4 Port USB 2.0 PCI Card Adapter PC/Mac Plug & Play - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Startech.com
Model: PCI425USB
: Number of User Reviews: 20

Reviewed by: Darkonus from PA on Aug 25, 2004

Experience: 4 Days

Strengths: Easy Installation under Windows XP Home, inexpensive, works well.

Weaknesses: Only weakness is lack of internal USB port.

Summary: Added this card to a system that only had 2 (1.1) USB ports built into the mainboard. For XP Home, all that was necessary was to power down the system, install the card in an empty PCI slot, and power the system up. XP recognized the card and installed the drivers automatically. Definitely an effortless install.

The card has worked fine with a printer, cable modem, and camera that has been plugged into it. An external USB drive also worked fine with quick transfer rates when compared to using the system's built-in 1.1 USB ports.

The only drawback is that it doesn't come with an internal USB port, which would be useful for easy routing the USB connection to the front of cases that have front USB ports.

Haven't had the card long enough to see how well it holds up over time, but so far the card works well and seems to be worth the price.

Reviewed by: DaManDan23 from NY on Aug 28, 2004

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Inexpensive

Weaknesses: Didn't find any

Summary: Very fast and extreemly cheap. Just pluged it in, and it worked beautifully, i've had no problems. For the price, i'd recomend it to anyone

Reviewed by: Reevesey from LA on Nov 19, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: It was very easy to install, plug and use..It is very fast.

Weaknesses: I really have not found any weakness. the PCI425 was not compatible...the manufacturer replaced it with the PCI420 which works fantastic.

Summary: Installation was a breeze. Moving my files to and from my external hard drive is faster than ever. I'd recomend it to anyone; however, there is no instructions on how to return the USB Card if it did not work. Make sure you are aware of this.

Reviewed by: msorial001 from FL on Oct 13, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Easy install and compatability

Weaknesses: Came with no box or instructions

Summary: Product appears to be of very good quality. The product did not come in a box and did not have instructions. Product works good for its intended purpose. Would recommend.

Reviewed by: phirsch from NJ on Oct 11, 2004

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: Works with the standard Windows Driver, you connect the card and work.

Weaknesses: When I use the 4 ports I have some power issues, some devices requier more power that the one provided by the card.

Summary: Great Product.

The only issue that we had was when we try to connect 4 USB Hard Drives to the card and only recognized 3.

Reviewed by: tikmok on Sep 1, 2004

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: Easy to install. The driver installation is not needed on W2000K.

Weaknesses: Unclear if it really supports the high speed 2.0 USB.

Summary: Installation takes less than 15 minutes. W2000K recognizes the card without additional driver installation. The card is functioning well (unclear if the USB 2.0 high speed really works) Would recommend for a cheap USB card.

Reviewed by: buonassi from FL on Jan 17, 2005

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: 4 ports;good price

Weaknesses: Memory failure when shutdown sometimes,

Summary: 4 ports;good price Memory failure when shutdown sometimes,; not nearly as stable as I hoped for although there are no hardware conflicts, the BSOD pops up on shutdown, or when a hot swap occurs. I would not recommend you buy this unless you're using a different chip set than P4; it works fine on my athlon computer

Reviewed by: bcrubin from FL on Aug 4, 2004

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: Easy to install Recognized by Windows All items plugged into board worked immediately.

Weaknesses: None

Summary: Product exceeded my expectations. Just plug into motherboard and it is recognized by Windows immediately.
Plugged four different USB connected items into the board. They were immediately available to use. No programming even though a disk was provided. Transfer rate copmpared to my old 1.0 USB is terrific.

Reviewed by: gregorye70 from CT on Jun 26, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Inexpensive

Weaknesses: Fitting into computer

Summary: (Edited September 15th by gregorye70) The ports work fine but when I installed the card and tried to screw it into the back panel of the computer it didn't line up exactly with the screw hole. Therefore it is exerting some pressure on the mother board while screwed into the back panel of the computer.

Reviewed by: jvangelov from MI on May 29, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Easy to install - No drivers necessary for XP on my machine

Weaknesses: None so far.

Summary: I plugged it in, and it was up and going after XP recognized it. Solid performance. What a difference from USB 1.1!!! Well worth the purchase. It is powering a 4 port USB 2.0 Hub, driving an external HD and other components. Hasn't missed a beat.

Reviewed by: roboto from MA on Jun 15, 2004

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: easy to install and operate, transfer data very fast

Weaknesses: seems some conflicts when mulple ports were connected (need to be tested again).

Summary: I used this USB 2.0 card to transfer mp3 to my Apple IPod. The speed is tremendously faster than the 1.1 one. Also, it seemed clearer when I opened the web camera. Will check the tranfer of digital photo later. In summary, it's fantastic!

