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DELL Laptop Inspiron M531R AMD A8-Series A8-5545M (1.70 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8510G 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Bought one of these from newegg and one elsewhere. The newegg unit was a good price, very classy rig, with a pretty finish and a nice brushed aluminum feel, and with all the bennies of an AMD A-8 / A10.

The unit from newegg was brand new.

Came with windows 8.1 COA in the bios (that's how Windows 8+ is done these days, sticky COA is only for reinstalls or upgrades of OEM or retail for the time being), which was nice.

Cons: Came with some typical high level manufacturer fluff and required a reinstall and tweaking for the users in question.

Other Thoughts: Be VERY careful who it is you're buying these from. Seen them at a certain store reminiscent starts with a W ends with a T, and discovered theirs, for almost the same price was a REFURB/Recondition... Only says so on their website, not in store. Was actually out of stuck, but dirty that other people sell refurbs/reconditions for 20 bucks cheaper than the price of the newegg new one... and don't tell you theirs are refurbs.

**** The one from newegg was new. ****
Careful where you shop. Newegg did well on this one! I'd give'em six eggs.

G.SKILL TridentX Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-8GTX
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've run these as my performance enhancer on an A10 setup of my own design (put it like this, the A10 is a fantastic chip with the right accompanying hardware.)

Price was high (my company's a Crucial reseller, but we couldn't get anything from them in red, and the system in question was themed black and red) at the time I was looking, Newegg was the only one with this speed memory in stock and ready to ship for a gaming system in black and red...

Cons: Expensive. At the time.

Other Thoughts: Couldn't get our friends from Taiwan to resell this to us directly in larger quantities.

HP Color LaserJet CM6040F MFC / All-In-One Up to 40 ppm 1200 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Color Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: First off. There are two versions of this. One with 90 days support from HP, rest from seller or none at all (hence the price variations.)

Another comes with a 1 year warranty from HP. That's usually your 8000.00 and higher pricing.

The laser printing quality of this unit is splendid! I mean downright breathtaking on the right paper. We print our own brochures in house, same with marketing materials. There is little difference between ours and those we order from most print shops when printed at full res.

Cons: Drivers offer too few options.

One of our printers came in with scratched fuser roller which resulted in glossy laser specific heavy and extra heavy paper (brochure, cardstock, etc) ending up a crinkled accordeon mess above the fuser rollers. (Printed regular 20/24 pound all the way up to non glossy card stock just fine, by the way.)

HP sent us what appeared to be a remanned fuser core (fuser fixing kit) overnight (to their credit) and it continued to crinkle our fancy brochure paper. We ordered a new kit from Newegg, also overnight (on us) and ended up with one that also appears resurfaced or non uniformly surfaced to begin with (but done right without scratches just uneven sheen on the outside roller... looks like a gradient image was wrapped around the roller when you spin it.)

This one has occasionally crinkled paper, but has done a far better job once its running.

I knocked off an egg for having the screwy stuff and for taking so long to get a good fuser and ordering one myself. That said, the second reship from HP is here, but I haven't had a chance to unpack it and check it. The service rep assured me this one would be checked before being shipped to make sure no scratches on the rollers.

(I suggested then and will suggest again that the rollers should be packed with a spacer of some sort of foam, nonreactive with the roller surfaces to prevent them from scuffing each other while being handled or bouncing around in the back of a truck. It doesn't take much of a hit to scuff or scratch these and the crinkles and softspots on missprints on paper match the location of the scratches on the rollers.)

Other Thoughts: Drivers lack margin setting options (they are greyed out.)

We've checked options and permissions and nothing comes available. We'll keep diagnosing. Printer has slightly offset margins, about 1/16th, which isn't a big deal unless you print all the way to your edges and leave no bleed margin. There are ways around this, but keep that in mind. Printer aligns a little bit off. Presumably a simple manufacturing flaw.

Toner is somewhat expensive, but to put it into perspective, a black cartridge costs about 400 bucks retail, prints 21000 pages at 5% coverage (typical text coverage.) By comparison a brother 2270DW with a TN450 high cap (seen them for 60 on sale in many places) will print far less spectacular text for about 2400 pages or thereabouts (with Toner Save on, with it off, you get about 2100 pages.) Here's the rub. the 2270 DW which is a nice work group printer, is a bit slower, and jams a lot, especially once you start feeding it a lot of fancy papers. This HP, while not even remotely in the same class, prints slightly cheaper (even at the full 500 some for a toner cart) and it prints fast and color.

It also has a large flat bed and sheet feed scanner / fax module, stores units, may or may not have a built in hard disk (mine do) and anywhere from half a gig to a full gig of memory.


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