Works as Advertised!5/17/2013 2:13:23 AM

Pros: Finally! A powerline network adapter that just works. Having suffered through earlier efforts of this concept of getting a network signal over power, I had low expectations for this but was pleasantly surprised. This product is also a good option to recommend to those with not much technical ability. Just plug it in and go!

Cons: None! My most minor gripe is that you still lose an outlet, but that is a minor gripe considering that you gain a network signal where there wasn't one before.

Overall Review: Where this product really shines is using it as a range extender when paired with a wireless access point. In this particular instance, network over power was my last remaining option in a large house with a lot of EM interference. Good Job TRENDnet!

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A Smart Little Gadget!1/24/2013 4:18:23 PM

Pros: Having the power supply built-in is an excellent idea! Other electronics manufactures should take note. It just works! Range is decent and the speed is very close to what is advertised so you will have no disappointments there.

Cons: You will need a laptop to set this up, so if you are traveling with only an iPad make sure you have another means of connecting first. As with any piece of gear meant for the traveler, get this thing set up, tested and working while still at home well before you hit the road. Finally, this plug is North American only, so if you are traveling to distant lands make sure you bring along an appropriate voltage converter.

Overall Review: With some tweaking I was even able to use mine as a repeater, so that was a nice but unexpected bonus! Update to latest firmware! You will still have to pay for wireless in most hotels, but if they charge by the device, you will only pay once!

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A Very Nice Small Office Switch10/18/2012 1:52:24 PM

Pros: This is a very large switch that is not quite approaching rack mount dimensions (almost a foot wide), but is still large and might be slightly overkill for your average home user unless you have a dedicated equipment area. Most importantly I had this hooked up to my home network and its existence was completely transparent, as it should be. Just plug it in and go! The greatest part is that this switch runs reasonably cool and functions reliably at near its rated network speed. Forget the theoretical Gigabit numbers, as long as you are within 40-60 MB/Sec, you are doing fine and this switch is comfortably in that range. Just make sure your cables and everything else in your network signal-chain are up to the task.

Cons: Not really anything other than its size and weight, but depending on the environment, that can be a positive.

Overall Review: I was pleasantly surprised with the power supply being internal (wall warts generally do not have a place with professional grade equipment) and its overall sturdiness of construction and heft is good as you do not want your equipment pulled down through casual wire movement. I’m sure that is intentional as in most instances this device will typically be sitting in an IT closet somewhere happily doing its job for years to come and none of the size or weight concerns will be issues.

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So Much Promise – Poor Execution8/9/2012 4:19:38 PM

Pros: A great idea for those instances when stringing CAT 5/6 is impractical and WiFi is unworkable such as distance, interference, or obstructions. I really wanted this to work as it is the perfect solution to internet capable TVs and DVD/Blu-ray players that communicate with the internet or even a remotely located HTPC. I would only recommend this if you have absolutely no other options and connection speed is unimportant. You can forget about streaming video over such a connection as even YouTube videos were unwatchable at anything over the lowest quality settings.

Cons: I guess the biggest “con” is that the item barely worked when I got it, and then did not work at all after a while. Prior to hearing back from tech support, I uninstalled the software and re-installed and I was finally able to get the devices to reappear. Device self-reports a connecting speed of 11 megabits per second, which is quite a bit under the advertised speed of 500 megabits per second. This is on two outlets that are right next to one another in the same room, but on different walls. That is better than nothing I guess, but much worse than you would get from even the worst WiFi available these days. This was tested in a condominium with modern electrical that was built in 1983.

Overall Review: I do not recommend this device unless you have absolutely no other options. Helpdesk Ticket and replied to later that day, but no email notification that the ticket had been responded to. If you submit a help ticket, it is up to you to check back every-few-hours. Suggestions did help the devices to see each other for several hours, but they went offline again. The design could have been much better. As it stands you lose an outlet. Why not have a pass-through so you don’t lose an outlet? Also, why not move away from the wall wart concept altogether and just provide a short cord? A lot of things could have been done differently, and better, for just a few dollars more in materials.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Works Well Enough If You Do A Few Things First2/4/2012 11:22:00 PM

Pros: Inexpensive, USB 3.0, 4-USB 3.0 Ports... Will work just fine as long as you get 4-pin molex power to the card, and grab newer/better drivers directly from VIA-LABS.

