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This review is from: Startech.Com MDP2DVIS Mini Display Port to Dvi Active Adapter
Pros: - Works with the late 2015 Macbook Pro w/the ATI M370X GPU for triple monitors. (1x this adapter, an older mDP-to-DVI, and an HDMI-to-DVI)
- Decent quality cable, doesn't feel cheap.
Cons: Got a serious color problem - lots of Pinkish hues and color inverts.
I have several mDP-to-DVI adapters (non-active) and they work flawlessly. It's only this adapter.
Will have to return it for an Exchange.
Other Thoughts: I have one of these adapters, an older mDP-to-DVI, and an HDMI-to-DVI connected to 3x DVI-to-HDMI cables driving 3x 24" 120Hz 1080p monitors all via HDMI inputs (the cables I have are DVI-to-HDMI). I do this because I use the DVI inputs of the monitors connected to my monster gaming desktop.
My older 2014 Macbook Pro w/Nvidia GPU can drive all 3 monitors via two standard mDP-to-DVI and one HDMI-to-DVI adapters, no problem. When I got my work's late 2015 Macbook Pro w/ATI M370X, I immediately tried my triple setup only to find out that only two monitors worked.
Read online where this specific "Active" adapter can be used instead. So I picked one up.
It does work, but has a pinkish hue. Will have to return.
Not too disappointed - I have been buying StarTech cables for over a decade and always go to them first. This is the VERY FIRST TIME they have every failed me.
Will return for an exchange.
This review is from: StarTech USB221SS 2 Port 2-to-1 USB 3.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch - USB Powered
Pros: - Easy install, just plug it in and it just works.
- Small and compact. Though, thick USB3 cables are always a bit unwieldy and hard to route.
Cons: - As many others have mentioned, you can see the blue light from the International Space Station orbiting in space.
- It contributes to light pollution of our planet.
- It comes with a radioactive warning label that says to not look directly at the blue light or it will fry your eyeballs.
- You no longer require blue paint to be part of the Blue Man Group.
Other Thoughts: Most of the time it remembers its last setting (e.g. #2 selected) and stays lit/powered on, even when I disconnect my laptop and unplug my desktop (no power to desktop). I think it is getting power from my Hootoo USB3 switch I have it connected to where I distribute 7 devices from this Switch.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Low profile. Clears my 2U heatsink, barely. :)
- Plug-n-Play into a Supermicro mobo running at 2133 Mhz out of the box.
Cons: Expensive: It was $550 when I bought it in 3rd quarter 2015.
Other Thoughts: Installed into an Supermicro MBD-X10SRA-F.READ FULL REVIEW