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Trixies USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Extension Cable

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      17.04.2013 12:00
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      Recommended for RAID Arrays and to stream movies/music to an Xbox 360.

      This data cable was primarily used as an extension cable for my xbox 360 controller, until I hooked up the WD 2TB Passport to the Xbox 360, and now run out out through the USB ports as a link to the media hub. Basically it stores all the movies and music on one drive, and this cable transfers new files on the MacBook Pro, and sends those files to the xbox 360 when they're finished transferring to the hard drive.

      This cable is great if you want to keep servers or a RAID array out the way and so you don't have to move equipment around, instead just hook it up via this cable and it's all running in a jiffy. This cable DOES work with RAID 0 striped and RAID 1 and I would highly recommend using this USB 3.0 for such a thing anyway. Whats the point of a slow USB cable if you've sped up your drive speed in a RAID enclosure? Pointless!

      So on the MacBook then, things are excellent here, I can transfer gigabits per second on and off of hard drives and while it does also depend on hard drive speed, the cable works up to its maximum and doesn't compromise it's own transfer rate. I find that MP4 Movies transfer more than twice the speed of a USB 2.0 cable. If you bulk transfer and have lots of transfer windows open, this will hamper the transfer rate and the cable can't do much about this.

      Next onto the Xbox 360, and things are good here too but I do have one small problem, which is that the cable doesn't make the hard drives configurable for xbox 360 storage, meaning drives that were once able to become part of the xbox 360's storage, and were able to be formatted for game saves, sadly can no longer do that because they don't meet system requirements, meaning the cable is doing something to mess up the Xbox's ability to format it, or store stuff on it. This however does not affect the Xbox's ability to read the hard drive, so in System Video/Music player you can still play MP4 Movies you've put on the hard drive. They transfer and work perfectly, the cable streams them to the console very well, without any glitching or latency issues.

      The power and charging of this cable is much the same as any other cable, but the good news is that it hasn't lost the ability to charge or provide sufficient flow to electronics. This can be used to charge and Xbox 360 controller like I do, or to power a desktop accessory, something USB powered that needs a lot of watts, e.g an LED light, a Keyboard, or a windows gaming accessory.

      This cable has excellent build quality too, the rubber feels smooth, the colour hasn't faded in the 4 months I've had it despite being knocked about and trodden on, and it feels tight as a drum. It's difficult to break really, and it's stood up to the most difficult durability test available: The Seven17 test. That's hard to pass simply because I man handle everything. Also, I have never experience any file corruption while using this cable.

      Overall an excellent cable, highly recommended for a RAID array, Xbox 360 (file transfer only, not game saves!!), and Mac/PC.

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