Date Joined: 12/06/04
Overall Review: I purchased one SYBA SD-ADA31040 vga to hdmi converter to allow me to use a portable hdmi-only monitor with older computers. Instead, I've been using it for about a week to display the integrated video on a new Dell R640 server (definitely not a "older computer") to the HDMI port of a desktop monitor. While I can't get the video port to output 1920x1080 full HD, the adapter has taken every mode I could set it to from 640x480 to 1680x1050. It is a plug and play device with no configuration required.
I don't have a free USB port on the server to use to power the device, so I'm using an old plug-in USB power supply. I do not have any way to try the audio port.
Its been running nonstop with no trouble so far. The unit is warm to the touch, but not hot.
I'm very happy with it so far and hope it will be a useful addition to my service kit.
Pros: - The cup holds the shell, and helps keep pieces of the shell from falling while cracking.
- Conical shape makes "precision cracking" easy, especially for medium to large nuts. Just drop the nut into the cone and gently squeeze until it cracks, then rotate the nut and squeeze again to make more fine cracks.
- Makes working with irregularly shaped nuts (I'm looking at you, Brazil nut..) much easier.
Cons: - Not a con, but only nut that hasn't been "really easy" are almonds. The smaller size and fibrous shell are not a good combination. You can use the cone, but grabbing the shell between the outside metal part (where the handles are attached) works better for me. That part is smooth, however, so it doesn't grip the shell. I'm considering trying to file some serrations into that part to help hold nuts (though it has been easier to just use the older bar-type cracker that is still in the bowl).
Overall Review: I first saw this type of conical nutcracker at a friend's house and had to get one. He has some dexterity issues; this design works very well for him. He would put the cracker on the table, put the nut in it, then pick it up to crack. The cone holds the shell fragments, so no (well many fewer) shell pieces fall out when its being used.
Have used with almonds (see "Cons"), Hazelnut, Brazil Nut, Pecans and Walnuts. Large walnuts fit.
Overall Review: The enclosure arrived in a well packed newegg box and there was no indication of damage to the actual product box, however when I opened it the shell was in several pieces. Nothing was damaged, it just looked like the case parts had detached from each other during shipment. Snapped them together and its been working without a problem since then.
I've used the SATA bay, micro-sd slot, and the USB3 ports with no problems. I haven't benchmarked anything, but the transfer speeds seem similar to other USB3 devices I've used.
Using on a system running Fedora 31. Here is the lsusb report:
Bus 002 Device 010: ID 05e3:0749 Genesys Logic, Inc.
Bus 002 Device 011: ID 174c:55aa ASMedia Technology Inc. Name: ASM1051E SATA 6Gb/s bridge, ASM1053E SATA 6Gb/s bridge, ASM1153 SATA 3Gb/s bridge, ASM1153E SATA 6Gb/s bridge
Bus 002 Device 009: ID 05e3:0612 Genesys Logic, Inc. Hub
Overall Review: Its been a while since my last upgrade (replacing an AM2+ motherboard with DDR2 memory), so the upgrade involved replacing everything but my hard drives. I wanted a low-power setup, so I went with the 35W Athlon 240GE with its integrated graphics controller and stock heatsink/fan and an G.SKILL Aegis 16GB DDR4 memory set (2x 8GB sticks). No problems with the installation, everything fit and was very clearly labeled.
It has been running constantly for over a week now with no problems with a fresh install of Fedora 31 (the previous Fedora 30 install booted and seemed to work, but I was going to update anyway, it seemed like as good a time as any).
My only issues is that there is some screen corruption when the compositor is on when using the XFCE4 desktop, but I think that is a Radeon driver issue, not motherboard related. Performance is still good with it disabled.
Pros: The Latitude E6430 is a nice business grade laptop. At work, I've learned to appreciate the quality and robustness of the Latitude E-series laptops, and I've purchased a few refurbished ones for home (an older and smaller e6320 for my "travel" laptop and an e6420 for my wife for daily use). When the 6420 finally began to act up (still works, but sometimes locks up after a couple of days of on time) I decided to replace it with this E6430. While heavier than many plastic-cased consumer-oriented laptops, they are are up the challenge of both daily home knock-around use and the abuses of air travel (where I have to cram my E6320 and a work E6430 in my backpack)
In each case, the windows installation has either been a bloat-free install (the E6430) or minimally branded (the other two). No time wasted uninstalling shovelware.
While my wife uses the supplied 64-bit Windows 7 OS, I run Fedora as my primary OS (but still can dual-boot to Win7 when needed).
