehow so they don't even work on other hubs).

The other unit seems fairly stable ... once it gets connected. It is connected to my laptop, and more or less permanently plugged in to A/C. It didn't seem to work at first, like the other unit, but eventually got itself going and was fine. Undoing the USB cable didn't bother it when I'd take my laptop elsewhere. The other day, though, it got completely unplugged for a day or so. On re-connection, it just refused to connect / stay connected to devices - the blue lights would flash on applying A/C, but then go out immediately. I gave up after a few tries of connecting in different steps.

Today, just for grins, I plugged the A/C back in then connected USB, and voila - it's working again.

Coboc AD-U32GIGABIT-BK Black color USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - USB to RJ45 Network converter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Plug-n-play on Chrome OS.
Able to saturate a 150M/s Internet connection, showed about 25MB/s transfers to and from a local server. Clearly running 1 GB/s.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Bigger than the "default" picture makes it look - the cable is 4" long of the 6" overall length, and fairly stiff. Looks big attached to a Toshiba Chromebook2. Check out the additional pics for better representation.

It did not get noticeably warm during my testing, but I didn't use it very much.

Still, pretty small overall. Tossed it right in the travel bag for the Chromebook for use in a pinch when there's no WiFi available.

Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Integrated Microphone
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Easy setup - plug and play, software installed no problems (Win7 Pro)
Many options for both input and output and for tweaking the setup via software
Great sound with good headphones
Sits out on the desk, so access is good - though headset wires project out the front. Not really a con, just that all cables aren't on one side of the device. Since they're on the front, they're easier to access - but see cons below for how this could have been avoided.

Cons: Sits out on the desk, so cables, cables everywhere. To be fair, if you're not using headphones, all cables are behind the unit.
No separate switch for headphone/mic - plugging and unplugging is the only way to switch from speaker/mic to headset/boom
Jack for headphones and mic are inset from the base, with a small gap between the edge of the base and the actual headphone jack. The 1/4 to 3.5mm adapter that came with my big Sennheiser cans will not fit. What good is a 600 ohm headphone amp if you can't plug in good headphones? Be aware that you may have to buy a cable-style adapter to plug in 1/4" phones to this device.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this in hopes that I could use it for conference calls (I'm on them for many hours a day).

The built-in mic array seems to do an OK job, once I got the volume set up. No complaint there - no feedback at all from the speakers plugged in to the back of the unit. So that's good.

However, switching to headphones with a boom mic is possible only by physically plugging them in. I have a separate Plantronics switch that I had hoped to retire, but ended up having it constantly plugged in to the headphone jack - now, as before, it does the switching between speakers & headphones, rather than this unit by itself. It also has widely spaced jacks without any interfering frame, meaning my high-end headphones can plug in directly to it. The downside is that now I have *two* devices on my desk for audio, and I *still* have to plug the mic cable into Ito the Omni to switch to the headphone boom.

It would be so much nicer to have a rocker switch on top of the Omni to change inputs, instead of fumbling with cables. That's OK for an occasional switch, but a drag when you do it a dozen times a day.


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Display Name: Paul H.

Date Joined: 08/03/06

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  • Last Review: 06/24/15
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