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StarTech.com USB 3.0 Internal Multi-Card Reader with UHS-II Support - SecureDigital/Micro SD/Memory Stick/Compact Flash Memory Card Reader
StarTech.com USB 3.0 Internal Multi-Card Reader with UHS-II Support - SecureDigital/Micro SD/Memory Stick/Compact Flash Memory Card Reader
Price: £33.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 and connects fine to internal headers on USB3 PCI card., 2 July 2016
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Does what it says. Startech say it "Supports any operating system" and indeed it works as it's supposed to on a PC dual booting both Windows 10 Pro 32bit and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64bit. I have it connected to the header port of a Sonnet Technologies FW8USB3 A USB 3.0 PCI Express Card Fire Wire 800) fitted to the PC.

I chose this after looking at the CSL offering but that product had USB2 speeds for the card reader. By contrast, this Startech product is entirely USB3 which means that the full speed of some faster flash cards can be fully taken advantage of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smartest looking optical drive enclosure there is, works with W7,W8.1Pro, OS X10.10, Ubuntu Linux 14.04, 2 Nov. 2014
I fitted a spare internal 9.5mm slimline DVD writer into this drive and found it to work fine (DVD/CD reading) on most operating systems: Microsoft Windows 7 64bit Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro (32bit), Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS 64bit, Apple Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10. I have not yet tested the unit for DVD writing but I am confident that it would work given that the drive is 'understood' and accessed by all the above operating systems.

As for fitting the internal drive. This worked after I observed that in the enclosure moulding itself on the inside are embossed symbols indicating that some of the plastic protrusions/clip-like fittings must be removed for a 9.5mm drive. I found that this was easily done by pushing them with one's fingers to snap them off cleanly. There are several thin cylindrical stalks but I think it is only the tallest of these that must be snapped off for a 9.5mm drive, again easily done cleanly by applying diagonal force on the stalk with your fingers. So when other reviewers mention fitting issues regarding such obstructing internal clips, I'm wondering if their version of the enclosure did not have such embossed indicators or if they observed them. As for it not lining up so that discs can be inserted, I initially had this issue but it was because I had not oriented the black underside casing of the enclosure with the top. This black underside casing has 2 identical sides for fitting to the top part, but the remaining 2 sides of the underside casing are different: one side is for the rear of the drive which has a deeper edge, while the other side is meant for the front (where the disc is inserted) and has a shallower edge. If you get these the wrong way around i.e. back to front, then the disk will never go in. Simple problem once you know how. Unless it's not that and some other tolerance issue, I can't see an issue with having to persuade discs to go in. the 9.5mm spec for drives ought to be consistent. By the way, discs slide in and out fine and no scratches occur.

The only minor niggle (hence 4 stars) I have with this enclosure is that the cable is fixed and sealed with the unit rather than there being a mini-USB female socket at the rear to attach any such compatible USB cable - if this were available, then a longer cable could be plugged in and also storage whilst travelling could be easier as the cable could be removed rather than potential damage to the fixed fitting due to compression against other items in the travelling bag. But it is a cheap product and good value so can't expect such frills. I'll just buy a nice case for it, though, to overcome this minor niggle. Recommended buy.


Pioneer BDR-XD04T 6x USB 2.0 External Slim Blu-Ray Writer
Pioneer BDR-XD04T 6x USB 2.0 External Slim Blu-Ray Writer

5.0 out of 5 stars Dinky little drive from a stalwart of optical media, 25 Nov. 2013
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Pioneer have been in the optical media business for decades - from LaserDisc (Domesday Project and Mobile Karaoke outfits) to the present day.

For me it was a toss up between this unit and the Samsung. For BD-RE Blu-ray rewriteables, Samsung had the edge on speed. But what sold me on this Pioneer was not only their reputation in the optical arena but their claimed wider compatibility and robustness to cope with imperfect media - light scratches and smudges. I haved borne out this claim by experimentation but I feel that is a more important consideration than seldom used media types. Although I'm a big fan of using BD-R DL 50Gb for robust backups - at which this unit excels at popular 6x high speed.

This unit also supports the newer 100Gb BD-R TL/XL Triple layer and 128Gb BD-R QL / XL standards. Good to know, but triple layers only seem available at a premium cost, while the QL are still the preserver of Pioneer's R&D labs I would imagine!

The drive is slim and similar thickness of a Double Album CD. Ideal to carry around with a laptop. Works well with free ImgBurn Software.


Icy Box IB-351StU3-B External Enclosure for 3.5 inch SATA HDD with USB 3.0 Host
Icy Box IB-351StU3-B External Enclosure for 3.5 inch SATA HDD with USB 3.0 Host
Price: £31.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well on several systems [updated], cheap enclosure for repurpose internal HD, 25 Nov. 2013
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You'd only want to buy this if you are re-purposing an internal hard disk extracted from a desktop or another enclosure, e.g. a RAID. For me it was both scenarios: I'd upgraded a desktop to a SSD and removed it's hard disk to make it quieter and also salvaged some perfectly fine 1Tb hard disks from a RAID 1 enclosure whose controller had failed (tip attach such drives to an Ubuntu booted desktop and mount to extract off to another NTFS drive before formatting the drive to NTFS itself).

