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Paul H.

Paul H.

Joined on 12/30/11

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Most Favorable Review

Good solid PC for business use

HP DC7900 Small Form Factor Desktop PC with Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, DVDROM, Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
HP DC7900 Small Form Factor Desktop PC with Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, DVDROM, Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

Pros: Great machine for an upgrade to Windows 7. I am upgrading a small business (40 employees) with this computer, and everyone loves it compared to their XP/Pentium systems. It is fast, has plenty of memory, and a huge disk drive. Windows 7 comes preinstalled, and the COA on the box is correct. . The computer is exceptionally quiet. The included mouse is very nice, the keyboard less so. All in all, a great buy.

Cons: The new keyboard is flimsy, and the lettering is just painted on, so some keys are already blank. A lot of people kept their old Compaq full travel keyboards instead of using the new one.

Overall Review: For the price, this computer is an excellent value, and a great machine for XP to Windows 7 upgrades.

Most Critical Review

Linux users, beware

HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 MicroServer Server System Intel Celeron G1610T 2.3GHz 2C/2T 2GB DDR3 No Hard Drive 712317-001
HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 MicroServer Server System Intel Celeron G1610T 2.3GHz 2C/2T 2GB DDR3 No Hard Drive 712317-001

Pros: Small form factor, well built, very quiet, RAID built in

Cons: The RAID controller in this server is NOT supported in Linux distributions, like RedHat, SUSE, or Ubuntu. HP states that the B120i RAID controller driver is proprietary, and thus not included in Linux distributions. HP provides a convoluted driver download and installation workaround that is very difficult to get right, even if you are a pro. So, if you are looking for a small, quiet, and good performing server running Linux with the high availability feature of RAIDed disks, this is not the server to buy.

Easy to setup the hardware, very difficult to setup file and photo sharing

Synology DS216j Diskless System NAS DiskStation
Synology DS216j Diskless System NAS DiskStation

Pros: Very quiet, and easy to setup the hardware, including installing the disks. When you start a web browser with the address given in the quick user guide, it finds itself on your network. Nice.

Cons: Once the Synology is setup, you'd hope it would be simple to download your photos from your iPhone or Android, for example. This is NOT the case. I read the documentation, which is very poorly written and jumbled, and had me jumping from one doc to another in seemingly random fashion. After two hours of web searches and reading useless forums posts, I searched the AppStore on my phone and found the Synology "DS File" app. Once I had that installed, I tried to download my photos, and it seemed to be working until I got a flood of "You don't have enough privilege" messages. After clicking "OK" about 50 times, I quit the app. After hours more of frustration, I finally found a place in File Station where you can setup permissions for your user account (which strangely, by default, is DENIED privileges to do anything!), and retried, which finally worked. This would be an okay product if there were a simple guide to do basic tasks. I'd wager that the majority of buyers just want to save their photos or videos to this device, but there is no simple guide on how to do even the basic tasks. Hey, I am VERY tech savvy, and it took me five hours just to download photos from my iPhone. That's pretty awful.

Overall Review: There may be better NAS options out there.

Nice fast laptop, looks like new

Dell Latitude D630 Laptop Computer, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, CD-RW\DVD, Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Dell Latitude D630 Laptop Computer, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, CD-RW\DVD, Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Pros: Fast dual core CPU, plenty of memory, flawless screen, large disk. Has a real VGA port, a real serial port, a real network port! Even a full size CD/DVD drive, and SD card slot. Excellent Linux support.

Cons: A bit heavy and thicker than more recent laptops, and runs a little warm.

Overall Review: I bought this inexpensive, refurbished laptop to 1) keep a laptop out of the landfill, and 2) to run Ubuntu linux on it for my personal use. Ubuntu LTS 14.04 loads fine onto it, only taking a few GB of the 500GB hard disk (you have to load the broadcom wireless driver separately ( sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer)). The Core 2 Duo is very fast, with no noticeable lag on any operation. The screen is perfect, not a dead pixel to be found. The computer itself is very clean and came well packed. All in all, a very good purchase.

Excellent performance, small and quiet

HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 i5-4570S 2.9GHz - Ultra Slim
HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 i5-4570S 2.9GHz - Ultra Slim

Pros: These very small desktop systems are used in a professional work environment, and operate very quietly, with excellent performance. We use them to drive dual monitor systems, using the two display ports to connect to the monitors. With the hybrid disk drive, Linux (Ubuntu LTS 14.04) installed within a minute. Astounding. The system reboots in under 10 seconds. Sound quality is excellent. The box itself is 7 inches by 7 inches, and about an inch and a half high, so it fits anywhere. The system consumes very little power, helping us meet environmental goals. All in all, a great and sensible desktop.

Cons: No display port cables included for your monitor, so order separately.

12/16/2014

excellent small business router/firewall

Cisco Small Business RV220W-A-K9-NA Network Security Firewall wired and wireless connectivity for a small office
Cisco Small Business RV220W-A-K9-NA Network Security Firewall wired and wireless connectivity for a small office

Pros: Easy to configure, good performance, rock solid VPN connections

Cons: Graphical user interface is a bit slow

Overall Review: This unit is a good small business router/firewall. I am using them in three branch offices to link, via VPN site to site tunnels, to a main office and domain. The IPsec VPN is easy to setup. I'd avoid the "wizard", as it makes some assumptions that are hidden from your view, but the "Advanced" VPN setup is straightforward. Just make sure your IP sec and IKE settings are identical on both ends. Performance is crisp for 20-30 user offices, and the VPN connections tear down and reestablish themselves quickly and solidly. Overall, this is a very good product for small business use.