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Pros: This is a quality budget system that will meet the needs of most people. It has a nice solid construction.
It performs well on most tests.
It has an extra drive bay, which was a surprise for a small budget system. It also appears to be fairly generous with ventilation. And, it is mostly quiet. Unless the hard drive or optical drive are in heavy use, you'll struggle to hear it.
Cons: For serious gamers, its graphics will likely disappoint. However, for the rest of us, its more than adequate.
The hard drive is a bit noisy for my tastes, but not too bad.
Pros: Makes an excellent door stop.
Cons: Mine was dead on arrival. It kept complaining of a non-existent paper jam, during setup. I suspect this was probably caused by the cheap plastic duplexer that mates poorly with the printer body.
Regrettably, I ordered from HP direct. After four hours of effort, I may have succeeded in returning this thing to them. So, needless to say, horrendous customer service.
Bottom line, if you gamble, and buy this thing, order from some reputable vendor (like Newegg) that has an easy return policy.
Other Thoughts: Too bad it didn't work. It had all the features I wanted at a decent price. I seem to be accumulating a collection of printers I don't like. Today, they seem more like vehicles for ink sales, than actual, quality printers.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Digital CableCARD Receiver
Pros: Works great for most channels / programs.
Cons: For some content providers (in my case, HBO / Cinemax) it suffers an annoying flashing behavior. When this happens, it looks a bit like your program of choice has been recorded in a 70s era discothèque. It almost always happens (to some degree) with these two providers (HBO / Cinemax).
However, it seems to also be content sensitive. To a much lesser extent, it happens with some content from other providers like Starz.
The documentation is poor about how to perform a firmware upgrade...beyond that performed during the initial installatiion.
Other Thoughts: Since I am using this as a backup to TiVo, and the product was inexpensive, I have no serious complaints. However, if you are using it as a primary DVR, the "flashing" behavior will probably be unacceptable.
Note: I have not yet seen the "flashing" problem with non-premium channels.
The device provides limited functionality...even without a cable card. It will not receive analog channels, in this configuration. Also, your channel numbers may not be perfect, in this configuration.
My provider is Verizon FiOS. Automated installation failed, but a short call to Verizon fixed all issues (except the premium "flashing" behavior).
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