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This review is from: UNITEK USB 3.0 to External IDE SATA 2.5" 3.5" Hard Drive Cable Adapter
Pros: Can use 2 drives (IDE and SATA) simultaneously
Not too expensive (Got mine for $19)
Cons: The 4-pin power cable takes a little effort when unplugging from an IDE drive.
The different connector types are not labeled (SATA, IDE, 2.5)
Other Thoughts: If you have a lot of old drives (IDE and/or SATA) you'd like to still be able to use, this is a great little device for that. I can now bring back a few of my old IDE drives to life.
It's a great little product, and I highly recommend it.
Pros: Unit worked great with my microSD card, as I was able to transfer nearly a gig of files with no problems at all. However, I wasn't able to use my regular sized SD cards, though. Read the cons to see why.
Cons: Unit takes a little force to plug in and pull out of the USB 3.0 ports on my Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case. It felt like I was going to break something, to be honest.
Also, my Phanteks Enthoo pro Case has a flip-up panel that hides the front USB ports. I can only use the card reader with a microSD card in these particular USB ports, as the larger sized cards interfere with the flip-up panel keeping it from plugging all the way in. Something to consider if your case has a flip-up panel. My back USB ports are all taken up with other USB devices, so the front panel was my only option. I will be unable to use this device with all my regular sized SD cards, which is very disappointing. I'll now have to find something else to use.
Other Thoughts: I took 2 eggs off due to the unit taking a little force to plug in and pull out, which feels like it could cause some damage to the USB port with repeated use. Just be careful when plugging it in and pulling it out and you should be fine.
This reader just don't work well with my particular computer case, at least with the front USB ports. I can't blame the reader for that, so I didn't take off any eggs for that.
This review is from: VANTEC 3-Port FireWire 400 PCIe Host Card Model UGT-FW200
Pros: Decent price
It worked like a champ
It's very small
Cons: None at all!
Other Thoughts: I was able to successfully capture all of my mini DV tapes to my computer. I have many precious memories recorded on these tapes and was worried about the tapes deteriorating if I didn't soon capture them to my computer. It worked and I can now make a few backup copies for safe keeping. I should have done this a long time ago! If you need to capture some DV tapes to your pc, quit putting it off and get on it. Those small tapes won't last forever!
I looked at a few other capture cards, but decided to give this one a try. I'm glad I did - it worked perfectly! Also, you DO NOT need to hook a power cable up to this card if you're only capturing videos. I emailed tech support and they told me this. I used mine by simply installing it in my motherboard.
Great product and I highly recommend it!
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