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HooToo HT-UH003 7-Port Hub - (2) USB 3.0 (4) USB 2.0, (1) 5V/2A Charging Port, (1) 5V/4A Power Adapter, and 3ft. USB 3.0 Data Cable
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Looked good on paper, with a good Shell Shocker price a few weeks back. A few extra USB 2 ports are nice, but the main incentive was the pair of USB 3.0 ports as well as a high-current charging port. The rear of my PC (where its own USB3 ports are located) is not easy to access, so in principle, a self-powered hub on a 3-foot cable is perfect for me.

Devices connected to the sole working USB3 port performed just as fast as when connected directly to the computer.

Cons: The first unit I received had a malfunction in one of its USB3 ports. Users familiar with Windows 7 know that it plays a sound when connecting or disconnecting a USB device. Plugging a device into the bad USB3 port results in a long series of alternating "connected" and "disconnected" sounds, eventually concluding with an error message about device driver not being installed successfully and/or device not recognized. The remaining USB3 port worked normally. I sent the first unit back for a replacement, which I received today, and it exhibits the same behavior. Other USB2 and USB3 hubs in my possession do not malfunction like this.

Other Thoughts: This is my first HooToo product. The experience has left me very unlikely to buy anything else from that manufacturer.

LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Inexpensive, fast enough, with unexpected bundled items (see "Other thoughts"). Your mileage may vary. Works right out of the box in Windows 7 x64 with DVDFab, which was my intent (rather than live Blu-ray playback, which requires special software). I have not tested the DVD-burning capabilities.

Cons: Can be a little loud for fast reads, but not enough to deduct an egg.

Other Thoughts: Not only did this drive come bundled with a SATA cable and a SATA-to-Molex power adapter, it also came with an installation disc for a few utilities including functional 3-D BD playback software! (3-D feature not tested; no content and no compatible display.)

Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Low price = impulse buyer's remorse 01/05/2012

This review is from: Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft

Pros: Decent transfer rates, laptop gets full 300Mbps, with real-world transfer rates in the 80-120Mbps range over wireless. Wired transfer gets gigabit speeds (40-80Mbytes/sec, limited by other hardware and cable quality in my setup). Good Linksys configurability and interface with default firmware. As others have mentioned, DD-WRT is also supported.

Cons: As others have demonstrated, the need to explore alternative firmware will be on many buyers' minds. The wireless connection drops out for a minute at a time, multiple times per hour (during the dropouts, the wired connections continue to operate normally, and the router interface is accessible but no problems are reported.) This is true with both Linksys firmware and DD-WRT, and appears to be related to inadequate cooling: when I put a fan beneath the unit, I maintained an unbroken connection for six hours; when I removed the fan, my connection dropped within fifteen minutes, and when I restored the fan, I again had no more dropouts. I would happily open the case and void my warranty to improve the cooling if I knew that would work long-term, but I'd need to pick up a special screwdriver to do so.

Other Thoughts: I ordered this because it was the router on sale when my other one (a Belkin, with max wireless speed of 150Mbps) started needing to be reset one day after a couple years' use. It is less reliable, and investing in the parts necessary to improve reliability by cooling it is probably about the same I'd have to pay to RMA it, so I'm torn. I like the improved speeds, but with active cooling it's not silent, and I miss being able to charge my phone using the USB-storage port.


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