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Paul G.

Paul G.

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Most Favorable Review

No problems after 11 months

SAMSUNG ML Series ML-2851ND Workgroup Up to 30 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
SAMSUNG ML Series ML-2851ND Workgroup Up to 30 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: This is the first laser printer I've personally owned, although I've used a number of desktop laser printers over the last 15 years. This is the first one I've used that does duplexing, and I've been very pleased with it. The print quality is very good, and the speed is reasonably fast for a unit this size. It doesn't take up much more desk space than a ream of paper. I don't print anywhere near the stated monthly duty cycle, but it has not had a problem other than running through the included toner cartridge a little more quickly than I thought it would. The Web-based management tools work fine, and allow control over all of the settings. I have this connected to my home network via ethernet. I recently rebuilt an XP Pro PC, and it recognized that the printer was available on the network before I had a chance to think about it. I haven't had a single problem printing over the network.

Cons: If the printer isn't turned on before the PCs on the network, they may not find it. I can't remember which OS had this problem (I have three on my network), but it was a little frustrating the first time I experienced it. Haven't had any other problems with this printer.

Overall Review: Some earlier reviews mentioned that this printer curls the paper. I have noticed a little bit of that, but it doesn't turn the pages into unusable scrolls. Lay the prints on a table for a while and the curl disappears. I like this printer enough that I tried to have one ordered for me at work (didn't have a printer when I started), but the company has a policy of ordering only one brand of printer to minimize support issues, and Samsung isn't it. IT agreed this looks like a good printer, it just isn't the approved brand.

Most Critical Review

Good for SATA, not great for RAID

VANTEC 6-Port SATA II 150 PCI Host Card Model UGT-ST310R
VANTEC 6-Port SATA II 150 PCI Host Card Model UGT-ST310R

Pros: I used this card to add SATA ports to a refurbished older PC I bought to use as a backup server. It wasn't exactly intuitive, but it is working. I don't yet have any benchmarks on speed, but I'm not looking for much. This is a simple backup server. I was able to set up a cheap (albeit slow and simple) backup server with WinXP Pro and 4 1TB SATA hard drives for about the same price that Newegg has charged for an Atom driven Acer with a single 1 TB hard drive. I spent a bit more to get a case that had room for the drives, and a new 500 Watt power supply. It's no screamer, but it does what I want at a price that I'm happy with.

Cons: I could never get the RAID provided by this card to work. I went through the setup several times, and every time it ran into a problem and failed to complete the RAID setup. I set up the drives as pass-through, and they are available to the PC now. I was able to stripe the drives via WinXP's Drive Management - right-click My Computer, click on Manage, click on Disk Management. XP doesn't let you Mirror or RAID 5, but I found some fixes for that involving HEX editing a few files. One site even had the edited files available for download. As this is a backup server I'm not going to go through that process at this point. If you're interested in this route, search for Windows XP RAID, and you'll find several sites that talk about it.

Overall Review: This is definitely not a card for serious RAID. I don't have the patience to work through the issues involved, and the Vantec web site is nearly useless. Their knowledge base didn't have a single article on this card. I bought this at a local brick-and-mortar store, and given the same situation I would purchase this from Newegg. I would just keep in mind that this is great for adding SATA ports to an aging PC, but for RAID, not so much.

Best mouse I've ever owned

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Very smooth operation. It just works. I owned this mouse, and used it almost daily for productivity and gaming, for almost 8 years before the scroll wheel gave out. I'm now using another one I had bought for my kids' PC, because I like it but my son prefers a wireless gaming mouse he bought. The Mx518 is rock solid, and it doesn't feel cheap. A lot of mice I've used feel lightweight and cheaply made. The Mx518 has enough weight to feel well-built without being too heavy for long-term use. The programmable buttons have been useful at times, although I admit I haven't made as much use of them as I thought I would. Unlike a lot of hardware built during the WinXP era, this mouse has not had a hiccup under Windows 10.

Cons: My only complaint is that this one failed after 8 years. That's not really much of a complaint, and 8 years is pretty good. Everything still works except the scroll, but I use that all the time when I'm working, so it is a problem. Still, that's the only point of failure after 8 years? I can't take an egg off for that.

Overall Review: I'm looking for another one, but the ones I'm seeing available now are prohibitively expensive.

