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AZiO BTD-V401 USB USB Micro Bluetooth Adapter (V4.0 EDR + aptX)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Very small
- Uses standard reference CSR Harmony drivers with no aftermarket modifications
- Has connected every device I've tried (Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013, Moto X, 2 keyboards)
- Can set profiles and names for each device.
- Good range (see Other below for details)
- Blinking LED when powered.

Cons: - Will not restart Bluetooth driver interface when device it hot-plugged. If I move the adapter, the Bluetooth icon disappears until I reboot.
- CSR drivers have little documentation as to what all the terms mean.
- Must set a profile for a tablet first, before you can "connect" after pairing. Not documented.
- Not a real user friendly install. It's not "guided" to show you how to keep the adapter powered when the PC is in standby, or how to go about pairing something. "Not for noobs".

Other Thoughts: Originally, the range on the adapter was awful. Even with my whole house WiFi turned off to eliminate interference, the range was pitiful at 6-8 feet. This was too short for HTPC use.

On a friend's whim, I plugged in the adapter to a 6 foot USB extension cable and moved it away from the PC chassis. Now, the range is close to the advertised 30 feet!

In short, for keyboards and mice <3 feet away, there should be no problems. For using this at extended range, the USB extension cable did the trick.

Rosewill BK-700 - Bluetooth Keyboard with 5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Essentially a laptop keyboard and touchpad.
- Almost full size.
- Uses no drivers (Microsoft default)
- Had Android keys.
- Excellent range (see notes below).
- Touchpad is mutlitouch to enable use of gestures

Cons: - The touchpad uses Microsoft default driver. These drivers have no customization, so you end up with all the Windows 8.1 gestures enabled whether you want them or not. I was accidentally swiping in the charms bar all the time.
- No backlight (knew this going into it)

Other Thoughts: Originally I thought the range on the keyboard was very poor for HTPC use. Sitting on my sofa, 12 feet away, with the keyboard on my knees, it would not register any movement. It turned out to be excessive interference with my Bluetooth Dongle (AZIO). I added a 6 foot USB extension to the Dongle and placed it away from the PC. Voila! All range issues disappeared. The keyboard now works as far as 30 feet away.

These range issues were also not present with my laptop or tablet/phone, only with the USB device.

I do wish there was some customization software for Windows that could turn on/off various gestures.

Overall I'm very happy with this nearly full size keyboard over my older, less functional and cramped Logitech diNovo mini that has various connection issues.

MASSCOOL UHB-3232 Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Cheap, but functional 02/02/2013

This review is from: MASSCOOL UHB-3232 Aluminum 3.5" Silver SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: I now have 3 of these drives performing backup duties. Fundamentally, they work at USB 3.0 speeds and are very cheap.

Cons: You do get what you pay for. The mechanical aspects of this case are poor.
There are a lot of sharp edges.
Not everything lines up. Dropping a hard drive into the chassis won't work as the internal SATA connector won't line up. All the screws need to be loosened to get things to line up. In a word "fiddly".
One case was received with the front mesh grill bent slightly (resolved easily).
One case had the screws holding the PC Board down VERY tight.


Brandon A.'s Profile

Display Name: Brandon A.

Date Joined: 11/23/12

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/31/13
  • Last Review: 10/30/14
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