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This review is from: Tape to PC Super USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter Capture
Pros: Small, compact. The primary connection, the USB cable, acts both to power the device and to transmit the sound. Includes the open-source Audacity software, but you can also use Nero or any other recording software.
Has a nice feature that lets you change the direction of the tape play by pushing a button, so no need to take the tape out and turn it around. You can also move a switch to have it automatically play the other side once it reaches the end of the first side. Nice!
Cons: You have to play around with the USB cable to find the optimal position of the device, otherwise you will hear a loud hum on the line. If you stretch it out the hum mostly goes away.
Other Thoughts: Pretty good value, but all this is is a tape player with free, open-source recording software. Still, it gets the job doneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works well in my daughter's Dell laptop. Only gets about 230 MB/s read throughput, but that may be due to the laptop's SATA controller, it may only be SATA II instead of SATA III. But still much faster than a slow laptop HDD.
Cons: Not quite as fast as I'd like, but again that may be due to a slower SATA controller in the laptop -- it's very hard to find out what level of SATA controller Dell laptops have.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Pinnacle Dazzle DVD Recorder HD - Video Input Adapter - USB 2.0 DVCPTENAM
Pros: The included Pinnacle Studio worked fine.
Cons: Bought this to digitize (convert) VHS video tapes. The converter device didn't seem to work. The included version of Pinnacle Studio worked fine, but the device never showed up in Device Manager in Windows 8.1 Pro, no matter how many times I installed the driver.READ FULL REVIEW