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JOSEPH S.

JOSEPH S.

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StarTech.com ST4300U3C3 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub - 3 Dedicated USB Charging Ports (2 x 1A & 1 x 2A) - Wall Mountable - Metal - Powered USB Hub - USB Splitter
StarTech.com ST4300U3C3 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub - 3 Dedicated USB Charging Ports (2 x 1A & 1 x 2A) - Wall Mountable - Metal - Powered USB Hub - USB Splitter

Pros: Number of hubs comes with cable Works overseas

Cons: When first set up and plugged in a USB thumb drive, got message saying would work faster in a USB 3.0 port, so thought was not working at USB 3.0 speeds. But I tested as follows: copied 2.46 GB of files from laptop using: 1) USB 3 thumb via the new hub=4:45; 2) USB 3 thumb directly into laptop's 3.0 port=3:56; with USB 2 thumb in laptop's 2.0 port=17:43. So my conclusion is that despite the message, this hub will move data at USB 3.0 speeds.

Overall Review: I like multiple plugs so you can use this overseas. When my wife and I travel, we now sometimes have two cell phones and two tablets. Using the charger ports will make things much easier.

Most Critical Review

Decent package but terrible information and support

Acer Desktop Computer Veriton N VN6640G-I5750TS Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7500T (2.70GHz) 4GB DDR4 128 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 630 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Acer Desktop Computer Veriton N VN6640G-I5750TS Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7500T (2.70GHz) 4GB DDR4 128 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 630 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

Pros: I have very mixed feelings about this mini-PC. First, I think it was a great deal at the sale price. I estimated that just buying the core components (strong CPU, Win 10 Pro, M2-Sata 128 GB boot drive and 4GB DDR4 RAM) could have cost about $150 over the cost of this Acer, let alone a motherboard and mini case. However, there are some significant negatives (Below).

Cons: First: This unit begs for upgrades. The RAM and storage are not sufficient for anything other than light work and surfing, but the good thing is that it comes with an open RAM slot and can accommodate both an M2 2280 SATA drive (but not NVMe) and a 2.5 inch SSD. So plenty of upgrade options! However, Acer provides virtually no info on upgrading. No website with compatibility info, the “manual“ has no “under the hood” guidance. Even worse, I spent over 35 minutes in a chat with an Acer support tech and he gave me the WRONG info on RAM compatibility. (When I Googled the model number of a RAM chip he told me was compatible) it turned out to be desktop RAM, not a DIMM which the machine requires.) However, I was able to get an 8GB Kingston RAM DIMM of the same latency and voltage to be recognized (17 and 1.2v). Second, as a web search will reveal, the supposed add-on modules advertised with this item (for adding an optical drive and a video card) don’t seem to exist. You can see several anguished posts from folks who have failed to get info from Acer. So don’t buy this unit thinking you can physically expand it. Honestly, Newegg should take this material down.

Overall Review: So the bottom line is that this is a decent array of hardware/Win 10 Pro able to support upgrade IF YOUR ARE EXPERIENCED. But documentation is poor, Acer support is terrible, and you will be on your own. I will update review once I have completed my upgrades and worked with it a bit.

11/28/2018

Good device, but

Wavlink USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5"/3.5" SATA I/II/III HDD SSD with Offline Clone & UASP, 2 USB 3.0, 2 Fast Charging Port, SD & Micro SD Card Reader, 2 x 16TB
Wavlink USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5"/3.5" SATA I/II/III HDD SSD with Offline Clone & UASP, 2 USB 3.0, 2 Fast Charging Port, SD & Micro SD Card Reader, 2 x 16TB

Pros: Convenient to have all these capabilities in one device: access to HDs, charging ports, USB 3 ports and data card ports

Cons: ON my device, the micro SD card port does not work. Something missing since the micro SD card just disappears into the device. Not worth returning because I have plenty of USB-Micro SD adapters, but still costs one egg.

Pretty good value

HP Desktop Computer ProDesk 400 G3 (1NZ22UT#ABA) Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6500T (2.50GHz) 8GB DDR4 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 530 Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit (Includes Windows 10 Pro License)
HP Desktop Computer ProDesk 400 G3 (1NZ22UT#ABA) Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6500T (2.50GHz) 8GB DDR4 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 530 Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit (Includes Windows 10 Pro License)

Pros: Pretty decent little mini-PC. Have only had it for a few days and will update if my impression changes. Reasonably fast chip and 8 GB of RAM with one slot still open. (HP website give you compatible Corsair RAM SODIMM which Newegg carries) Only has a SATA SSD (256GB), but that was fine with me as I have an extra Samsung 500GB that I can clone and swap in. So far (under Win 7) seems pretty snappy. Runs quite and cool (even running through about 40 Win 7 updates).

Cons: Only two Cons and in my view, not major. 1) Only video out is Display Port. As my wife's monitor did not have DP, I had to buy a DP to VGA adaptor, which failed after 20 minutes (But not HP's fault); got a replacement and everything is now fine. 2) Only jack for speakers/headphones is on front, which is awkward if placing speakers behind the PC or monitor. Also, HP Support staff is not well informed on this model (See below).

Overall Review: Specs as posted on Newegg are not very clear. I opted to do a live chat with HP and was told 1) Unit comes WITHOUT keyboard and mouse, and 2) does not have wireless (you need to buy a separate M2 card). Well, when I got the unit, it did indeed come with a wired keyboard and mouse, AND it does have wireless. Note, however, that it appears NOT to come with Bluetooth, so you may need an adaptor for that.

Many Plusses

Brother MFC-J870dw Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
Brother MFC-J870dw Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: Two great features rarely mentioned: 1) Can print directly on inkjet printable CD and DVD stock. Works very well. I make a lot of private music CD's and this is a great feature. 2) Brother makes several printers that use the same 101/103 ink cartridges. This is important. With other brands, I have had printers fail and am then stuck with cartridges that are useless. As a final point, I think this printer wastes much less ink than others in that it does not constantly "prime" the cartridges.

Cons: Only one that I can think of--because it does not have a straight paper feed path, you can use 67 lb paper max. If you need/want to use 110 lb cover stock, can't do it with this printer.

Overall Review: We have two of them--in two separate home offices--and have had none of the problems cited by other reviewers. Highly recommended.

OK but.......

Patriot LX Series 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Flash Card Kit With SD & USB 2.0 Adapter Model PSF16GMCSHC10UK
Patriot LX Series 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Flash Card Kit With SD & USB 2.0 Adapter Model PSF16GMCSHC10UK

Pros: Good storage and good price (especially on recent deal)

Cons: Just got 3 of these. Very hard to get the micro SD card into the USB adapter, and not sure it will come out now that it is in. I will use it mostly with the USB, so that is OK for me, but be advised that it will be hard to slip in and out of USB adapter.

10/26/2015