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Michael G.

Michael G.

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Great little printer

Brother MFC-J4410DW Wireless Color Multifunction Inkjet Printer
Brother MFC-J4410DW Wireless Color Multifunction Inkjet Printer

Pros: So far, I'm very impressed with this printer. Setup was a breeze. I was too lazy to walk upstairs to hit the WPS button on our router so I went the manual route to setup the wireless connection and it took no time at all. I have an older Brother laser printer that was a real hassle to manually setup the wireless and I've had plenty of trouble with Lenovo printers setting up wireless. I quickly set this printer up on a Windows 8 x64 laptop, a Windows 7 x64 laptop as well as on my Droid Razr HD smartphone (using Brother's iPrint and Scan app). It printed and scanned without issue on all three machines. The print quality is good and with the exception of when the printer first draws the paper out of the paper tray, it is a very quiet printer. I don't have any 11x17 paper to try printing 11x17, but I being able to is a great plus for a sub $200 printer. I got it while it was on sale for $129.99

Cons: My only complaints so far are 1) the power cord could be a little longer. 2) It could be quieter when drawing paper from the paper tray and 3) That you have to lift the scanner bed to access the phone jack, ethernet port and usb port. All relatively petty complaints, but enough for me to knock off 1 egg.

Overall Review: Since we Homeschool, we use our printer a lot. Our last two HP inkjet printers gave us a lot of head aches. My Brother laserjet has worked well for the last few years and I have high hopes for this one.

Most Critical Review

Disappointed

VANTEC CB-SATAU3-6 NexStar SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 Adapter - 2.5"/3.5"/5.25"/SSDs
VANTEC CB-SATAU3-6 NexStar SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 Adapter - 2.5"/3.5"/5.25"/SSDs

Pros: It's fast when it doesn't disconnect the drive.

Cons: I bought this to use with my Laptop, but it constantly disconnects the drive and reconnects it. It rarely goes more than a few minutes before dropping the connection. It is extremely frustrating. I have no trouble with my other USB 3 devices on the laptop, but this one is flaky. On my Desktop with USB 3.0 it works fine.

Overall Review: I have a handful of Vantec external hard drive enclosures and IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 adapters and have been happy with them. I'm not happy with this.

Easy setup, fast transfer rates, quiet operation....

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 102 2-Bay Network Attached Storage Diskless (RN10200)
NETGEAR ReadyNAS 102 2-Bay Network Attached Storage Diskless (RN10200)

Pros: - Easy Setup - Solid Build Quality - No tools required for drive installation - No Router config needed to access NAS outside the house - Good price point

Cons: The Ethernet cable in the box did not work. The ReadyNAS web site could no longer find my device after login during setup. Had to use RAIDar, which was easy enough. Included instructions don't tell you how to install the drives into the tray.

Overall Review: I read a lot of reviews on the ReadyNAS systems before deciding to purchase the RN102. It seems most of the negative reviews had to do with poor video streaming quality. That isn't a concern of mine. I need a reliable backup location and file storage that is easily accessed from outside the house. I had used ReadyCloud in the past with a WNDR4300 router. I am happy to see that it has been improved upon. The ReadyNAS is my first NAS system. I put 2, 2 TB Western Digital Red drives in RAID 1. The system automatically setup the RAID and formatted the drives as soon as the ReadyNAS was powered on. It took about 6 hours for it to sync the RAID, which included 2 Firmware updates and about 30 GB of data transfer. I am happy with the transfer rate. I copied about 5 GBs worth of photos at an average of 30 MB/second. I copied a 4 GB ISO file at 45 MB/second. If you are looking for an easy to setup NAS system, I recommend the ReadyNAS RN102.

Disappointed

ASUS - 17.3" - Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3630QM (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M - 12 GB DDR3 - 500GB HDD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (G75VW-NH71 )
ASUS - 17.3" - Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3630QM (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M - 12 GB DDR3 - 500GB HDD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (G75VW-NH71 )

Pros: This is a beautiful laptop. Very powerful, plays all games I play with ease on high settings. I thought the sound was pretty good for a laptop. The screen was crisp and could be viewed from the sides pretty well. Brightly lit rooms were not a problem either. It came with very little bloatware, at least in terms of programs. I don't use the Metro side of Windows 8, so there may be lots of bloaty apps.

