Date Joined: 04/23/03
Pros: Both the card reader and disk interface work fine so far. I've used it to re-purpose some old 3.5" spinning drives for backups. Crystalmark showed 100MB/s sequential read and write, which is as fast as those disks were going directly to SATA. UAS works out of the box with both Windows 10 and Linux. U3 SD cards also perform as expected.
Having the card readers and hub is a nice bonus if you have limited USB3 ports. There SD and micro SD slots are separate card readers, so you can use two cards at once, unlike some multi-adapters where the two slots are wired to the same physical interface.
Cons: The cord is a bit short (under 3 feet) to comfortably have the device on a desk with the computer on the floor.
Un-mounting a SATA disk in windows is kind of awkward, since "safely remove" only lets you eject the entire device, and as far as I can tell you have to power the device off and on to get it back. This is probably mostly down to how windows handles composite devices, but it makes the hub less useful for keyboard, mouse or network plugged into the hub. You can eject SD cards individually using right click -> "eject" like normal.
Overall Review: I actually ordered a different product (with just the drive bay) so I was surprised when it showed up with card readers and a USB 3 hub. The seller eventually sent an explanation that was "due to the upgrade and maintenance of our backstage", and I have no complaint at all about a free upgrade on an already well priced product.
Under linux, the device shows up as a GenesysLogic hub , ASMT ASM105x SATA interface and two generic USB card readers.
The plug on the device is a USB3 B -Type, like used on printers.
Pros: Works. Crystalmark reported 90 MB/s sequential read, 70 MB/s write, probably limited by the cards. Seems fine.
Cons: Feels a bit cheaply made, but it was cheap so that's not unexpected.
Overall Review: This device does not detect the SD lock switch on full sized SD cards: The slot isn't physically deep enough for this to be possible. This means you can write to "locked" cards, which most people probably don't care about but could be a pro or con for some.
The device manufacturer reported from USB is "Prolific Technology Inc.", product ID 2731
Pros: Worked out of the box on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I got this to display the NTSC-out from some digital cameras. It seems to do that fine. Detected as "MACROSILICON AV TO USB2.0" USB vendor 534d, product 0021. Worked in windows camera app, VLC, skype without installing any additional drivers. Also worked with VLC in Linux.
Pros: Works fine, > 500 MB/s sequential read and write in Crystalmark. No issues after 5 months.
Pros: Decent feel for a dome switch keyboard, compact for a full size standard layout, cheap
Cons: Mouse feels cheap, wheel makes a raspy sound. I only got this for keyboard so not really a con for me, but if you game or spend a lot of time on the computer you'd probably want a better one.
The lettering on the keys doesn't seem very durable. After 5 months of daily use several keys are almost completely worn off. Doesn't bother me, but if you care about that you might want to look elsewhere.
Pros: Does what it says on the box, got it on sale for a good price. Worked out of the box in Windows 10.
Overall Review: I got this for an older system with an onboard Etron USB 3 controller that doesn't support UAS on windows 10. The RC-508 does support UAS. Using an Intel 545s 256GB SSD in a Syba SY-ENC25051 external enclosure, sequential read went from 190 MB/s to 375 MB/s. Writes and random IOPs were also much improved
Haven't tested it for USB charging.
Pros: Cheaper than the big names, much better performance than spinning disk. Crystalmark shows over 500 MB/s sequential read and write
Overall Review: I got this to replace a 7200 RPM SATA II OS disk with windows 10. As others noted, this is just a drive, no cable, cloning software or screws included. I used clonezilla to clone from a smaller drive with no issues.
Pros: Lets you mount one or two 2.5" drives in a 3.5" slot. Seems solid enough, lots of different screw holes. Bracket screws in to 3.5" bay, 2.5" drives snap into bracket without screws.
Cons: As others mentioned, cabling could be awkward if you use two drives.
Overall Review: This was good deal on sale, if it wasn't I might look for other options
Pros: Good enough audio quality for conference calls, casual gaming, background music. Comfortable enough for long telecons. Physical volume and mute control.
Cons: Mic switch can make a pretty loud click on the audio input. Not particularly sturdy.
Overall Review: These don't block external sound much, which may be a pro or con depending what you want.
Pros: I got a 3 pack of these on sale. They seem to work fine, decent price, come with an adapter
Cons: Not very fast, measured write speeds 10 MB/s in cameras that get 30 MB/s with other UHS-1 cards.
Overall Review: If you aren't worried about speed, or have an older device that doesn't support UHS, these are a good deal. Otherwise, I'd look elsewhere
Pros: Lots of pixels, reasonably bright, good viewing angles. Supports DVI, HDMI and displayport. Colors seem fine for everyday use. Size is a nice compromise between having a decent amount of screen space and not taking over the whole desk.
