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Stephen S.

Stephen S.

Joined on 05/16/04

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Can't recommend

StarTech USBBT1EDR4 Mini USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter - 50m / 165 ft. Class 1 EDR Wireless Dongle - Mini Bluetooth Dongle Bluetooth Smart Ready LE+EDR
StarTech USBBT1EDR4 Mini USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter - 50m / 165 ft. Class 1 EDR Wireless Dongle - Mini Bluetooth Dongle Bluetooth Smart Ready LE+EDR

Pros: Good specs (long range, Bluetooth 4.0)

Cons: Drivers for Windows 7 x64 did not work. Compatibility states Win7 x64, and I tried to use the drivers on the CD as stated in the instructions. The driver from the CD installed, but the device manager shows driver problems for the Bluetooth device. Bluetooth headsets will connect, but immediately disconnect. I checked the website for new drivers, but their "driver" download is for BlueSoleil, a commercial Bluetooth product that requires a separate purchase (no registration code is included with this dongle). I absolutely cannot recommend this product if they don't supply functioning drivers, and I'll extend my negative rating to the company itself. I've seen this before with other Bluetooth devices, and I'm disgusted that I have to go through this hassle for such a common type of device.

Overall Review: I can't emphasize enough how much I would discourage anyone from purchasing from a company that doesn't supply its customers with the proper software for the hardware they purchase. They are knowingly wasting your time and money-- there are plenty of Bluetooth dongles with functioning drivers. Companies relying on the Blue Soleil crutch are just adding hassle and cost (do they expect us to purchase Blue Soleil for every machine we want to plug the dongle into?).

Can't recommend

Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Large capacity, low price

Cons: Reliability

Overall Review: I've had two of these Hitachi Deskstar drives fail, and I've used a lot of hard drives for a home user-- mostly WD and Seagate. In both (two independent) cases where my Hitachi drives failed, I believe there were some power issues and/or shutting down the computer abruptly. I've had drives fail or become a bit corrupted due to this, which may be understandable, but these drives failed BADLY-- really hard to recover the data, and for what I'd consider very mild failure conditions. Perhaps coincidence, but the WD and Seagate drives under the same conditions did not suffer such effects. After the first failure I was still willing to give the benefit of the doubt, but after the second, they'll have to show a very solid track record with other users before I consider them again.