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Tim Z.

Tim Z.

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Most Favorable Review
Samsung ML-2955ND Workgroup Up to 29 ppm in Letter Monochrome Laser Printer
Samsung ML-2955ND Workgroup Up to 29 ppm in Letter Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: -Ethernet port allows for networking and easy config on multiple workstations -stock toner is lasting longer than its rating (rated for 1000 pgs and is already at 1054 pgs with 30% toner remaining). -excellent price -they sell a high yield version of the toner that's rated for 2500 pgs at about $70. If we can get >2500 pgs, our cost/pg will be around 2 cents. -informative web-based configuration page

Cons: None so far. It's exactly what we needed: low initial cost, low cost/pg, monochrome laser that is networkable.

Most Critical Review

Not ready for prime time

Cisco Small Business RV042G-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router 2 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
Cisco Small Business RV042G-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router 2 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports

Pros: -As a router, it works very well as long as you don't need to reliably get into the web interface -solid metal construction -nice feature set (dual WAN, VPN, DMZ port) for the price

Cons: -web GUI kept locking up on me after <24hrs uptime (after inputting username/password it would just sit there trying to log in but never actually logging in). Router would continue working, but the only way to get back into the GUI was to power cycle the device. -email logs would not send out automatically. I set to email every 10 minutes or 50 lines, and it would never send out. But when I hit the "Email Log Now" button, it would immediately send the log to the email address I put in. This tells me I set the email server and address up properly, but the router is having trouble sending the logs out on its own.

Overall Review: -I have an older RV042 v2 and it works great, none of the problems listed above. I purchased the RV042G to relegate the RV042 to backup router, but because of the reliability issues under Cons, I moved the RV042 back to main router. I'll wait a couple of firmware revisions and try the RV042G again. For now, I am RMAing the device for refund. -This was the 2nd router I tried. I RMA'd the first one because it locked up during initial setup so badly that power cycles and even the reset switch weren't bringing the router back up. My 2 egg rating is based on the 2nd router, not the first. -I love my old RV042 v2, was hoping for more of the same with this one, but it's a brand new hardware revision, so you may be better off waiting for new hardware or firmware updates before trying this one.

10/23/2012

Failed on first power outage

APC BE850M2 850 VA 450 Watts 9 Outlets UPS Back Up Power Supply (Step-up Model of BE750G)
APC BE850M2 850 VA 450 Watts 9 Outlets UPS Back Up Power Supply (Step-up Model of BE750G)

Pros: -Attractive exterior -USB ports

Cons: -did not do its job and died failing

Overall Review: Bought this in August (2 months ago!) for our network closet. In theory it's a little overkill for the devices plugged into it (combined 60W) but that is intentional, to allow an overkill runtime of about 60 minutes. This weekend we had a storm that caused our lights to flicker a few times. Our other UPSes had no trouble keeping their devices powered on, but this UPS was beeping steady when I came in Sunday morning to investigate my outage notification. Tried powering off and back on a few times, and each time it would just beep continuously. I've never had issues with APC UPSes until this one, but reading other reviews on this model from other places, it seems like this model is having widespread issues. Lots of people reporting similar issues of it failing on its first power outage! I'm about to start a warranty claim with APC and hoping it goes smoothly. How quickly will they respond? Will they make me pay return shipping? Will they send me the same model with the same issue?

10/16/2017

The only UPS in our business that got damaged during thunderstorm

CyberPower CP750LCD 750 VA 420 Watts 8 Outlets UPS
CyberPower CP750LCD 750 VA 420 Watts 8 Outlets UPS

Pros: -It lasted a little over 3 years (purchased 06/23/14) -the LCD display was nice, as I had it powering network gear, so I could not use software to view stats

Cons: -this seemed to be the one UPS in our business that would have issues during thunderstorms. Often my network would go down, but the UPS appeared to still be working. I'd have to shut it off and power it back on, then my gear would come back up. -finally the last thunderstorm we had over the weekend completely killed the battery-protected outlets. The surge side still works. The LCD won't come on. Power button does nothing, reset button does nothing.

