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Pros: Honestly this is a great desktop PC for the price. I upgraded from a custom PC I built in 2005. It was state-of-the-art at the time but the i660 does circles around it.
Windows is extremely fast and smooth! I've been running HD videos and using other applications at the same time and not even a hint of lag. My old PC literally came to a screeching halt when I would try and load a 1080p video alone. Boot-up time is extremely fast as well.
I also use this PC to run various virtual machines. It handles this task very well!
I do like the fact that there is room inside to expand if you want to add internal hardware such as a second hard drive, DVD/Blu-Ray player, video card, etc.
Cons: While this is not a con about the machine itself, I do not like the fact that it came with Windows 8 instead of Windows 7. Windows 8 is just too much of a "tablet" operating system to be functional on a desktop PC. Not a problem though. I wiped the hard drive and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Couldn't be happier.
While the internal sound card works fine at the core, the line-in has a slight latency. Thought it was a driver issue so I updated it but there is still latency issues. It's probably half a millisecond but enough to create issues for me. I play piano and record tracks. The latency inhibits my ability to play fluently. Half a millisecond may be small but makes a HUGE difference in the world of music. After much research, I've come to the conclusion that I'll either need to purchase a separate card or some kind of audio interface. That is a bit disappointing but manageable.
Other Thoughts: If you already have the monitors and speakers, this is a great guy for the price. Highly recommended!
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Pros: The print, copy, and fax features on this are great. Warm up time is pretty quick, which is a plus. One of my pet peeves about laser printers is the slow warm up time. I've used printers in and office environment that take as long as 2 minutes to warm up. You can expect to see a paper in the output tray under 30 seconds from warmup. The 23 PPM seems to be accurate.
I think the biggest pro of all is the wireless capability. It has made my life so much easier. We have 5 computers in our household that use the printer and setting this up was a breeze. (once I figured out how to do it)
Cons: The software that you're supposed to install did not work at all for me. The software claimed the printer wasn't on the network yet I could clearly see it in Network Places and could access it via web browser. I followed the instructions to the letter and after it rebooted, the install diagnostic tool said everything had failed. I got this on all five computers. I couldn't even print in Windows but I could still access it via web browser. What I did to at least be able to print was to uninstall all the software, and reinstall only the printer driver, and when it asked for the location of the printer, I entered in the IP address, not the node name. Once I did that, the printer worked just fine. Since the software doesn't work, I guess I won't be able to take advantage of scanning to the computer or keep track of faxes from the computer. Not a huge deal but it would've been nice.
Other Thoughts: If you can get the software to work, this is an amazing printer for the price ($189 as of this writing). Even if you can't, it's still a very nice printer and I have no regrets buying it.
Regarding the previous reviews about power spikes...I'm not sure what that's about. I have had no power issues at all. No lights dimming or breakers tripping. Maybe this is a problem in older buildings/homes with outdated wiring.
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Pros: Once I figured out the instructions, installation was easy. It's a fanless replacement so of course it's going to be much quieter than the flimsy stock nForce4 fan.
Cons: The installation instructions were not so easy to follow.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a dying nForce4 fan. The computer runs very quietly now. Unfortunately, to remove the stock nForce4 heatsink assembly, I had to remove the motherboard. So be prepared for that. On the upside, it gave me a chance to clean out my system. There were areas in the case where dust had gotten blown into that I don't usually clean on a regular basis. There were some HUGE clumps of dust.
Anyway, as my title says, this was an excellent replacement and would recommend it to anyone needing to replace their noisy dying nForce4 fan.
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Date Joined: 06/21/05
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