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Dustin B.

Dustin B.

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It works.

OKGEAR 3 ft. External SATA 6Gbps Round Cable, Black, Backward Compatible with 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps
OKGEAR 3 ft. External SATA 6Gbps Round Cable, Black, Backward Compatible with 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps

Pros: It works, it's a cable, it lets me connect my eSATA drive to the back plane on my PC, it's reasonably flexible, and it was cheap. It also doesn't exceed the eSATA specification. (As would the length of internal cable to the backplane plus a 6ft cable.)

Cons: No cons.

Overall Review: The shipping was a little questionable, I didn't have any problem with a bubble wrap envelope instead of a box, but the twist tie dug into the rubber during shipping. (I assume because the envelope got squished.) Mine still worked fine, but beware when ordering this by itself.

12/10/2009

Finally a true XPS13 competitor!

ASUS ZenBook 13 8th-Gen Intel Whiskey Lake Core i5-8265U Processor, 8 GB LPDDR3, 256 GB PCIe SSD, Backlit KB, NumberPad, Military-Grade, Windows 10 - UX333FA-DH51, Ultra-Slim Laptop FHD WideView
ASUS ZenBook 13 8th-Gen Intel Whiskey Lake Core i5-8265U Processor, 8 GB LPDDR3, 256 GB PCIe SSD, Backlit KB, NumberPad, Military-Grade, Windows 10 - UX333FA-DH51, Ultra-Slim Laptop FHD WideView

Pros: I just got mine in hand today and the build quality is just rock solid. This new generation is legitimately nice to hold and it's just so incredibly thin and small without any flex. Unlike a lot of the machines in this class it managed to keep a couple USB3.0 ports, so you aren't forced to carry around a USB-C hub. Similarly, it still has a full sized HDMI port as well. Subjectively speaking, the screen is very nice as well, quite bright and the colors look great. Keyboard is good, not too mushy. Biggest pro? PRICE. This is easily as nice (or more so) as the current gen XPS13, with more useful ports, but does it costing something like $300-400 less for a comparable configuration.

Cons: As for what not to like, most of it will be the same as all 13.3 sized devices. It's not the fastest CPU out there, no dedicated GPU for gaming. Neither of which I especially expect on a device this size. A larger SSD option without such a price hike would have been a nice option, but again, that's a similar pricing scheme to similar devices. Also, a full SD card slot would have been preferred over a micro. If someone needs a dedicated SD card port at all, it's probably going to be to offload a full sized card for DSLR cameras. Not a deal breaker though, just going to switch to using micro cards with an adapter in the camera.

Overall Review: This is just an excellent all-rounder non-gaming machine with all the portability you could possibly ask for.

Does the job

macally G-S350SU Aluminum 3.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
macally G-S350SU Aluminum 3.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: Mostly solid construction and very attractive finish makes this drive stand out from it's gaudy race-car styled brethren. eSATA is an awesome.

Cons: While the front and sides are aluminum, the back plate is indeed plastic. Though this did not seem to me to cause any significant structural problem. No eSATA cable is included, only a USB. (This is noted in the product description, but it sure would be nice to have included).

Overall Review: In regards to heat, forget the silly "heat dissapating aluminum" marketing. This is a fanless case, it is what it is. Like all fanless externals, don't put high RPM drives in them and it won't be a problem. It's not a tank, but it is still a fairly good external. The very attractive styling makes this worth buying again for me.

Great product, great price

BELKIN F5D7234-4 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps/ 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4
BELKIN F5D7234-4 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps/ 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4

Pros: Works perfectly. Despite some of the other reviewers, the connection has been rock solid for me and I am yet to have a connection drop to the router. (The cable modem to my ISP is another story, but I could still access all of the other machines on my network.) It's also reasonably fast, it doesn't add more than a handful of milliseconds to the network latency. Cheap!

Cons: None, as far as the product is described. It's not N, and it's not very high power, but that's obviously not what the product is.

Overall Review: If you don't have any wireless N devices, and you aren't trying to broadcast across your entire mansion, this is all you really need. I've bought two of these, both used at two different locations and they have always worked flawlessly. A lot of the other poor reviews are likely related to network problems local to their location (interference, poor ISP connection, etc) and not due to the product.

Works Flawlessly

IOGEAR GCS22U 2-Port USB KVM Switch with Cables and Remote
IOGEAR GCS22U 2-Port USB KVM Switch with Cables and Remote

Pros: Works as designed and switches quickly and easily between two machines. The external switch is especially nice and is small enough to mount discreetly under the edge of the desk (kind of like the old bank robber teller switches). It's also pretty well constructed, does not feel "cheap." The price is hard to beat when you look at the cost of similar products.

Cons: None.

Solid

MATIX MB5000 Silver 37" - 50" Universal LCD/Plasma Wall Mount
MATIX MB5000 Silver 37" - 50" Universal LCD/Plasma Wall Mount

Pros: Very solid mount, also includes all of the mounting hardware you might need. The tilt mechanism works well too. At least half the price of the equivalent product from a brick and mortar retailer.

Cons: The "locking" mechanism to prevent the TV from being lifted off of the frame is a bit flimsy. This is fairly minor though, and easily remedied by using a security lock or zip tie to hold the locker in place.

Overall Review: As others have mentioned, it shipped in the box, but was fine. Seriously though, it's a big chunk of welded steel. If UPS breaks that, I don't think any amount of packaging would have saved it.