Very pleased

Dell Latitude E6410 with Grade B LCD, Intel Core i5 540M 2.53Ghz, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, DVDRW, Windows 7
Dell Latitude E6410 with Grade B LCD, Intel Core i5 540M 2.53Ghz, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, DVDRW, Windows 7

Pros: Everything is as advertised or better. The laptop was not loaded with bloatware, just the OS and a few useful, free programs. It works as advertised, although I am not quite sure about how long the battery will hold up. I don't usually use this off charger much, so it isn't a big deal to me. Larger capacity batteries are available, and if my usage pattern changes I can upgrade that. The big surprise was the screen. The specs warned there could be scuffs or marks on the screen, as it is a grade B LCD. I can't see any defects whatsoever. Nothing on the surface, and I haven't noticed any dead pixels. The price was unbeatable. This is a refurbished unit, and I think it was discounted. It was definitely better than a lot of "one per household" systems on sale at local chain, and the specs are much better. Delivery was very fast. The initial e-mail said it would be delivered in 5 to 7 business days. I got it in three days. It wasn't mentioned anywhere in the product description or vendor's messages, but they used 2-day delivery, with no extra charge to me. Very happy about that!

Cons: The only con I can think of is a personal preference and one I knew about when I ordered. I don't care for the eraser-tip pointer control in the middle of the keyboard, and this has it. It wasn't enough to keep me from ordering the system, and it isn't enough to drop an egg either.

Overall Review: I know not everyone has been overjoyed with systems from this vendor (not Newegg), but that seems to be a result of buying refurbished units. My experience with this unit has been fantastic, although admittedly I have only had it for a little more than a week. I've used it every day, just not very hard. I've been a customer of Newegg for over ten years, and I've never been disappointed. This was my first purchase from a third party vendor through Newegg, and it went very well. No extra charges, free second-day shipping, product better than advertised, and everything working and as good or better than advertised. I am considering more purchases like this one for my family (several kids, not enough computers!), and they will be made through Newegg.

12/25/2014

Great monitor, very happy

Acer V243HAJbd Black 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 80000:1(1000:1)
Acer V243HAJbd Black 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 80000:1(1000:1)

Pros: I've had this monitor for two years. It has performed flawlessly since day 1. As I recall, I had it out of the box, set up and in use in about 5 minutes - no problems. I don't use the built-in speakers, because they weren't great, but how many people buy a monitor for the speakers? I'm not a die-hard gamer, but I play some games with pretty heavy motion, and I've never had a problem with lag or other problems. This system is used by half a dozen people in my family, most of us with different video settings, and there hasn't been a hiccup yet.

Cons: Some of the users in my house like to touch screens that aren't designed for touch, so this monitor has some fingerprints on it. Fingerprints show up, but they do on every monitor I've ever used, so I couldn't see taking an egg off for that.

Overall Review: The stand isn't exactly hi-tech, but the desk I have makes other mounting options problematic. The monitor can be mounted on standard brackets.

12/19/2012

Very happy with this mouse

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse - Black
Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse - Black

Pros: It does what it is supposed to, where it is supposed to, how it is supposed to. It feel solid in my hand, doesn't feel like most of the mini or micro wireless mice on the market. I have noticed no lag, and I use it in public places where there are other users with wireless mice, and other RF sources. I've also noticed no range problems, but I tend to use the mouse pretty close to my netbook. The wireless connector stays in my USB port, and it is small enough that I'm not afraid that my less than delicate handling is going to break it. The grip is comfortable, and the forward/backward buttons are out of my way - I don't use them much, so I prefer them to stand out a bit. That helps me keep from accidentally clicking them. I like that there is a power switch on the mouse, so I can extend the battery life a bit more.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

Overall Review: I looked for a wireless mouse for my netbook for quite a while. The touch pad on the netbook is way to sensitive - the lightest brush would move the cursor or change active applications. I have a fairly heavy hand, and this happened often even with the sensitivity turned all the way down. Using a mouse eliminates that problem, and is much more comfortable for me. I take my netbook with me to meetings and to lunch, and just stick the mouse in my pocket on the way. It is very convenient.

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Good deal, better than advertised

I bought a refurbished laptop to replace a dead netbook. The laptop was advertised as having a B grade LCD screen, with wear marks on it. I can't find any such marks, and I haven't found any dead pixels either. The battery is a little disappointing. It was supposed to last three hours, but doing very light web browsing it lasts just over an hour. Since I rarely use this off the charger it isn't a big deal to me - I took off just one egg for this. Everything else has been solid. No bloatware to be found; a useful, free office package which I would have installed anyhow; all specs measure as advertised (minus the battery); essentially a solid performer at a bargain price.

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