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SYBA USB 3.0 UASP Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking Station with Duplicator Support SY-ENC50071
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs W have no quality and we have no control 12/15/2016

This review is from: SYBA USB 3.0 UASP Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking Station with Duplicator Support SY-ENC50071

Pros: Two drives! USB3! Yay!

Cons: After less than a TB of data transferred this dock goes offline and has to be power cycled.

Other Thoughts: I guess you get what you pay for.

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StarTech.com 4-Port DisplayPort KVM Switch - DP KVM Switch with Built-in USB 3.0 Hub for Peripherals - 4K
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Good points and bad points, still looking for a good DP KVM Switch 12/04/2016

This review is from: StarTech.com 4-Port DisplayPort KVM Switch - DP KVM Switch with Built-in USB 3.0 Hub for Peripherals - 4K

Pros: I've got a MacBook Air, a 2016 MacBook Pro with dock, a Razer Stealth laptop with CORE dock, and a Mac Mini. I't nice to one able to switch my Dell U2515H monitor, plus a keyboard and mouse, between the four computers. When it works.

Cons: Two major issues, and one minor quibble:

1) The box doesn't query the monitor for it's parameters and then emulate the monitor on the other ports. It disconnects from one computer (which may have issues with it's monitor disappearing) and connects to the other one (which sees a "new" monitor, queries it, and goes through the "setup a new monitor" process). So switching takes upwards of 6 seconds and can cause windows to shift around. This isn't rocket science, KVM switches have been doing monitor emulation for decades now...

2) Not every computer comes out of "display sleep" mode properly every time, so I have to disconnect the computer or monitor cable and plug it back in. Which usually works (I don't often have to power-cycle the computer, but it wreaks the havoc you'd expect with my workflow), but the seamless and quick (oh, ,wait, see above) monitor switching isn't quite as useful if you have to unplug and reconnect cables manually.

3) This box doesn't come with cables, which I knew up-front, and so this is a relatively minor quibble. Still, given that DisplayPort cables come in "Certified" and "other" versions, it's now up to the end user to understand, research, and source cables, which is a bit of a nightmare.

And so, if something doesn't work, is it the computer, the cables, the KVM switch, or the monitor? At the end of the day I DON'T CARE. I want the KVM function I've had for decades with my VGA and DVI KVM switches, and this expensive box isn't it. I'm still in the market for something that works properly.

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Dell UltraSharp U2515H 25
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: We got a couple of these to upgrade our primary monitors, and they were so nice we ordered another pair for our secondary monitors as well.

Nice resolution, brightness is almost too high, had to turn it down a bit.

Dell monitors seem to last forever, so though they are expensive, we feel they are a great buy.

USB3 ports and built-in hub are a nice feature.

Cons: There are no more VGA or DVI or other 'legacy' ports on the high-end Dell monitors, it's all HDMI, DisplayPort, and MiniDisplayPort (Thunderbolt for us Mac users). Yeah, yeah, yeah, adapters, cables, gender benders, some of which actually work. Just make sure you've got the right interfaces on what you're planning on connecting.

Oh, and our "hang under the monitor" speakers from our older Dell monitors don't work with these new ones, again peripherals changed...

Other Thoughts: We'd certainly buy them again.

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Display Name: William N.

Date Joined: 07/30/03

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  • First Review: 04/12/07
  • Last Review: 12/15/16
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