Manufacturer: Universal Buslink
: Number of User Reviews: 8
Reviewed by: callcentertiger from TX on Aug 20, 2004
Experience: 10 Days
Strengths: Compact, includes external power supply, easy instructions
Weaknesses: It does not connect properly and does not allow USB 2.0 peripherals to be recognized by the PC even though it's supposed to be compatible with a variety of devices.
Summary: (Edited August 25th by callcentertiger) An L shaped power supply plug would have made it a lot more flexible in locating it in tight spots.
Also the USB ports are too close in together.
Power supply is bulky.
Reviewed by: atiwari from PA on Apr 25, 2005
Experience: 1 Days
Strengths: installs effortlessly on XP without needing any downloads, provides four high speeds USB ports, includes external power supply (not sure when you would need that though)
Weaknesses: Extends out of my laptop significantly so I can not trust leaving it on my laptop while traveling
Summary: Overall a great product. I can now connect my external DVD burner, printer, optical mouse at the same time while getting high speed results. The four ports make it a bit bulky though to permanently leave it on and I have to be cautious putting pressure on the card every time I take it out and put in back in.
Reviewed by: Jtu526 from TX on Apr 18, 2005
Experience: 1 Week
Strengths: This product was very, very easy to install. I plugged it into my computer, and it worked immediately (Microsoft XP). I did not have to download anything from the CDs.
Weaknesses: You have to initially kind of shove the device into the USB ports on the card. After the first few times, it fits better.
Summary: This product comes with an adapter, which you don't really need though. I only have 2 low-speed USB ports on my labtop, so this product was able to give me four more usb ports with high-speed. It's a great product for its price!
Reviewed by: agentp from CA on Apr 1, 2005
Experience: 25 Days
Strengths: This USB 2.0 card has worked really well from the moment it was installed. It's a great way to add USB 2.0 capabilities to laptops that only have USB 1.1 built in.
Weaknesses: With 4 ports, the card does seem to take alot of space (which might be an issue for some users). Other than this, there really are no notable weaknesses in performance.
Summary: Windows XP Home (with Service Pack 2 on an HP Pavilion ze1115 laptop) automatically recognized it and made 2.0 ready to go! This card was mainly needed to connect an external enclosure with a DVD burner and so far the Buslink has allowed for USB 2.0 speeds with great results. A highly recommended option for people looking to add USB 2.0 to their laptops!
Reviewed by: Noodle05 from CA on Feb 15, 2005
Experience: 3 Days
Strengths: Very easy to setup on linux platform, give me pretty fast USB 2.0 connection to USB 2.0 HD enclosure.
Weaknesses: So far, none.
Summary: Bought this USB 2.0 CARDBUS adapter for my old Compaq M700 laptop. Since I'm using Linux platform, and Buslink user manual never mentioned about Linux, I was little afraid of if it compatible with Linux platform.
After I got it and plug it into Compaq M700, even without install any driver, Fedora 3 recognized it and installed driver automatically. Umount my external Hard disk, unplug from original M700 USB port which is USB 1.1, pluged into this USB adapter, check hardware browser in Fedora 3, it found my external HD already. Mount it, and use it. It works like a charm.
Even Buslink never mentioned, this adapter use NEC chip, so compatibility is not a issue.
Did a test against USB 1.1, copy over 300M file from external USB 2.0 Hard Disk to internal Hard Disk with USB 1.1 use almost 6 minutes. By using this adapter, it less than 1 minutes.
BTW, since most USB 2.0 HD enclosure has power supply, I didn't plug the power supply that come with this adapter into it, it still works. But if you are planning to use it with some kind of USB device that need power supply from USB port like web camera, you need to plug power supply for it.
Somebody mentioned that it maybe a little hard to setup it within windows platform. Maybe Linux is a better OS for plug-and-play.
Reviewed by: ChandraShah from CA on Feb 9, 2005
Experience: 3 Days
Strengths: I recieved the product promptly. The product packaging was excellent contaied all the items as advertized. I was able to install the product wirhout any problems and worked flawlessly. Best price.
Summary: The product offers best price for the features including 4 USB 2.0 ports also included was the power supply which is not included with other similar products from other vendors. I highly recomend Pricegrabber as the shoppig site and this vendor for the USB 2.0 Bus card for Lap Top.
Reviewed by: psalmist5774 from IN on Oct 1, 2004
Experience: 3 Days
Strengths: 4 port not 2 one & cheap price!
Weaknesses: There is no problem so far. Good product!
Summary: Speed and transfer rate are both great work~~. Price is also so reasonable than any other USB 2.0 PCMCIA cards (I bought it around $20). Furthermore, this card has USB 2.0 4 port, so other USB devices can be allowed to connect this additional port. Why donĄŻt you buy it (strongly recommended)!!
Reviewed by: ajdiaz from TX on Sep 9, 2004
Experience: 3 Weeks
Strengths: Easy to follow instructions, compact, external power supply and drivers included, 4-ports are essential.
Weaknesses: Limits use of second cardbus slot.
Summary: Windows XP recognizes it just fine, U.S.B. 2.0 devices work fine so far. It would be nice to have a carrying case to protect it in transit. You don't want to leave it plugged in all the time.