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SYBA SI-PEX40071 8 Internal SATA III Ports PCI-Express Card, PCI-e x2 Slot, Specification V2.0 Plus Low Profile Bracket
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 8 Ports, SATA III, Cheap

Cons: I've been struggling to get this working with Server 2012 R2 and even Server 2012. The drivers included and otherwise available online from the manufacturer cause stop errors (BSOD) and in 2012, you won't be able to get back into Windows unless you rename the driver file.

Other Thoughts: If they don't come up with working drivers for 2012 R2 (and considering that even 2012 (non-R2) is unstable, I don't have high hopes) I think I just wasted $100.

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TOSHIBA U845W-S414 Intel Core i7 3517U (1.90GHz) 6GB Memory 256GB SSD 14.4
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *FAST - SSD, i7
*Long battery life - 7-8 hrs real world for my usage (NOT games or videos - mostly writing, programming, internet)
*Reasonably light
*Short depth (for me, I expect to use this on flights and it's only .4 inches deeper than my netbook and my netbook fits well).

Cons: *NOT gigabit on the wired networking
*Only one DIMM slot (2 GB soldered on the mainboard).
*No TPM (many may not care about this - I'd like the security).

Other Thoughts: Odd that with a wide screen they chose to embed speakers rather than have a numeric keypad.
Odd screen resolution. I like high resolution screens and this is an interesting mix of high and standard. Given my use, greater height wouldn't have worked unless they could have improved the pixel density.
Would have been nice if it was a touch screen... the wide screen works with Win8 well... but would be SOOO Much better if it had a touch screen and Win8.

Still, for my purposes, I think this work well for me - specifically travel and airplane use.

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SIIG USB2.0 to VGA External Adapter JU-000071-S1  
Resolution up to 1680x1050
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs OK - if you're flexible 12/23/2010

This review is from: SIIG USB2.0 to VGA External Adapter JU-000071-S1 Resolution up to 1680x1050

Pros: Adds an additional display at resolutions up to 1680x1050. Fairly simple to install.

Cons: MAXIMUM one device per computer, cannot control "positioning" of the display (it puts it to the left of the primary display).

Other Thoughts: Requires a reboot to initiate.

The fact that I couldn't control the positioning of the display was a killer for me. I have 3 displayes, left to right, with the primary in the middle. I wanted to a 4th on top. Couldn't do it with this. And because I'd have to radically alter my setup and switch which monitor is placed where (because two of the four operate at resolutions higher than this device supports), I had to return it.

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Display Name: Lee W.

Date Joined: 11/03/03

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/27/08
  • Last Review: 12/10/13
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