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ORICO 4 Port Portable USB3.0 HUB for MAC, Ultra Book and Windows 8 Tablet PC - White (W8PH4)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Doesn't work with hard drives 02/24/2014

This review is from: ORICO 4 Port Portable USB3.0 HUB for MAC, Ultra Book and Windows 8 Tablet PC - White (W8PH4)

Pros: Inexpensive.
Seems to work ok with USB 2.0 peripherals.

Cons: Does not work with any kind of hard drive which has USB 3 (external spindle drives, external SSDs, thumb drives). I don't have any other USB 3 peripherals, so I can't verify it's isolated to storage drives.

It causes the network to go down, programs to become unresponsive, etc. As soon as I unplug the drive from the hub, everything works again. It doesn't cause a hard lock-up or kernel panic.

If drives do work, their data transfer rates are unbelievably slow (eg. 3 hours to transfer a 350mb file).

Macbook Pro, Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013
OS X 10.9.1 (also tried under 10.8, 10.7)

Other Thoughts: Others have suggested there's a firmware upgrade for the hub, but I can't seem to find one.

Cooler Master Elite 361 - Mini Tower Computer Case with 350W Power Supply and Rotatable Logo
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quiet top ventilation fan. Room to add more fans. Somewhat spacious inside. Power supply vents to outside the case. Cutout in the motherboard tray so you can get to the back of the motherboard for CPU cooler mounting. There are also 2 cutouts for routing wires - a few more would be nice.
Tool-less drive mounting for hard drives, but requires you to take both side panels off.

Cons: There's little to no clearance between the power supply and motherboard. The way the PSU is mounted, you'd have to remove the motherboard to change the power supply. Since the power supply is mounted on the front of the case, the kill switch for the whole supply is hidden behind the front panel and inaccessible unless you remove the front bezel.

The lights, switches, USB jacks, and audio IO are wired directly to the front bezel so you have to be careful when removing it. I find it annoying that you can't totally remove the front bezel.

The front bezel isn't very attractive. It's got 2 fake 5.25 bays - to make the front symmetrical I suppose. There's not much in the way of ventilation holes in the front, just 6 slits on the side of the bezel, only covering the bottom half of the case. Most of you airflow is going to come in from the back and out through the top and side.

Not enough things to zip-tie to.

Other Thoughts: When are case makers going to start making 2.5" bays for SSD drive users?

BIOSTAR TPOWER X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lots of IO. Nice looking board. Excellent price for the quantity of features. Has a helpful onboard (2x) 7 segment display which gives you a hex code readout of the POST process. This was helpful in diagnosing some boot problems. Convenient, large, friendly, well-marked pushbuttons mounted on the board for power, restart and clear CMOS.

Cons: None of the Intel SATA ports work. The rear USB 3.0 ports don't work and the rear USB 2.0 ports work intermittently. I obviously got a bad board and will RMA, but I just wanted to temper the other reviews, which rave about Biostar's quality control.

BIOS is a bit clunky compared to ASUS and others. It's perfectly functional, though.

In my Mini ATX case, the front-mounted power supply's cables come out of the power supply right next to the main ATX power connector. It's possible to bend the cables around to insert the plug, but it's difficult to get the plug in, and the whole mess pushes up against one of the adjacent sticks of RAM. This is obviously only a problem with this case/power supply/mobo combination, but beware.

Other Thoughts: If you're overclocking this board, make sure your power supply has 2 of the 8 pin ATX power connectors (my Corsair 650 doesn't). The second connector is optional if you're not overclocking.

I'll bump up the eggs if the replacement is satisfactory.


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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 08/03/10

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  • First Review: 05/17/12
  • Last Review: 02/24/14
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