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HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 (M9L75A#B1H) Duplex 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi wireless/USB color Inkjet MFC Printer
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4 out of 5 eggs Very capable quality printer on a budget (followup on 10/14/16) 10/14/2016

This review is from: HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 (M9L75A#B1H) Duplex 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi wireless/USB color Inkjet MFC Printer

Pros: • The color touch screen has a very intuitive menu, and is very responsive with only a delicate tap.
• Wi-Fi direct allows you to connect ad-hoc style directly to the printer to print a document. Very clever and handy.
• Also supports NFC, so you can quickly connect a mobile device to the printer. Worked flawlessly on my Android 5.1.1 device.
• Print quality for documents is excellent – sharp and bold text, charts and diagrams look professional. On photo printing, images have good detail and color contrast and saturation, and look great on photo paper.
• Legal size scanning bed and paper tray is a major plus.
• Automatic duplexing, so double-sided scanning and printing is super easy.
• Scan a document to a network location via software on a local PC. But, also see cons below.
• Basic Windows driver download (63MB) available from is an option if you don’t want the bloatware that comes preloaded on the disc.
• HP cartridge protection prevents a cartridge from being used in another printer.
• HP app available for windows 8, 8.1, 10 lets you scan, print, manage printer and order supplies.
• Some HP apps are available through the touchscreen, and new ones are added for download periodically. My favorite is Google Drive, which allows scanning and printing directly to/from your Google cloud storage.
• There is an option to secure a print job with pin/passcode, which requires you to sign up for HP JetAdvantage Private print, which is a cloud app that will hold the document until you sign in with an account on the printer to retrieve the document. You’ll also need the JetAdvantage driver installed on the PC you wish to print from.

Cons: • Too big to sit on a desk.
• Windows 7 has no native driver support for this printer. You’ll need either the disc, or download from Windows 10 was a different story, though.
• From a USB device, can only print image files. Cannot print any other type of document from thumb drive.
• Cannot scan directly to a network share, either through FTP or SMB/CIFS (Windows share), or any other file protocol. Must use a local PC with share location access and HP software to sort of proxy the printer to the network share.
• Beware that third-party ink cartridges may possibly not work in this printer after HP made a recent maneuver locking out non-HP cartridges through firmware on OfficeJet Pro printers!

As of 10/13/16, HP has or will be releasing new firmware for their printers to reverse the ink "lock-out" that was done with the previous firmware. However, this update must be manually applied to the devices. - Techpowerup article titled "HP Firmware Update Reverses Non-Original Ink Lock"

Other Thoughts: Overall, I found the OfficeJet Pro 8720 to be a very capable small office / home multi-functional printer. It’s a huge upgrade from the Photosmart D110 I’ve been using for the past couple of years. I would recommend this printer for home and small business applications.

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Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)
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3 out of 5 eggs Good value but mediocre performance 10/14/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: • Cap-less locking slider design, which locks in both closed and open positions very firmly. There is no play once the slider is locked in place.
• Red activity LED is a plus in a world where so many storage drives lack this necessary feature.
• Lifetime warranty against defects and non-abusive failures.
• Compatible out of the box with essentially all modern operating systems due to fat32 file structure.

Cons: The Blaze B05 uses a Phison PS2251-7 controller, which is fairly common in the low-mid grade performance and features segment. This shows in the synthetic benchmark numbers using ATTO Bench32 v2.47:

Read performance:
Max = 126MB/s @ 64KB file size
4KB = 7.6MB/s
Avg = 73.6MB/s

Write Performance:
Max = 74.1MB/s @ 128KB file size
4KB = 1.7MB/s
Avg = 28.5MB/s

So you see, the Blaze B05 simply does not have the performance necessary to do much more than simple data transport. Attempting to run a virtual machine from the device proved sluggish, and at times completely unresponsive. Large data transfer jobs would plummet in speeds after the first 1-3GB depending on the file sizes.

Other cons to note:
The black plastic body is not very durable and could easily be accidentally (or intentionally) broken. I was able to disassemble the drive down to the bare PCB in a matter of seconds with only a small plastic pry tool.

Silicon Power advertises free data rescue software with this drive. That software is Piriform Recuva – a freeware program available to anyone… for free. It’s not even the latest version available (v1.48), which should be v1.53. Now, if SP offered customers the Pro version of Recuva, I would be putting this in the “Pros” section above.

Lastly, the Phison flash controller chosen for the Blaze B05 does not support AES encryption.

Other Thoughts: While the Blaze B05 is definitely no record breaker in the USB flash drive world, it is very practical for daily use by the average user (office worker, student, anyone looking for casual data transport.) The currently advertised price ($14.99) places this drive very high in the GB/$ lineup, which makes it very hard to beat, though.

