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Does not work with Mac but Windows 7 is fine with specific drivers
on 26 September 2014
Note that this is a Prolific cable and most likely has a counterfeit Prolific chipset, please see the CHIRP wiki entry for this for why this is frowned upon; http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/CableGuide#Cable-Buying-Advice
I have tested this cable with both Mac OS (Mountain Lion 10.8.5) and Windows 7;
* Mac OS
Despite trying multiple drivers with Mac OS I just couldn't get it to work, at first I couldn't get it to detect the USB to Serial adapter (testing with ZTerm), then when I finally found a driver that detected the chipset, it kept resetting the radio when trying to download the channel presets from the radio to the Mac with CHIRP. Do not bother with this cable if you're a Mac owner (unless you have Bootcamp or a serious amount of patience to try it with VirtualBox etc).
* Windows 7
Although Windows 7 (latest patches as of 2014-09-26) does detect the driver natively, I needed to install version 126.96.36.199 of the Prolific drivers which you can find, with full instructions, on this page; http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_Drivers.php - once I installed those, CHIRP worked happily!
As for the product itself, most USB programming cables for these devices do tend to be frail, this one seems quite well built. I wouldn't consider it sturdy enough to use in the field though, as it protrudes quite far from the USB port it's at high risk of snapping, best keep it to your desk.
All in all, you get what you pay for and this is good value for money, just a shame it doesn't support Mac :)
Hope this helps!