Great concept, great execution so far!10/4/2020 10:53:54 PM

Pros: Recharge with an ordinary USB-micro cable. Full 1.5v unlike NiMH 1.2v. Bright and lasts.

Cons: More expensive than batteries which need a charger.

Overall Review: Yeah!

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Great timer, and it handles inductive loads like a fan motor.7/27/2020 4:29:22 AM

Overall Review: Works great. It replace the similar one in my wall that controls a bathroom fan and lasted for more than a decade.

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Great laptop. It runs Linux well, with a few glitches waiting for kernel support7/27/2020 4:27:19 AM

Overall Review: It's super fast, bright and usable. I'm happy with it. Comes with Windows, but I got rid of that and ran Ubuntu 20.04 Linux on it. A few issues that are resolved in later Linux kernels, but it's usable out of the box.

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Works great with Ubuntu Linux 16.046/11/2019 4:29:08 PM

Pros: Lets me access my old SCSI and SCA drives from a modern PCIe based system.

Cons: A little expensive, but it's available and it works.

Overall Review: You will need a 68-pin SCSI cable that has terminating resistors, to attach between this card and a disk drive or other SCSI device.

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Works great with Ubuntu Linux 16.046/11/2019 4:26:22 PM

Pros: It lets me stream audio to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones, and use a Bluetooth keyboard.

Cons: It sticks out of the USB slot a little more than some other adapters. But it's still tiny.

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This board's PATA interface DOES NOT WORK with Linux4/17/2019 12:07:43 AM

Pros: Perhaps the board is useful on Windows, or for SATA users. I bought it because my motherboard had tons of SATA ports but has no PATA at all. Oops.

Cons: You can plug PATA drives into this board, but the Linux system will not be able to access them. I tested this in a Gigabyte Ryzen motherboard running Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS. There exists a pata_marvell driver in the Linux kernel for years, but it does not support the "IDE interface [0101]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE912x IDE Controller [1b4b:91a4] (rev 20)" chip used in this board (which is apparently an 88SE9128 chip specifically). Even on the chips that driver supports, it doesn't use DMA, it's just a very simple shim. Apparently, Marvell never provided enough information on how to program the PATA side of these chips, so no Linux developer ever wrote more than a skeleton driver. Yes, I tried all the suggestions from the Marvell driver database and the little slip of paper that came with the board. None of them worked for accessing the PATA interface from Linux.

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This product's PATA interface DOES NOT WORK WITH LINUX.4/17/2019 12:04:19 AM

Pros: It looks like probably a nice card for Windows users. I believe that the SATA side of the board probably works with Linux, using the ordinary generic SATA driver, but I have not tested that.

Cons: You can plug PATA drives into this board, but the Linux system will not be able to access them. I tested this in a Gigabyte Ryzen motherboard running Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS. There exists a pata_marvell driver in the Linux kernel for years, but it does not support the "IDE interface [0101]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE912x IDE Controller [1b4b:91a4] (rev 20)" chip used in this board (which is apparently an 88SE9128 chip specifically). Even on the chips that driver supports, it doesn't use DMA, it's just a very simple shim. Apparently, Marvell never provided enough information on how to program the PATA side of these chips, so no Linux developer ever wrote more than a skeleton driver. Yes, I tried all the suggestions from the Marvell driver database and the little slip of paper that came with the board. None of them worked for accessing the PATA interface from Linux.

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Works great, restores long battery life to my netbook10/7/2017 1:12:06 AM

Pros: Good

Cons: This being the 9-cell version, it is fatter and deeper than the original battery. It hangs out the back and raises up the back of the netbook off the table.

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Charge or sync a USB-C phone from an ordinary USB Micro cable - but beware the fire danger.3/14/2017 7:39:09 PM

Pros: Lets you charge or sync a USB-C phone from an ordinary USB Micro cable.

Cons: When I tried using it with an ordinary USB-A to USB-Micro cable to help charge a visiting friend's new USB-C phone, the phone did pick up some charge, but also this connector got really hot, so hot that the plastic coverof this adapter melted on the USB-C end. The plastic shrunk back near the letter "C" from the intense heat!

Overall Review: I love the *idea* of this product, but I don't recommend risking the fire danger of this particular manufacturer's product.

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Starts cars, charges laptops and phones, but a pain to use9/15/2016 12:52:43 AM

Pros: It does power my laptop (Acer Aspire One nav60 at 19 volts). The flashlight appears to work. I started my friend's Cummins diesel Dodge Ram 2500 with it, on the third try. It has since started four or five other friends' cars or trucks (I recharged it to full between each one).

