If this was Covergirl, it would be "Easy, Breezy, Beautiful."3/23/2017 7:35:58 AM

Pros: Small. Light; easily sticks to the wall with "push"-type sticky-backed Velcro. Modern look.

Cons: Relatively new product from a trusted name. I would buy again if I had to.

Overall Review: It's a switch.

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Great cable. One of my best purchases.9/7/2016 10:22:25 AM

Pros: Price. Buy two! You are likely here looking for 1) Cabling like this, a 2) Slider (like item N82E16817707404 ), or a 3) Fullsize dock.

Cons: No cons.

Overall Review: I used CrystalDiskMark to benchmark this, using my Samsung 850 SSD. BLUF: With this, on SSD: 1) On a 3.1 port, this 3.1 cable is 28% faster than a 3.0 cable. 2) A 3.1 port will give you 34% better speed than a 3.0 port. 3) When either one has the 3.0 bottleneck, by about 2%, the port is a LITTLE more important than the cabling. 4) With 3.1 cable over 3.1 port, we get 91% the speed of internal SATA. 5) With 3.1 cable over 3.0 port, we get 68% the speed of internal SATA. -These numbers would be more telling outside of SATA, as USB 3.1 is FASTER than SATA.- My numbers: Internal SATA (control) ------------------------------- Seq Read: 509 MB/s Seq Write: 504 USB 3.1 cable over USB 3.0 port ------------------------------- Seq Read: 349 MB/s Seq Write: 349 USB 3.1 cable over USB 3.1 port ------------------------------- Seq Read: 452 MB/s Seq Write: 473 Lastly, With USB 3.0 cable over USB 3.1 port ------------------------------- Seq Read: 353 MB/s Seq Write: 360

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Does what it needs to do.9/7/2016 8:08:18 AM

Pros: It does what I need it to do. I bought this with item number N82E16812196309 ; a molex Y-Cable, to power two SSDs within my case.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: It's a power splitter. When you need it, you need it. I would definitely buy again!

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Would buy again.9/7/2016 8:00:21 AM

Pros: I call this a "slider". In effecting connectivity between SATA storage devices and USB ports, there exists: 1) (USB-to-SATA) Connection Cables, 2) Sliders, and 3) Docks. This item sits between Cables and Docks in size and functionality.

Cons: You will need a USB 3.1"C"-type output on your computer to work with the included cable, which is a (short) USB-C/Micro-B. The Micro-B side mates with the Slider.

Overall Review: I have been buying Startech for 5 years. On SATA devices they always include UASP, which gives SSDs that extra "kick" in speed.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
I bought this just for the LED portion to place inside a Mini Maglite 'pewter' edition from 2003.9/7/2016 7:44:18 AM

Pros: Very bright, white, LED. With new batteries, it's output is comparable to my bike light.

Cons: I couldn't find anything to do with the rest of it: it's so pretty, it's a dang shame to throw it away, as it's really a piece of art. So...I put it aboard my 4" quadcopter drone and dropped it off upright ever so gently; on my neighbor's balcony who lives on the 15th floor and whom I am sure is wondering today how it got there.

Overall Review: It's a Mag-light. When you go to prison with one of these, you are expected to bury it like it's a fine timepiece, and give to your children later. :P

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It's $4.50 at my time of writing this9/7/2016 7:38:01 AM

Pros: It does what I need it to do. I bought it with item N82E16812422777 ; a "Molex to 2* SATA Power Y-Splitter Converter Cable", to power two SSDs PLUS the port it was previously plugged into.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: It's a power splitter. When you need it, you need it: I would definitely buy it again.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
3 eggs based on functionality--not price.9/7/2016 7:34:14 AM

Pros: M.2 speeds should allot 3200 MB/s read/writes, with the right SSD. These are a good price.

Cons: I have a limited number of PCI slots. So, I want them all filled up with useful items. I sold this adapter on an EBaysed site, and got another that did the same thing but also had 4 SATA (signal) ports. Guess what? That's 4 more SSDs I can add to my PC.

Overall Review: Would not buy, knowing my full options.

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A 3.1 port is a necessity today9/7/2016 7:21:43 AM

Pros: It appears that there is one controller PER PORT. That's awesome; because otherwise, disconnecting one device will disconnect the other, temporarily.

Cons: Why only two ports? Give us a full run of four--and I'll pay more for it!

Overall Review: I wish that PC makers would ditch USB 1.0 and 2.0 altogether. I hate buying things like that, that take up valued PCI slots. Also, PC makers should put PS2 ports INSIDE of cases, for troubleshooting for when Windows does not take USB due to chipset issues; wherein often the only solution is a full-wipe-and-reinstall.

