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iView SupraPad i700QW Intel Atom 1GB Memory 16GB 7.0
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Update to my review: this is now on sale for an insanely low price of 50 bucks, at that price it's worth getting for many people despite its limitations. 12/17/2014

This review is from: iView SupraPad i700QW Intel Atom 1GB Memory 16GB 7.0" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8.1

Pros: I already wrote and extensive review so I'll make this brief. At this time this is on sale for 50 bucks. It had a ridiculously low price before, which is why I gave it 3 stars despite the insufficient storage and underpowered processor, but at the insanely low price of 50, for many people, it's worth buying. Just understand the limitations. You will be confined largely to web surfing, checking email, and watching streaming video on sites like YouTube and you'll have trouble running the full version of Office which is included for free. You also won't be able to install anything else because there isn't any room. However, you can be very pleased knowing you got a Windows tablet for practically nothing.

Cons: All the cons remain the same, however the insanely low price makes them far less relevant for many looking for a budget Windows tablet since this is practically free at this point. Just be mindful that once you install your Windows 8.1 updates you won't have any room left on the 16GB drive for any other programs, or apps, or anything else for than matter, since whatever tiny bit of space remains will be needed for cache. Further, while there is a Micro SD Card Reader it won't take anything larger than a 32 GB card and you can't install any programs on the card. Likewise, while it's amazing that you get the full version off Office, it's very difficult, and in some case impossible, to run effectively because of the small drive and the processor which was designed for energy efficiency, not power. Something not mentioned in my previous review is the battery life; you get only a few hours despite the fact that the The Intel Atom Z3735G has an SDP of only 2.2 W. Still, at this price of 50, I would say seriously consider going for it if you just want to try out a Windows tablet. If you go in with your eyes open and understand all the limitations it's hard to imagine anyone being truly disappointed.

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Canon LBP6200d Monochrome Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Nice. Small. Fast. Crazy Cheap. Toner is very expensive and Apple drivers hard to locate, but I found them. 12/09/2014

This review is from: Canon LBP6200d Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: The price is so low it's almost too good to be true. This was less than 40 bucks with free shipping at the time of purchase (still is at this time) and I could have gotten it for only 10 bucks if I had bundled with another 110 bucks worth of stuff at the time of purchase. It's a very fast, very compact, duplex monochrome laser printer. The output is better than acceptable; actually it's quite good. Why only 4 stars? The price of replacement cartridges are about 2x that of toner for other printers. Drivers are also a real pain. I've detailed how to get Apple drivers below.

Cons: There's always a catch when a good printer is this cheap since Canon has to be losing money on the initial sale. Try to buy a replacement cartridge and you'll see where Canon makes the money on this. Original Canon toner (Canon 126) is roughly twice what I pay for my Brother and HP laser printer toner cartridges. You can try to use 3rd party toner, but I've found that rarely works for me. Your mileage may vary. The other issue is the drivers. Can be a bit of a pain to install for Windows, but is a real pain to locate for Mac OS X or Linux. There are no Apple drivers on any sites for North America. I located the Apple drivers in Australia and the U.K. Can't place links here, but U.K is easier to navigate. Go to Canon U.K., select Support, then select Consumer Products. You'll see a whole list of cameras, printer, etc., Select i-SENSYS. You'll find i-SENSYS LBP6200d listed there. Just select a version of OS X and you'll get the CAPT Printer Driver. At this time it's Ver.3.67 and it supports Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9/10.10.

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iView SupraPad i700QW Intel Atom 1GB Memory 16GB 7.0
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs It's a dirt cheap Windows tablet with Office, but it has so little storage and is so underpowered it is unable to run Windows effectively, let alone Windows programs 12/01/2014

This review is from: iView SupraPad i700QW Intel Atom 1GB Memory 16GB 7.0" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8.1

Pros: There are a few pros. Price is the primary one worth mentioning. This is a bargain basement Windows tablet. It cost less than just about any brand name Android tablet you can find. It's scandalously cheap for a Windows 8.1 tablet with a year of Office included; so the software package is great. The problem isn't that the screen and build quality are poor. That's to be expected on a tablet that is this inexpensive. A real problem is the lack of storage. 16GB isn't nearly enough room for Windows 8.1, Office, a restore partition, and a few small additional applications, especially if you intend to install updates; 32GB is the bare minimum required. Removing the restore partition won't solve this issue. Equally problematic is the massively underpowered processor. It was designed by Intel to run Android, not Windows. Again, the effort to make a Windows tablet this cheap is commendable, but it is self defeating if it is unable to run Windows and Windows applications.

Cons: This is a bargain basement Windows tablet and, unfortunately, it shows. The manufacturer deserves credit for coming in at this ridiculously low price point, but the simple fact is that 16GB is barely enough storage space for Windows 8.1. Giving you Office for 1 year is nice as well, but it is basically unusable on this 16GB 7.0" 1024 x 600 tablet. Putting aside the poor screen, flimsy build, and insufficient storage for Windows 8.1, Office, and updates (after installing all the updates you have no space left for any other applications and have to use the Micro SD Card Reader for data storage, but you can't install programs on the card and the tablet won't take anything larger than a 32 GB card). This particular Intel processor was never intended to run Windows, and it really can't. The Intel Atom Z3735G is a power-efficient quad-core SoC for tablets and was made for Android systems. While it's clocked at 1.33 - 1.83 GHz it's a specially optimized 22nm low-power design meant to optimize energy efficiency not processing power (SDP of only 2.2 W). It is only 32-bit and has only a single-channel DDR3L-RS-1333 memory controller with a maximum of 1 GB of memory.

Yes, there are 4 CPU cores and for basic tasks such as Internet the performance is adequate. However, why get a Windows tablet if you will only be using the Internet but can't run Windows programs? To put it in perspective this processor compares to ARM SoCs for Android systems, and even then it only can compete with mid-range ARM SoCs. Further, while the graphics support DirectX 11, it only has 4 EUs (Execution Units) and a very low clock speed (max of 646 MHz). Only older and less demanding games, such as simple Android titles, are usable on it while running Android, so forget about running Windows 8.1 and even the most basic games. Yes, it can handle basic video acceleration on YouTube, but again, why buy a Windows tablet for that?

Yes, there are 4 CPU cores and for basic tasks such as Internet the performance is adequate. However, why get a Windows tablet if you will only be using the Internet but can't run Windows programs? To put it in perspective this processor compares to ARM SoCs for Android systems, and even then it only can compete with a mid-range ARM SoCs. Further, while the graphics support DirectX 11, it only has 4 EUs (Execution Units) and a very low clock speed (max of 646 MHz). Only older and less demanding games such as simple Android titles can run on it while running Android, so forget about running Windows 8.1 and even the most basic games. Yes, it can handle basic video acceleration on YouTube, but again, why buy a Windows tablet for that?

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