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Tek Republic TUH-3400 Aluminum USB 3.0 4 Port Hub with 3A Power Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs solid little tech helper 05/17/2015

This review is from: Tek Republic TUH-3400 Aluminum USB 3.0 4 Port Hub with 3A Power Adapter

Pros: Does exactly what it should do:
• transfers at full USB # speeds
• compact
• "unobtrusive" (requires mod, SEE: Cons)
• cables are good length (SEE: Cons)
• auto detected plug & play on Windows XP, Win7 and linux

I'm buying my second one today, the other one has been in continuous service without flaw since September 2014.

Cons: No eggs off. It's a great & reliable little hub. These "Cons" are really more commentary for things that don't really merit "annoyance."

• BRIGHT LED light
Easy fix: small dot of aluminum foil taped over light and it becomes truly unobtrusive. Aluminum is good because 1) it kills all light dead and 2) radiates heat off, giving slight insurance that your LED doesn't overheat .

• cables: the USB cable is fairly stiff. Makes it slightly difficult sometimes to position the hub exactly where you want it. But, I'd rather a nice sturdy cable and this one carries power & USB 3 speeds very nicely.

Maybe the cable could be black or dark gray rather than bright blue. But you don't really see enough of it to cause an aesthetic issue.

• it's a "vampire" electronic device: even when the computer is off, if the power adapter is plugged into the hub, it draws a watt or two in electricity. I get around this by unplugging the power jack at the hub (since it's convenient on my desktop) when I'm not using the hub.

Other Thoughts: I swap this hub from USB 3 ports to USB 2 ports regularly. It is never the bottleneck ... all speeds are maximum for the devices connected.

I connect performance USB flash drives, mechanical HDDs in external enclosures and SSDs in external enclosures regularly. Often the hub has all 4 ports filled.

Never any issues with data transfers. SSDs push huge amounts of data at maximum speeds across this hub while streaming video and music from external drives, often while also transferring data back & forth across USB flash drives.

Used on a USB 2 port, the "powered" feature of the hub provides plenty of juice to run SSDs and 2.5" notebook HDDs without any other power adapters required for those devices.

All my 3.5 " external HDDs have their own power adapters, so this hub is never asked to provide electricity to those. It would be unrealistic to expect that & I just don't do it out of caution.

I've had very good experiences with Tek Republic devices for about three years now. This is a solid little performer & I'm very happy to (FINALLY!) see it on Shell Shocker sale again so I can have a second one.

GWC SS2115 USB 2.0 2-Port Manual Share Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs 04/07/2015

This review is from: GWC SS2115 USB 2.0 2-Port Manual Share Switch

Pros: It works

buy it, I intend to buy a second one

suggested companion technology:

get a Rosewill 7-port powered hub, plug in 4 or 5 wireless dongles and go crazy with keyboards, mice, trackballs and Wacom tablets on two computers

supports quality flash drives and hard drives in powered external enclosures

plug and play under linux and winXP 7 win7

Cons: I had a great, lengthy review typed up with many interesting and useful details under all categories

but newegg logged me out of my account while I was typing and deleted everything

I have no intention of typing that all up again.

Only USB 2; it would be nice to have a USB 3 model.

It slides around the desk with only three small feet;

very bright green LED

very round & artsy design , making it useless for fitting in and integrating on a full desk

Takes at least 5 seconds for computer to recognize devices when switching between systems. Sometimes longer.

Flash devices & HDDs need to re-read/re-index, so plan on that delay.

Plus, flash drives & HDDs should be properly unmounted/ejected BEFORE switching to ensure minimum risk of data loss &/or damage.

This switch appears to have been designed as a printer-sharing switch between computers, so use of other devices on this switch may be problematic on occasion if you don't keep that in mind and plan your actions accordingly.

It does, in fact, work with every USB 2 device I've tried on it ... but I suggest cautious experimentation before relying on certain activities.

For example, switching between computers while flash drives/HDDs are connected &/or transferring data could lead to tragedy if not done carefully.

Other Thoughts: newegg, this is not the first time you have wiped out a detailed review that I put a lot of time into to try and help out my fellow travelers here.

However, it is the last time, because I really will never waste my time again adding free content to your website just so you can erase it.

AMD  Gift - FX Core Evolution T-shirts
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs no size selection 04/07/2015

This review is from: AMD Gift - FX Core Evolution T-shirts

Pros: Quality, 100% cotton black color T-shirt.

This is a good neutral color, and dark. Much better than AMD fire-engine red or white or light/medium gray, etc.

Graphic is OKay, nothing too special. But, it's a simple design, not obnoxious, not huge. Because it's mostly white, nice that it is smalllish and relatively discreet. Also, application onto the shirt doesn't feel hot or stiff; sometimes decals like this are stiiff and get sticky ... not an issue with this one.

Cons: Had to give it away to my 10-year old nephew. No size selection possible. I'm 6'2" and 215 lbs..

They sent me a medium. :eyeroll:

My nephew wears it as a general rough play shirt that he can trash without bothering anybody. It has held up for almost six months, which does speak to the quality of the shirt.. Manufacture label was Gildan, if I recall correctly, which is usually a $5 or $6 T-shirt (without logo) at Sears, Boscov, etc. Sometimes they're on sale for $3.

Other Thoughts: I would actually wear this shirt as a general, bum-around-the-house or informal work T-shirt. I do a lot of tech work as an independent consultant, and I am an AMD fan, so I would have no problem walking around in public and advertising AMD with my customers, or (where I do ~50% of my work) at major universities where I install, repair/refurbish computers and install/maintain network & network support equipment. I might have had it for two or even three years, and used it as a conversation-starter when arguing with people about what CPU they should build their computer around.

But, because I couldn't designate the size I require, my nephew wears it to hunt frogs and skateboard with other kids in his neighborhood. It won't survive this coming summer.

Ya dun goofed up there, Big Time, AMD.


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