Date Joined: 01/14/02
Great Print Quality
Good Sheet Feeder for Copying
Cons: A bit finicky to set up
No duplex printing (single sided only)
Sheet feeder not duplex either (not really an issue at this price)
Worst internal NIC ever!
No manual envelope feed.
Overall Review: I bought the HP 200 MFP to replace an inkjet MFP whose cartridges would dry out too quickly. And this is a pretty nice printer. Good quality, lots of features, can save to network shares, has WiFi and a 10/100 NIC. But...
There's something wrong with the NIC. On power-up, it doesn't recognize being plugged in. Reconfiguring it so it has to reinitialize the NIC usually works, or sometimes unplugging/replugging it, but not reliably. The switch isn't the problem, tried a bunch of cables, other devices are fine. Don't know if it's a finicky or a defective NIC, but it's just not right.
And that NIC socket? It's recessed behind the printer. Which would be perfect if it actually worked.
Using WiFi would probably circumvent this.
The other issues are mostly missing features - no duplex loaded (for copying/scanning), which isn't a big deal at this price, but also no duplex printing. Seriously? I mean, my 8-year-old inkjet (Canon Pixma MP800) has that. No manual feed/paper bypass. Seriously? Even my original HP LaserJet IIp had that!
But at least you know those up front. Strange trade-offs they made, but not deal breakers.
Pros: Very small and sleek
Easy (mostly) to install in
300W PSU is higher than others in class
Fans are very quiet
Cons: Reset button not working
No documentation - not even a slip of paper
No cable management or tie down support
No 2.5" drive support
Overall Review: Installation was quick and painless. I put in an Intel BOXDH77DF with an i7-3770, 16GB Kingston HyperX DDR3, a Samsung 240GB SSD, WD 1TB Green HD (low power/noise), and Lite On iHBS312 BluRay burner (very shallow.)
The case comes with a power cord and a package consisting of screws for the motherboard, four stick-on rubber feet and a stand for positioning the case vertically. That's it. Not a spec of paper. Which isn't really a problem; everything in the case is either obvious or clearly labelled. But it is unusual.
The only challenges are that...
1. The 3.5" drives have to be installed with the drive bay out, but the external cannot be installed until it's back in. (You can't screw the bay down with the external in place.)
2. The bay can hold one normal 3.5" drive and one very slim one. For a 2.5" (SSD), you need an adapter. But the 2.5" to 3.5" adapters I had on-hand were too thick for the narrow space.
3. Obviously cable management is crucial with such a tiny case. That could have been thought out a bit better.
4. As mentioned above, the Reset button isn't working. Everything else seems to though.
Pros: Works well, very fast.
Cons: My configuration confuses MS Office
Overall Review: I purchased this and the Seagate GoFlex sata ThunderBolt sled to add storage to my ("late 2011") MacBook Air, which has a ThunderBolt and USB 2.0 but not 3.0.
Configuration was very easy. The drive, even through the sled, is much faster according to the BlackMagic speed test, than the internal SSD.
The only problem - not Mushkin's fault - is that MS Office sees this drive appearing or vanishing as a computer change and requires the product key each time.
Pros: Great value.
Cool LCD menu.
Cons: Not as well-defined as my DefTech 10"
The low-level inputs are R-L. There's no need for a dedicated LFE, but I am somewhat accustomed to it.
Overall Review: My Klipsch RW-12d did arrive without shipping damage. There was a small cosmetic manufacturing defect in the wood case, but not one you'd notice without looking very closely. And the sub can move some air.
OTOH, my old DefTech ProSub 100 (10") is tighter and packs a punch also. Yeah, the ProSub was more than twice as pricey, and that was eight or so years ago, but I was expecting a bit more perceived accuracy from this puppy. The RW-12d has more output and depth, but is a bit sloppier.
So I'd say the Klipsch RW-12d is a great value, but only bends the value-curve; it doesn't really break or shatter it.
Pros: Fast, works well, powerful interface.
Cons: Fragile; didn't survive move due to a button.