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At this price, it's free9/7/2016 7:17:52 AM

Pros: If you need your new 8-pin videocard to run, and your old cable is 6-pin, then you have no choice but to buy exactly this.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: I've rarely gone wrong with Startech.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Um...9/7/2016 6:53:58 AM

Pros: Has USB out jacks. Looks svelte?

Cons: 1) a) This jack has just one set of A/C INPUTS in the rear; only the top jack feeds all (6) outputs. b) If your wall jack is connected to a light switch, the light switch has no effect if connected to the bottom A/C out-port. c) Perhaps it's my wall, but this outlet will not screw into place in either of my wall sockets. 2) The 3*2 sets of jacks are too close to each other!! When will UPS manufacturers learn? The 6-prong jack that this unit replaced literally has muuuch more space between jacks. I had to do the outlet-shuffle to squeeze my gear in. I hate that.

Overall Review: It's black, and says "Monster", so it looks cool. Functionally, I would not have purchased again.

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My cable works fine!9/7/2016 6:49:46 AM

Pros: This thing works great. I have a Samsung 840 Evo 1TB drive sitting inside, hooked to USB 3.0 port. My speeds are ALMOST as fast as my drive moves data internally. Read my other reviews. It is svelt, as far as 2.5" external drive casings go.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Worth 25 bucks. You also have the option of spending >25 dollars on a SATA cable and a powered "wall-wart"; both hooked to the rear of a naked drive; thank goodness that that is something you don't need to do with SSDs. This thing and it's cable have never missed a beat. Is the cable short? Yes--by about 3 inches. Not enough to egg it down, though! Update: (Sep 2016) USB 3.1 docks are available now, as well as 3.1 cabling. Add this to a 3.1 port, and your SSDs will give you an approximate 19% speed boost at the high end, over USB 3.0.

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Meh9/7/2016 6:40:58 AM

Pros: USB 3.0. I like blue LEDs. Especially blinking ones.

Cons: Does not hold onto one drive when adding or removing the other.

Overall Review: This is a dual-drive external hard drive dock. When one drive is added or removed, they "both go". This is the same issue I've got with a ThermalTake dock. When connected via USB 3.0, removing one drive does not really NEED to remove the others' connectivity. So, what this means is that, the dock uses one controller to manage both SATA connections. I have a USB 3.0 hub that supports multiple "single-drive" docks--and then the adding and removing of their hard drives occurs without issue. That's a better external solution for me.

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Improved processor over last year's model9/7/2016 6:19:40 AM

Pros: A direct comparison using Crystal Diskmark on the same diskset (configured in SHR) from the DS213 model to this (2014) model: DS213 Seq R: 80 MB/s Seq W: 45 Ran R 512KB: 32 Ran W 512KB: 48 Ran R 4KB : .6 Ran W 4KB: 5 Ran R 4KB(Q32): .5 Ran W 4KB(Q32): 2 DS214j Seq R: 86 MB/s Seq W: 101 Ran R 512KB: 40 Ran W 512KB: 76 Ran R 4KB : .8 Ran W 4KB: 5 Ran R 4KB(Q32): .8 Ran W 4KB(Q32): 8

Cons: Price is up $70 bones

Overall Review: I am wondering when NASs will start using internal RAMdisks for faster speed.

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Does not work *29/7/2016 6:16:20 AM

Pros: Flush mount

Cons: Flush mount "cool" does not matter when your system does not recognize the device. Dell Studio XP 1645 Win 7 (64) is a 100% fail. I tried a replacement card in both this and a friend's netbook. Both cards failed.

Overall Review: I can keep the card in my PCI slot to prevent dust from entering.

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Fastest USB drive I've yet had9/5/2016 6:58:02 PM

