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Pros: Lightweight and very portable, surprisingly comfortable keyboard, fully featured Windows 8.1 and price, price, price.
Cons: Plan to upgrade the hard drive with a Solid State Drive otherwise performance will be very slow. You need to be very tech savvy to bring this laptop up to speed.
Other Thoughts: I would only recommend this laptop to a very specific audience. You need to be tech savvy enough to perform the hard drive upgrade yourself, and also you need to understand networking to troubleshoot the WiFi adapter.
My biggest motivator with getting it was the price. I needed a lightweight and portable laptop that I could bring with me to meetings and that would fit nicely into my designer bag. This laptop set me back under $500. For me, this laptop is really a poor man's version of Lenovo's X1 Carbon ultrabook that is sold for around $1800.
So if you look at this laptop in the context of it's price and what I needed it for, it';s a great deal.
I had a very specific use for this laptop; I got it to run the Microsoft Office suite and besides that there was little else that I was interested in.
To make a laptop this portable at this price point Acer had to cut all sorts of corners. The biggest place where this is really felt it's the touchpad. It's practically unusable, and I haven't found Acer native software to configure it yet.
The other glaringly bad component is the WiFi adapter. I'm a seasoned IT professional, and this thing is among the worst adapters I've seen. After extensive troubleshooting, I still couldn't get it to connect to my home Netgear router, that is until I changed a setting on the Wireless Port Mode to operate at 145Mbps.
The hard drive had to be replaced with a SSD that I had laying around, so once that piece was in Windows 8.1 really started to fly.
This laptop has a laughable "Pentium" CPU, but you know what...it's actually sized just right to support the workloads that I'm running on it.
Overall, this was a good deal compared to shelling out $1800 on the Lenovo, but if I wasn't a technology pro I would never buy it.
This review is from: LEXMARK MS310dn Workgroup Up to 35 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
Pros: Speed, size, cost, duplexing, easy setup.
Cons: I just ordered and set this up for someone's home office. The setup (going through the wizards) took just a few minutes. I connected this printer into a wireless router via an Ethernet cable. The drivers on the computer picked up the printer by the IP address, and I was printing within minutes.
HOWEVER; this being a workgroup grade printer needs to have the ability to configure a static IP address easily. I looked over the documentation and the configuration software and found nothing relating to setting a static IP. Maybe there is an ability to set the IP address manually, but Lexmark don't document it or make it easy. Maybe I missed it, but I am pretty sure that I didn't.
Most (higher end) printers make it easy to assign the IP address right on the printer's built in display. This printer doesn't have a display, just some LED indicators, but there still should be an easy way to configure a static IP address.
The only way I could figure out how to give this thing a static IP is by assigning a DHCP scope of 1 address to a VLAN, and assigning a single network port to that VLAN.
That's kind of a big oversight for a supposed network printer in my book. If the Manufacturer wants to address that issue here that would be great. If you do, please don't tell me to call your support # (I won't), just post the solution to the problem here.
Pros: I have bought three (3) of these babies; one for myself, one for my mom, one for my girlfriend. I put DD-WRT Big on two of the routers, I have kept the default Netgear firmware for myself. I have had ZERO issues with any of the routers in the 7-8 months that I have owned them.
Cons: I can't think of any, considering the price of this unit.
Other Thoughts: This unit is feature packed and reliable. I have a very high technical level when it comes to networking equipment, this router replaced a Cisco 871w ISR device for my home use. The firmware and the hardware have proven to be robust. I love the fact that it doesn't have external antennas, there is nothing for my girl's cat to gnaw on.
The range on the wireless may not be amazing, but you can always add either another device and configure it to "hand off" the receiving device to the router with the strongest signal. For the price, this router can't be beat.
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