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This review is from: GWC USB 5.1 Channel Audo Adapter AA1500 5.1 Channels USB Interface Sound Card
Pros: Offers multiple output channels
Runs off of USB rather than PCI
Works under Linux (tested using kernel 3.4.6)
Cons: It's a bit bulkier than it likely needs to be
It has LEDs
Other Thoughts: I'm using this on my laptop (Alienware 17r3) because the built-in audio support for the laptop does not support the external audio jacks under Linux, nor is there any intention of adding support for them at any point in the future. So, my only option for using speakers outside of the built-in speakers is to use another sound card, and on a laptop, USB is the easiest solution.
In my case, the lights don't really bother me because I have it plugged in behind my graphics amplifier box (in fact, it plugs directly into the amplifier's USB port). By the same token, the bulk doesn't bother me at all either because, again, I don't see it and I don't travel with it. It seems it "simply works", which is exactly what I needed.
I note that in my setup, I get some stuttering when streaming via steam, but I'm guessing that's in the stream itself and has nothing to do with this device. Everything outside of steam appears to play nice.
I did not bother installing any drivers under Windows 10, and it appears to work fine in that state.
Works in linux. This includes both printing and scanning, although scanning works differently that you'd expect. It will save scans to a network folder, and it knows enough to authenticate as a user to a samba share. The only thing that would make this interface better is if it could send it over a kerberized NFSv4 folder, but I'd probably be the only one asking for that. This means it's not sane (scanner access now easy)-compatible, which means all sorts of scanner apps won't work with it... but you can scan directly over your network, and it doesn't have to be a windows computer you send the scans to. Linux support is always a *must* for me, so I was happy to see that it has CUPS support, and sufficient support to work for scanning as well. For those looking for linux printing support, look for "hplip", which will supply the CUPS drivers. You don't need to enable the inkjet mess (hpijs), just the laser printer stuff.
The document scanner is always a "must have" for me.
Wifi support is nice (and required for my use-case). Simple interface over the touch-screen, which brings me to...
Touch-screen interface. It just makes life simpler. No more vast surface are filled with buttons for a specific purpose, now you get a context-sensitive area with dynamic buttons that only apply to the context you're currently working with.
Cons: No duplex capability. Every printer I've purchased in the last five years has had duplex support... this is a fairly major step back for me. But nothing in my price range offered it for a laser MFP. You'd think this would be standard by now... I'll either have to live with single-sided prints, do everything manually, or use my buggy Brother laser printer which tends to cut content off of the top and/or bottom in linux, but it at least has duplex support.
Other Thoughts: I was hoping for one of the newer LED printers, which should last a lot longer (very similar to laser but with 90% fewer moving parts), but they're still ridiculously expensive.
My old Canon inkjet MFP died on me, and I was tired of buying ink every 5 pages, so I decided to go with a laser printer. Thus far, I haven't regretted it.
This review is from: AMS DS-524SSBK 2.5" x4 SATA Backplane Module
Pros: It works
Cons: Too large for some enclosures. It took a lot of coaxing to get it into my 2U chenbros chassis' 5.25" slot... so much so that I highly doubt I will ever be able to remove it from that slot. Forget screwing it in, it doesn't need screws... just wedge it in and it will never come out. In my case, it sticks out about 1/8" from the front, and that's the best I can do. On the other hand, it appears to work, and accepts drives with no issues. In the event that the module breaks (one of the doors snaps or something similar), I will likely have to replace my entire chassis. I've read that others have had issues fitting this into their chassis, so I'm sure I'm not alone... I just may be one of the few stupid enough to attempt to "force the issue" and get it in the slot.READ FULL REVIEW