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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

Joined on 03/07/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works great with a Mac Mini

PPA Model 3435 USB to PS/2 Adapter
PPA Model 3435 USB to PS/2 Adapter

Comments: Perfect to adapt PC keyboard and mouse to the Mac Mini. Works great with my Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard. And, of course, the Newegg service is unequaled!

Most Critical Review

Not for hard drives

Rosewill RHUB-300 - 7-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Power Adapter
Rosewill RHUB-300 - 7-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Power Adapter

Pros: Attractive Powered 7-port Low cost

Cons: Failure rate

Overall Review: I have purchased three of these over the last couple of years. Each started working out very well. I liked that it was a horizontal flat black box with all seven ports on one side. And I've had no problems with low-power devices (keyboard/mouse dongles, WiFi adapters). But when I connected 2.5inch external drives, each hub has failed in turn. Naturally I had external power connected and the power lights are still on. But when drives are plugged begin Win7 does not see them. Low-power devices still function - just not drives. I haven't torn them apart yet (which I will) but I'm now going to have to find another USB hub - this time one that can handle external drives. Be cautious with how you will use these.

Updated driver

Edimax EW-7711ULC AC433 Wireless USB Adapter for PC/Laptop, Nano Size to Plug it & Forget it, Upgrade for Faster Performance, Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (5GHz Band Only)
Edimax EW-7711ULC AC433 Wireless USB Adapter for PC/Laptop, Nano Size to Plug it & Forget it, Upgrade for Faster Performance, Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (5GHz Band Only)

Pros: Still trying it out

Cons: Still trying it out

Overall Review: Just wanted to post this link to updated drivers. The chipset in the device is a Ralink chipset and the device comes with a mini-CD with 2013 drivers. Mediatek bought Ralink and the updated drivers appear to be working well (I just installed them in Win7 Pro x64) Since NewEgg won't let me post the link, go to Mediatek and find the 2015 drivers for the USB devices - USB(RT2870 / RT2770 / ...)

Value computer

ASUS BT6130-I33220066B Desktop PC Intel Core i3 3220(3.30GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Intel HD Graphics 4000 Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit (with Windows 8 Pro upgrade disc)
ASUS BT6130-I33220066B Desktop PC Intel Core i3 3220(3.30GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Intel HD Graphics 4000 Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit (with Windows 8 Pro upgrade disc)

Pros: - Good price - Small size

Cons: USB3 has proven unstable. With initial setup, USB3 would go out and randomly reappear. I upgraded the driver and I thought it had been fixed but today the problem re-appeared after reboot. Workaround: plug my USB3 hub into a USB2 port. I don't know if this is a hardware or driver issue, but it's ridiculous to have any problems with something as mature as USB.

Overall Review: I have several Asus products and work with several more with my customers and I've found them to be a 90% company - 90% of the product works fine; 10% has issues. Seems decent except that those issues are always the ones that *you* need working. Reminds me of Microsoft: Get it out the door and fix it in the next gen. I can't recommend Asus as a high-quality product, but if you're willing to risk a bit of suffering, then the product is decent with a good price.

Works with 2.5in drives

IVIEW Iview HF2-SU3 4 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0 / eSATA 4-Bay Storage Box
IVIEW Iview HF2-SU3 4 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0 / eSATA 4-Bay Storage Box

Pros: - Relatively compact and attractive - Very quiet - Pleasant blue lights - SATA drive connections - Heavy metal sides makes it sturdy and stable

Cons: - Built to work with 3.5inch drives only - Many lights - Quite a bit of wasted space with 2.5inch drives - External power transformer

Overall Review: I purchased this to permit me to move four 2.5inch external drives into the bay, clearing the desk and freeing up some USB hub ports. I don't fault the product - obviously it is sold for 3.5inch drives. But the manufacturer could have taken steps to make it more friendly for 2.5inch drives, such as providing plastic mounting adapters. Other than that, I would have liked to see the transformer built into the unit. Perhaps the manufacturer can make a product with the transformer built in to a smaller unit optimized for 2.5inch drives.

10/25/2013

Some flaws, but usable

Samsung CLX Series CLX-6220FX MFC / All-In-One Up to 20 ppm Color Laser Printer
Samsung CLX Series CLX-6220FX MFC / All-In-One Up to 20 ppm Color Laser Printer

Pros: Pros: Multifunction Color laser Duplex printing Network capable Scan to email

Cons: Cons: Inside of glass gets dirty No duplexing sheet feeder Photo printing is so-so

Overall Review: I've had this product for over a year. Overall, I'm satisfied with it. Two problems would prevent me from replacing with the exact same model. 1) Photo printing is not as good as I'd like. Perhaps this is comparing apples and oranges, but at work we have a color laser that prints perfect photos on regular paper. Admittedly, it probably cost much more than the Samsung. But photo printing is one of the reasons I purchased a color laser. 2) The inside of the scanner glass has some sort of fogging-like residue. I have seen online the questions of several other people asking about how to clean this. There appears to be some sort of material that's causing the glass to get "smudgy". It's not incapacitating, but scans of photos have to be adjusted in Photoshop to compensate. Finally, online service by Samsung is virtually non-existent. You can post to their forum, but don't expect a response. I have not yet tried their phone service, so I can't comment on that.