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Jason L.

Jason L.

Joined on 02/22/06

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Incredible

Lexmark C532dn 34B0150 Workgroup Up to 24 ppm 1200 x 1200 dpi  4800 Color Quality (2400 x 600 dpi) Color Print Quality Color Laser Printer
Lexmark C532dn 34B0150 Workgroup Up to 24 ppm 1200 x 1200 dpi 4800 Color Quality (2400 x 600 dpi) Color Print Quality Color Laser Printer

Pros: This printer is amazing. I did a lot of research on color laser printers and came to the conclusion that this is the one to get in this price range. Great speed and colors. WAY better than my old color inkjet when it comes to photos. The photo quality never ceases to amaze me. Networking is sleek and easy and you can access the printer command functions using a web browser to check toner levels, update firmware, etc. Did my wedding invitations using this and everybody thought they were professionally made.

Cons: After the printer goes into power saver mode it wakes up every hour or so to do a self diagnostic (or whatever) for about 5 seconds. Since this is in my home office (down the hall), it wakes me up at night. Not really a con since I just turn it off now before I go to sleep. Also warm up time a little slow?

Overall Review: Just get the c532n if you don't need the duplexer to save $$$. The duplexer is slick though and saves me time and paper. Also this comes with standard capacity toner cartridges instead of the starter ones. A $400 value. Nice. The replacement cost of toner is initially high compared to an inkjet but the cost per page is much less and will pay for itself. I have literally been printing non-stop for a month now and have yet to get to 50% on my toner levels.

Most Critical Review

drive failed after 50 days

OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE90G
OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE90G

Pros: Very fast when it worked. OCZ support forums are helpful.

Cons: Drive failed after about 2 months of light use. One day Windows did a BSOD during boot up. After that the drive would not be recognized in BIOS. Tried installing it in another computer and it wouldn't recognize there either. A red light comes on the back of the drive which after a bit of research is a "FTL" error. There are 2 lights on the back of the drive: one for power, one for FTL (flash translation layer). Under working operation, they should both be green.

Overall Review: Did a RMA through Newegg, but they wouldn't take it back because the UPC code on the box was missing. I cut it out for the main-in-rebate. Now I am stuck with a broken drive (assuming Newegg ships it back to me) AND I am out the 8 bucks shipping for for sending it in for RMA to begin with. I guess the moral of the story is don't do the mail-in-rebate if you might need to RMA later. Normally I'm a diehard Newegg supporter but I'm pretty disappointed with Newegg for this one. The next step is to go through the dreadfully slow OCZ warranty process and be out another 8 bucks for shipping. Ugh. Rampage III Gene w/i7 920 @ 4ghz. 12GB ram. Radeon 5830. Win7 Pro x64.

Nice but...

SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100312TXSR
SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100312TXSR

Pros: Great video card. Non-stock housing means lower temps and overall quieter experience. Hot air is vented out the back of the case instead of inside yielding a higher overclock of both the card and rest of the cpu. Dual switchable bios is a plus.

Cons: Unfortunately I was unable to unlock the additional shaders (i.e. 6950-->6970). I tried flashing multiple 6970 bios's, which all flashed fine, but when I checked the shader count, I found that the hidden shaders weren't unlocking. While a little disappointed that I spent the extra money on a premium card which has had great success unlocking the sharders, I can't really fault Sapphire since they make no guarantee that it will do so.

Overall Review: Overall I am impressed with the card and the additional overclocking headroom provided (likely due to the 8+6 pin power feeds instead of the standard 6+6 design). Sitting happily cool and stable at 1000mhz core / 1500mhz mem. Setup: Asus Rampage III Gene w/i7 @ 3.7. 12 gig ram at 1600. 2xOCZ Vertex 2 SSD in Raid 0.

great switch

D-Link DGS-2205 Unmanaged 5-Port Green Technology Desktop Switch
D-Link DGS-2205 Unmanaged 5-Port Green Technology Desktop Switch

Pros: Stable as a rock. Low heat. Can't really say anything about the power consumption but the "green" rating does make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I have 3 of these all working together throughout my home network for the past year or so. One of them is in the attic exposed to the extreme seasonal hot/cold of my local climate. Never had an issue.

fast but small

OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 100GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTX100G
OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 100GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTX100G

Pros: Very fast little drive. Included 2.5" to 3.5" bracket made installation into desktop case a breeze. Gotta love the sandforce controller, read/write speeds were on par with advertised (>250mb/s, tested with HD Tune). Win7 recognized SSD during installation and disabled auto-defrag and enabled TRIM by default. Good support from OCZ forums if you need it and you know OCZ will be quick with firmware updates if any issues should arise with the new (yet untested) sandforce controller.

Cons: None. It's a shame the drive will cost half as much (or less) this time next year (or sooner). But that's the price you pay for bleeding edge.

Overall Review: Be sure to enable AHCI or RAID in bios prior to operating system install and install the latest Intel chipset and RST drivers (if you use an Intel based MB that is). System: i7 920 @ 4.2mHz on Asus P6T. 12 gig ram. NVIDIA 9600gt.

Works

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Work as advertised. No firmware issues so far.

Cons: Not as zippy as specs show although this could be due to my aging nForce 4 SATA controller slowing things down.

Overall Review: Extra space in nice. Shipped with firmware SD17 and Seagate website stated it did not need to be flashed so I'm not going to. specs: biostar TForce 6100-939 w/AMD 4400 X2 @ 2.85. 4 GB ram. nVidia 9600GT. Windows 7 64-bit beta. Runs smooth...