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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Nice little machine

    posted by monnier on 10/16/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    Very nice form factor. It is cheap but with a nice metallic box, an external antenna, and includes full-size USB connectors, as well as a separate audio-out, compared to most of the other Android TV dongles.
    Cons:
    While the unit does physically have 4 chips of 256MB each, I have not yet managed to figure out how to get to those 1024MB: bot...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 3
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Good adapter for SATA disks

    posted by monnier on 03/26/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    Works without external power supply for typical 2½" disks (I'm using it with a 2TB 2½" disk this way). Lets you get access to SMART data as well as to things like time to spin-down (works with smartctl and hdparm under GNu/Linux).
    Cons:
    No second USB plug to get extra power (there's a separate power supply for that purpose, but it's less convenient).
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 3
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Further comments after more use

    posted by monnier on 02/06/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    As mentioned in my earlier review, the USB3 port works seamlessly in GNU/Linux, with hotplugging of both the USB device and the card itself.
    Cons:
    It turns out that the card eats up 1.5W of power, even when completely idle. If your laptop already eats up 20W, it's probably...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Works seemlessly under GNU/Linux

    posted by monnier on 01/18/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    I plugged it into my laptop then plugged my new USB3 external drive and there it was. Unplugging and replugging also seemed to work just fine. The drive was happy to pull all its power from the single USB3 connector even without using the extra power cabl...
    Cons:
    None so far, but I only just opened and tried it.
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 3
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Does the job, with no frills

    posted by monnier on 01/18/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    It seems to work fine, the Y cable is welcome, although I did not need it until now (but I have needed it with my old PATA enclosure), and its aesthetics is quite accpetable.
    Cons:
    None of my tools were able to get detailed info about the disk, e.g. no SMART data, no hdparm info, no control over spin down. ...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    The best such adapter so far

    posted by monnier on 05/28/2012 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    Works well, fast enough. Both hdparm and smartctl are able to talk to the drive through this adapter, so you can control spin-down time and drive temperature.
    Cons:
    The adapter does not provide power to the SATA drive (don't know about the PATA port), so you'll need the power brick even for ...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Good speed, nice features

    posted by monnier on 05/14/2012

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    Using this adapter in a USB2 port, I only get 20MB/s but with USB3 I got 60MB/s, which isn't too bad compared to the 70MB/s I get when the drive is connected directly via SATA. The better part is that, contrary to the previous adapters I used, this one happ...
    Cons:
    When connecting a low-power drive over SATA (e.g. a laptop drive), you still need the power-brick because the adapter itself do...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Good speed, nice features

    posted by monnier on 05/07/2012

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    Accessing disks over USB2 was convenient but pretty slow. E.g. using this adapter in a USB2 port, I just get 20MB/s. But with USB3 I got 60MB/s, which isn't too bad compared to the 70MB/s I get when the drive is connected directly via SATA. The better pa...
    Cons:
    The main drawback I see is that when connecting a low-power drive over SATA (e.g. a laptop drive), you still need the power-bri...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Works fine, but slow

    posted by monnier on 04/27/2012 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    I've had this thing for almost three years now, and have been using it to connect my laptop's dock to my fit-pc2 for almost 2 years now. Worked reliably during that time. Works out of the box under GNU/Linux (uses the dm9601 driver), and seems to support ...
    Cons:
    The USB interface is using USB-1.1, which means it works in any USB connector, but will can only talk to your computer at up to...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Even seems to support 802.11n

    posted by monnier on 11/17/2009 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    The model I got claims to support not just 802.11bg but also the new n. I don't have any n network around to check if that's true, but the chipset used definitely supports the 802.11n spec.
    Cons:
    The driver under GNU/Linux is still young, so it has some rough edges (there are various drivers around, some of which have a b...
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