Overall Review: This UPS protected our modem, firewall, access point and switch. The load on it was only about 20% and the LCD claimed a 1 hour uptime in the event of an outage. There were times it worked as advertised (we get many thunderstorms here), and times where I'd have to drive into the office afterhours and power cycle it for things to come back up. It was never as reliable as my other UPS's (which include other CyberPower models as well as APC). A little ironic it decided to die only 1.5 months after the warranty ended. I'm giving it a generous 3 eggs, considering it did do what it was supposed to most of the time. But compared to my other UPS's, its reliability was inconsistent over its 3 year life.

Better than expected

HP Laptop ProBook 470 G3 (W0S57UT#ABA) Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6200U (2.30GHz) 8GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon R7 17.3" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit (Downgrade From Windows 10 Pro)
HP Laptop ProBook 470 G3 (W0S57UT#ABA) Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6200U (2.30GHz) 8GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon R7 17.3" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit (Downgrade From Windows 10 Pro)

Pros: -solid build, not flimsy like a lot of 17" laptops -brushed aluminum look is professional-looking does not attract finger prints -RAM, HDD, wifi and M.2 all easily accessible with a single screw -mine came with a Toshiba SSHD that feels much faster than other SSHDs I've tried -comes with Intel HD 520 AND Radeon R7 M340 graphics. The R7 is about 50% faster in 3DMark Firestrike than the HD 520 (1142 vs 759 in the graphics score) -comes with an M.2 slot! -Win7 Pro with disks and upgrade license to Win10 Pro. -CPU more than fast enough for most tasks

Cons: -Radeon R7 M340 is not enough faster than the HD 520 to justify having a 2nd GPU. It's nice, don't get me wrong, but it's a bit of a letdown when a modern 3D title is *still* too slow even after switching from the HD 520 -it's very confusing to figure out how to manually switch between the GPUs. AMD Settings->Preferences (tiny link in bottom left)->Radeon Additional Settings->(wait for separate window to pop up)->change "Global Application Settings" to "Force power-saving graphics"

Overall Review: -Newegg specs don't say what model the switchable GPU is, forcing you to go to HP's site and look up the model (Radeon R7 340m). -Newegg specs say this comes with a backlit keyboard, but the model I received did NOT have this option! I verified this by checking reviews and screenshots to see that the Fn key for activating this is F3, and my F3 does not have the backlit icon on it, nor does it work if I press it with the Fn key. Luckily, I don't care about this, or I would've been very upset. -The Toshiba 500GB SSHD seems to be more tuned for random access than other SSHDs I've tried. This makes it feel more like an SSD. Boot times from hitting power button to login screen started off around 40 seconds, then after a couple of more times, it was booting almost entirely from NAND in about 27 seconds. -This is an employee laptop. It's so impressive compared to what they upgraded from (HP 250 G2 with i3-3110m) that they feel like they got an executive laptop.

First set was bad

Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

Pros: Replacement set works as advertised. This time I was smart and ran memtest on them before putting into production.

Cons: First pair was DOA. I should have tested before putting them in production. Instead, I found out when I started getting data corruption. First thing I did was test the RAM and one of the sticks was throwing memtest errors immediately. I had to restore from a backup due to data loss.

Overall Review: One of the sticks was bad on the first pair I got so I RMA'd and it took 12 days to get the replacement pair in. I thought the RMA process could have gone faster, especially considering the product was DOA. After years of building systems, this is the first time I've ever had new RAM be DOA. Kind of sours me on Crucial Ballistix.

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Not impressed

Bought a refurbished HP DC5800 PC. The first thing I noticed when I cracked the case open was that it was full of dust and lint balls. Then I noticed a high-pitched whining sound that I thought was coming from the PSU. However, it turns out it was the hard drive, as when I replaced it the sound went away. Finally, there is a missing slot backplate. Other than that, the machine works great and was delivered within the 5-7 day promise. Other notes: the machine came installed with OpenOffice 3.3 (legacy version) and an old, insecure version of Java (6.2). It also has an Office 2013 preinstall (requires separate purchase to activate). I've had better experiences with refurbished PCs. This one wasn't terrible, but it was definitely below expectations.

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