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HP 8630 Up to 21 ppm (ISO) Up to 34 ppm (Draft) Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality HP Thermal Inkjet MFP Color Printer
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great printer for the small business owner or busy household! 08/10/2014

This review is from: HP 8630 Up to 21 ppm (ISO) Up to 34 ppm (Draft) Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality HP Thermal Inkjet MFP Color Printer

Pros: High quality hardware with many options. This printer came with all the ink cartridges you will need for at least several months (depending on usage). Setup was a breeze, only having to connect a few pieces, load the ink and paper trays, and then install the drivers. I was able to get the WiFi working surprisingly well with this printer, which has been a huge pain in the past.

I will be using this to print invoices and other documents for my business, so the first thing I tested was the copy/scanning functions and printing a large document (45 pages). Everything was very fast for a non-commercial giant printer. Colors and blacks were solid, details were sharp and crisp. I was able to copy a few documents and store them to my computer or to a USB without any fuss.

The touch screen is a great touch (no pun intended), though mine was a little slow and unresponsive at first. I'll attribute that to a start-up/cache process, because after I used the printer for a little while, it sped up considerably. I have used a similar model to this printer that did not have WiFi or a touch screen, so this upgrade was most definitely justified.

I don't do much photo printing, but my wife does. We tried this out using some of our wedding photos and the images look great! Even better than the quality we got from the local big box store (which isn't saying much, but it's cheap).

Cons: The price is a little steep. When I received this printer from Newegg, I found that it was on sale at many other locations for only $299 or sometimes a bit less. Newegg has since come down to $349, but there are still other places to buy this for $299 or less.

The size is also quite bulky if you are only looking for a home printer. It was somewhere around 40 lbs inside the box and barely fits in some narrower doors!

Other Thoughts: First impressions, this thing is a huge and heavy beast! My wife could not carry it in once it was delivered so I had to leave work to move it in so it did not sit outside all day.

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EnGenius EUB9603H Wireless Adapter with 5dBi antenna 600mW High Power USB 2.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Average performance, good range 07/11/2014

This review is from: EnGenius EUB9603H Wireless Adapter with 5dBi antenna 600mW High Power USB 2.0

Pros: Pros:
- Affordable price
- Easy setup
- Compatible with most Windows based PC's
- Very good range, but expected with a large 5dBi external antenna

I've never understood why the more recent routers all use internal antennas. Perhaps it is mostly just a perception thing, but I've always felt external antennas were much better for range and performance. I am so glad the high end AC routers these days are back to external antennae. This wireless adapter has excellent range even through 3 walls/floors of my house!

Cons: Cons:
- Build quality feels a bit cheap
- Speeds are rather low for an "N" adapter
- No USB 3.0 support
- Occasional disconnects (not related to distance from source)

I have a feeling the slower speeds on this "N" adapter are from the lack of USB 3.0 and poor drivers. USB 2.0 only supports about 35 MB/s throughput. USB 3.0 supports almost 10 times that amount of bandwidth. While this device can support only about 20MB/s (still less than USB 2.0), I can't help but feel the speeds would have been improved with the newer generation of USB and better drivers.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that if you have Wireless G devices connected to the same router as a Wireless N device, you will end up with Wireless G speeds on all devices unless you have dual/multi-band routers.

Overall a good product for the price, and I do enjoy the range from the external antenna. But it is still a bit on the "cheap" side of quality and performance so it receives an "average" rating of just 3 eggs.

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SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Gaming Mouse 06/03/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse

Pros: It was perfect timing when I received this mouse as my Razer Deathadder just died after 5 years of service.

The price is perfect for it's features.

Installation was a breeze. Plug and play and basic features all worked including the instant profile switching. This feature is a must for FPS gamers as it allows you to quickly go from a high DPI fast turning close quarters mouse sensitivity to a slow, very small gradual movement sensitivity for sniping and pinpoint accuracy.

After installing the software from the steelseries website, I customized my color and side button configuration. Again, very easy and straightforward.

The feel of the mouse is very grippy and comfortable. It has good weight. The customizable back weight/insert was a nice touch, though I have no access to a 3-D printer to use it. Thinking ahead to the future!

Cons: Not really a con, but I've enjoyed mouses in the past that had adjustable weights and this one did not.

Other Thoughts: I had been debating trying out some of SteelSeries headsets as well. After seeing the quality of their mouse, I am more likely to jump in on a headset as well.

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Display Name: Joshua A.

Date Joined: 06/11/07

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  • Last Review: 08/10/14
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