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Brother MFC-8510DN Wireless Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Better than HP Equivalents 01/15/2014

This review is from: Brother MFC-8510DN Wireless Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer

Pros: .
-reliable ADF
-robust paper handling
-relatively inexpensive toner
-cheaper than HP

Cons:
-menus are less intuitive than HP
-seems to have some trouble communicating with Cisco sg100d-08 switches
-default mode is Fax, which seems to throw some people off

Other Thoughts: Went through two HP LaserJet Pro 400 MFPs in 18 months. The paper sensors on the HPs stick, making them useless for scanning multi-page documents, which is the second most used feature for us. The Brothers are not quite as refined, but they seem to be mechanically superior.

Initially I tested this on a bench setup that has a Cisco sg100d-08 switch. I was getting constant network connection problems when trying to scan to PC or to configure via the web interface. Tried an older generic switch (which was chained through the Cisco) and it worked fine. When deployed it was given a port on an HP Procurve, which it seems to be quite happy with.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs This has been a great board 12/18/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

Pros: .
-not very expensive
-adequate features
-zero problems after a year of use

Cons:
-bios is a little clunky.
-I don't like the cheapo Nuvoton/Matrox video chip. I would prefer Intel for this.

Other Thoughts: I'm about to buy a second one for another location.

Do yourself a favor and ditch the stock Intel E3 series cooler. Those clamps are junk. You will sleep better if you replace it with a bolt-down solution (at least I did).

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Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Acceptable for the price 12/12/2013

This review is from: Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: -decent appearance
-low price
-small overall size
-lights are not garishly bright

Cons:
-metal is too thin:
Motherboard mount plate needs to be thicker, or to have threaded inserts embedded in it. As is, when attaching the brass standoffs, the difference between snug and stripped is about 1/8 of a turn. These threads are very easy to strip. When attaching the power supply, it needs to be snugly in place before tightening screws. If you tighten them with a gap in between, instead of pulling the power supply to the case, the case bends to meet the power supply.

-many sharp edges:
Not all of the edges are folded. Three places where I have cut myself on this case are 1) the tab that hangs down for the offset power supply screw, 2) the edge of the hole where the back plate snaps in, 3) the tabs that support your drives in the drive bay area.

-practically no airflow through front:
Front fan is nearly pointless. The only opening for it is a small slot on the bottom that is flush with the bottom of the case. The foam feet only give the air hole about 3mm of clearance. Placing the system on carpet will completely nullify the air hole. If you block the holes in the side panel, this case gets quite warm.

Other Thoughts: I built 24 systems using this case. I managed to cut myself 4 times in the process (all within the first 5 builds). I wouldn't object to buying more of these, but I don't know if I would really recommend it to anyone personally.

If I were going to make changes to this case, I would put a vent in the front for the front fan and make the case about 1/2 inch longer to create more clearance between the front edge of the motherboard and the drive cage. The space is very limited, and just getting a standard sized MicroATX motherboard in there can be tricky.

Some suggestions from my experience with this case:
1) Install the power supply first. Install drives last.

2) Before installing the motherboard into the case:
-install the CPU, heat sink, and RAM
-plug in the motherboard and CPU power connectors
-plug in anything that needs to be plugged in near the front edge of your motherboard (like the front fan), because the drive cage makes it very inconvenient to do so after the board is installed.

3)There is no need to remove the front bezel. Leave it alone (its connectors are fragile). Push out the drive covers from inside the case (but be careful, many sharp things in there). If you need to remove the metal cutouts, twist those out from inside the case as well.

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John R.'s Profile

Display Name: John R.

Date Joined: 01/28/10

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 02/10/11
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
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