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brother HL-4150CDN Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Networking
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent general purpose cross-platform printer 02/17/2014

This review is from: brother HL-4150CDN Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Networking

Pros: Reliable, inexpensive to operate, good image quality for the price, equally at home on Mac and Windows on the network in a mixed environment. Silent when not printing. I've done nearly 18,000 pages in three years, and have yet to replace anything except toner. The status page tells you how far away you are from needed to replace other components.

Cons: Color images are good, but you can get better image quality from more expensive laser printers.

Supplies are expensive, but you don't need to get them often, so still cheap in the long run.

The printer obstinately refuses to print when it thinks a cartridge is empty, even when actually still half-full, but if you reset the timing gear on the cartridge (it is on the end of the cartridge under the screw-on cover), it will be good for another run. I've typically gotten two runs of the timing gear per cartridge, and part-way through the third run, it's really empty.

Other Thoughts: I use it with "business gloss" paper and get nice quality advertising handouts.

I found it a good idea to get the memory expansion. Before I did that, I would occasionally get "out of memory" errors.

I use it mostly on the Mac.

I haven't found covering the cartridge windows has made any difference in cartridge lifetime.

Crucial 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Desktop Memory Model CT12864Z335
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: These memories work perfectly, passing all diagnostics, in my ECS 865G-M Micro ATX. I had previously tried a bargain brand, which passed when used individually, but not when all four were installed. These work great with all four slots filled.

Cons: These memories came in a sealed plastic package that was impossible to open with the bare hands, and difficult to open even with tools. You have to be careful not to hurt yourself trying to get the memory out of the package.

PQI POWER Series 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model MD441GUOE
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Mostly works well, but something is odd 07/09/2009

This review is from: PQI POWER Series 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model MD441GUOE

Pros: Good value for a high clock rate memory, if using only one or two sticks. Nice reusable package for storing any old memory that might be removed to install this one.

Cons: In my ECS 865G-M MicroATX motherboard, I could only use three of these. If I put this memory in all four slots, the Microsoft memory diagnostic would show errors. The odd thing is it didn't matter which three sticks or which three slots I used. I could use any three sticks in any three slots, and everything was fine, but with all four installed, the diagnostic would report errors.

I did manually set the memory timing in the BIOS to match the slower CAS latency of 3, but that didn't help.

Other Thoughts: I expect the problem to be some kind of fan-out or bus loading issue. I returned these and bought a more expensive name brand DDR333 with CAS 2.5, and was able to use the full 4GB with no issues whatsoever.


Jeffrey L.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey L.

Date Joined: 02/18/05

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 08/16/06
  • Last Review: 02/17/14
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