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HP 25VX 25
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Genuinely an A Grade refurb. No blemishes of any kind on screen or cabinet. It was wrapped in a large bag with no further protection but the styrofoam, and that was enough. Oh, the front plastic bezel had a protective film on it, but not the screen. The base and the upright part of the mount were both protected with similar protective film. Once set up, you can't tell it wasn't new.

Screen brightness uniformity is stellar, no sign of backlight bleed. Wish I could say that about my 3D LG IPS! Black is black without any stuck pixels showing, and white is all white - none stuck off either.

Shipper handled package well. I can imagine how this could be beaten up without it showing much, owing to how little styrofoam thickness there is. Still, FedEx Home hid it nicely on my porch, and the net result is Shiny Goodness on my wife's computer desk.

Cons: The thickness of the Styrofoam is on HP, I think - might be good for shipping dozens to a warehouse or a brick and mortar. but not so for singular shipment in the wild. I'm glad it wasn't thrown on a Brown truck!

Otherwise, no real cons. Came with a modest VGA cable - but I've an abundance of cables with balun, etc., so I'll not complain. I'm way past the point of needing an included video cable.

Other Thoughts: I'm no fan of rebates. I'm printing, and then scanning what I send before I send it. Have honestly lost track of the number of times when I received notice that something was missing from my side. We will see if that kind of malarky occurs this time. Hoping not - the net price on this is nothing short of ridiculously good, if all goes as it should.

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Pros: Real U3 Performance. Really. When I bought it, the package was marked U1. So What??? Run Speed Test on it. I'm a fan of Crystal Disk Mark. And, a decent card reader, w/ USB 3.0 interface. In an AFT iDuo, got:
Sequential Read : 93.207 MB/s
Sequential Write : 87.055 MB/s
What is not to love?
Still working over two years later...

Cons: Macaroons that don't bother to test, leaving stinky scores? Seriously.

Other Thoughts: We deserve a 128GB version of this card. I'm 'suffering' with a patriotic card that runs about half the speed, but at least I still have a some room left to give it a little more flac. Next step is probably one of those 200GB cards...

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StarTech 35FCREADBU3 USB 3.0 Internal Multi-Card Reader with UHS-II Support
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nice, nice, very nice! 05/24/2016

This review is from: StarTech 35FCREADBU3 USB 3.0 Internal Multi-Card Reader with UHS-II Support

Pros: - All the slots work, and cards in them reach their published read and write specs. I'm a big fan of the very fast Samsung Pro cards;
- Don't need an adapter for the microSD to get full speed;
- Transfers between slots doesn't have any obvious restrictions. I think microSD and SD are the same drive, though;
- Price is very reasonable, considering all it does.

Cons: - Not really the reader's fault, but the 19/20 pin USB 3.0 connector is just waiting to bend/break a pin or two. Been there, done that. Not very snug either. Don't move them around if you don't have to.

Other Thoughts: - Thought it was slow compared to an A.F.T. external and another StarTech reader, until I switched headers between the mobo and a pcie adapter. About a 20% difference. This was when I got nervous about the header pins, and said tsk tsk to the mobo mfg. choice of chip and driver.
- Compact Flash worked fine for me. This has always been an unnerving connection, imho, but compared to the USB 3.0 header it is quite robust.
- The UHS-II setup on an SD card is interesting, with two rows of contacts. Bought one just to test it out. Works in an old camera, then offloads pictures in a heartbeat. Finally giving Compact Flash some competition!

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Display Name: Stewart S.

Date Joined: 01/01/05

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  • Last Review: 03/12/17
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