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TP-LINK TL-SG108E 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch, 8 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Just being able to test cables and see TX/RX stats alone is worth the extra couple bucks vs. unmanaged. The other features, particularly port mirroring, are icing on the cake.

Cons: Java app for management. Maybe it is just me, but I. hate. Java.

Other Thoughts: I won't write more here because the other reviewers have summed it up really well. Just wanted to add a 5 star review to a worthy item.

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SAMSUNG UD590 Series U28D590D Black 28
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: To be up front, I do not own this monitor. But as I read these reviews I feel obliged to point out some issues with the existing reviews. First, dual link HDMI is a valid alternative if you don't have DisplayLink. But single HDMI wont cut it. Second, I run a Dell 2811HM plus second 1080p screen off a 4-5 year old i7 HD5750 with zero issues or lag. Sure, I don't max out all the gaming options, but for desktop use and basic gaming, zero lag. Third, for the guy with power save issues, Samsung has issues here for certain. I have a 1080p monitor of theirs with the same issues. Three repairs in 3 years, and they can't seem to fix it for more than a month at a time. Finally, if you think this is a deal, I do encourage you to look at Dell or Asus. You'll get an IPS panel and even VESA mount at the same price.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Windows 8 & 10 both have improved DPI scaling vs prior versions. Unfortunately, Media Center PlayReady doesn't support DisplayLink.

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Targus ACP71USZ USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Dual Video Docking Station with Power
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Either bad unit or not compatible or not ready for prime time? 08/11/2013

This review is from: Targus ACP71USZ USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Dual Video Docking Station with Power

Pros: It does as advertised. More USB ports than you can shake a stick at, and plenty of video outputs for multimon expansion of an Ultrabook.

Cons: Using with my Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook running Windows 8.0. I spent over a week tweaking drivers and such with support to get the latest version of everything from Intel. I finally got the system stable, but it was a nightmare experience with one thing or another not working properly (wired network, video unstable/crashing, etc.) At least 5 times I had to completely reinstall the dock software because some part of it wasn't working right. Common issue from drivers in the 1990s, but you don't really expect that these days.

Now everything finally works, but the video still stutters frequently and there's also some odd blocky-ness like the video is overly compressed. I find frequent rebooting and unpowering of the Targus does help. I think some of it is that USB 3.0 just doesn't have the bandwidth necessary to pump 2 screens at >1600 pixels plus Gig-E plus all my other accessories. And the slow Intel HD 4000 video in the Dell isn't exactly great either -- although I hear other people with the same chip not having the same issues with the Targus.

But the real reason I remove all the stars is the support experience. Targus was all too happy to help when it was easy for them to show that my drivers weren't all updated. But once they were all updated and the obvious stuff done, they were less helpful. One guy asked me for a screenshot of my problem -- when I was having blue screen issues and driver crashes and pixilation. Taking a screenshot doesn't capture any bit of that. Now maybe he meant I should use my phone to take pictures of my computer screen, which is what I offered, but that's not what he asked. I felt like I was just being put through the paces rather than someone genuinely caring about my problem.

At my office, we have hundreds of these and the experience is all the same -- either it works (or maybe the user's eyes simply don't notice the lag and pixilation), or it doesn't. When it doesn't, forget getting help or getting the dock replaced as a troubleshooting step, and good luck figuring out the various driver combinations.

Other Thoughts: Don't know who's fault it is. Intel, maybe. Dell, possibly. Targus, perhaps. Regardless, these are not ready for primetime. It's nice having a light ultrabook, but for docking situations, I'm going back to my older laptop with real docking station.

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Scott L.'s Profile

Display Name: Scott L.

Date Joined: 03/22/04

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 12/22/09
  • Last Review: 01/07/15
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