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D-Link DGS-1024D Unmanaged Rackmountable Switch 24-Port Green Technology
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs No longer as pictured; hopefully still as good. 06/01/2011

This review is from: D-Link DGS-1024D Unmanaged Rackmountable Switch 24-Port Green Technology

Pros: * 24 gigabit ports at a very reasonable price.
* Built-in power supply with a real cord.
* Ports and LEDs on one side, power supply on the other (although whether this is good or not will depend on your situation).
* Comes with feet and rack-mount ears.
* No cooling fan (my old 16-port gigabit switch had a fan that would come on occasionally).
* Compact, heavy, seems well-built.

Cons: Current hardware version seems possibly cost-reduced, hopefully it still works as well. Main differences are a redesigned LED array, and larger vents in the metal housing. It still weighs a ton and *seems* to be a quality product.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to replace an old 3Com 16-port gigabit switch, simply because I was re-doing my network and wanted a switch with both ports and LEDs on the front. As a bonus this exactly matched the physical size of my new D-Link dual-WAN router.

Current shipping hardware version E1 is no longer as pictured. Version C1 (and perhaps D1?) shows a total of 48 LEDs, 12 ports in one row and 12 ports in the second row, each port with LEDs for link and activity.

The unit I received has a very compact 6 by 4 array of 24 LEDs, one LED for each port serving double-duty as both link and activity. The single LED works fine, but the main issue is that the 6x4 array does not in any way match the actual physical arrangement of ports, not even vaguely, so to check something you have to match up LED number with port number; there's no quick reference like the original design.

This is obviously a cost reduction change; I'm hoping that nothing else has happened to reduce quality or performance.

StarTech Model USBPS2PC USB to PS2 Keyboard and Mouse Adapter
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works fine with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 04/07/2011

This review is from: StarTech Model USBPS2PC USB to PS2 Keyboard and Mouse Adapter

Pros: Works perfectly with a Microsoft Natural Keyboard (from 1994) on a modern USB-only PC with Windows 7 64-bit.

Cons: This wasn't the first one I bought.

Other Thoughts: Originally I bought another StarTech product, the USB2PS2 (which has a big beige box). Alas, that worked very poorly in games - it had issues with holding down multiple keys, as well as a bit of lag.

This one, however, works perfectly fine - no lag, no key holding problems.

StarTech USB to PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Adapter Cable
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Works, but flaws. 04/07/2011

This review is from: StarTech USB to PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Adapter Cable

Pros: After buying a USB-only PC, I was highly interested in keeping my ancient PS2-only Microsoft Natural Keyboard in service. Not the oddball Elite, or the multimedia key Pro, but the "original" gigantic model from 1994 that has served me as writer/programmer very well all these years.

After reading a lot of reviews listing various problems with these adapters, but very little on this model, I bought this one based on the fact that it was the most expensive, and seemed to have excellent compatibility with a wide range of systems.

On Windows 7 64-bit it installed fine.

Cons: At first everything seemed to work. But then I noticed some things.

* There seems to be a tiny amount of lag when quickly switching from holding one key to another, such as surfing through program code with the arrow keys. It felt like it went a line or two farther than I actually held the key for.

* The killer for me, it absolutely does not work in games. If I hold a key and then press and release any other key while still holding the first key, after a few seconds the first key stops being held. For example, in a game I might be walking forward by holding "W" or "Up Arrow". Then, while walking forward, I might want to straffe right by pressing "D" or "Right Arrow" for a second while walking forward. With this converter, 2-5 seconds after releasing "right", the "up" command would stop being sent even thought the key is still being held down. I would have to release and re-press the key to continue walking forward.

Other Thoughts: After this failure I dug out my backup Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000, but after a couple weeks of use I wasn't completely happy with the feel (after spending 11 or 12 years with the original), so I picked up a few other PS2 to USB converters to see if any worked better.

Another cheaper model from StarTech actually works perfectly: the USBPS2PC. No discernable lag, and no gaming issues.


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Display Name: Daniel T.

Date Joined: 02/20/11

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