Pros: The Ventura PRO 32GB states its speeds are 120 and 70 MB/s. The Ventura Plus 32GB states its speeds are 200 and 40 MB/s. They both offer 2-year warranty. The "Pro" has a ton of reviews. The Plus...not so much.:P This is a prettier drive in person than in the photo. Let me tell you that. It is also the fastest drive I've yet had. Here are it's specs: over USB 2.0 port (integrated) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Seq Read: 45 MB/s Seq Write: 40 Ran R 4KiB: 7 Ran W 4KiB: 0.8 Seq Read: 45 Seq Write: 39 Ran R 4KiB: 6 Ran W 4KiB: 0.8 over USB 3.0 port (PCI-e) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Seq Read: 188 MB/s Seq Write: 70 Ran R 4KiB: 8 Ran W 4KiB: 0.8 Seq Read: 186 Seq Write: 77 Ran R 4KiB: 7 Ran W 4KiB: 0.8 over USB 3.0 port (integrated) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Seq Read: 208 MB/s Seq Write: 93 Ran R 4KiB: 8 Ran W 4KiB: 0.8 Seq Read: 207 Seq Write: 77 Ran R 4KiB: 8 Ran W 4KiB: 0.7 over USB 3.1 port (PCI-e) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Seq Read: 207 MB/s Seq Write: 91 Ran R 4KiB: 8 Ran W 4KiB: 0.9 Seq Read: 204 Seq Write: 77 Ran R 4KiB: 6 Ran W 4KiB: 0.8

Cons: Cap does not stay put. I placed the cap in a drawer so as not to lose it until I am ready.:P

Overall Review: Reads/writes at over 100MB/s with consistency. I bought this stick to boot off of, with a Windows ISO, for emergencies. I could not write an ISO to it as the software showed its not a bootable USB, but further reading led me to understand that drives need to be of a certain type to do so. It DOES show up in Windows as a "removable drive"--and two other drives of mine have the same problem, though. So the issue may be the imaging/ISO software. Update: I used different software. This is now my "emergency formatting stick": I have Win 10 on it, plus all my Program instalables.

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Expensive. Loud. ...A real machine!9/2/2016 8:15:55 AM

Pros: I like the pseudo-heatsink that they powdercoat and still pretend makes sense to attach the drive to.

Cons: N/A... ?

Overall Review: I attached my 4TB Samsung SSD to the heatsink portion s to spread the heat around. Just kidding. This heatsink will keep heat in more than will it disperse any of it. It's laughable--so silly, that it's "cool" in it's badness. I wish today that platter drives could sustain 10000 RPM. Why don't manu's go that route?

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Why?9/2/2016 8:11:29 AM

Pros: If you are using one of these over your cell phone, I simply don't know what name to call you.

Cons: Garmin, when these things made sense, was much worse than Tom Tom's usability.

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bad implementation of SSD-style caching9/2/2016 8:10:12 AM

Pros: N/A

Cons: Returned two of these. I benchmarked the heck out of them, and never could find consistency. In the end. I determined it was no better than a standard 2.5" platter drive at 7200 RPM.

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rock-solid9/2/2016 8:03:50 AM

Pros: Drive still works today. I keep is as an empty spare, though it's got some data on it, for "in-case".

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: As a "green" drive, who expects this to set speed records?

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Took this across the house to feed wirless router from modem, going across corners and everything else.9/2/2016 8:02:34 AM

Pros: At this price, it's free (almost)

Cons: N/A, unless you really want black cabling.

Overall Review: It's Cat-6. This will supply the average consumer and the average small/medium business.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5 eggs for the price9/2/2016 8:01:00 AM

Pros: Light. This doesn't change its ability to Tack, though.

Cons: Cheap feel.

Overall Review: I used this to tack ethernet cables close to my wall/ceiling corners.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
4 stars based on "who buys a 10/100"?9/2/2016 7:58:43 AM

Pros: Back in the day, it may have been a good buy. If you are using ANY type of modern (purchased in the last 4 years) router, get a 10/1000 switch.

Cons: This switch limits itself.

Overall Review: Buy a 10/1000 of the same model, like I did, for instant performance increase.

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5 stars based on when purchased (4 years ago, or in 2012).9/2/2016 7:56:55 AM

Pros: Fastest SD card I've had to date, save a very recent purchase at 128GB.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: It was a good buy then, it is a good buy today (except that I prefer at least double the space).

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Bought 2+ years ago9/2/2016 7:12:11 AM

Pros: Attractive. Always worked, while I had it. Gave it to a friend who needed backup. I thought this was a cheap solution. It was a good, and a cheap, solution.

Cons: 2.5" platters: serve better as backup drives than spare data drives.

Overall Review: I wouldn't buy for myself, given solid state options.

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4.4 stars, really.9/2/2016 7:10:36 AM

Pros: I sill have this model from 3-4 years ago--though it's sticker/label is very different.

Cons: 1 TBs today are a waste of 3.5" space. Unless you are keeping these as an imaged "hot spare", and need only 1TB, why bother?

Overall Review: It's hard for me to rate any platter drive 5 stars, unless it's big (10TB) on capacity. SSDs simply offer too much value.

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