Cons: Unfortunately, after 5 days of use the laptop died; I'll get into that in a minute. While the laptop was working, I went ahead and replaced the 500 GB hard drive with a 240 GB SSD and used a 750 GB for data. I planned to create the recovery DVDs like I have for clients with Windows 7 on ASUS laptops and then recover it onto the SSD. Since there was little bloatware, it would just make my life simplier. I was dissappointed that ASUS no longer provides the AI Recovery application in Windows 8. It's one thing to not provide a recovery DVD or Windows 8 (no manufacturer does that anymore), but to not give the ability to create them is frustrating to say the least. So I cloned the stock drive onto the SSD and added the 750 GB drive. I am glad I planned to do it that way, because I was also disappointed to see that ASUS is using Hitachi Hard drives!? Plus the drive was over 1 year old! After setting the laptop up exactly as I wanted and was confident all my programs installed and worked well, I began the task of transferring data to the laptop. Before doing so, I rebooted the system and it would not come back on. The laptop powered on, the keyboard lit up and the power button was on, but nothing else happened. No post, nothing. After trying a few things, I contacted ASUS Customer Service. The tech had me unplug the laptop and remove the battery (which I already tried) and he had me hold the power button for 30 seconds before replacing the battery and plugging it in again. I wasn't sure what that would do, but it didn't help. The tech told me I could return it to NewEgg since I just bought it or I could return it to ASUS for repair.

Overall Review: I had been watching the price of this laptop for a few months now hoping it would drop after the G750s came out. When NewEgg put it on sale for $999, I couldn't pass that up (and now it is back up to $1449). There's no chance I'm going to have a 1 week old laptop that has been repaired. That's just a ticking time bomb. I will return it to NewEgg and get a refund. I have been buying ASUS laptops for clients for many years and have never had a problem with any of them. I've also been buying ASUS components and Monitors for years for clients and have never had trouble with them. I know ASUS makes quality products and I will continue to purchase ASUS products. It's just very frustrating to get one that dies after less than a week of ownership, especially after spending many hours setting it up eactly like I wanted.

Nice drive for the money

Team C123 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TC123332GW01
Team C123 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TC123332GW01

Pros: I bought a new laptop with USB 3.0, so I wanted to get a USB 3.0 Thumbdrive, but didn't want to pay a lot. NewEgg had this on sale for $15.99 so I bought it. I don't get full USB 3.0 Speed, but it was cheaper than the 16 GB USB 2.0 drive I bought about 18 months ago and is much, much faster. I was getting 25+ mbps write speeds and 40+ mbps read speeds. Be aware that when formatted with FAT32 the drive is actually 28.8 GB and when formatted NTFS the drive is actually 28.7 GB. It sounds corny, but it is nice that the cap attaches to the back of the drive. Even at full price, it's worth it for a decent USB 3.0 thumbdrive with 32 GB storage.

Cons: It wasn't free.

Nice laptop for a good price

ASUS Laptop Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3630QM (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 15.6" Windows 8 N56VJ-DH71
ASUS Laptop Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3630QM (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 15.6" Windows 8 N56VJ-DH71

Pros: I bought this laptop for a client. This laptop packs a lot of punch. Nice processor with suffiencient memory and a good video card. I really like the chicklet style keyboard. I like the size of the touchpad, but it does take some getting use to. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of Bloatware that came with this laptop compared to other ASUS laptops I've purchased. Battery life seemed really good. I ran it on battery for a few hours while setting it up (uninstalling bloatware, installing software). It still had about 90 minutes left on the battery. Other than the optical drive, it is a quiet laptop. Airflow seemed good and it barely got warm while setting it up.

Cons: The hard drive is a bust. A 1 TB drive is nice, but why put a 5400 RPM drive in an otherwise great laptop? I'd much rather have a smaller drive at 7200 RPM. I was also frustrated to find the OS partition was GPT. I bought a 750GB 7200 RPM drive to replace the 1 TB, 5400 RPM drive the laptop came with. I couldn't clone the drive. I had to make a backup image of it and restore it to the 750 GB drive.

Overall Review: My client wasn't happy about getting a Windows 8 laptop, but was glad to see I installed Start Menu 8. I did not remove any Windows 8 apps since the client has no desire to use the Metro and it's "benefits", so there could be a lot of bloatware there. On the desktop side, the only Bloatware was McAfee and the ASUS suite of programs that are pretty useless. The WEI was pretty good for a mid-range laptop. Processor: 7.8 Memory: 8.1 Desktop Grapics: 5.9 Gaming Graphics: 6.5 Hard Drive: 5.9

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Quick shipping, product as described.

Ordered the afternoon of Cyber Monday, received scanner following Thursday (in Georgia from California). Couldn't ask for quicker shipping.

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11/29/2012