Reviewed by: falrub from PA on Aug 15, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: it work with most printers,scaners, external DVD Burners, and hard drives. but Nothing special to mention.

Weaknesses: it is a little bit off (size bigger than usual). It is not plug and play

Summary: I had hard time fitting the card in, even I thought it will break from the pressure I put on it.
it work with most printers,scaners, external DVD Burners, and hard drives.

Reviewed by: ashwinn from NM on Jul 18, 2004

Experience: 4 Days

Strengths: Very easy to plug in the computer and is readily detected by Windows XP, 4 ports at good price

Weaknesses: Ports are a bit tight and it takes some effort to attach the devices to it, this is probably because its new

Summary: On a whole a very good deal and I would say value for money, 4 usb ports at a cheap price. I would recommend this product. good speed with my digicam and flash drive

Reviewed by: yindingmin from GA on Jul 14, 2004

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: easy to install.the speed is very fast than USB1.1

Weaknesses: it may not work well on some motherboards.

Summary: (Edited July 14th by yindingmin) the making of this USB card is perfect and it is easy to install.it works very well on my computer and its speed is very fast than USB1.1

Reviewed by: mirexdf from ID on Jul 1, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Very easy to install. I have done it in few minutes.

Weaknesses: I am still skeptic about its reliability.

Summary: First of all I'm very glad about buying this product on this site-- it's very easy and the item was delivered on time. Secondly, the price is very competitive. I just hope that it will really work as it says it will work.

Reviewed by: mdboy528 from MI on Sep 19, 2004

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Don't know

Weaknesses: Won't fit into my PCI slot!

Summary: When I tried to install this card in my computer, I found out that it would not fit in my PCI slot. Its possible that I could have got it in with more force, but I was putting about 90% of the pressure that I could to try and force it in and I was afraid any more would break my motherboard. I finally gave up, figuring my computer was worth more than an $8 card was.

Reviewed by: barbaracarlock from CO on Sep 6, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: NA

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: This is not a low profile USB card.
There is not a policy to return items that are not damaged, so make sure you know what you are ordering.

Reviewed by: kaiser79 from IL on May 12, 2005


Strengths: Plug-and-play with my Power Mac. 2 Months - 0 Problems. Awesome Price.

Weaknesses: None

Summary: I was a little worried when I purchased this, as I have no experience with the brand. But, then again I've had terrible experiences with major brands like Belkin. So I gave it a shot. This card works phenomenally. I plugged it into my Power Mac G4 and it "just worked" I've got 3 USB 2 peripherals plugged in and have not had a single issue in 2 months of use so far. Great product, dirt cheap.

Reviewed by: jpeisert from WA on Feb 26, 2005

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: cheap

Weaknesses: Doesn't work.

Summary: I installed this port several months ago but have just now really tried trouble shooting to make it work. At first I thought something was wrong with my external harddrive, but it is in fact, the cheap USB card. I've tried uninstalling, reinstalling, reinstalling from both the CD and the web site, rebooting, you name it. Any device I hook up to it won't recognize the ports. It's as if the USB card doesn't exist and yet it shows up in my "device manager" tab in the control panel. I guess that's what I get for buying cheap. There is probably a reason that this 4-port USB device is $20 and the next one that StarTech.com sells is $50. I guess since it works for some people it is ok, but I learned my lesson. It's not worth it to buy cheap. Spend the extra money and save yourself the hassel.

Reviewed by: TK1799 on Jan 29, 2005

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Outside of the price - there are none.

Weaknesses: The 4 hours trying to get this card to work on my PC. Faulty drivers and installation. If you are not PC savy - this will be a hail storm to try to figure out.

Summary: I bought this card for it's price and great reviews above. However, once I got the card I followed the directions to the "T" and it didn't work! There were several errors that occurred within the card during setup. Everytime I thought they were fixed - I restarted my PC - and Windows would find it again and try "unsuccessfully" to re-install the drivers it needed to function correctly. I have a PIII/450Mhz Systemax PC and runs great! I have never had a problem installing new hardware on the PC - or at least find a solution if an error occurrs. Star Tech website had like 5-6 general errors on it - not much of a data base of info!

STAY AWAY FROM THIS CARD! BUY SOMETHING ELSE - IT MAY BE MORE - but the time I spent on it would be worth it.

I don't understand how those above had great success in installing this card. I tried Windows update, google, etc - nothing worked - it is now in it's box waiting to be shipped back to CDW. Star Tech support only works Mon-Fri. The card arrived Friday evening - so you see - I have to wait 2 days before I even get a response to the problems I incurred!

I have 3 years of A+ experience and never incountered the buggy software like this! Not Worth it!!!!!!!!!!
Oh - it inserted just fine in my PCI slot!

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