Date Joined: 11/30/02
Pros: - Cheap.
- Seem to work.
Cons: - Slow (but what do you expect from a cheap USB 2.0 thumbdrive).
- Out of 3 supposedly identical units purchased, one of them has a capacity of just shy of 31 GB instead of the advertised 32 GB. (And yes, I'm counting based on decimal "disk drive" gigabytes, not binary gigabytes.)
Overall Review: Not worth the hassle to RMA the undersized one. But calling it a 32 GB drive in the product listing is misleading!
Pros: Tried it with several USB 3.0 devices, seems to work well.
Cons: Supplied cable is way too short.
Overall Review: To the guy complaining about the "proprietary" connector: That's not a proprietary connector, that's a standard USB 3.0 micro B. USB 3.0 requires extra wires, and there isn't room for the extra contacts inside a USB 2.0 micro B connector.
If you look inside the larger plug at the other end of the cable, you will also see 5 extra contacts further down inside the plug.
You can use a standard USB 2.0 micro B cable if you want, but then the hub will only run at USB 2.0 speeds.
Pros: Flexibility of both USB 2.0 (for widest compatibility) and eSATA (for fastest throughput). Solid construction. Simple drive installation.
Overall Review: The included USB Y-cable can be used to power it when using it in eSATA mode. Would've been nice if they had provided an AC adapter too, but the power jack is compatible with the AC adapters used by many USB hubs. I had an extra AC adapter from a USB hub that died in my spares pile, and it works great with this enclosure.
Pros: Cherry MX switches. Metal base plate.
Cons: Redesigned version has flimsy USB jack. Won't ship to Illinois.
Overall Review: I unfortunately need to knock my rating down from my original 5 eggs.
Rosewill has apparently redesigned the RK-9000 line slightly; newer ones no longer have the captive cable with the strain relief and braided covering. Instead, they have a mini-USB jack (as shown in the current product photos), with a rather flimsy connector inside. Putting lateral pressure/tension on the USB cable risks fracturing the solder joints which hold the connector to the internal PCB. This happened to my son's RK-9000; after ~4 months, the solder tabs that hold the connector to the PCB cracked, the connector got pushed into the keyboard, and the USB cable could no longer be plugged in. Repaired myself (with LEADED solder, which should be mechanically stronger), and replaced the straight USB cable with a right-angle one so that it no longer sticks straight out.
Newegg, PLEASE go back to the old design with the strain relief!
You lose another egg for refusing to sell Rosewill keyboards to residents o
Pros: Price is reasonable, and includes enough to do 3 mice.
Cons: Could be easier to remove from backing.
Overall Review: While I agree that removing them from the backing wasn't as easy as it could've been, all of the "Dotz" survived. While they do tend to curl up during removal, since the bottom surface is very slick they don't stick to themselves enough to cause damage. Just make sure your fingers are really clean (wipe 'em down with a little isopropyl first) so you don't contaminate the adhesive with skin oils while you're fiddling with them.
If I can manage to successfully apply these to one of my mice after having 4 beers, anyone with the manual dexterity of 3rd grader ought to be able to do it...
Pros: This device does exactly what it claims to do, at a fair price.
Overall Review: I used this + a Transcend CF card as the boot device for a "roll my own" home firewall router, using an old motherboard, CPU and RAM I had sitting in my junk collection. Approximately a year later, it is still working great.
Pros: Many, many years ago (back in the 386 days), I used a keyboard which I considered to be absolute keyboard nirvana. I've been searching for a keyboard like that ever since. The Unicomp Model M clones come close, but are a near miss (keys are a little too stiff IMO). This keyboard nails it dead-on.
I bought one... then shortly after receiving it bought a second one so I could have one for home, and one for work.
If you're looking for a no-frills keyboard with top-notch tactile feedback and n-key rollover, this is the keyboard for you!
Cons: Blue LEDs for num/caps/scroll lock are a little on the bright side. Doesn't include a USB-to-PS/2 adapter if (like me) you have an old PS/2 KVM and/or want to take full advantage of the n-key rollover. At least an adapter is cheap if you don't have one in your junkbox already.
Overall Review: Why have these been out of stock for so long? Hey Newegg -- I'd recommend these to anyone who'd listen if you still had any of them to sell!
Pros: I own two of these. They work well... keep the CPU cool without making a lot of noise.
Cons: As noted by others, the fan wears out too quickly. The open frame design and lack of a fan guard on the stock fan also increases the risk of snagging a cable in the fan blades.
Overall Review: You don't need to replace the entire HSF when the fan fails. Although you can't buy an exact replacement fan, the screw holes in the heatsink will work with standard 80mm and 92mm case fans. I put Vantec Stealth fans on both of mine when the stock fans failed and they work as good as new.