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Pros: Came with a game coupon to offset the price somewhat
Cons: Not as fast as the Radeon HD 4850 it replaced. Computer began crashing occassionally shorting after installing. Over the next 9 months, this increased, until last week it was crashing constantly. I thought it was a driver conflict/OS file corruption at first. Tried installing latest drivers, etc., and crashes still got more frequent. Tried rolling back drivers and OS, but it had crashed so many times the OS was messed up. Finally bit the bullet and reinstalled OS. System crashed while trying to install OS. Reformatted drive (quick) and still crashed while installing OS. Finally low level formatted the drive and STILL can't get OS to install because of crashes (PFN file corruption, Win 7 Professional 64). I swapped out the card to my old Radeon HD 4850 and the OS installed with no problem. System was stable for several hours (no other SW installed, minimal drivers installed), so I thought I would try the GTX 650 again. Guess what? SYSTEM CRASHED immediately!!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: brother HL Series EHL-5240 Personal Up to 30 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
Pros: Price, easy to update memory, manual duplex, 1200x1200 dpi, parallel and USB connectivity, reasonable toner/drum prices, great output quality, Vista/Windows 7 *and* Windows 98 drivers. Bought a refurb one from Newegg dirt cheap after rebate and promo code. Memory was a breeze to add. I connected it to my printserver easily via USB and used the parallel connection (simultaneously) to connect to an older W98 machine I use to run several legacy programs that XP won't support. Two other computers use XP, and I also have a laptop running Win 7. Win 7 was a little difficult to set up, but I think it was more a function of Win 7 (I couldn't use homegroup because the other machines had different OSs). The HL-5240 appears to be a faster version of the HL-1440 with more memory and better resolution, and the interface is almost identical. I own the HL-1440 and have been pleased with it, so I decided to upgrade. I will note, however, that I am a light user.
Cons: Uses older laptop memory, not quite as easy/cheap to find as newer DDR versions, but at least it's not proprietary. Manual duplex took a while to figure out. The HL-1440 manual duplex was straightforward, so it took me a while to figure out that on the HL-5240 I had to do things a little differently, even though the interfaces are practically identical. After selecting the manual duplex mode, I had to select "Tray1" for the First Page under the Paper Source, and not let it default to "Auto Select", otherwise it wants to print the second side from the MP Tray, which doesn't hold much paper. Other than this little quirk and the Win 7 setup, everything was easy and straightforward. Oh, shipping took almost a week, which is very unusual for Newegg.
Other Thoughts: The refurb looked brand new. You'll need to read the manual to figure out how to print out the status page which shows you if your memory has been added correctly and how much predicted life you have left in the toner and drum. Don't buy the expensive memory recommended in the manual. Buy the cheapest 144-pin sodimm SDRAM you can find, just make sure you buy from a reputable vendor, that it isn't registered, and that it's LOW density. I bought PC133, 3.3v, CL3 (CAS latency of 3, not the 2 they say you have to have) and it worked great. If the memory is faster than the recommended PC100, then you can use a higher latency (within reason). The memory they recommend costs 4x more than what I paid (for 512mb). In all, the refurb printer with additional 512mb memory cost me less than a Franklin (assuming I get the rebate).READ FULL REVIEW