Joined on 10/09/01
Pros: . . . . . I recently purchased two Lenovo desktops with Vista 64 installed. Like all new computers, there were no parallel ports - everyone was going USB 2.0 to cut costs. Unfortunately, I owned four old HP 2100 Laserjet printers; and they would only accept parallel cables. . . . . . So, I purchased a converter printer cable with a USB 2.0 connector on one end and a parallel connector on the other. The thing would not work. . . . . . According to my brother-in-law, he had the same problem with his recent computer purchase as well. Like me, the converter route was a total failure. After trying several solutions, they all "bombed." His last attempt was to install a parallel port PCI card, and it worked. . . . . . I went to the Newegg.com website to look at the various selections. The Rosewill RC-303 had the highest ratings, so it was purchased. . . . . . After getting it, I downloaded the latest software driver and installed the device. It worked and continued to work ever since.
Cons: . . . . . Do not take a chance with anything else. Rosewill works and has the highest satisfaction among Newegg.com customers.
Overall Review: . . . . . Rosewill is one of the few major adapter card makers that has a website and will be around for the next few years. It updates its drivers regularly. As a result, if I have to update my OS to Windows 7 in the future, there is some assurance that the company will have the necessary software drivers in support of their products. Any other company will require you to throw away the old and buy their new.
USB 2.0 Speeds
Pros: 1. The construction is good quality. The cable is extra thick with shielding. The two connectors are not gold plated. 2. Rosewill technical service is excellent. An English speaking technician is very knowledgeable on company products. 3. On sale for $2.99 with free shipping, this is a steal for a 3' USB 3.0 extension cable. 4. My order arrived in three days. 5. I use the cable extensions for my keyboard and mouse. They are great!
Cons: 1. The performance results are horrible. Test results show that USB 3.0 speed is equal to USB 2.0 when using the cable extension. The former is slightly faster but not by much - a 6% to 10% increase. These are barely noticeable. Surely, they are not the 10X theoretical speed increase that is hyped by false advertisements. . . Transferring a large file, 1gb and larger . . . . . . . . . . . . USB 2.0 speed = 20.0 mb/s . . . . . USB 3.0 speed = 22.0 mb/s . Transferring several small files, 30mb and smaller. . . . . . USB 2.0 speed = 15.0 mb/s . . . . . USB 3.0 speed = 16.0 mb/s . . 2. The above results do not surprise me. In the Newegg website, half of the reviews by users reported similar results - you will get USB 2.0 speeds using the Rosewill cable.
Overall Review: Because the 50% Newegg reviews on the Rosewill USB 3.0 cables were positive and the prices were cheap, I took a chance and purchased four cables anyway. Although useless for transferring files on USB 3.0 flash drives, they work very well on my keyboard and mouse.
Five Boards with 100% Problems
Pros: 1. Beautiful black board with red trim. 2. Highest rated AMD FX based MB on several vendor web sites. 3. Professional evaluations on several publications recommended it as the "best value" among "gaming boards."
Cons: Board #1: Five random shut offs on 3rd day. A few sporadic self rebootings afterward. Board #2: Non-stop random shut offs ended with a total crash in week 2. NEWEGG quickly replaced it with another board. Board #3: (REPLACEMENT): Three random shut offs on 2nd day. A few sporadic shutoffs and rebootings afterwards. Board #4: USB 3.0 went dead. Board #5: Internet went out on 2nd week. One day later, MB burned up my AMD 8120 CPU and become completely non-functional on 3rd week.
Overall Review: Five boards went bad in three weeks - a new record for me! I thought that Asus was bad. MSI is even worse.
Pros: 1. Good price for an Asus brand motherboard. 2. Four memory slots.
Cons: 1. PS/2 port is flaky. It works 50% of the time. 2. During boot, pressing F12 does not work for a majority of the time. 3. The layout is cramped with very little space. 4. Customer Service is bad. The wait time for an agent is usually 45 minutes or more. 5. You pay for mailing DOAs to factory. Repaired motherboard comes back within 30 days and malfunctions within 1-to-to months. The constant shipping back and forth will cost more than the original price of the MB.
Overall Review: Quality has gone down significantly when Asus and other motherboard makers switched production to Red China.
USB 2.0 Performance Results
Pros: 1. The construction is good quality. The cable is extra thick with shielding. The two connectors are gold plated. 2. Rosewill technical service is excellent. An English speaking technician is very knowledgeable on company products. 3. On sale for $2.99 with free shipping, that is cheap. 4. My order arrived in three days.
Cons: 1. The performance results are horrible. Test results show that USB 3.0 speed is equal to USB 2.0 when using the cable extension. The former is slightly faster but not by much - a 6% to 10% increase. These are barely noticeable. Surely, they are not the 10X theoretical speed increase that is hyped by advertisement. . . Transferring a large file, 1gb and larger . . . . . . . . . . . . USB 2.0 speed = 20.0 mb/s . . . . . USB 3.0 speed = 22.0 mb/s . Transferring several small files, 30mb and smaller. . . . . . USB 2.0 speed = 15.0 mb/s . . . . . USB 3.0 speed = 16.0 mb/s . .
Overall Review: Because 50% Newegg reviews on Rosewill USB 3.0 extension cables were positive and the prices were cheap, I took a chance and purchased three 3' cables anyway. I took a gamble and lost.
Pros: 1. This was purchased on a special sale. I bought the last one. . . At $467 with free shipping and no sales tax, it was a steal. These would have required an additional $76 in expenses. In theory, I bought the computer at $391. 2. It was a great value: 8 core CPU, Asus brand motherboard, 2TB hard drive, and 8gb of memory. It would cost me $200-$300 more to buy the components at retail and assemble them myself. 3. I ordered it on Thursday. It arrived on Monday at 4:15 PM. 4. Newegg warranties the unit for 30 days. If anything go wrong, it is shipped back at company expense for a refund.
Cons: 1. If anything go wrong during the first year warranty, you need to ship the computer to Asus at your expense. 2. Asus will not permit you to open the case and upgrade the unit with more memory, another hard drive, or board. If you do, the warranty is "null and void." 3. The computer came without a device disk or user manual. All had to be downloaded from the Asus website. 4. The updated drivers from the Asus website were dated. The latest ones were found by using DRIVER GENIUS.
Overall Review: At $467 - $391 if free shipping and sales tax were factored in, I have no complaint. It was a steal. . . . My only regret was that I was too late for the special sale. I would have bought two more.