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StarTech 4 Port PCI Express PCIe SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Controller Card Adapter with SATA Power - Low Profile Model PEXUSB3S4V
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: See below.

Cons: Bought this in on October 8, 2013 (Dec.1 2013 as I write this). Seemed to work okay sometimes with Win 7 x64, worse in WinXp x32. Sometimes things would be recognized, often times not. If they were, they were not recognized as USB 3.0 (I have a few things that are the new spec.). Now the thing is dead. Things plugged in get power but not recognized by system. So, at this point it's junk. BTW; I tried un-installing, re-installing the thing as well as running the latest drivers - nada.

Other Thoughts: As others have mentioned, if there is a ridge or rim around the opening for the slot where this card plugs in (usually the first slot on the MB) you won't be able to plug USB connectors in all the way. I found that with a small X-Acto knife you can cut the edge of the plastic back enough so that the connector plugs in all the way. Easier than modifying the computer chassis.

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Orico Bokcore BC-U3H10-BK Aluminum 10-Port USB3.0 HUB with Premium 12V Power Adapter & 3 ft. USB3.0 Cable (Black)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Case is made of metal, slopes in the front. Spacing between connectors is enough that I haven't had any problem using all of them at the same time. A blue led comes on next to the socket when a data device* is plugged in. Power switch on the side of the unit turns it off without having to unplug the main USB.

I have not done any extensive testing of throughput speeds; I have many devices in use and not interested in going through each case.

I tried using the hub with microcontroller programmers from MIcrochip. It did not work. I'm not sure if this is the hub or the programmer. In my case it was a non-issue; the hub freed up all the other ports on the machine so I just used one of those.

Overall, I am very happy with this unit and when on sale I will buy more of them. With all the phones, Bluetooth headphones, MP3 players, tablets I have it is worth it to just have on the counter for a charging station (and I have filled all 10 and not a had a problem charging anything).

Cons: See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Not really cons, but a couple of things I thought odd. When you use a data device the led on the connector comes on. But when you plug something in to charge it does not. If the thing being charged didn't have some indication that it was charging you may not think it is.

The other thing is the supplied USB cable is the new 3.0 USB-B "SuperSpeed" type. Unclear to me what ramifications this may have down the road; just don't be surprised when you see it.

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TRENDnet TEG-S50G Unmanaged Gigabit GREENnet Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great little box 03/15/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TEG-S50G Unmanaged Gigabit GREENnet Switch

Pros: First thing I noticed; these are metal boxes! I was replacing two 10/100 Linksys switch's, these were plastic. I appreciate the extra bit of weight, they sit better and more stable on the shelf. Plugged them in and that was it; I had just purchased a new cable modem and upgraded to 1Gb/s so I needed new switches. Two of these were less than one (with the shipping) than the "local blue store". What more could you want?

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Not about this box or item in particular; a general note. The packaging this came in (the store shelf box) is really nice. Heavy duty cardboard, full color printing. It lasted about 30 seconds after I opened the shipping box and went straight in the recycle bin. Take a note from other manufacturers and make a generic, low cost plain brown package for "commodity" items like this. I recently bought some items from "the big online jungle place" and they came in this kind of packaging. Better for the wallet and the planet.

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Display Name: Mike T.

Date Joined: 06/10/10

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 03/23/11
  • Last Review: 12/01/13
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