Benchmarks were performed on MSi X99-S Gaming 7 motherboard with ASMedia USB3.0 port running driver v1.16.33.1, and a fresh install of Windows 7 Pro (x64) build 7601. The drive was formatted NTFS with 4KB block size (typical of a default format operation.)

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Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW
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4 out of 5 eggs Good performing AiO cooler 09/05/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW

Pros: The large 280mm radiator offers substantial cooling ability for even significantly overclocked multi-cored processors. My Intel i7-5820K (six core/12 thread) at 4GHz peaked at 70°C during burn-in testing on Prime95 for this review. In contrast, my previous unit, the Deepcool Captain 120 peaked at 76°C during the same test. Idle temperatures with the H115i are around 35°C for this unit, but that of course will vary depending on your own CPU, clock speeds and voltage, and cooling efficiency of your PC case. In contrast, idle temperatures with the Captain 120 were around 38°C.

Corsair includes two 0.70 Amp - 140mm high pressure PWM fans. These are pretty capable fans, and should suffice for most applications. I did notice a fair amount of air bleeding from the fan shroud back into the case during the burn-in tests while the fans were near 100% power. So, for extreme overclockers, I would recommend changing them out and adding two more fans for a push/pull configuration. If it’s quiet operation you’re seeking, these should be good. Under low load, they are nearly and practically silent. Also, rest assured that if you don’t have available fan headers on your motherboard, the pump has two 4-pin fan leads that draw power from the pump’s power connector. However, be sure to read my cons below regarding the power connector issue.

The H115i is compatible with a fairly wide range of motherboard/CPU applications for both AMD and Intel, and includes several backplates and standoff sets to ensure you have the right hardware.

The H115i includes a generous amount of water tubing length, so doing a front-mount application should not pose too much of a challenge. However, it could pose difficult when trying to manage all that tubing when doing a top-mount install, which naturally locates the pump much closer to the radiator. The tubing is mildly flexible, and I felt myself hesitating to bend it into shape for fear of causing a leak on one of the fittings. But, everything seems to be fine and functioning normally even with the tight squeeze.

The waterblock/pump unit is pretty massive. Much larger than the unit included with the Captain 120. This must be because of the small amount of circuitry necessary to provide USB connectivity from the pump to the motherboard, in addition to the LED backlight components. On the plus side, the large waterblock provides superb coverage on the fairly large lid of the Haswell-E processor.

Corsair provides a 5-year, non-transferable warranty on defects and workmanship. I did note some minor cons below regarding the warranty.

Cons: When installing the cooler per the included instructions, it advises you to connect the pump power connector to the CPU_FAN header on the motherboard (instruction item 5). THIS IS NOT CORRECT! In fact, the pump gets its power from a SATA power cable that you must connect to an available power supply SATA connector. Failing to connect the SATA power cable will result in the pump not running, potentially causing overheating of your CPU if overlooked. The documentation makes ZERO mention of this SATA connector, and it makes no appearance in any of the diagram figures.

In my opinion, the weakest link of this product (no pun intended), is the Corsair Link software utility. I found that Corsair Link is almost completely redundant compared to other third party freeware for hardware monitoring and statistics. It definitely offers no real benefit over my existing MSI motherboard BIOS and Command Center menu’s settings and capabilities. So far, the only unique setting that it allows me to do is change is the LED color on the Corsair pump unit. I hoped that the Link software would at least tie into the existing Corsair Utility Engine that I’ve already installed for my K70 keyboard, but it does not. Perhaps, Corsair should wrap all of these individual utility programs into one all-inclusive piece of management software.

When I said the radiator was large, I meant it. At 280mm (2x140mm), the vast majority of PC cases cannot house this cooler. Those that are compatible with water cooling units are typically designed for 120mm and 240mm units, while some can manage a 360mm (3x120mm) unit. The 280mm radiator is just a whole different product, and I hope you do your homework before purchasing to ensure your current or future PC case is compatible.

The H115i waterblock came with pre-applied thermal paste in a circular shape over the somewhat polished copper contact surface. The shape was about the size of a quarter, which was not sufficient enough to cover the lid of my processor. After mounting the unit, and then removing it shortly thereafter, I discovered that much of the CPU lid was dry around the edges and corners, and thus was making no contact to the waterblock. I decided to wipe the block and CPU clean, and apply Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste onto the CPU lid, and then re-install the cooler. I feel better knowing that the entire CPU lid has good contact with the waterblock now.

The third paragraph in the warranty guide document specifies that this 5-year warranty applies to a Corsair power supply. Hopefully that is just a typo, and they are actually referring to the CPU cooler instead. Also, Corsair does state that any returns may be subject to the purchaser covering return shipping. Pretty industry standard, but just be aware.

Other Thoughts: Overall, the H115i is a very capable AiO liquid cooling package. It provides stellar cooling capability with a fairly affordable price tag. I would recommend it, despite the few cons that I’ve mentioned in this review.

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