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This review is from: APC BE550G Back-UPS 550 VA 8-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
Pros: It's a great ups for desktop computers. More than sufficient for my workstations--I've made it my new standard. It comes from a reputable brand. The latest version uses a standard USB connector on the ups, unlike some of the older revisions of the BE550G. Includes QC check and battery info in box, showing you how old it actually is.
Cons: Sometimes the battery is about a year old before I get it, but I'm not sure how bad that actually is. (Many other manufacturers don't give you that info.) To download the drivers from APC's website, you need to have an apc.com account set up and logged in. More outlets would be great in some situations, or at least 2 more of the outlets spaced for transformer brick use.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this product. The driver download from APC's site requiring a login is really annoying though.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR 5 Port Gigabit Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS105)
Pros: The metal housing gives the appearance of solid build quality. Reasonably priced small gigabit switch that does it's job.
Cons: I wish they made a managed version of this switch that had stp.
Other Thoughts: I try to use cable runs to a main switch whenever possible, but if I need a small switch somewhere, this and its 100mb relative are my go-to switches.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Tripp Lite USB 3.0 to SATA / IDE Combo Adapter
Pros: It includes power for the hard drives (both SATA and IDE), uses USB 3, and doesn't give me false "bad block errors" on my 3TB hdd's like my old USB 2 Startech adapter did.
Cons: USB 3 is still slower on a 7500 rpm hdd than SATA is for doing a full disk scan. Considering that the theoretical throughput on usb 3 is several times faster than the sustainable throughput of a traditional hdd, I was hoping for better performance, but it's still pretty good.
Other Thoughts: The best external HDD adapter that I have at the moment. Every IT tech should have something like this.READ FULL REVIEW