Overall Review: This is reasonably easy to set up, but requires the NasNavi software initially. But the "Function" button (sw2 on the internal board), which protrudes, is connected via a solid piece of plastic from the front panel to the circuit board. This snapped off when the drive was put against other items during a move. That renders the entire unit inoperable.
If you're just going to set it and forget it, this is a great choice, but if it's going to get moved around, maybe something else.
Pros: Coolest headset around, neat phone book, vibrating earpiece, loud enough, stereo.
Cons: Really really really uncomfortable. Caller ID of names only matches those uploaded in the phone, and the match is very finicky about whether a 1 precedes the area code. Low bluetooth signal results in a lot of static when the phone is on the other side of your body from the headset.
Overall Review: This is the first bluetooth headset I've ever lost. And I didn't mind one tiny bit. It's cool but so uncomfortable for me that I didn't really use it much.
Pros: More comfortable than the original. Noise reduction is okay.
Cons: Doesn't work well with my Nokia N95. Clicks regularly (apparently due to Nokia S60 disconnecting/reconnecting regularly, but other headsets don't.) Volume not controllable via my N95. Buttons hard to use.
Overall Review: I really wanted to like this one. Had an original JawBone. Wound up returning this and getting an H12.
Pros: Very small, good looking, good sound quality.
Cons: Rubber earpiece molding comes off in pockets, doesn't get loud enough.
Overall Review: I've had a lot of bluetooth headsets. My ears are a bit narrow; finding a comfortable one isn't easy. The H12 is fine that way. Sound quality is good. But it doesn't get as loud as I'd like and the rubber cushion comes off too easily. Softer cushioning might solve both problems, because if I press it deeper into my ear the volume is fine.
Pros: Convenient, cheap, not terribly slow.
Cons: Die at an amazingly high rate, seem to often have issues with Vista.
Overall Review: My experience is with the essentially-similar WD5000c032 model; same size and specs, but several months older. I've had two of these basically become unusable in Windows and, when connected, slow down or hang Windows. Yeah, those are Windows problems. And I have one on my Dish PVR... which doesn't much like it and fails the nightly program refresh if the thing is turned on.
In fairness, they seem reliable until Vista touches them, but most other brands don't have such severe Vista issues.
Do yourself a favor - Google these before buying, and then avoid the WD USB drives if using Vista.
Pros: Very powerful flexible firewall, great for the money. Watchguard features at a lower price.
Cons: I had mine shipped overnight... and it arrived with a dead WAN port. You can't use it without the WAN port. And no support on weekends or evenings. Even worse, the manual is severely out of date. Current screens in the quick start guide are for the 2005 software, not the 2007.
Overall Review: I reviewed this earlier but that hasn't wound up posted (at least not yet.) I've got oodles of experience with firewalls, hardware and software. This is mostly a great one. But that they even have defective ones go out the door, that they don't have support outside pacific coast business hours and that the manual is out of date are all pretty big cons.
Pros: Very long battery life
Cons: They misrepresent (and admit misrepresenting) the product input frequency. It's completely incompatible with mechanically-governed generators, even under conditions other UPSes are good with. Their support team all takes long breaks so during business hours can be impossible to reach.
Overall Review: If you need a UPS but no generator support, this is a fine, but expensive, unit. If you need it to work on a generator, avoid this company entirely.
Pros: Decent speed, easy install, tool-less case, effective fan
Cons: Fan becomes very noisy after a year or so.
Overall Review: There was a lot less selection when I bought this. Time for a different model.
Pros: Long life, useful LEDs, lots of outlets
Cons: Not tolerant of off-frequency power
Overall Review: The PowerCom SMK-1500A is billed as being able to clean up power. In reality it has a very tiny "window" for the power frequency, which makes it unsuitable for generator use. However it has an amazing capacity.
Pros: Strong, powerful, accepts expansion battery
Cons: Fails. Overload starts flashing, which is an "internal" error, even when nothing is connected. Requires expensive shipping, resulting in a refurb back.
Overall Review: Check the internet before ordering this. In my case, it failed when nobody was around, when there was no power outage. So the UPS disconnected the power from the devices!