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StarTech 2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card Model PEXESATA2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Works as expected... 04/04/2013

This review is from: StarTech 2 Port PCI Express eSATA Controller Adapter Card Model PEXESATA2

Pros: Port multiplier feature / Plug and play

Cons: None, so far...

Other Thoughts: I had purchased a Rosewill eSATA add-on card that stated it had port multiplier functionality for me to use with a dual external HDD dock. I could not get it to work. I then found this one and figured I'd give it a try. I plugged it in and booted up the Vista system that its in. Vista immediately found the card and downloaded the driver from Windows Update. Once it was ready, I plugged in two drives and turned the dock on. Vista immediately pulled up both drives. That's all I needed.

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KONICA MINOLTA magicolor 1690MF MFC / All-In-One Up to 20 ppm 1200 x 600 dpi Color Print Quality Color Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good quality prints, fast warm-up to print, ADF for copying and scanning

Cons: A little difficult to set up. Appears that some apps are not network compatible. Documentation is pretty limited.

Other Thoughts: I had owned a Konica Minolta magicolor printer prior to this one, but wanted an AIO solution. This printer is as compact as they come for an AIO. It definitely warms up quickly and the speed of printing is terrific. Copying documents is a little slower than I expected, but it still works fine.

One thing that I found is that the documentation is definitely lacking. Also, the website for downloading drivers is not very user friendly and trying to determine what to download is not very clear. I also found that while the printer can be connected via the network, certain apps for the printer only seem to work when connected via USB. This includes the FAX Address Book download utility. The Scan Application, while it does work via the network connection, will continuously say that the scanner is not connected.

I also found that the Scan Application is a little lacking. While it does get the job done, some settings are not very intuitive and could be improved upon. It would actually take very little to turn the application into a decent program.

Overall, I would recommend this printer. Once it is set up, I have had no issues with it. For a color laser AIO unit, you can't beat this one for the price.

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Rosewill RC-201 PCI SATA Silicon Image, RAID 0/1, Normal and Low Profile Host Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Adds two SATA ports to a PC that needs more SATA ports. Inexpensive add-on card with the reliability I've come to expect from a Rosewill product.

Cons: The ports are SATA I (150 Mbps), but beggars can't be choosy. Using a non-RAID capacity was a little trying to set up. There are no instructions provided in order to get it set up that way.

Other Thoughts: While the device is advertised as being able to be used in a non-RAID capacity, it was quite difficult to get it set up that way. Here is some info on how to get it set up that way:

1. Install the driver that comes with the card (which will be the SATARAID driver).
2. You need to download the BASE BIOS from Silicon Image for the 3512 chipset.
2. Under Device Manager, select the device and go to properties.
3. There should be a FlashBIOS tab. On that tab, select the BIOS file that you downloaded and flash it.
4. Download the newest Base Driver from Silicon Image for the 3512 chipset.
5. Update the driver for the device. Select that you Have Disk and go to the directory where you downloaded the driver. Install the driver.
6. Reboot the PC.
7. You should now have an add-on card that will see devices, such as optical drives, in a non-RAID capacity.

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Display Name: Howard M.

Date Joined: 03/09/09

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  • First Review: 12/22/11
  • Last Review: 04/04/13
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