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StarTech SV431DVIUA 4 Port DVI USB KVM Switch with Audio and USB 2.0 Hub
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3 out of 5 eggs good video, mediocre USB, no audio 11/26/2015

This review is from: StarTech SV431DVIUA 4 Port DVI USB KVM Switch with Audio and USB 2.0 Hub

Pros: good video, heavy enough

Cons: mediocre USB, no audio

Other Thoughts: I read the reviews first, so I knew sound was likely not to work and bought it anyway because the price was in an acceptable range and it looked heavy enough to not slide around on my desk, not tip with the weight of cables attached, etc, and it has lived up (and down) to expectations for the most part.

Wouldn't buy again or recommend because of the flaky USB. Otoh, I don't recommend against it really strongly, and even though it's within the 1 year manufacturer warranty I probably won't try to return it, because every manufacturer seems to have the same problem with USB. Probably not worth the bother of trading in, when the replacement is likely to have the same problems.

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HGST/Hitachi 0F12470 Ultrastar 7K3000, 2TB, 64MB, 7200RPM, SATA III, 6.0GB/B, 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: fast, inexpensive, capacity

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: Ordered 7; put 6 into a RAID Z2 array, and transfer speeds have been over 100MB/s, which is the ballpark of Gb/s LAN. So unless you have faster than Gb LAN adapters on both your storage server and your client(s), these are terrific for a NAS.

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HGST Ultrastar A7K2000 DL-HUA722020ALA331 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Partitioned two of these into two 931GB volumes each, and constructed a Linux software RAID5 array out of the four 931GB volumes. File transfer speeds while copying my Steam library from previous location to this new RAID5 partition seem to hover either around 30MB/s or 180MB/s. I assume the difference corresponds to small vs large files, but I won't check. The performance is adequate for my use.

Cons: 2 out of 5 did not work.

Other Thoughts: At full retail price, 2/5 units operational would be unacceptable, but at this price, and as long as refunds for DOA items are honored, this is a great deal. A few DOAs are part of what we sign up for when we buy refurbished items, and since both the RMA and the refund were issued quickly they earned all 5 eggs.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 01/25/05

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  • First Review: 03/18/10
  • Last Review: 11/26/15
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