Cons: After the Dodge Ram started, smoke came out of the plastic box on the red clamp. I didn't know if it would work a second time (but in fact, it did work, four or five times so far). The car didn't run more than 10 or 20 seconds before I hopped out and started disconnecting it. The description says it has two USB ports, but there is only one USB port. The people who wrote the "manual" (a single folded sheet of paper about 2x3 inches) didn't speak Englis. "How can start power supply be started?" for example. And the people who designed how it works also didn't understand humans. The total controls are an On/Off switch, and one button. Different lengths of presses and releases of that button do many different things -- but even that painful user interface is not documented. That one button is used to show how much power is left (short press), turn on the flashlight (hold 3 seconds), switch flashlight modes (short presses), and select the laptop output voltage (short presses but it only seems to have this function under mysterious circumstances). There is zero documentation on the red safety flasher, but I discovered by accident that you turn it on (or off) with two presses separated only by a short time unpressed. The USB port provides power sometimes, and not at other times, and I haven't figured out how to make it RELIABLY provide power. Perhaps the USB port doesn't work when you have plugged in the cord providing laptop power (even if no laptop is connected)? But who would ever want to charge both a laptop and a phone at the same time? The FAQ and "How-To Video" at boltpowerusa.com jumps out to geveysim.net, misidentifies itself as "Bult Power", and merely says "Website coming soon". Which is also true for the "Warrantee/Returns" link. Don't buy it if you actually want to exercise the warrantee. The email address on that folded sheet of paper is info@tiisua.com, which is a domain name that does not exist. It might be a typo for tilusa.com which shows an uninitialized WordPress site.

Overall Review: If this was designed for humans, it would have a separate switch for each function. E.g. a 3 or 4 position switch for the laptop voltage setting (including an off position); a flashlight switch; it would use low power LEDs to show how much power is there the entire time it's turned on; and it would just have the USB port live whenever the On/Off switch was on, but use circuitry to leak very little power when no device is plugged into it.

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Two drives working well, full of data, weeks later4/1/2016 11:06:51 PM

Pros: It's working. These external drives seem to always arrive working. I didn't have that experience with internal drives, particularly in the past when NewEgg didn't have great drive packaging materials.

Cons: Physically bulky, needs external power supply, etc. The overall external case is 3x the size of the actual drive. But when I get external drives with cases that are closer to the real size, they always seem to overheat. This one does a nice job of ventilation.

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Data transfer: great. Physically: small. Wish: Include lanyard4/1/2016 11:02:56 PM

Pros: Did what you expect from a USB thumb drive. Physically very small. So far the plastic cover that protects it is staying on, too, even though it is just held on by friction, and the drive lives in my pocket. That plastic cover is great because it is much stronger than my other drive's cover, and it also protects the drive from dirt and dust. The other drive has gotten crushed a few times in my pocket, doesn't keep the dust out, and is now a bit hard to insert and remove into a USB slot; I can see where its metal was bent. The SanDisk's thicker cover that also covers the open end of the drive should prevent that bending.)

Cons: The product is so small that it's easy to mislay or lose. Designed into it, below the SanDisk logo, is a hole that suffices to attach a lanyard (a short cord so you can attach it to a keyring, a backpack, etc) but no lanyard itself is included. I used to buy A-Data USB2/microsd readers of a similar size that did include such a lanyard (I still had one on my keychain) so I took an old lanyard and attached it to this SanDisk drive. Now I have the SanDisk drive on my keychain.

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Works but needs modern drivers5/20/2014 7:50:09 PM

Pros: Uses USB3's speed to give you real gigabit Ethernet access.

Cons: Doesn't work with older laptops or OS's that don't have modern drivers (for the chip in this interface) installed. If this is your only USB Ethernet port then you might think about getting an older one that will work on a wider variety of computers.

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Reader is funky, you'll lose it.8/13/2013 5:45:32 PM

Pros: Tiny. Red helps find it. Keeps electronic contacts covered when not in use.

Cons: The reader has a cap, which falls off in your pocket. It also has no way to attach a cord, lanyard, etc. It's smooth on all sides, so you can't ever attach it to anything. Given the tiny size, it would be a lot easier to find and keep handy if I could string it on my keychain like the tiny Kingston readers. If they had merely added a hole for a lanyard, and ran that through a hole in the cap so you can't lose the cap, that would've handled it -- but they didn't.

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