Reason I say you'd only want to use this with an existing drive you have is that for about 25 pounds more, you can buy from amazon a 1Tb USB3 2.5" bus-powered more compact external drive. So don't purchase this enclosure to make an external drive from scratch. Use this enclosure to repurpose or extract valueable files of a HD from its original failing home, PC or enclosure.

Performance wise the drive performs well depending on the host machine whose USB3 port you've attached it to. For me, file transfer speed was increased up to 10 times compared to USB2.

[Update] The build is good as long as you use all the screws to attach the internal HD. It's quite a solid design. (Previously I had said it was flimsy and prone to vibrations but that was because I hadn't made use of all the screws.

Some here have reported loss of files when disconnecting the drive. Be sure to follow dismount procedure via Windows or Mac first. [Update] I once had this problem of "losing" files where I had switched off the unit before dismounting it. NOTE: This could happen with ANY drive and usually the files aren't lost, it's just the indexing/table of contents that lists them that would have been damaged/corrupted if the unit was in the middle of writing to them before the dismount procedure was not followed by the user (e.g. me). So the symptom is that they don't show up in the Finder or Explorer or usual file listing. But this can, in at least some cases, probably right up to most cases (with the similar incorrect mounting cause), be remedied - I used Windows DOS shell command chkdsk -f command on Windows 7 to repair the drive. I think there must be intentionally redundant copies of the file entries listing on the disk which Windows uses to rebuild the main file entries listing. chkdsk -f went through a long (about 30mins-1hour+) discovery process on my drive of such structures and the repair and it was worthwhile. This was a one-off issue for me that I had to solved. Apart from this one episode, which I will re-iterate is not specific to the drive and could happen with any other drive if dismount not followed, I've never had an issue with this enclosure and am generally happy with it.


PROBOX USB 3.0 SATA EXTERNAL 3.5" HARD DRIVE ENCLOSURE HDD
PROBOX USB 3.0 SATA EXTERNAL 3.5" HARD DRIVE ENCLOSURE HDD

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with Caldigit USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34 card for laptops, 24 Nov. 2013
Couldn't get this to work with Caldigit USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34 card for laptops. Other USB3 drives - from Samsung, enclosures from Anker and IcyBox all work with the card.


Griffin Elevator Desktop Stand for Laptops  & Macbooks
Griffin Elevator Desktop Stand for Laptops & Macbooks
Offered by eoutlet-uk
Price: £31.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, simple, great use of space, 24 Nov. 2013
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This is my 2nd addition to an exisiting Griffin elevator. It's great because I can put things underneath the laptop while having benefit from raised screen to go alongside a external monitor for extended display.


Belkin Messenger Bag for Upto 12.1 inch Netbooks - Grey
Belkin Messenger Bag for Upto 12.1 inch Netbooks - Grey

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, added security of shoulder strap, cover good for rain, great value, ideal for carrying laptop with you for commutes., 24 Nov. 2013
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At around 13 pounds here on amazon, this bag from well known brand Belkin is great value. It's light, slim form is ideal for commutes where you'll mostly carry it with you. This suits me perfectly so 5 stars.

However, owing to the lightness and lack of bulkiness, the protective padding is modest so it's perhaps not a bag that you'd put your laptop in for a luggage compartment e.g. on a coach or plane as bumps and knocks during transit may not be absorbed safely enough to protect your laptop. So it's ideal for carrying on your person. That said, if like me your laptop has an SSD drive fitted then your only concern would be the screen being subject to knocks.

The spec for 12" spec should be ample for your notebook/laptop - it fits my 12.1" Lenovo X201S notebook with its extended battery fitted.

It's stylish too and has several compartments to carry your mains power adapter as well as a fold-over cover on the top so that rain will bounce off and not seep through the zips. I would note that this bag is not stated as waterproof but the fold over cover will avoid rain entering inside.


Samsung 840 Series Pro 256GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive
Samsung 840 Series Pro 256GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive

5.0 out of 5 stars Good size for devs, The best around - reliable - I've had 3 of these in 3 machines still going strong, bootup goes like a rocket, 24 Nov. 2013
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Fitted this one to a Lenovo X201S notebook, replacing the original hard disk. With Windows 8.1 Pro already having improved boot times, running this machine with that OS and this SSD, the boot up time is very rapid and responsive following boot. 256Gb is a good size for a developer's laptop if like me you run Virtual Machines, 128Gb may be a little small for this - but that one is still a great drive.


HTC SP-P400 Desire Z Screen Protector (2pieces, Retail Pack)
HTC SP-P400 Desire Z Screen Protector (2pieces, Retail Pack)

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap genuine part, 24 Nov. 2013
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Does the job, slightly fiddly to get right and the odd small bubble remains but these were eased out to the edge.


Cable Matters Gold Plated DisplayPort to DVI Cable 2 Metres
Cable Matters Gold Plated DisplayPort to DVI Cable 2 Metres
Offered by Cable Matters
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job!, 24 Nov. 2013
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Works fine with my Lenovo Ultrabase docking station for my Lenovo X201S notebook, running Windows 8.1 Pro, attached to an LG monitor. Crisp display.


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