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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler  6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Included fans are quiet and the blue LEDs are bright enough to look nice but not so much that they light up the entire room. I need to stress that the fans are very quiet. Compared to the Cooler Master EVO that I've been using, I noticed about a 5C drop in idle temperatures and 3C average on full load. System specs in Other thoughts below.

Currently, with the ambient house temperature at 23.5C the processor hovers around 33-35C average at idle and right at 40C under full, sustained CPU load.

This unit is noticeably more quiet than the Evo it replaced.

The cooler and backplate was relatively easy to install for someone like myself. If you have any previous experience in aftermarket heatsinks this one is pretty straightforward aside from a few little things like the rubber grommets that hold the bolts on the backplate.

The whole setup holds the substantial heatsink to the board and I'm not at all concerned about the mounting. Overall, the bracket seems substantial enough for holding the heatsink in place.

Cons: The instruction booklet isn't really that useful and I feel that it might be a bit confusing for someone if they are in a position where they would need to use the instructions.

The backplate was too large for the CPU cutout in my case so the motherboard had to be completely removed for installation.

My biggest gripe is that the fan in the middle of the heatsink has to be removed for installation on the board. That's not so much the problem itself. However, when removing the fan, all of the small rubber grommets fell off of the fan, which was slightly annoying. The biggest problem in this is that my heatsink had to be slightly pried apart to remove the fan from the "sandwich." This presented a very difficult removal process as I only have two hands to work with.

The brackets for mounting the fan seem a little small and flimsy at first but they get the job done and I can't really complain past saying they look like small, bent paperclips.

The heatsink is very very large and heavy. Not surprising given the level of cooling it provides but it was pretty bulky.

Other Thoughts: This heatsink replaced a Cooler Master Evo heatsink.

The system it went into was a AMD Phenom x4 955 BE overclocked to 3.9Ghz.

I will say that, overall, I'm very impressed with the cooling.

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HP 8620 Up to 21 ppm (ISO) Up to 34 ppm (Draft) Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality HP Thermal Inkjet MFP Color Printer
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First and foremost, it's pretty quick for an inkjet. I'll start by saying that it does exactly what I ask it to do. Which is print, and print well. I've timed the print speed and it is realistic to the posted numbers for the most part. Therefore, I'm pleased.

The ePrint feature is nifty and I suppose would be handy for some people. Printing from my Android tablet and phone wasn't the quickest but it got the job done.

Something pretty neat is the ability to print all the way to the edge of a page for pictures and the like.

I also like the Eco feature that allows you to dim screen brightness and adjust sleep/standby times for the printer. It also has an option for forcing duplex which some will find handy.

Scanning is good quality and works seamlessly over the network. Scanner is quick to come on and start reading pages. No waiting around like some units seem to require. Along with scanning, I tried the copy function. It's definitely faster than most pedestrian all-in-ones that I've used and the copies are usually quite good (a little about this in the cons).

Touchscreen is a little gimmicky but it did make it easier to perform first time setup without having to load a full software suite on a computer etc etc.

I like that I can just connect to this printer on my network, Windows snags the basic driver automatically and it just works. Other than a few options for scanning and things of that nature, I don't really even have to use HPs software (which I'm very happy about).

Faxing is pretty much unchanged from any other all-in-one you will see. It dials, it sends/receives, and it prints. Nothing to see there folks, move along.

Automatic duplexing is quite nice and I've never had this on my own home printer before. Without this feature, it's kind of a pain to do.

One of the biggest pluses I found about this printer is that the cartridges are reasonably priced. I believe standard retail per is about 22 bones (not to terrible if you ask me). Also, I will add that, since they are separate, you waste a lot less color ink (I understand that this is a pretty common feature these days but not ubiquitous and, therefore worth noting.

I'd also like to note that I'm very pleased that hp included a small light inside the printer that comes on when you open it up for clearing jams or changing cartridges. Really quite handy.

I appreciate that the power supply is included within the machine so you just have a fairly generic power cord (easy to replace if you have a frisky pet who just loves cables!)

If you need a printer for a home office or small business, this will do the job I'd say.

Cons: Alright, it needs to be said up front. This printer isn't quiet. Actually, for a printer it's very noisy. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect a printer to be silent but this thing clunks and rattles around a whole bunch.

Touch screen is waaay too sensitive without a way to adjust it. If my cat walks by this thing on the table it will wake up and sometimes attempt to perform functions like scanning and things. Very very convenient when in the middle of the night this thing clatters to life because the cat breathed on it.

The print quality isn't stellar. Even in ISO mode, it's not going to win any awards. I know it isn't a photo printer but it also isn't cheap. But hey, if the main goal is cranking out spreadsheets and maybe some charts then it will do it and you won't notice any quality issues.

I just can't push myself to get excited about apps on a printer. Seems like a useless feature. If I wanted a copy of Forbes printed on my desk every morning I'd just put in a subscription or read it on my kindle and save a tree.

