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Nippon Labs USB3-6MM 6 ft. Blue USB 3.0 A Male to A Male 6ft Cable 6 feet
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It worked for a while.

Cons: I have 2 of these cables that developed the same problem over time: Errors with transfers to external hard disk enclosures. I'm running USB 2 on the cables and even then they cause problems. Hard disks will click loudly like the drive is unable to read/write a sector. The drives work fine in PCs, and with another brand cable.

I've always treated the cables well. They've sat on a desk when not in use, coiled up. They are barely uncoiled when connecting the laptop to the USB drive.

It took me weeks to figure out that the problem was the cable and not the drive, enclosure, or software. After everything else, replacing the cable eliminated all problems with the drives.

I know this sounds crazy, I too never expected the cable to be the problem. After 25 years in IT this is the first time I've ever had ANY USB cable give me any sort of problems.

New Egg sells a similar cable that looks identical, but, has been working fine for a week. Maybe that will change after a year as well. I hope not.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent quality scans. Fast scanning. Scanning software does a great job at detecting page sizes and cropping without losing anything; it's actually better at this than the more expensive Fujitsu scanner I tried.

Cons: LIGHT scans with low contrast, and no ability to adjust this on color or gray-scale images/PDFs.

Lack of brightness and contrast controls for color and gray-scale scans.

Image bleed-through from the back side of the page on paper thinner than 20 pound weight.

Other Thoughts: Perfect scanner if you want a simple to-use, but somewhat customizable scanning solution. No TWAIN (or ISIS) support isn't a problem if you can live with the included software. Most options you would want are included in the software, the notable exception being brightness and contrast controls. The lack of these controls can be a problem if scanning thinner paper, especially if it's printed on both sides. If you are going to convert to black-and-white (not gray-scale) this is adjustable and shouldn't be a problem. But, if you want to preserve all the information in a document (including color and gradations) you'll have trouble on with double-sided pages which are printed on anything less than 20 pound weight paper...unless you can live with a little image-bleed-through.

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Kingston DataTraveler G3 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (White & Red) Model DTIG3/32GBZ
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Capacity and price.

Cons: SLOW. 5 MB/s write speeds.

Other Thoughts: Windows 7 (64 bit) will grind to a crawl when copying large files. The copy function completes in Windows but the caching continues to take a long time to finish writing data to the drive. Don't be fooled by Windows claiming 20+ MB/s transfer speeds at the beginning of a copy. You will wait eons for large files to finish copying, but, so far, they seem to complete eventually and be error-free.

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Mark W.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark W.

Date Joined: 12/03/05

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 04/20/06
  • Last Review: 07/24/14
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