Cons: As others have said, the stand is pretty flimsy and there's no VESA mount. Mine has a little light bleeding around the edges but nothing bothersome for video or everyday desktop work. The controls setup is a bit frustrating too, the buttons are on the bottom edge of the screen and the only visible indicator of what they do is on-screen icons that show up when you press one and don't line up very well.
Overall Review: 2k at 25" is a a slightly weird size. 100% scale gives you really tiny text, icons etc, 200% is is too much. I use 125% in windows 10, which works well in most programs, but some old programs don't scale properly. Fractional scaling can cause artifacts in certain situations (e.g. dithered graphics can show moire etc), but I haven't found it to be a problem in practice.
Overall I'm happy with this purchase.
Pros: Your basic USB3/SATA enclosure. Screw mount, so better for permanent install than swapping around a lot. I used it with a an intel 545s SSD. Usable out of the box with Windows 10 and Linux. Reasonably fast, crystalmark sequential read and write over 200 mb/s with SDD. Comes with free tiny screwdriver.
Cons: Cord is a bit short. There's no mechanical support for the smaller drives other than the SATA plug. No on-off switch.
Overall Review: Chipset is jmicron JMS578. To get UAS, TRIM and power saving support under Linux, I had to update the firmware using generic jmicron firmware. Search "odroid jms578 firmware" if you care about this. You can find a windows updater with "JMS578 Firmware updater" that will load that firmware if you don't have an odroid. The stock firmware was 00.01.00.04, updated to 173.01.00.01.
Pros: It works, price was good, performance seems fine.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I bought this to use in an external USB3 enclosure (Syba SY-ENC25051). Didn't have any issues setting it up, crystalmark results significantly better than SATA spinning disks. (200+MB/s sequential, read/write, 7-14k IOPS)
Pros: Used this to replace a failing 5400 RPM HD in a relatives laptop. Straightforward setup, much faster than before, no complaints.
Pros: LEDE / OpenWRT install was painless, plenty of RAM and enough flash. Works well so far. Haven't benchmarked LAN, but comparing through the router to direct connection shows it has no trouble keeping up with my Spectrum cable modem.
Cons: Judging by the specs on the power supply and the heat it puts out, takes a lot more power than the RNX-GX4 I was using before. The power supply itself is an annoyingly large brick on the plug.
Overall Review: Seems like a good deal at the discount price I got (well under 100) but at full MSRP you have a lot of other choices.
Current stable LEDE has some issues with the 1.1 hardware, but the one I got reported hardware rev 1.0 in the stock firmware even though the sticker on the outside said 1.1.
Pros: 3 USB ports and gig ethernet, great for laptops that have limited type C ports. Worked out of the box on Ubuntu 16.04 and Windows 10.
Cons: Would be nice if the cord were a bit longer or more flexible. If your laptop is on your lap, this will be a fair bit of weight hanging off the USB connector.
Overall Review: Network chipset is ASIX AX88179, hub is VIA VL812
Pros: Decent specs for the price point, construction feels reasonably solid. Very quiet, runs cool.
Ubuntu 16.04 boots and recognizes all major hardware (touchpad, touchscreen, wifi) but see cons below.
Keyboard feel is good for a chiclet style keyboard
Touchpad works well, supports multi-touch.
Battery life seems good, but I have pushed it too far yet.
Decent number of USB ports
Cons: Keyboard uses half size keys for arrows, and puts home and end under fn combos.
Screen shows a little bit of bleeding around the edges on a black background, but not enough to be a major annoyance. Not super bright, but fine for indoor use.
Charger plug seems pretty vulnerable, very skinny plug with block that sticks out.
Comes with a moderate amount of bloatware, but a windows 10 clean install from media creation tool was pretty painless.
In ubuntu dual boot setup, going into the UEFI BIOS seems to corrupt the Ubuntu UEFI entry (removing ubuntu from the description of the shimx64.efi entry and removing it from displayorder) and reset to booting windows, even if you don't change or save any settings. This can be reset on the windows side using bcdedit. In a single OS install, you might need a live USB, but I don't know if it happens when there's no windows install.
No storage activity LED, can make it hard to tell if a program is busy or not.
Battery and storage not meant to be user-replaceable.
Overall Review: Cons list above may look long, but they are all pretty minor to me. Overall, I'm very satisfied, and would recommend to people who want a relatively portable but not tiny laptop for non-CPU/GPU intensive work. You can get better specs or cheaper, but it's a nice mid-range option.
It's bit big and heavy to use like a tablet: you wouldn't want to hold it up to read a paperback, but it would be fine for viewing media on an airplane. I don't count this as a con since it's what you'd expect from a 14" laptop.
Pros: Worked out of the box on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 (Detected as ASIX AX88179). Cord seems sturdy.
Cons: None so far. Not as compact as some USB/Ethernet adapters
Overall Review: Haven't tested throughput.
Cord is pretty short (~7"), may be a pro or con depending on your needs.