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StarTech.com Triple-Video Docking Station for Laptops - USB 3.0 - Universal USB 3.0 Laptop Docking Station - 3 Video Outputs
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lots of connectivity options. Small package size. Inconspicuous design. This device looked to be exactly what I needed for a multiheaded office workstation.

Cons: Buggy drivers. I've tried this on three different vendor's laptops, but all three have had continuous bluescreen crashes with this device attached. All three laptops were brand new with all current updates for drivers/OS. When it's working it's flawless, but full out crashes are a complete show stopper.

Other Thoughts: Everything from a hardware perspective looks great, and the performance, when it's not crashing, is exactly what I needed it to be. However until there are more stable drivers, this is effectively a paperweight. At least it's not taking up a lot of desk space while it's sitting there not working.

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HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dne (CF399A) up to 35 ppm 1200 x 1200 dpi USB/Ethernet Duplex Workgroup Monochrome Laser Printer
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast print time, easy network set up, duplexer, etc. It's a printer, it does what it's suppose to.

Cons: SmartInstall.
I've deployed several of these printers over the past few years, and always used the network since they were all used by a group of people.
Upon deploying one for a single user, I opted to use the USB connection as there was no additional network port and it seemed silly to buy a hub for one extra device. However, that would have been the easier path.

The stock installer has some sort of setting up period referred to as the "Smart Installer" in which the printer does not present itself to the computer as a typical printer where you can specify drivers and the like. It continuously failed at 99% (Win7x64Pro) stating that the installation had taken too long. An observation with which I wholeheartedly agree, as this was several tens of minutes after the initiation of the whole process.

I eventually discovered that using HPs Universal Driver system allowed me to install it in a more traditional manner, but the whole experience left me disheartened.

Other Thoughts: For what it does, it's a great device. Just be aware there are some oddities with USB installation that I wouldn't expect to see with a network deployment. Clearly this must work correctly for someone, else they wouldn't continue to distribute the software as such (at least one would hope that to be the case).

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Mini USB DVB-T RTL-SDR Realtek RTL2832U & R820T Tuner Receiver Dongle MCX Input
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small footprint, RTL-SDR compatible.

Got this up and running with the RTL-SDR drivers on an Ubuntu machine within minutes. Stock antenna was sufficient for receiving and decoding 900Mhz ISM messages from nearby smart power meters with appropriate third-party software. Worked great for local police/ambulance frequencies as well.

Cons: Wish it had a F-style connector or BNC, or anything other than MCX. Obviously this is a known issue from the product description.

It ships from China. Yes, it really does take several weeks to show up.

Other Thoughts: Software modifications look promising for receiving 0-40Mhz range, which includes AM radio, shortwave, and ELF signals. Stick a microwave dish LNB on the front end of this and start receiving down-converted 2.4 Ghz signals or higher.

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Matthew N.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew N.

Date Joined: 09/18/06

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 07/28/09
  • Last Review: 05/09/16
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