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INSTEN 1042733 1 card USB 1.1 SIM Card Reader
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1 out of 5 eggs Pointless without software. 12/22/2015

This review is from: INSTEN 1042733 1 card USB 1.1 SIM Card Reader

Pros: * Didn't actually fry my T-Mobile SIM
* Didn't obliterate my contacts
* It's a pretty blue.

Cons: No good without software. In lieu of software, a small sheet with a URL shortener (goo.gl/yadda yadda yadda) was provided. URL doesn't retrieve anything.

Other Thoughts: I wanted some process besides tearing up 2 phones just to back up my contacts. Will keep searching.

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IOGEAR GCS1724 4 Port VGA KVM Switch w/ PS2 & USB
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good build. I need A/C adapter. 03/31/2015

This review is from: IOGEAR GCS1724 4 Port VGA KVM Switch w/ PS2 & USB

Pros: Versatile: your hands-on input devices can be USB or or PS/2. Your remote systems can be USB or PS/2. You probably will not need the (not included) A/C adapter.

Cons: No audio switching: Unlike newer IOGEAR equipment, this unit does NOT have audio in-line switching. Was not a deal for me at all, but it's a feature people might incorrectly assume is present.

Other Thoughts: Con for me personally: this unit would not work with the oldest of my 3 systems: a vintage 2002 Dell Dimension 8300. Consistent "keyboard failure" during Power-On Self Test. I could still use the USB KB to change BIOS settings on the 8300, but after boot, only the mouse (and not the KB) would be seen by WinXP.

Solution was to scavenge an unused 5V A/C adapter from another IOGEAR setup. Problem went away. My USB keyboard now stays backlit 24/7, but whatevs. If I didn't have a machine this old, I probably wouldn't have this problem.

So I can't really ding IOGEAR about it.

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Silverstone PCI Express Card w/ USB 3.0 Internal Connector and USB3.0 Front IO ports - Black Model SST-EC03B-P
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Data cable from front-facing external plate to USB3 header on the PCIe card has generous length: sufficient length to reach diagonally across my big, clunky DELL box.

Drivers from CD included in package worked first time.

I can now transfer 80MB/sec to an external Western Digital USB3.0 drive. (I think the bottleneck is that my PCIe slot, while 2nd Gen, is only running 1 lane. Maybe it's the WD. Whatever, I'm still VERY satisfied with that improvement in speed. Just went and ordered some USB3 flash drives so that I can sneakernet my movies to the living room that much faster.... )

Cons: Front of box has two different model numbers printed on it: SST-EC03-P and SST-EC03B-P. Neither one is a sticker. I used the SST-EC03 drivers from the provided CD first time and they worked, so I guess I'm glad I wasn't paying super-close attention, or I would have picked the driver setup for the EC03B.

So, not a con for me, really? Guess I got lucky.

Other Thoughts: Thanks to Newegg reviews, I knew to install the drivers before the hardware. Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their installation experiences.

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Display Name: ANTHONY R.

Date Joined: 03/01/05

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 12/19/07
  • Last Review: 12/22/15
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