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Anker 68UPSATAA-02BU USB 3.0 to SATA 3ft Converter Adapter Cable for 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Solid, no disconnects, worked fine with a 4 TB drive. Own three, have used two heavily in the last month with no problems. Filled two 4 TB drives to the brim with data, performed full formats, surface scans, and defrags (MyDefrag) of connected drives with no issues. Relays S.M.A.R.T. data properly when drive is queried by smartmontools. Those who like an idle "sleep" function will be pleased with its 10 minute auto-sleep feature where it spins the drive down and puts it in "Standby" mode.

Cons: USB cable could be longer, but I haven't had any issues with this. No On-Off switch/button. Just safe-remove and unplug USB from PC's end, then unplug power from the adapter.

Other Thoughts: I use these in my PC repair shop to set-up and test new drives and backing-up/recovering/copying data from client's drives to their PCs. Bought a second one for the shop and a third one for the road for house-calls after the issue below was solved.

I wanted an inexpensive adapter that allowed me to read S.M.A.R.T. data and stay on without "sleeping" for long S.M.A.R.T. tests. Unfortunately this one does "sleep" by default but I found a way to change that!

Customer support was responsive. I contacted them asking if it was possible to turn off the built-in sleep mode of my units because the drives would go into standby and never finish long S.M.A.R.T. tests with this adapter. Quick response, willing to work with me, but they said it was not possible to turn off. I found that with more research, that it actually could be turned off using the ASMedia firmware update tool that they provide in the product's own website, you just have to know what you are doing.

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For those who want to know how, go to their product support site, download the firmware update tool and follow the instructions thru the point where you unlock it. Click "More Config" and turn on "HDD Standby", click OK. Make sure the "Idle Timer" setting reads "Never". Finish following the instructions and update the firmware (it was the same model that mine shipped with, but it doesn't matter). This successfully turned off the sleep function for me on all my adapters.

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Logitech 920-003887 G710 PLUS Mechanical Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good Deal! 11/23/2013

This review is from: Logitech 920-003887 G710 PLUS Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: Everything works as advertised, including backlighting, no signs of damage from any previous use. Plug and play on my Win 7 Home x64. I did not go to the Logitech site and download the software, nor do I plan to.

Cons: Not sure if this was cleaned during the refurbishing process. Probably not. No signs of any greasy fingerprints, but a good amount of dust had built up on it's surface. No big deal. Needs BOTH of its USB ports plugged in to work, will not function on just one. No retail accessories or disc, as expected.

Other Thoughts: My first mechanical. Didn't feel as "different" as I expected from cheap keyboards when just pecking around on it, but when typing at full speed, I felt it and I'm already partial to it over my cheap membrane keyboards. Best deal so far that I've found for a good Cherry Brown. Better than gambling on the other brand I was pondering with its iffy, delicate-looking detachable mini-USB plug that so many complained about breaking on them.

Refurbished, on a mechanical keyboard? No worries. These things are built well, and wear/tear is nothing to them. The only real thing that could go wrong would be the backlighting, but that's not that important to me.

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Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KVR13N9S8/4
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great for new chipsets, NOT for older ones 09/11/2013

This review is from: Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KVR13N9S8/4

Pros: No problems. Installed in MSI Intel H61 board (H61M-P31/W8) as single stick for entry-level office PC for client. Seen ok in BIOS, passed 2 passes of Memtest86+ no problem, passed Prime95 blend using 3800 MB of RAM, Passed AIDA64 stability test, passed Intel Burn Test, Passed OCCT stability tests, no signs of problems to date.

Cons: According to a manufacturer response, NOT for use in older DDR3 systems, I think they specified X38, X48, G41 and the like. This is due to a higher chip density (look at the pics, only ONE side of the stick has chips). I would not put this in any Intel board older than the Sandy Bridge generation, or AMD board older than the Trinity APU generation to be safe.

No fault of the stick itself, just the company's fault for an un-advertised incompatibility with older chipsets. This would logically apply to any competing 4 GB stick with only one side populated as well. Pay attention.

Other Thoughts: There are comparably-priced 4 GB sticks that use a lower density chip configuration for more universal compatibility for those who need it. I bought this because it was on sale and beat the price of the others by a good percentage and helped me stay within the client's budget better, among other adjustments.

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Display Name: Michael A.

Date Joined: 12/29/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 06/06/13
  • Last Review: 10/09/14
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