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Pros: It works with Ubuntu 14.04. Even better, it works with smartmontools. (Use
smartctl -d sat ...
smartctl -d sat,12 ...
). It also works with Inateck Superspeed 7 Ports PCI-E to USB 3.0 Expansion Card. And it's not much more money than several similar products that don't work at all with Linux, and/or don't work with smartmontools, and/or don't work reliably, and/or don't work longer than a few minutes.
Cons: I wish I could buy these more cheaply without the power supplies, screwdrivers, and USB 3 cables. I'd probably buy a couple dozen of them.READ FULL REVIEW
Cons: Never worked, and neither did the "meticulously inspected" reconditioned unit that HP sent to replace it under warranty. The first, brand-new unit only showed Arabic language (I think) on the screen, and it could not be reset (this I learned in the course of a 3-hour effort, including a 1-hour chat with HP support). The replacement unit would only print blue ink. In the course of trying to fix that (including several calls, totalling 5 hours, to HP support), the paper tray decided it didn't want to go back into the unit. Final call to HP: "Take this junk. I want my money back." Their answer, "You'll hear from us in 48 hours."
Other Thoughts: I feel sorry for HP employees. It's sad to see yet another iconic American company failing. It's also insulting to listen to a "telephone hold" message that repeats endlessly, each time saying that the reconditioned units that it sends out to people who have defective products have been "meticulously inspected", and that "We value your time." That last one really gets you after you've been holding for 30 minutes and have to give up your place in line because you have other things you must do.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ViewSonic PRO8200 1920x1080 FHD 2000 ANSI Lumens, 16:9 Widescreen Aspect Ratio, Dual HDMI / Dual VGA, Two 10-watt Speakers, 1.5x Optical Zoom, PIP/POP Option, Home Theater DLP Projector
Pros: Specs look good, price is competitive.
Cons: Did not work with a 50-foot DVI cable with HDMI adapter at the projector end; DVI signal came from a known-good almost-new NVIDIA card in a known-good computer. Our Samsung TV worked fine using exactly the same arrangement, both before and after trying unsuccessfully to run the projector. There was one split second where a poor and defective representation of the screen appeared, but that was all. The problem was not a bad HDMI socket on the projector; I tried both HDMI jacks. All we saw was the Viewsonic logo. I have nothing good or bad to report about the image; I didn't have an image to look at, really.
Other Thoughts: The projected image wasn't very bright nor very crisp. We had an old Dell 1609WX that was much brighter.
The projected image wasn't very large. This projector wants a long throw, even at maximum zoom. (I know this because of the Viewsonic logo screen I was able to project. Which was not at all crisp. The logo image could not be made well-defined; it appeared kind of out-of-focus, really, although the distance to the screen was twelve feet, well-within the specified throw range, and although I made every effort to focus it better.)