Cons: Manufacturer support is non-existent; they do not even have the correct driver for this specific card on their site. The driver on the CD that ships with the card is functional, but is an ancient beta and some people have problems with it. I knocked a star off for bad support.

Overall Review: With the latest VIA drivers 1.8a (as of me writing this review), it's a decent card for the money. This is a VIA card and not NEC. Just google: VL800 & VL801 USB 3.0 Host Controller – Driver 1.80A and you will find the right driver at "via-labs" dot com (will be at the bottom of the page) I would post the direct link but they tend to change and NE does not like links in the reviews.

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Bad Ju Ju10/17/2011 7:16:48 PM

Pros: UPDATE TO EARLIER REVIEW: Cured my low blood pressure! Seriously, were there a technological equivalent of the show "Fear Factor" this drive would have its own three-part episode that would send IT types screaming into the night.

Cons: A 3-terabyte paperweight. Advance replacement through Western Digital and both the replacement drives were D.O.A. I now have so many "case numbers" now that I am now having to keep a list of them in Excel format.

Overall Review: That (800) 275-4932 telephone number that the WD responder keeps giving out... well no one at WD knows what the devil "responding to a Newegg review" even means. I just finished cranking off a written letter to WD management, and a conversation with a supervisor about our little problem and they promised a response "soon".

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I Actually Own This Drive7/28/2011 10:33:26 PM

Pros: OK, I'll get this out of the way right now, this is a 9.5mm drive and therefor it will fit inside every standard laptop known to man, unlike the older 1TB WD Blue that was 12.5mm high. This laptop (a 5-year-old Lenovo 3000 C200) with a fresh Win7 x64 installation feels downright perky and the overall "feel" is not THAT far off of what the very same laptop felt like with an 80GB Intel 320 series SSD for typical usage like office apps, e-mail, web browsing. See "other thoughts" at bottom. This drive is very quiet, runs pretty cool, and battery life hasn't changed appreciably from when the SSD was in the laptop. The biggest "Pro" of all is the cavernous size of this drive. If you do not really need this much space today, then save your money and pick up something smaller, faster, and cheaper. This is also an "advanced format drive" so if you are running some flavor of XP you will have to run the WD alignment tool available at their website.

Cons: I can't think of any cons other than with a 1TB laptop HDD you really should have about that much space available to backup your data. If you do not, you will eventually regret it, so back up your data as often as you can.

Overall Review: Like I said earlier, this drive has a rational level of speed considering how large it is. I would not call this a slow drive at all and it is likely much faster than your current drive if your laptop is even a year or two old. Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB Startup to desktop: 65 Seconds Shutdown: 17 Seconds Intel 320 series SSD Startup to desktop: 35 Seconds Shutdown: 7 Seconds Unless you have some kind of OCD you will not usually notice the extra 30 seconds on startup or the extra 10 seconds on shutdown when compared to any latest generation SSD. If this will be your only drive and you have to give up the prospect of an SSD, but you really need the space of a 1TB drive, then do not sweat it, but only if you really do need this much room.

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UPDATE to: 960 Core / 1445 RAM3/10/2010 1:39:48 AM

Pros: 3dmark06: 13838 Gaming and Desktop Windows 7 Experience Score 7.3

Cons: Still None

Overall Review: FYI Those are the scores after the BIOS reflash

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960 Core / 1445 RAM3/6/2010 11:20:34 PM

Pros: WE HAVE 5770 BIOS RE-FLASH! Overclocks to the "ATI Overdrive" maximum with only a two degree Celsius increase in temps. Even when seriously overclocked, this card is practically silent. After the reflash it thinks it's a 5770.

