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James L.

James L.

Joined on 05/08/21

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Most Favorable Review

Great USB-C hub.

Wavlink 4 Ports USB 3.1 Type-C to USB 3.0 Hub 5Gbps Transmission Rates Aluminum Design Multi-function USB Dock Hot Swapping Support for Mac Ultra-Slim Desktop- Gray model : 3048C
Wavlink 4 Ports USB 3.1 Type-C to USB 3.0 Hub 5Gbps Transmission Rates Aluminum Design Multi-function USB Dock Hot Swapping Support for Mac Ultra-Slim Desktop- Gray model : 3048C

Overall Review: First time buying this brand. Haven't run any "tests" for speed or anything, but the few Xfers I have done have all been limited to the flash drives ability of xferring speed. Haven't noticed anything "unusual" in regards to heat... The USB-C port naturally gets hot, hence why it is metal to begin with, it can take the heat. I have an external drive to it that all my games are installed on. When playing for many hours, there is no heat issues since I am not xferring data. My phone (Android) will charge, but not rapidly charge. I expected this as USB 3.0 is not USB-C. No problems xferring data back and forth from the phone. *But* I cannot use the external drive in combo with my Logitech surround sound headphones... When there is a lot of action going on, the headphones begin to stutter, no delays in game otherwise, but when the action stops, sound goes back to normal... Therefore, I plug my headphones in a separate USB port on my laptop and no problems since. (I suspect this is a feedback issue as the game files is sending audio to my laptop, then back through the same port in the hub... This tells me nothing new has changed in the way of extension hubs, this is a 4 port hub, but all ports can only "share" the total "power" (amps/watts/volts), which is why some USB extension hubs have a power adapter for the wall power outlet, those ones usually have full power to each individual port (which I do have one of those types of hubs) Again, I expected this and for my purpose did not need a power adapter style hub, so this is not a con, just an observation as I was certain the USB-C port can handle the power of both the external drive and headphones, but did not expect this hub to handle it. I just needed a simple hub that was normal USB and I only have a USB-C port to serve that need, otherwise I would have just bought a normal USB hub.) -the physical looks and feel are impressive. The hub itself is surprisingly heavy, and my biggest happiness of it is the ports are spaced apart from each other enough that I can use my awkward flash drives that are bulky or unique designs that I can't otherwise use in my laptop at all because the ports are so close together, I can only use thin devices in them. The cord length for my taste is too long, but this is not a bad thing. I have a huge 17 inch msi gaming laptop and I plug this hub on the left side and it can wrap around (going upward around the monitor) without stress to almost reach the right side. I would estimate a 1ft cord length. As I said the cord length is not a bad thing, it's just coming out of the box "wrapped" tightly in the original figure 8 or loop, the stiffness is going to take time to flatten out and my specific setup on my table usually causes this hub to fall off the table and with it due to the heavy weight and natural kinetic energy of falling causes a serious swing of whatever is plugged in. I of course foreseen this and that did not happen to me as I weighted down the loop resistance to flatten out the cord with something heavy until it flattens out completely. ***Would definitely buy again***

12/11/2021

Great SSD, would get again.

Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s  - CT1000MX500SSD1
Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s - CT1000MX500SSD1

Overall Review: Installed this on a laptop that had just a regular HDD. No problems so far, boots up in seconds. Well that said, I always install a new OS, not a copy when installing SSDs. Only been a couple of weeks, but already ordered another one for a different laptop repair.

12/11/2021

Great Laptop as expected

MSI GP Series - 17.3" 144 Hz IPS - Intel Core i7 10th Gen 10870H (2.20 GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER - 16 GB DDR4 - 512 GB NVMe SSD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Gaming Laptop (GP75 Leopard 10SFSK-481)
MSI GP Series - 17.3" 144 Hz IPS - Intel Core i7 10th Gen 10870H (2.20 GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER - 16 GB DDR4 - 512 GB NVMe SSD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Gaming Laptop (GP75 Leopard 10SFSK-481)

Overall Review: I have used MSI gaming laptops for the last 8 or so years. I have used them specifically because of their airflow design. The biggest complaints I read/researched about other brands is the overheating and most of that is due to poor airflow design. With that said, not all of MSI's laptop designs are good, stay away from the Katana and the thin design models. This beauty however is just like my past gaming laptops, great design. -I didnt notice any bloatware other than regular windows 10 default apps like office trial. Of course I still did my own fresh install of Win 10 pro and always recommend such (especially given it came with win 10 home). A lot of drivers from the msi website could not be installed as there was no setup.exe of any type. But I havent had any issues with drivers nonetheless. Just made sure I did install what I could from the website and the proper gpu drivers from (my case) Nvidia. -I left in the 500gb m.2 drive as my windows install and put in a 2tb ssd 2.5 inch drive. So far so good there. While I had the laptop apart, everything looked good and properly in place. -Idle temps is 45ish, gaming temps havent seen anything above 80. While I game I push the full speed button for the fans. They are loud, but I use surround sound headset and have never had any complaints of background noise. I have tested out, not pushing the full speed fan button and the fans naturally will turn on and off as they see fit while I am gaming and never heard them go full speed on their own, but I prefer to push the full speed as I intend on making the life of this laptop as long as possible. I would not recommend doing anything hardcore while having this laptop in your lap as the heat build up will be excessive in the region of your body you dont want. -I do not use the dragon center, nor do I do any overclocking of any kind with this laptop. Of course everything runs smooth at ultra so far. -I have used it while on battery, though just for regular web browsing and video watching. I was surprised how well it lasted, 1.5 hours and still at 40%, better than my previous ones. I didnt expect it to last more than 45 min. -Other software I do not use from MSI: Nahimic audio, dragon center, msi after burner, the wifi killer software (forgot the name). This is not for any specific reason, just preference. My headphones have their own software to enable surround sound and mic. When it comes to graphics settings, I prefer to edit them in game. I also dont record or stream, that would make me reconsider. The wifi drivers from the fresh install seems to work fine, and the wifi drivers from the website was one of those previously mentioned where there was no setup or install exe. -I did go into bios, didnt need to do anything, as it was updated. -The main keyboard layout is the same exact size as other 17.3inch models and therefore I was able to order a $7 keyboard protector that laid over all the keys perfectly. I do not use the mouse pad on the laptop, but it does function and once you install the steel series engine software for the keyboard, all functions work at that point. I do not use the steel series software for anything, but it does get the fn button to work as i mentioned and I use that regularly. -As advertised, 3 usb 3.0 ports and 1 usb-c, plus the others. I mentioned this as my research concluded that the usb-c could not rapid charge my phone if plugged in... This turned out to be false, which is a Yay for me even though was not really relevant and still dont use it for that, but good to know it can indeed rapid charge my pixel. (havent tested hdmi, or sd card reader, but looking into nvidia settings does indicate the hdmi port is operated via the Nvidia GPU, not the intel GPU, which if accurate is another Yay for me. That sums everything up. I would recommend this if your considering. I was weighing the options between this MSI with the 2070 super 8gb gpu vs the MSI with the 3060 6gb and according to various gpu benchmarking for these 2 mobile gpus, the 2070 is technically better by 2%, not a deciding factor certainly as just like any 2 high end devices, 1 faired better in some parts and the other faired better in others.. I chose the 2070 as I know gpu ram is becoming more important and 2gb more is well....2gb more.. in addtion to the rebate of course.... there wasnt a rebate offered on the 3060.