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HP Desktop PC 8200 Intel Core i5 3.1GHz 4GB DDR3 160GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium (Microsoft Authorized Refurbish) w/1 year warranty
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The unit was spotless inside. To look at the interior you would think it was a new unit.

Cons: The outside definitely told a different story.

The case was in generally good condition, but there were some substantial scratches of several inches in length, and various dings.

There was an attempt to hide them with a black Sharpie/Magic Marker, but sometimes these markers leave a purple cast, and that's what happened here. So I have a black case with purple lines and dots on it.

I honestly believe the case would have looked better if the defects weren't touched up at all.

Also, when widows 7 was installed by the refurbisher, they used a boot manager, that offers a choice of boot to Windows, or boot to the recovery partition. This adds a delay to the boot process every time the computer boots.

When I upgraded the computer to Windows 10 (Yes, you can do that!), the boot manager remained. The big question in my mind is: What's now on the recovery partition - Win7 or Win10? I'm afraid to find out.

Other Thoughts: In summary, the question is, would I buy this computer again?

No.

In fact, within a few days of receiving this unit. I decided to buy two more identical computers, but I decided to get them on that big auction site that starts with an eB, which, in all fairness can be a crapshoot.

I paid considerably less, the inside condition was comparable, and the outside was considerably better. I did have to deal with installing Windows 7 and activating it with the COA on the case, but it was no big deal. And, I don't have a funky boot manager to contend with!

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Vonnic DVR-C1108SE 8 Channel (2CH x Full D1 +CIF)  H.264 DVR, Real Time Display/ Record, Web/3G/4G Mobile Access  (HDD Sold Separately)
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Crisp Video, Numerous configuration Options, Easy to setup. Can connect a VGA and Composite Monitors directly to it, and (The BIGGEST PRO) - It has an NTP Client! A real bargain for an 8-channel DVR with networking, especially given the price.

Cons: Only one - The internal clock won't stay set to DST. It keeps reverting to Standard time.

Other Thoughts: After owning a Nightowl DVR (also bought from Newegg for about the same money) which couldn't keep accurate time - EVER, I was excited to find a cheap 8 channel DVR that had an NTP client. It works well, and I have it set to retrieve the time from a time server on my network. (It can be set to use any NTP open NTP server.)

The only issue I have is after I programmed it to recognize Eastern Daylight Saving Time, and set the time, it reverts back to EST within a few minutes.

It has a nice provision for configuring the start and end of DST, so it should never be obsolesced by the whims of Congress, like so many other devices. However, it never apparently USES this configuration information, and jumps right back to EST after setup.

However, this is the ONLY negative I can find for the unit, and after my experience with the unit this replaces, I'm happy to give it 5 Stars.

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EDIMAX BR-6258n IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless Nano Size Multi-purpose Travel Router/ Range Extender/ Universal Adapter, Small Size Easy To Carry, iQ-Setup for Hassel Free Installation, and Power Fed by PC/Laptop USB port Supported
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Perfect for travel. Unbelievably small. And....... They Work! Great deal at 20 bucks - I bought two!

Cons: A little tricky to get going initially. But don't give up - they DO work as advertised.

The "instruction Manual" is about useless. Lots of description, very little how-to. And a lot of the information is apparently for an older firmware version.

Other Thoughts: I'm not a big fan of unprotected buttons on the side like this unit has. So I dug through my junk box and found an appropriate-sized stainless steel washer that I placed over the button, and held it in place with 3M mounting tape. No more worrying about inadvertent resets!

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Display Name: Gary S.

Date Joined: 10/19/07

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 08/06/11
  • Last Review: 11/09/15
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