Cons: Somewhat high price for a 5750 if you are not re-flashing and/or overclocking.

Overall Review: Go to Sapphire's website and grab the 5770 Vapor-X BIOS (the one they had to release to correct their problems with the number of shaders in their 5770) and follow the instructions on how to re-flash from a USB flash drive. Quickie walkthrough: Download, save and extract the files from the links provided in Sapphire's PowerPoint directions Run the script to format your USB thumbdrive and to make it bootable Copy four smal files over to your thumb drive Reboot with your now bootable USB Drive Type in "flash" at the command prompt and watch the magic happen That takes about 20 seconds or less, but wait for the success message Remove your USB thumb drive Reboot again Get into ATI Catalyst Control Center, unlock and enable ATI Overdrive and jam both the sliders all the way to the right for video core speed and RAM speed. Run the quick test of your setting just to make sure everything is OK and then hit the "apply" button and the click OK. That's all there is to it. Have fun!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
This is My Fourth One2/19/2010 12:48:09 AM

Pros: Great feel and the gel wrist rest is perfect.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: It's small, but that is what I wanted.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Cheap, Too Light Weight2/19/2010 12:46:05 AM

Pros: The pros would be that it's better than nothing. That's worth an egg, but no more.

Cons: Cheap, too light weight, no grip on the botton side and it slides around. If this thing were free, with free postage, maybe it would be worth it.

Overall Review: I thought this would be a serviceable basic mouse pad but it does not even rise to that level. I gave mine away to someone that didn't have any mousepad and he tossed it and bought something else.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
It Just Works!2/8/2010 1:46:53 PM

Pros: This MSI motherboard fired up just perfect the very first time on the shipping BIOS. That's a huge plus in my book. This board replaced an Intel "Bone Trail 2" X48 motherboard (DX48BT2) and so far has been higher performing, more stable, and runs cooler, at less than 1/4 the price. If your goal is a stable but cheap overclock and you don't mind some of the missing high-end features that you will likely never use (like RAID) then this is an excellent board. This takes a high default core voltage Q9650 and brings it up to 3.6 GHz, stable that now passes every torture test I can throw at it and does it all without any over-volting of the CPU/MCH/RAM. That's more than my X48 board could ever do! I origionally bought this board to help troubleshoot my Intel board, but it is running so well that I'm just going to keep it in use. The Bonetrail 2 is going back to Intel.

Cons: The official BIOS updating process is unnecessarily complicated, but if you have a USB stick and use the "MSI HQ USB BIOS Flashing Tool" available from the MSI web forum, it's actually easy. The front panel LED connection is only a two pin header so if your chassis has a three pin connector you will need to connect your three pin power LED connector to pins 1 & 5 (spanning across pin 3) on the JFP2 area, and then all is well. Firewire Header is marked "optional" but is MIA on this exact MSI board that Newegg sells (PCB v2.1). Ugly and blurry low res BIOS splash screen, but you can turn that off. Too few FSB/Memory divider options, so if you are running 1333 RAM and a front-side bus of 400 you either have to slightly underclock your ram or wildly overclock it. The FSB quickly looses steam after 400 but that is a limitation of the P43 chipset and not this board. The Northbridge gets HOT and there is no provision to mount a fan on that thing without replacing the entire heatsink.

Overall Review: This is one of those "transition" boards that still has all the legacy connectors. PS2 for mouse and keyboard, floppy, and even one PATA connector. I use none of them, but if you have any legacy hardware that you are not willing to part with just yet then this board will accommodate you. It even has a rear serial connector. There is no parallel printer connection so you will have to use network or USB printing. This isn't an issue for me, but may be for some with old printers. Runs just fine with 8GB of Corsair DDR3 1333 RAM (part number CMX8GX3M4A1333C9) at default memory settings. This is with all four slots filled. That can be a problem with some motherboards when over-clocking but seems to be a complete non-issue on this motherboard.

