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This review is from: Zebra ZT22043-T01200FZ ZT220 Industrial Label Printer
Pros: Simple printer with handy web page access to just about all settings. Appears to be running the job we use it for very smoothly.
Cons: We use 3M matte silver 2-up labels. There is 3M brand information on the opposite side of the backing as the labels. When i received the printer, it absolutely would not calibrate with the labels. The stock worked just fine with recently purchased ZT410s, and I was surprised. First call to tech support - got a guy who repeatedly swore while on the phone with me when I asked him to clarify his descriptions of what I should do and when I described what I was seeing so that he might understand why I had trouble following his instructions and get it worked out. He never modified his instructions at all - when I asked things like 'do you mean (x) thing I'm looking at?" or "When you say 'front' do you mean (x)?", he was very audibly frustrated and swore. He gave me incredibly bad instructions about positioning the paper sensor - he had me position it in the exact middle of the 2-up stock, meaning that it would always be aimed directly at gaps - the labels would never cross it. Well, he determined that the printer wouldn't work with the labels and that I should order 'black mark' stock. Considering I had about $100 in stock left, and I didn't even know if 3M produced this stock in black mark backing, I was quite unhappy. After a day I called again. I figured maybe the call was an outlier and just wanted the printer to do what I bought it for. I did get a guy who was much better than the first one, and he stuck with me patiently. He was about to give up and give me the same answer as the first guy, albeit much more politely, when I asked about sensor settings. After about 45 minutes overall, he suggested changing the media sensor setting from 'reflective' (supposed to work with pretty much everything) to 'transmissive.' Worked like a charm right away.
Other Thoughts: Runs very nicely once you've got the settings squared away. Don't count on too much help from the documentation or FAQ web site, if you need either, and good luck if you decide to speak with tech support. In my case there was a simple sensor setting that made it work perfectly. It only took me about an hour and a half on the phone, getting repeatedly swore at by one truly awful (not at all technical)-support rep, and a long call with a second, decent one, to get it working.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've got one of these with a Richland processor set up with a rather expensive CAD video card and 16 Gigs of RAM. It's run superbly for the user. If I had the money I'd obviously take the Xeon workstation route, but it's not being used to design extremely sophisticated product, and I've been very impressed.
As a side note, I've got about 15 A88XM-A boards, which are almost identical, running throughout the office. Not a single failure, device incompatibility issue, etc. No DOAs. Also, it's incredibly easy to update the BIOS. Very pleased.
Cons: Can't really think of any.
Other Thoughts: I'd highly recommend this board for someone who is looking for a moderate-performance system. Do your research, pick good RAM and update the BIOS at your very first power-on.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 Product Key Card - 1 PC
Pros: It's still the flagship office productivity suite on the market. It does what it's done for years. That's about it.
Cons: The ALL CAPS tab titles? Yikes.
You have to work really hard to eliminate the 'sky drive' option, which is incredibly stupid in a business environment. It all but pleads with users to upload their documents! Also, the Save screen has to be tweaked (and it takes some doing) or else the save process is 2 steps just to get to a list of folders.
Virtually no visual enhancement choices for the UI - basically white or light grey.
Other Thoughts: Better than its open source counterparts in terms of functionality. However, it doesn't feel 'professional' anymore. It hits you with unwanted 'features' like SkyDrive, then makes it rather difficult (it takes Group Policy settings) to fully get rid of it. Definitely another step toward the 'let's call our programs 'apps' and make them cool!' nonsense.READ FULL REVIEW