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Pros: It does eventually work once you get everything recognized properly. No issues with this adapter outside of getting all three monitors recognized any time I go from the monitors being turned off in power save mode, sleep or fresh boots. Basically anytime I'm not actually using it and I need to get everything going again. I gave this product 2 eggs because for the most part, it does work. To me, one eggs are reserved for things that don't actually do what they say they'll do.

Cons: A lot of difficulty getting all 3 monitors to get recognized consistently. Sometimes I'll come back to my desk and bring the machine online out of sleep and everything is recognized. Sometimes one monitor won't be on. Sometimes none of them are on. It took me quite a few frustrating trail and error methods to get a process down where I could get back to working within a few minutes.

Definitely not an adapter where you can just plug it in, attach the Surface Dock cable and be up and running. It recognizes all 3 monitors maybe every 1/5 times where I don't have to hit the sync button at all. These moments are causes for celebrations, which is a little sad.

Other Thoughts: I use this with my Surface Book connected to the standard Surface Dock so I can support 3 monitors. I would not recommend this adapter to support this setup. Other people at my work have much better results by using the 2 native mini display ports with an extra USB 3.0 video adapter as the 3rd monitor.

The best procedure I've been able to work out so far to get all three monitors to be recognized:

-Start from a cold boot with Surface connected to dock
-Open Surface book, make sure it's at the login screen
-Close Surface book, press the "Sync" button on the StarTech adapter
-Login screen should show on your external monitor. Login.

DO NOT login to the surface book with the surface book open. Make sure you do this with the external display. Otherwise your applications will scale incorrectly and you'll need to logout/login to correct this.

Sometimes after this one of the monitors won't be on. I can't tell at the login screen because windows doesn't show content on all the screens until you've past the login screen. Anyway, if I hit "Sync" again, that usually does the trick to get them all recognized if one doesn't yet show anything. If I get up and leave my machine, causing it to auto-shutoff the monitors, I start from step 2 on the list above. (i.e. exclude the cold boot, just get it out of sleep and at the login window)

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Rosewill RX-358 V2 BLK - Black, 3.5
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Pros: Good enclosure and I like having the separate options for eSATA or USB. I bought this after upgrading my old 1TB drive to a 4TB. I then wanted to turn the 1TB drive into an external. Drive to drive transfers were fast. I was able to get about 30MB/s out of USB and 80+MB/s out of eSATA.

Enclosure is almost entirely metal, it definitely doesn't feel cheap.

Cons: Assembly wasn't difficult, but probably my only gripe is it's assembled using more screws than what's entirely necessary. Design wise, they could have done a better job of a tooless design that would make it more friendly to swapping drives out.

Fan is also noticeable when sitting on top of the desk, but you can always turn it off. Having it sit on my tower underneath my desk in my office, I don't notice it at all.

Regardless, no eggs deducted for any of those things. They're just minor little things that may be important to someone else.

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TOSHIBA PH3400U-1I72 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Speeds are quite good for a platter drive. Price per GB value for this drive is very good as well. It does the job and performance wise, I have no complaints.

Cons: VERY LOUD! I haven't had a hard drive that was this loud since the 90s from my old 486 machine. At times it vibrates my case because it's so loud.

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Display Name: Ryan L.

Date Joined: 05/08/07

  • Reviews: 24
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 05/20/07
  • Last Review: 04/28/16
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