Date Joined: 07/07/09
Pros: this adapter can be a snap to use, i.e pretty much just plug and play, or it can be little tricky depending on your situation.
if the hard drive you want to connect is simply a storage drive (filled with docs, images, vids, etc. but no operating system) then you can be up and running pretty quickly, albeit you may have to fiddle with the drive's jumper settings (master, slave) depending on the type of drive you're attaching (i believe the documentation says to set the jumpers to master, but that doesn't always work).
however if the drive you're connecting has an operating system loaded, say an older os than your current system, and it is from a different machine (i.e. different hardware configuration) you may have to jump through a few ownership hoops in order to get it up and running as the old os will not recognize the system, resulting in an access denied error.
my experience: with jumpers set to master i attached my old drive (lmaxtor, xp loaded along with a ton of other files, removed from a different machine) to my new machine that has windows 8/64 installed. the drive did not show up in explorer, disk management or device manager - what did show up was the yellow question mark in device manager under other devices.
i then set the jumpers to slave and tried again - this time the drive showed up in explorer, disk management and device manager. however when i selected the drive in explorer i got an access denied message even though i am the administrator.
after a quick google search i found this solution:
1. command prompt: takeown /F "F:" /A /R /D Y where "F:" is your drive letter.
2. and take ownership of the drive via disk management as outlined here:
seems like a lot of messing around but it really is painless and quick once you know what to do - hope some find this helpful.
Pros: nice cable
Pros: was expecting more given the rave reviews. nice enough panel, very lightweight, mounted it to an arm but, to be honest, the look and feel of it strikes me as a bit cheap/chintzy, just doesn't scream quality imo. with that said, it does offer nice image quality.
Cons: doesn't look/feel like a quality piece of equipment, hard to believe it has a glass face (per the specs i believe, but i'm not so sure) - can't believe it doesn't have vesa mounting capability, albeit a mod is available if you do a search, but i knew that going in...
Pros: perfectly fine cable, it is what it is, came as a freebie with one of my orders.
Pros: quality cable, does the job
Cons: only three stars because the both input ends (dvi and displayport) are extremely beefy which can make the cable very difficult to attach to display panles with tight input areas, which seems to be all panels these days.
Pros: small, discreet, and does exactly what it claims - what else can you ask for?
Cons: how is that companies continue to design power adapters in a manner that they take up 3 slots on a power strip? could the adapter been configured to connect vertically instead of horizontally? fortunately it's not needed, or at least it wasn't for my needs...
Cons: where to begin... decided to spend a little extra on what i thought would be a premium monitor arm to use with my expensive 27" panel but was enormously disappointed by the doublesight ds-30phs. don't be fooled by the weight rating (up to 30 lb), perhaps it can manage a 10 lb monitor. when i mounted my panel the arm was horribly wobbly, even opening and closing a desk drawer would cause my monitor to shake precariously. i ended up having to slide the arm down close to the base of the pole for fear it would give out, drop, and wreck my display. i inadvertently ended up stripping two of the tension screws in an effort to secure the arm into position. as if the arm itself wasn't bad enough, even worse was the actual vesa mount which attached to the back of the monitor. it is designed to offer a landscape or portrait pivot action but is so loose (and no tightening solves the issue) that it's almost impossible to keep your display set in one position - even the slightest bump causes the display to begin rotating.
newegg is the absolute best and would have certainly accepted this piece of junk as a return, but so much time had passed before i got around to installing it, and it was in such bad condition after trying to get it to work (stripped tension screws, scraped paint, etc.) that i decided to just take it on the chin and threw it out, $130+ down the drain.
Overall Review: how can something as simple as a monitor arm be such a piece of garbage?
Pros: small, usb powered.
Cons: wish the gang at razer would have dedicated as much brain power to the sound quality as they did to the hip design which, now that i own them, strikes me as pretty silly (blue-lit speaker base, pop up cone action, etc.). come to think of it, these could very well be the monster cables of computer/device speakers, all show and little go.
Pros: just what i needed.
Pros: quality product, excellent support.
Pros: what can i say, perfectly serviceable phone(s) for a pittance.
Pros: usb powered.
Cons: purchased this monitor to pair with my all-in-one hp z1 because i liked the idea of a single usb connection, which would compliment my z1's single power connection (so nice not having a jungle of wires surrounding my pc). however, although the usb connection is nice, it doesn't come close to making up for the flimsy/cheap appearance of the aoc monitor nor the lack of brightness, color saturation, and overall quality - $180 shipped for this cheap piece of plastic is crazy, i'll be replacing it with a quality 22" outlet-powered monitor for less money. i guess this might suffice for those looking for a portable option to pair with their laptops, especially given it may not look as lacking sitting next to a typical laptop display, but considering its highly reflective display surface i'm not sure how great it would be even for this use. anyway, i found it to be a cheap piece of equipment.