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The Little RAM That Could11/12/2009 11:34:55 PM

Pros: I bought these things on sale at a big box retailer. They were out of stock, but they did have this bunch of four RAM sticks glued and wired to the inside of the display case and I really expected them not to work at all considering how they were treated as static display modules. But I needed RAM now, I was limited on funds and so I took a chance knowing I would likely have to return them. What a surprise I had when they worked! Overclocks to 1600 with no additional voltage other than the 1.5v JEDEC specification. Just dial in your speed and go. Easiest RAM overclock in my life. Day-to-day I run them at 1333 as I really could not tell, outside of benchmarking, what this RAM was running at; it all feels very fast. These things are designed to run at 1.5v, like DDR-3 is supposed to run, this is great for motherboard that are picky about RAM voltage at boot like most all Intel boards. Very stable, very fast, and a very good price for the speed you really can get of of this RAM

Cons: None No drama No excitement They just work

Overall Review: The heat spreaders are not just for looks, as these things will get quite warm when in operation at either 1333 or 1600. I have no idea what the real problems were of the one star reviewers, but the one person that had all 8 sticks in two batches of RAM not even boot, was probably not following correct RAM troubleshooting procedures and likely had a motherboard that was running well outside of specifications and he just never noticed it, or it was a new board with flaky electrical tolerances and he had nothing else to test the modules on.

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Still Shipping Older Processors11/12/2009 1:32:39 PM

Pros: Everything already listed. Cheap and fast when overclocked, serviceable when run at stock speeds. Unless you are a gamer or doing your own fluid dynamic calculations or tons of video and audio encoding all-day-long, this is about all the processing power most normal people need.

Cons: New Egg is STILL shipping the older SLB9U processors. Mine had a pack date of 07/29/2009.

Overall Review: Still five eggs, but this exact processor is of no use to anyone that cares about virtualization. SLGQ6 - No Virtualization SLB9U - No Virtualization SLGTL - Intel® Virtualization Technology

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
It's Cheap and it Works!3/27/2009 3:36:46 PM

Pros: It's a SATA controller that's cheap and works.

Cons: Needs a BIOS re-flash/update immediately after installation, but I knew that going in, and the process isn't too hard to do. Just go to the Silicon Image website and grab the new BIOS and associated drivers from them and follow the directions. This is a straight-on 3512 chip reference card and Silicon Image has better and more recent drivers than Koutech does.

Overall Review: If you have an older computer and you want to install SATA drives (even the new SATA 3GB drives) then this is the hot ticket. The Silicon Image 3X12 SATA chip is seeming in everything.

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Silence is Golden3/27/2009 3:24:09 PM

Pros: Silent! That's the entire reason anyone would buy this card. Not a serious gaming card.

Cons: Runs a little warm, but not too bad, and as long as you have half-way decent case ventilation, you will be fine. Better than my old ATI 2600HD card, so that's nice.

Overall Review: This card performs as well as any other 4670 card, but is silent! I would buy this card again.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
When Your Time Means Nothing - Grab a "NINJA MINI"!3/27/2009 3:19:02 PM

Pros: Somewhat cheap... OK, that's all for this section! No better than the stock Intel cooler, but not functionally worse, so it gets two stars.

Cons: A miserable pain to install, Mickey Mouse fan mounting, too loud of a fan, too big and heavy for what it does, is maxed out by an overclocked Q6600 at stock voltage, and at the end of the day no better than the stock Intel cooler.

Overall Review: Not a serious cooler for a Quad-core processor, even if not overclocked, and if you are not overclocking, the the stock Intel cooler and fan is plenty good enough for over 99% of the computers out there. The stock Intel cooler really is good enough for the vast majority of circumstances. I notice that many people are having problems with the Intel push-pin mounting mechanisms for CPU coolers. One thing that most people are making a mistake on is putting the pins in the wrong position when installing their coolers. When you press those pins in, they need to be in the LOCKED position and then after they click into place LEAVE THEM ALONE! You should NOT push them in and then turn them, that UNLOCKS them, and if you do that they will not stay mounted. Only unlock the pins when you actually want to REMOVE the processor. If you are at all unsure about what I just said, please take a good hard look at the Intel instruction booklet that came with your processor.

