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BEWARE! REBATE Claims Not Honored! Check for New Drivers!
on June 27, 2012
This review consist of two sections: Rebate & Product
Purchased two of these units, one in March and the other in May of 2012. The rebate company is 4myrebate.com and declined the rebate, although all the available bar codes on the product box was submitted. 4myrebate customer service sited the UPC label was missing. Eventually approved it after I threaten to return the item. Since then I purchased another unit in May which had a $20 rebate offering. The same exact issue happend and declined the rebate submission. There is obviously an issue with the packaging box missing UPC labels. Unless the manufacturer fixed the missing UPC label issue, beware purchasing this unit when taking rebate into consideration.
Using it with Windows 7 I had nothing but issues when the product was loaded with the previous February 2012 product drivers. The monitor screens would blank out randomly for no apparent reason (This behavior is similar to unplugging your monitor cable). I tried updating and rollback my GPU display drivers with no improvement. This issue was very irritating as my windows desktop layout would restore back to one display default configuration causing me to rearrange the icons and desktop layout each time it happend. In May 2012, displaylink, the chipset vendor of this product, released more stable drivers for this product which seemed to fix the issues.
I do not like the mechanical designs as it seems the HDMI interface is weakly constructed. It feels if one applies a little force, the connectors would break. I would recommend adding a splint to the in/out HDMI interface and using electrical tape to tape it all together to avoid mechanical failures.
All in all, it is cheap electronics made in China. You get what you pay for.