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SAMSUNG Xpress C410W SL-C410W/XAA Color Printer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Too expensive to operate 01/15/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG Xpress C410W SL-C410W/XAA Color Printer

Pros: Able to use with all my PCs (Windows, OS X and Linux).

Reasonable quality color output.

Cons: Color print speed.

Cost of toner.

Other Thoughts: The combination of high cost and low capacity makes even one toner refill more expensive than buying the printer.

This is a typical razor/razor blade marketing gimmick. I expected the starter toner that came with the printer to run out quickly. Even though I knew they were only rated for 1,000 pages, I didn't realize how fast even the full size toner cartridges would be used up.

I'm looking for another printer - even if it's more expensive to purchase - with a more reasonable cost per page for consumables.

SANS DIGITAL MobileSTOR MS2UTN+B Big (Spanning), Safe (RAID1), Fast (RAID 0), JBOD, SAFE33, & SAFE50, GUI mode allow customized RAID volume setting. 2 x Hot-Swappable 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive enclosure that works well for RAID 1 redundant storage.

eSATA interface allows for higher transfer speeds than USB 2.0

Cons: The actual SMART data of the drives is masked from the host, while the enclosure provides non-standard SMART data (unknown attributes) with "failing" values.

This causes Linux to flag the drive as "being used outside design parameters" even though there is no problem. The only way to stop this is to disable SMART monitoring of the RAID.

As a result, no software monitoring is possible, and you have to rely solely on the "Alert" LED on the enclosure to know if anything is wrong.

Worse yet, it isn't clear from the poor documentation if this LED indicates only RAID errors or if it will also alert for drive SMART errors.

Additionally, attempts to use this enclosure for RAID 0's performance boost fail. Instead of almost doubling throughput, it ends up a bit less than the performance of one drive alone.

Add to this fan that is loud even in its low speed. So you aren't likely to have this sitting on your desk, making it unlikely that you'll see the "Alert" LED if it does illu

Other Thoughts: Despite all of the shortcomings of this enclosure, this enclosure is one of the less expensive ways to set up redundant storage.

However, if you can afford the extra cost, I would recommend looking into a "smart" NAS enclosure instead.

SAMSUNG P2770FH ToC Rose Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Large size, 1080p resolution, fast response time, choice of HDMI, DVI-D, DVI-A (comes with cable to allow interfacing with standard VGA port) interfaces, includes DVI-D and DVI-A to VGA cords, many configuration options including presets for typical uses. Includes both standard and digital audio out. Allows multiple virtual screens on monitor if using Windows. No bad pixels.

Cons: Stand supports tilt, but very stiff. Software utilities not supported on Linux.
Touch controls hard to use if your fingers are very dry (as is typical in winter).

Other Thoughts: Monitor does tilt, it's just very stiff and easy to overlook.
To avoid delayed transition to sleep mode, set input selection from auto to manual.
OSD timeout is adjustable.
Make sure to set mode to PC (vs AV) for clearest display.
Screen is almost too big. When sitting at usual distance, can't see full width at once. Can't just maximize windows to full screen size, because they are too big. (This isn't a problem, just a change in my use behavior needed for any large screen.)


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Display Name: Simcha L.

Date Joined: 12/14/06

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 09/15/08
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
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