Duplexing could be quicker but isn't unbearable. You mileage may vary, but the printer I received pauses between each page turn before printing on the other side. This slows down the print times pretty significantly (I'd say almost halfs the 34ppm). Can't be too picky though, I'll burn an extra couple seconds in my day to save paper.

This unit isn't very small and the duplexer takes up a lot of space pushing this printer about 3-4 inches away from the wall. This leaves the finished print tray hanging out over the void....sort of inconvenient if you are accident prone like myself.

The auto document feeder, while seemingly pulling in pages straight, sometimes copies one quite crookedly. Not sure why, and I can't seem to resolve this issue even by carefully stacking the pages and babysitting it. Not sure if this is a unit issue or a more widespread occurrence.

Piano black finish only ever looks good for about 10 seconds from removing the plastic wrap.

Some parts of this printer are kind of flimsy and I'm very concerned about durability of the removable paper tray in the future.

Other Thoughts: I still don't like the amount of bloatware HP attempts to force you to install. I also don't like the how annoying the software can be about trying to get you to buy toner from them and what not.

The printer is bulky and sort of awkward to carry. It isn't heavy but larger than I thought it would be when looking online.

There is a bit of a delay when printing more than about 20 pages over WiFi. It will pause, print 20 or so more pages and then pause etc etc. I recommend Ethernet which is much more smooth and causes less delays.

If you plan on using this as a USB printer be advised that there isn't a cable included. Make sure you have one or pick one up.. It does come with a phone cable for fax though......so there's that.

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EnGenius ENS200EXT High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor AP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works, but isn't perfect. 06/22/2014

This review is from: EnGenius ENS200EXT High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor AP

Pros: Fairly easy to setup overall. I was able to get the AP up and on the network in less than 20 minutes. If you need, this AP will provide DHCP, but as default it comes disabled, which is what I wanted. It also allows for VLAN tagging and the like. IP settings on this device are pretty standard and allow for either static assignment or obtaining with DHCP. Defualt is a static IP at 192.168.1.1. This unit also supports Spanning Tree. I was pretty impressed with the amount of options available.

Wireless Network options on here are pretty nice as it allows for up to four profiles for different wireless networks. operation is a pretty standard 2.4GHz b/g/n although you can choose them separately. Another handy feature is the ability to boost transmit power on the unit to 30 dBm which I haven't seen too often as the regulatory amount is 18. While I’ve never found a time that I thought wireless schedules were necessary, I can see why it is included.

Range is quite good and I was able to pick up a strong signal with the AP affixed to the back of my house standing 100 yards away in front of my house. Basically, signal strength is really good as long as there aren't any obstructions.

Client bridge mode also works well but again we are talking line of sight with the exception of very few obstacles.

Product so far is tough. This is mounted under the eves of my house on the back. Even though I made an effort to shade it from the weather there are times when it gets hit by water and some direct sunlight. Over the past two weeks of testing, I haven’t seen a time when it failed or overheated due to the sun. Also, I got lucky and was able to test the water resistance because of some wicked rainstorms that blew through here. The AP stayed up even though it was really wet. I suppose the weatherproof design helps quite a lot. Personally, I like the all white design because it blends in on the house (white siding). There’s a very substantial cover that keeps the Ethernet ports high and dry. I’m not super confident that the outer shell is going to resist sun fading and the like long term but we will see.

Kind of nice to have full WiFi strength in my backyard when grilling and mowing.

Cons: I can’t stand the proprietary PoE injector. I have a PoE switch in my house and this came as some annoyance that I couldn’t just wire it up. While the injector is small and not that big of a deal, it still made me have to rethink how to work in running a line outside for the AP. Overall, this is what removed one egg for me. I even attempted to let it use the PoE from the switch in my house to no avail. So, just for the record, that’s a little extra clutter that you will have to deal with.

The web interface is a little clunky. Every time I made a change I would have to remember to select the reboot option before changing something else. It wouldn’t let me just make all of my config changes and then save/reboot. This was not fixed when I upgraded the firmware (even though I hoped it would).

The reception takes a little tweaking. If you boost the signal too high then you won’t get any signal when you are close to the AP. I experienced a drop in signal within 10 feet of the device when I had the signal strength boosted very high. Lowering this just enough to maintain strong signal to the edge of my yard eliminated the issue for the most part.

While I understand that this is an outside device, I decided to also test it inside while I was setting it up initially. It may go without saying, but don’t bother. Anything between your device and the AP will cause signal issues. even something as simple as a desk or one drywall wall. In short, distance is great, penetration is terrible.

Speeds on this device are just ok. It’s not the fastest thing in the world and the 10/100 port isn’t doing it any favors. 50mbps is a pretty good bet most of the time on this unit.

Other Thoughts: Four modes are available for this device: AP, Client Bridge, WDS, and Client router. Testing on the AP and Client Bridge modes was what I primarily performed. Both of those worked quite well.

Product is really only for use outside and it shows.

With respect to aesthetics, it’s pretty utilitarian and I would expect anything else.

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