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Netgear WNR3500L-100NAR Wireless-N Router RangeMax Opensource with USB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. cheapest gigabit WAN/LAN router I could find.
2. install was painless. Upgraded to latest Netgear firmware easily.
3. 55 Mbps in from Comcast, 55 Mbps out to computer -- no real throughput loss. I was losing about 6 Mbps with my old WPN824v3.

Cons: 1. USB transfers are slow. This is a potentially great bonus feature, which seems to be poorly implemented. Copied to it at 6.3 MB/s and from it at 4.8 MB/s. Over 4 times slower than putting the stick in a computer USB port.

Other Thoughts: I have no interest in the 3rd party firmware. I bought this to improve my broadband throughput and to have gigabit WAN/LAN available and that is what I got. The unit I received is a v2, which is what I wanted because of the larger RAM. I have had good luck with Netgear refurbs over the years, so I took that leap of faith again. It is doing what I wanted , so 5 stars.

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HP Deskjet F4280 CB656A Up to 26 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Thermal Inkjet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Both printing and scanning work with both Windows XP and Linux Ubuntu. 2. Has very good output in "Draft" mode. The quality is quite acceptable for most applications and is very fast. 3. Allowed me to save desk space with only one hardware "footprint." 4. Photo printing is fine for a 3 color printer. 5. Copying is quick and easy.

Cons: 1. Lacks a slide or negative adapter (no back lighting in the lid.) 2. HP software is less intuitive than I like. 3. The HP 60 cartridge is fairly new and seems a bit expensive. 4. No individual tanks for colors.

Other Thoughts: For Ubuntu I needed to download and install the latest "hplip" software from the internet. This was not a big problem. Both the Ubuntu and XP installations of Picasa worked very well with scanning. The biggest issue for me will be how long the ink lasts and whether I can successfully refill the cartridges. Overall this seems to be a good basic all-in-one for average home use. I am satisfied.

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LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works very well with Taiyo Yuden TYG03 media. Burns a full dvd video in about 5 minutes 20 seconds, with low error rates. I like the fact that it is not using up a SATA board connection. Unbeatable price!!

Cons: Slightly noisy, but I have had drives that were a lot worse.

Other Thoughts: I just bought a second one of these and also have 2 LH-20A1S drives. I am impressed by the way Lite-On drives function with Taiyo Yuden media. I get excellent results with both TYG02 and TYG03. Be sure that you download the latest firmware. I believe this is especially important for burning TYG03.

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Thomas H.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas H.

Date Joined: 10/02/05

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 04/23/08
  • Last Review: 05/11/13
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