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Rosewill RHUB-300 USB 2.0 Hub 7-Port HUB With Power Adapter
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Got one of my mics 03/06/2011

This review is from: Rosewill RHUB-300 USB 2.0 Hub 7-Port HUB With Power Adapter

Pros: It still powers things through its ports

Cons: I use a USB mic with Dragon Naturally Speaking. I realized one day after cleaning and rearranging that my mic didn't detect. I switched to a 3.5MM headset and forgot about it.

When I came back to it a week later, I tried it in other ports, only to find that it was dead and not even detecting. The mic's indicator lights were flashing, but even when I hooked it into other computers, it didn't work.

Long story short, I contacted the company that made it ( Blueparrott ), found out on a forum that hubs can blow out USB mics, had that reaffirmed here by another reviewer, and etc.

I decided to 'just' use this with thumb drives, but it won't even do that now.

Avoid it.

Other Thoughts: Rosewill products...blegh. Is there no escaping the generic 'made in China' stuff? I just want something made to a high standard and backed by a good warranty by a company that can be held accountable.

Yeah they're Newegg's in house brand, not sure that reflects well on Newegg.

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OCZ Sabre Black 103 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Wired Standard OLED Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Not supported, demand refund 08/24/2010

This review is from: OCZ Sabre Black 103 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Wired Standard OLED Gaming Keyboard

Pros: Very sturdy to type on. It is comfortable like no other keyboard. The keys have a good feel, until their surfaces wear smooth.

Great if you're going for a blue LED color scheme and black hardware.

Cons: Thread 75487 on the OCZ forums "When can we expect a driver update..." has an OCZ tech saying that they have discontinued this product and will never be supporting windows 7 x32 or x64. After being backed into a corner OCZ is offering refunds tentatively. If you got this keyboard for the OLED keys in windows 7, find this thread using google ( without " marks ) and demand a refund directly from them.

It is not newegg's fault OCZ rebranded a product and refused to support it, I suggest going straight to OCZ and standing on them for a full refund for this keyboard.

Other Thoughts: It's an awesome idea. It was advertised as accepting .ico files ( it does not ) and letting you type text labels for the keys ( nope ) as well as having some degree of driver support. You'd think a product launched from 2008-2009 would have windows 7 drivers. It does not.

It isn't entirely OCZ's fault. This keyboard is really another company's product sold under the OCZ name. However, OCZ made its bed with this company and now they get to sleep in it.

Get a refund if you paid full price for this product. For more than a benjamin I expect at least a year of driver updates.

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Western Digital WD Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -In for two, 0 DOA
-Fast
-Comparatively quiet
-Runs cool (in an antec 1200, but what doesn't there?)
-Not even a hiccup.

Cons: -MUST disable TLER for RAID!

I run raid-1 (mirroring) on all my new drives for a year after I get them. I learned before I got these drives that they had a 'feature' that made them drop themselves from RAID arrays. I used a search engine with the string "Official WD tool to disable TLER" (with quotes) and my RAID array hasn't had a problem.

What the 'feature' does is go into a 'deep recovery cycle' when it detects possible data corruption. I use RAID mirroring, so I have absolutely no need of this and do not want my system randomly hanging, anyway. Because WD saw a need to implement this feature with these drives, I'd have redundancy in any array I did with them, and as single drives will turn TLER back off.

Other Thoughts: The forum I got my copy of the TLER tool off of was Hard to find. Using it was quite easy, but required a floppy drive or a custom rerolling of ultimate boot CD.

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Chris B.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris B.

Date Joined: 07/09/04

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 12/25/07
  • Last Review: 03/06/11
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