New Bits and Pieces

A number of recently purchased items.

Recently I needed to read a CD on my Surface Pro device which doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive so looked to see what USB devices are available.

Noticed a drop in performance between connected devices and it turns out I was using USB 2.0 cables to connect USB 3.0 devices. To maintain transfer speeds at the optimum level you must use USB 3.0 rated cables/hubs accordingly.


Hitachi-LG GP60 External DVD Drive

Hardly used these days, but forthcoming new machines don’t need one in-built if this is available and it can be used on both. Only USB 2.0 but at a reasonable price.

£21.97 when purchased from Amazon on 14 Aug 21

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01AXVMWBA

Other Features:

  • TV Connectivity: Play your media on your TV, laptop, PC or digital photo frame by simply connecting the drive with a USB cable (USB 2.0 interface compatible with USB 3.0)
  • M-DISC Support: M-Discs have been tested and proven to outlast standard DVD’s, offering superior data protection with greater longevity for photos, videos and data files
  • Silent Play Technology: Helps reduce noise during playback by adjusting the playback speed to the optimal performance for different multimedia
  • Super Multi Compatibility: Reads and writes DVD+/-R, DVD+/-R DL, DVD-RAM and CD-R discs in one convenient package -with an 8x DVD+/-R write speed
  • Windows 10 and MAC OS compatible

USB 3.0 Extension Cable

USB 3.0 Extension Cable (2m), USB A Male to Female Cable USB.

USB A Male to Female Cable supports a data transfer speed up to 5Gbps and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 standard devices.

£5.99 when purchased from Amazon on 14 Aug 21

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08N4NHVCM

For a long service life, uses robust nylon which is soft, tangle-free and tear-resistant. High-quality aluminum connectors and the strain relief can withstand 20,000 bending tests so it doesn’t break.

The outer layer of this usb extension lead is covered with aluminum foil and metal mesh, which can effectively reduce interference and Keep the transmission stable.


USB 3.0 4-Port Hub

USB 3.0 4-Port Hub Splitter with 25cm Short Cable. The USB splitter provides 4 USB ports from one USB port on your device

£9.99 when purchased from Amazon on 14 Aug 21

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08HYZDKY2

The USB port hub supports fast data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps.

It comes with a micro USB port to provide extra power when connecting power hungry devices such as large-capacity hard drives

The hub is compatible with various operating system without the need for extra drivers.