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Works in linux. This includes both printing and scanning, although scanning works differently that you'd expect. It will save scans to a network folder, and it knows enough to authenticate as a user to a samba share. The only thing that would make this interface better is if it could send it over a kerberized NFSv4 folder, but I'd probably be the only one asking for that. This means it's not sane (scanner access now easy)-compatible, which means all sorts of scanner apps won't work with it... but you can scan directly over your network, and it doesn't have to be a windows computer you send the scans to. Linux support is always a *must* for me, so I was happy to see that it has CUPS support, and sufficient support to work for scanning as well. For those looking for linux printing support, look for "hplip", which will supply the CUPS drivers. You don't need to enable the inkjet mess (hpijs), just the laser printer stuff.
The document scanner is always a "must have" for me.
Wifi support is nice (and required for my use-case). Simple interface over the touch-screen, which brings me to...
Touch-screen interface. It just makes life simpler. No more vast surface are filled with buttons for a specific purpose, now you get a context-sensitive area with dynamic buttons that only apply to the context you're currently working with.
Cons: No duplex capability. Every printer I've purchased in the last five years has had duplex support... this is a fairly major step back for me. But nothing in my price range offered it for a laser MFP. You'd think this would be standard by now... I'll either have to live with single-sided prints, do everything manually, or use my buggy Brother laser printer which tends to cut content off of the top and/or bottom in linux, but it at least has duplex support.
Other Thoughts: I was hoping for one of the newer LED printers, which should last a lot longer (very similar to laser but with 90% fewer moving parts), but they're still ridiculously expensive.
My old Canon inkjet MFP died on me, and I was tired of buying ink every 5 pages, so I decided to go with a laser printer. Thus far, I haven't regretted it.
This review is from: AMS DS-524SSBK 2.5" x4 SATA Backplane Module
Pros: It works
Cons: Too large for some enclosures. It took a lot of coaxing to get it into my 2U chenbros chassis' 5.25" slot... so much so that I highly doubt I will ever be able to remove it from that slot. Forget screwing it in, it doesn't need screws... just wedge it in and it will never come out. In my case, it sticks out about 1/8" from the front, and that's the best I can do. On the other hand, it appears to work, and accepts drives with no issues. In the event that the module breaks (one of the doors snaps or something similar), I will likely have to replace my entire chassis. I've read that others have had issues fitting this into their chassis, so I'm sure I'm not alone... I just may be one of the few stupid enough to attempt to "force the issue" and get it in the slot.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fastest android device I've seen. Beats out my nVidia Tegra 3 device, and possibly my Tegra 4-based nvidia Shield (seems slightly more responsive)
The wireless charging system makes this tablet highly convenient (requires additional charger not included), and may possibly be a MUST_HAVE if you have a unit with a bad USB connector like me (see cons).
Runs the latest android OS, and even seems to get faster OS updates than my Nexus 5 phone (got it several days before my phone updated for 4.4.3).
Cons: Well, there's the usual "There's no memory expansion slot." Agreed, that's a huge downside, and severely limits what you can do with this tablet (I regularly have to shuffle apps around in the cloud, which puts a severe strain on my network bandwidth). If I were able to install apps to a semi-permanent 128GB chip, I would be very happy... but I can't.
As I implied above, 32GB of on-board flash simply isn't enough for a device this powerful. 64GB probably isn't enough either.
My USB port is flaky. This is a minor annoyance if your battery still has some charge, because you can simply wiggle the connector around until the tablet claims it's charging, then leave it alone. When it's dead, there's no indicator, so you have to plug it in, wait about an hour, attempt to turn it on, and when you fail, wiggle it around again and wait another hour. Repeat as many times as necessary. I've met at least one other person with the same problem, and I suspect it's common with this device. I'd hazard a guess that it's a cold solder joint on the connector. I'm a bit surprised to see this issue with Asus, as I've never had trouble with any of their electronics before (I am at the point where I actually prefer ASUS over most other brands).
Other Thoughts: On the memory expansion, google has made changes in Kit-Kat (android 4.4) that make memory expansion less useful. Theoretically, you should still be able to install apps on the expansion slot, but your apps can no longer access data that they do not "own". This means if you install a video player, you can't access your videos if they are on an external card. This restriction does not apply to internal memory, so you can continue to play movies from the internal memory with no issues. You can probably imagine all sorts of other limitations you can run into with this in place. At any rate... not an issue with this device, as it doesn't support memory expansion period.
On the USB charging issue... I got around mine by using a wireless charger. The nexus 7 (2013 version only) supports the Qi standard which enables various wireless chargers. If your USB port is flaky and you're out of warranty, I suggest you try one of these and use Wifi to tranfser data rather than USB.
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Date Joined: 10/08/04
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