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This review is from: Brother MFC-8910DW Wireless Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer
Pros: :: Fast and Clean Printing
:: Inexpensive Refills
:: Pretty much does everything a home office could need.
My wife and I needed a somewhat more capable, though just black-and-white, all-in-one setup for our home office, and after doing a lot of review searches, we settled on this one. It was quick and easy to set up (except for a couple minor things, below), prints very well, and Rosewill makes refills for it that are super inexpensive and seemed to be good for a few thousand sheets or so (they rate it at 8000, but I think that's the max - realistically it's more like 4000 if the sheets have a lot of stuff on them). Absolutely been a workhorse for us so far, and it has some nice features with the scanning, once you figure them out (again, below).
Cons: :: Instructions are a little bit wonky
:: Scanning takes a little figuring out
:: No Color (though if you're looking at this, you probably aren't looking for a color printer, I would hope).
The only real gripe is that it became obvious that the printed instructions were not intended to be "quick and easy." Don't get me wrong, setting up the thing was super simple, but the additional functions after setup take a little getting used to. Scanning to your PC (after you've set up the software) is simple, but then you have to choose what you are scanning it as, and instead of simply choosing a file type (jpg, pdf, etc) you pick a less specific term (email, picture, etc) - so you have to get that figured out. That said, folders can be changed, etc. and once you do have it figured out, it works great.
Other Thoughts: A way to re-label the file types would be nice. There's a few choices, and having to think about it every time gets old.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Panasonic Milano Series ER-GB40-S NEW! Wet/Dry Beard/Hair Trimmer
Pros: :: Well priced.
:: Very solid build
:: Adjustments are easy
:: Wet/Dry and simple to clean.
I really can't say enough good things about this, but the short version is this - it performs and is built like a ~$150-$200 trimmer. I caught it on sale for $35 and am unbelievably happy with my purchase. It does exactly what I need it to do, no annoyances involved. I can use it in the shower if need be, adjustment dial is super simple, and the detachable spacer has no secondary latches or anything to deal with.
Cons: :: Spacer style
I wouldn't knock off an egg for it, but I do wish the spacer was shaped slightly differently. It gets difficult occasionally to get those few odd hairs in areas like the corners of your mouth and such. Thankfully it's easy and quick to just take the spacer off and carefully hit them with the direct blade.
Other Thoughts: Worth it at $50, ridiculously worth it at $35-$40.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Calphalon 7-qt. Enamel Cast Iron Simply Calphalon Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Blue
Pros: :: Very heavy duty.
:: Large enough for just about anything.
:: Comes with "care" instructions, etc.
:: Makes electric stoves act like gas (see below)
Obviously if you're spending this kind of money on a dutch oven, you're not a "ramen and beer" 7 days a week person, so you know what you're getting yourself into. As always, calphalon has a phenomenal product that does exactly what's intended.
The whole electric stove thing - because this is so dense and is solid iron, the heat transfer from an electric stove effectively spreads out along the bottom of the pan, meaning you get a much better cook than with standard steel/aluminum/etc. pans. This is a very nice upside if, like me, you're stuck with an electric range but still want the good distribution of heat.
Cons: :: Very heavy (though expected)
:: Somewhat "needy" in terms of care
Nothing to knock off an egg for, but the fact is, you need to know what you're getting into with this kind of thing. You will have to store it "set up correctly" and clean it by hand, not to mention this is not for the weak-armed. :P
Other Thoughts: If you catch it on sale (like I did) there really is no better value out there.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Adam J.
Date Joined: 05/01/06
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