The Intel integrated video performs well enough for home use (web and multimedia), and (under Linux) for lightweight Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development.
Cons: Not really a Con, but these are "business-grade" laptops. They are thicker and heavier than most consumer-grade systems of similar age.
Overall Review: Refurbs can be a crapshoot, so far I've gotten clean, solid machines. The E6430 had a higher-end configuration (i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD). The system has been in daily use for 3 months with no problems.
Pros: Using the cable on a NuVision windows 10 tablet. Allows external power to be connected and allows 2 USB devices to be connected at the same time (In my case, a "ring mouse" USB receiver and a thumb drive).
There is a lot of plastic around the micro-usb port, which makes it easy to hold on to when plugging in the usb power connection.
International shipping, but it arrived sooner than I expected. It was in a well-padded shipping envelope.
Cons: None so far.
Pros: It works and was easy to set up. The installation guide is short, but informative (the best kind of guide!).
Overall Review: Used to eliminate a ground loop hum from a KVM+audio extender. I originally thought the issue was on the receiver end so I bought this RCA connector version. Turns out it was on the sending end so I've got a few extra 3.5mm to RCA adapters involved.
Pros: DD-WRT setup is easy and was simple to migrate from the WZR-300HP. Dual Band (though my home setup is still just 2.4GHz based so I can't comment on its performance). My home setup is mixed wired and wireless; the Gigabit switch works well, even over my less-than-professional grade wiring.
Cons: I don't really like the antenna design. I'd prefer an SMA or SMA-RP connectors, but the antennas work well enough.
Overall Review: Purchased as a replacement for a WZR-300HP bought in late 2012. That unit was still working, but the wireless started dropping out about once a day. Otherwise the 300 was still working fine (keeping it as a backup). I've seen comments that the 600's wireless also becomes erratic after a few years, but even if it only lasts that long its still a good deal.
Pros: Refurbished, but looked like new when I unpacked it. The display is bright and I prefer the matte screen to a glossy one.
The product description only mentions DVI-D and D-SUB, but it does have an HDMI port and it works (I don't know about HDCP support). No dead pixels. I've only been using it for about a week, but so far no problems.
Cons: As other reviews have mentioned, you have to switch inputs through the menu. I'd prefer a dedicated switch, but its easy to get to and only adds a couple of extra button presses. The buttons are located underneath the monitor on the right side and are physical buttons so you can work the sequence "by feel".
Pros: Very easy to use, just set hours/minutes or minutes/seconds mode, set the time and start. Physical switches on the back to control any combination of the audio, vibrating-buzzer, and flashing light alarms. Includes a combination belt-clip/stand/magnet to easily attach it in many ways. If no time is set, it becomes a count-up timer.
Cons: The vibrating-buzzer is louder than I'd like it to be. Fortunately, I find I use the flashing light mode most useful. The buttons are easily pushed, so it isn't suitable for putting in a pocket.
Overall Review: I use it as a repeating countdown timer to help me control how quickly I eat. It counts down the interval, signals the alarm (I use the flashing light) for about 30 seconds (you can stop it manually by pushing the large button) and automatically resets to the interval time (it will not start counting down again until you push the button again).
Pros: Bought to upgrade the storage on an iPod iFlash drive adapter. After a drive failure on an iPod 5.5 unit a couple of years ago, I bought an iFlash Compact Flash adapter and a 64GB card. Decided to upgrade to the 128GB card. While iFlash has SD compatible units now, back then there was just a Compact Flash model, so its connected through a CF-SD adapter and then an SD-micorSD adapter. The iPod is used in an after-market car adapter, so it spends most of its time bouncing around in a glove compartment and being exposed to seasonal temperatures. So far no problems.
Overall Review: Very pleased with device,
Pros: Bought for a friend to store videos on his tablet (it has a USB-A port) to watch during long dialysis sessions. We wanted a low-profile drive so it wouldn't matter if he left it attached when he packed his bag after the session. The drive has worked without a problem on two USB 2.0 devices, his RCA Maven Pro tablet (Android 4.4 I think), and a desktop system running Mint Linux. I briefly used it to copy some files from a laptop with a USB 3.0 port running Windows 7, it was much faster but I only did it once and did not do any speed tests. So far it has been swapped between tablet and desktop to move files 3 times a week for a month, so no long-term reliability information yet.
Cons: Not much of a con, but while key has a lanyard hole, there is no lanyard included. This is the only time I actually wanted one just to make it easier to be found when he's unpacking his bag. Fortunately I had a lanyard from a previous drive.
Overall Review: Decided to get one for myself, but haven't used it yet.