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This review is from: XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer
Pros: The best thing about this printer, no assembly required! Remove a few supports and packing material, and the thing is ready to go. Drop in a cartridge, feed it through the hole and into the extruder body, tell it to load filament, and you are literally ready to print in less than 10 minutes. The software is simple, but decent. The quality of prints is very nice. The bed size is adequate for everything I've wanted to print, since things can be rotated in the software to take advantage of the longer diagonal length. It really is a great intro printer. The cartridges being proprietary makes things simple for new users, and you won't run out of filament half way through a model since it keeps track of who much is left.
Cons: This printer is no for advanced users who want full control. The software is limited to basic rotation and moving of the model, some rudimentary scaling, and preset variations in settings. You won't have the ability to fully adjust settings to you exact needs, but will have to conform to the available settings. For most things, you can find an adequate combination of settings to produce a decent model, but there are limitations. Not being able to adjust the extruder or heat bed temps is a big con for me.
Other Thoughts: The glass bed is not heat tempered. It is just standard photo frame glass on a heating circuit. Mine started chipping after a week. Replacement heat beds are $60 and constantly out of stock.
You should take extra time to let the entire thing return to room temperature before removing your prints to avoid stressing the glass. I've yet to find an aftermarket option to replace the heat bed.
These printers have a large online following which has opened up the possibilities of what these printers are capable of. Any and all modifications will void the warranty, so keep that in mind. There are methods to bypass the proprietary cartridges in order to use filament from any manufacturer. Some models can be flashed to a new firmware that allows more third-party software to be used. There are even hardware upgrades that can be done to increase the capability of the unit. Again, all such things void the warranty. Do these things at your own risk.
For the tech savvy, it can become a very good printer, but it takes effort, a bit more money, and time.
For the average user, it is an excellent model to get started in 3D printing.
Pros: Strong construction
Cons: Too narrow for 24" studs
Not a big deal with a little ingenuity. A 1x6 solved the problem.
Either I missed the dimensions or they weren't listed, but if you don't have 16" studs, you may wish to look elsewhere.
Other Thoughts: Other than the width, I'm happy with the mount. It is sturdy and slim, just as advertised.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition [Online Game Code]
Pros: Runs pretty smooth on a 6870. I can adjust resolution to whatever I want.
The fact that you get the complete set of three different stories is nice!
I got this on special for $9 and it was WELL WORTH IT.
Even if the game itself leaves something to be desired, I've found myself laughing so hard that I'd start crying at some of the stupid silly situations I'd get myself into in this game. (Imagine a Rastafarian drug dealer throwing stash out the passenger window when we are already upside down in the car with cops surrounding us and shooting... until the car blows up and we all die together. Seriously, I nearly wet myself.)The physics are fun. It keeps me entertained, and that's what I'm looking for.
Cons: Minor texture rebuilding when new areas are loading, but doesn't stop gameplay. Initial load screen is quite long. Windows Live login, bleh.
Nothing that would keep me from buying it again.
The only thing I actually hate about this game is the driving camera. I like a high and wide angle behind the car, but the game autocorrects the cam angle after about 5 seconds and puts it almost behind the car, greatly reducing visibility to what is immediately in front of you. I have to readjust my view every few seconds with the mouse which throws off aiming out the window. Very annoying. But that's only one aspect of the game. Granted it is a large portion of the game, but not a strong enough reason to avoid it.
Other Thoughts: I only gave it four eggs because I feel it could have used more polish. The story is good, the gameplay is classic GTA, there's just something that always feels a little off.
If you can get this game on sale for $9 like I did, it's a steal!
Display Name: Timothy C.
Date Joined: 03/01/09
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