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This review is from: Rosewill RCDC-14033 DisplayPort Male to HDMI Female Adapter
Pros: Thin and compact
Cable that allows for connection in tight space at any angle
Cons: The cable could be a bit thicker but this is a minor gripe.
DisplayPort connection doesn't feel very confident, nor does it latch/lock in place. Hasn't had a connection issue though so I'm not going to knock an egg off.
Other Thoughts: I needed an adapter to HDMI from full-size DisplayPort that was not an in-line like most others are. This was, oddly, the only choice I had on Newegg. Thankfully I was not disappointed.
This cable did exactly what I needed and the quality of the cable was better than I expected.
Pros: Thin profile
Easy to tighten/remove especially when using multiple side-by-side
Cons: The cable COULD be a bit more shielded/stiffer and I wouldn't mind but this is a very minor gripe.
Other Thoughts: I have an HDMI KVM switch and the graphics adapter in this server does not have HDMI. I also needed the ability to have a shallow cable mount due to clearance issues and cable management as well as easy to remove screws.
This fit the bill perfectly and I'm quite satisfied. The thumb screws are by far easier to deal with than the in-line adapters most graphics adapters come with.
Pros: Nice compact design.
LEDs aren't too bright for me.
eSATA and USB support.
Tech support replaced the first one I purchased since the USB controller went bad. The replacement works great.
Cons: The USB Cable is unlabeled.
The instructions are not very informative.
No eSATAp support.
eSATA is difficult to get working with the lack of documentation on the provided USB cable.
The LEDs may be a bit bright for some.
Requires a full power USB port for some drives sometimes even needing the additional power-only USB connector.
Sometimes decides you cannot safely eject the drive thus requiring shutting the computer down. This happens on both USB and eSATA.
First one I received had a bad USB controller. Data transfers slowed to a stop and would never finish. eSATA still works fine on it though.
See other thoughts about eSATA and the USB cable.
The edges of the aluminum housing is pretty sharp.
The panels don't quite line up.
The panel that you screw into feels like it might break if you tighten too much.
All of this together made me knock an egg off. The DOA unit is not part of that decision though, especially with how helpful Rosewill tech support was.
Other Thoughts: The provided cable needs to be labeled. Either this or Rosewill needs to explain it in the instructions. Be it as it may, the cable itself is pretty simple.
I'll attempt to describe the cable:
You have the connection that goes into the drive itself and as you go down the cable it has the Data+Power USB connection and then another off-shoot USB connection. This off-shoot connection is POWER ONLY.
Now, to get eSATA working with the provided USB cable you need to connect the off-shoot power only connection on the provided cable into a full power USB 2.0 port.
If your drive needs more than the max 500ma that USB 2.0 provides (or your port can't provide the power the drive needs) you will need to hook the Data plug into a USB wall charger that provides more power.
Another option is to pick up a 5v @ 650ma (but no higher than 5v @ 1A) power adapter with a barrel power connector. Rosewill did have the drive designed with the Polarity stamped into the housing for the connecter but they unfortunately did not provide any information about it. I do not know what one you will need since the way I described (power only USB + eSATA) has worked fine for me so i haven't needed to purchase one.
I also wanted to mention that Rosewill was great about the first one I purchased. As I described USB-only transfers would slow to a stop and not complete. eSATA worked fine. I was told this was actually a defective unit and the replacement I was sent has worked perfect.
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