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Cheap for a Reason2/25/2009 11:15:44 AM

Pros: Cheap... ummm yeah that's about it.

Cons: Very slow data transfers (for a class 6 card) before it finally went inoperative after only a couple of months of very light usage. Card will now not even format in any device.

Overall Review: Since it's after 30 days I'll have to simply get another one; maybe my luck will be better.

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Big AND Fast1/17/2009 3:45:36 PM

Pros: Low noise, low heat, low vibration, very fast, low cost per GB ratio, dual on-board processors, low CPU resource usage. Now on to the benchmarks where I compare this drive to a WD1500ADFD (a 2nd gen Raptor) and the WD6401AALS using HD Tune 2.55: Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 (fresh install with all updates and drivers) Intel D975XBX2 w/Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 FYI: this drive will format out to 931.51GB of usable space Minimum Transfer Rate WD1001FALS: 51.7 MB/s WD6401AALS: 59.4 MB/s WD1500ADFD: 53.8 MB/s Maximum Transfer Rate WD1001FALS: 103.0 MB/s WD6401AALS: 118.4 MB/s WD1500ADFD: 83.9 MB/s Average Transfer Rate WD1001FALS: 84.8 MB/s WD6401AALS: 98.0 MB/s WD1500ADFD: 73.3 MB/s Burst Transfer Rate WD1001FALS: 132.3 MB/s WD6401AALS: 125.4 MB/s WD1500ADFD: 103.4 MB/s In my mind this drive compares very well with some of the fastest consumer SATA drives available.

Cons: None I can think of - Only slightly slower than the WD6401AALS, and that is only noticeable if you check the benchmark numbers. In normal usage there is no difference in feel or any perception of being slower than the WD6401AALS. Doing a full disk format in NTFS for such a large drive will take about 4 hours, also the same for WD Data Lifeguard suite "Extended Test" - none of these are really "cons" but I mention them as more of an FYI; it's just the nature of very large drives.

Overall Review: One curious thing that I did notice is that disk transfers times of a single 73 GB music folder were about half (14min vs. 28 min) when transferring from my WD6401AALS to the WD1001FALS drive, when compared with the same file being transferred from my old 500GB WD5000ABYS (the drive the WD1001FALS will replace). Transfers between the WD5000ABYS drive and the WD1001FALS drive eventually yielded a consistent 31.5 MB/s transfer rate between those two drives. Not so hot, but about average for real-world numbers. Transfers between my WD6401AALS and the WD1001FALS were another story entirely. During that transfer, the speed dropped from a high of about 92 MB/s but quickly settled down to about 75 MB/s when transferring between the WD6401AALS and the WD1001FALS. For real-world file transfer speeds between single SATA drives, that's pretty good. If you want to take full advantage of the speed this drive offers, you really should pair it with another later generation (32 MB Cache) drive.

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Pretty Garbage11/16/2008 8:05:37 PM

Pros: Cheap, and looks pretty.

Cons: Too cheap to RMA - not worth the postage. The world's flakiest power supply with voltages all over the place. NO VOLATEGES ARE IN WITHIN ATX SPEC! Thin metal, cheap feel, sticky buttons. Does not contain a Coolermaster brand power supply.

Overall Review: Not the usual Coolermaster quality of a few years ago, pass on this one. If you already own this chassis, junk the power supply immediately before it damages your hardware. I have seen $9.99 power supplies that performed better. Voltage correction you ask? "What's THAT?" says Coolermaster.

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Lightning in a Bottle10/28/2008 10:45:32 PM

Pros: Quiet Cool Lightning Fast This drive is FASTER than my old WD Raptor WD1500ADFD and has the benchmark numbers from HD Tune 3.10 to prove it. Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 (fresh install with all updates and drivers) Intel D975XBX2 w/Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 FYI: this drive will format out to 596GB of usable space under NTFS Minimum Transfer Rate WD6401AALS: 59.4 MB/s WD1500ADFD: 53.8 MB/s Maximum Transfer Rate WD6401AALS: 118.4 MB/s WD1500ADFD: 83.9 MB/s Average Transfer Rate WD6401AALS: 98.0 MB/s WD1500ADFD: 73.3 MB/s Burst Transfer Rate WD6401AALS: 125.4 MB/s WD1500ADFD: 103.4 MB/s From the end of my BIOS POST screen until I'm at my desktop with a functioning network connection is just over 40 seconds. EXCELLENT! Newegg now seems to be shipping this OEM drive wrapped in bubble wrap, so thank you Newegg for listening to your customers on how OEM drives should be shipped!

Cons: None

Overall Review: If you are looking for a very fast hard drive and don't have the budget for a Western Digital Velociraptor or a good SSD, then this drive is your only other rational choice. This drive is much easier to live with than my previous second generation Raptor (quieter, cooler, and 4x the space) and feels just as fast, if not slightly faster. This drive is a steal at this price point, so why not buy two?

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
If You Need Cheap but Reliable8/15/2008 12:10:49 AM

Pros: This is actually a decent no-thrills motherboard by Intel. Drivers are stable and it will run Vista64 and Aero in all it's glory, but not much else beyond office applications and web-surfing. Really, plan on this board lasting in an office setting about 3-5 years and you will be fine.

Cons: Only two SATA ports and two memslots. Weak graphics, but will run office applications and Vista "dreamscene" desktop well enough. Forget it if you have any gaming ambitions for any game released in the last six or seven years. Expansion? Fuggetabout it!

Overall Review: If I was building own lots of desktops for office workers, I would use this board without hesitation.

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Spend More Money8/14/2008 11:58:50 PM

Pros: Overclocks like a demon, but stops "feeling" any faster after about 2.5 GHz. Unless you absolutely need the cheapest there is to be had, I would spend more money and just get a Conroe or a Wolfdale.

Cons: Performance is really hurt in Vista64 with just 1MB of L2. No virtualization instructions. Spend the money and get something else with a larger L2 cache if this is for your own machine.

Overall Review: A decent chip, but only if you will overclock it from 800 FSB to 1067 FSB, and then only to a point. I bought this as a gift (part of an entire computer) and did the B.S.E.L. pin mod on mine and it doesn't seem run any hotter that it otherwise did.

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Better Than I Expected8/14/2008 11:43:53 PM

Pros: Really good memory, no issues with Vista64 and an Intel 975BX2 motherboard. What matters the most to me is that they actually managed to adhere to the JEDEC standard (1.8v and non-goofy timings) for DDR2-800, so this stuff SHOULD be compatible with anyone's motherboard. I purchased this to replace 4GB of some truly awful Patriot memory that had a 50% failure rate in less than a year.

Cons: None I have no idea what that one reviewer means that said it would occasionally "slow down".

Overall Review: I think the biggest scam going on in the memory industry today is the requirement that memory use anything other than 1.8v. That violated JEDEC and introduces incompatibility and you are probably paying a premium price for "performance memory" that is just standard memory overclocked by the manufacturer to hit those faster timings. Almost anything will run faster if you pump more volts through it. Just say NO to non-spec memory.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
A Lot of Money for Just an eSATA Cable5/15/2008 8:39:18 AM

Pros: Works just fine for an external eSATA cable. I needed one for my external eSATA drive as the one supplied with the Avanti Gear external enclosure is only 3' long and pretty much worthless unless you want to have the drive sitting on your desk along with the rest of your computer stuff. One weird thing I did notice is that the external drive's performance with data transfers improved about 20% with this cable, so maybe something was wrong with the old one too.

Cons: THE PRICE! Other than that, it plugged right in and works just fine.

Overall Review: Just my usual praise for Newegg, the ONLY place I will buy from these days.

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