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Christopher F.

Christopher F.

Joined on 07/08/04

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Laptop

MSI GP Series - 17.3" - Intel Core i7 5th Gen 5700HQ (2.70GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 8 GB DDR3L - 1TB HDD - Windows 8.1 64-Bit - Gaming Laptop (GP72 Leopard Pro-002 )
MSI GP Series - 17.3" - Intel Core i7 5th Gen 5700HQ (2.70GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 8 GB DDR3L - 1TB HDD - Windows 8.1 64-Bit - Gaming Laptop (GP72 Leopard Pro-002 )

Pros: Fast Processor, Decent Graphics, Good Value

Cons: Poor Audio, No expandibility outside of being able to add a M.2 SSD

Overall Review: The Machine is great for $1K. It has a good, fast high end processor, a pretty decent graphics card, and massive 1TB storage. The dependability is limited to one M.2 SSD card, which I added, and the machine is a rocket now! Screen is bright and crisp, though seeing things even on a 17 inch with 1920x1080 HD is still hard - forget 15 inches, it's impossible. The only issue I have with this machine is the audio is terrible. The speakers are on the bottom front bezel of the machine and in the back, so if you have it on a desk/table or a lapdesk, the audio sounds horrible. It's dull and muted. The speakers should have been on the top. Overall an excellent machine.

Most Critical Review

Stability issues

Intel Network 7260.HMWWB.R Wi-Fi WIRELESS-AC 7260 H/T 2X2 AC 867 Mbps + Bluetooth HMC Dual Band Brown Box
Intel Network 7260.HMWWB.R Wi-Fi WIRELESS-AC 7260 H/T 2X2 AC 867 Mbps + Bluetooth HMC Dual Band Brown Box

Pros: Fast

Cons: Disconnects randomly

Overall Review: This card, like other reviewers have said, has problems with Random disconnects - I use the 5ghz band exclusively. I've tried every driver and several different AP's and the issues is always the same - it disconnects at random times, sometimes with the speed going down just before it does it. Had the same issue with a 7265. Whatever is going on it's, its something that Intel needs to fix.

Not worth your money

Brother HL-L2340DW Duplex 2400 x 600 DPI Wireless USB Monochrome Laser Printer
Brother HL-L2340DW Duplex 2400 x 600 DPI Wireless USB Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: Prints

Cons: Prints horribly

Overall Review: If you are going to purchase a sub-$100 Laser Printer, don't choose this one. During the Newegg Black Friday Sale, I choose this one vs. the HP Laserjet 1102w because it had more memory, and I wanted something to print cheap text-only documents on. Well, I guess you really need to either choose your brand right or spend a bit more - as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. I fed this Brother Hammermill paper, and everything it shoots out is with a slight curl. I printed a few pages with standard graphics - specifically, a Carfax report. The fox on the page had lines running down it I could notice, almost like a poor drum or toner. When I put prints in my letter folder machine, it screws up the fold and I get a ripped mess. I tried every setting in the driver to fix these issues. No issues with the HP. I replaced this with the HP 1102w, and no issues including the folder. I came across some marketing from HP that indicated these very issues compared to their printers. Sometimes Marketing can be true. Just buy a HP - now I know why other professionals say avoid Brother.

Excellent scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 (PA03656-B005) Duplex 600 dpi x 600 dpi USB / Wi-Fi Color Document Scanner
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 (PA03656-B005) Duplex 600 dpi x 600 dpi USB / Wi-Fi Color Document Scanner

Pros: Extremely fast, good image quality, excellent included software, wireless

Cons: No TWAIN drivers. But I bought this to scan documents/reciepts, which it is designed for - no pictures. I'll use my AIO printer for that.

Overall Review: I tried the Neat system and their NeatConnect scanner before this. The scanner would constantly not grab the documents, and some that it did it would crumple to hell. The software was horrendous and their "cloud" processing was slow. Takes 30-45 seconds on my machine using the ABBYY Finereader vs 2-4+ minutes with Neat. And the big plus - I am not tied to a monthly or yearly fee. The lack of TWAIN at first made me cancel my order, but once I started looking into it more and saw WHAT it could do, I said instantly "that's EXACTLY what I want!". I can always use my AIO's Scanner bed and feeder for pictures, etc. - this is meant for Paperless conversion only, and that's fine. Overall just a great product!

OK option for portable needs, but not for desktop

Brother ImageCenter ADS-1500W Duplex 1200 DPI x 1200 DPI Wireless/USB Color Document Scanner
Brother ImageCenter ADS-1500W Duplex 1200 DPI x 1200 DPI Wireless/USB Color Document Scanner

Pros: Fast scanning, decent quality

Cons: Not user friendly, crumples pages regularly & jams, requires scanning all the time BACKWARDS

Overall Review: I bought this instead of the ScanSnap because I felt the need for TWAIN drivers was required - big mistake. Many software programs CAN work with a ScanSnap despite TWAIN drivers. Anyways, this thing has crumpled documents I have fed straight, doesn't like some short documents, and the biggest of all, you need to turn everything BACKWARDS - ie. your stack needs to be turned around so the last page is the first. The Neat Connect I tied didn't require this, nor does my new ScanSnap. Also, this thing looks like a Desktop scanner in the pictures, but it's really a portable model - and I'm not kidding. Unfortunately, this unit is best suited for on-the-go scanning and to PC only. Configuration for the Cloud, etc. is very convuluted and requires a "special" code from Brother just to connect to Dropbox. It also has a ton of software that runs all the time. Even in this day & age with all the memory we have, more processes do slow down a computer. Doesn't matter, it was too basic (and complicated configuration for basic) and didn't meet my needs. Take my review with a grain of salt, YMMV.

High failure

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast, large storage space for the $$$

Cons: Bought 4 of these drives, 1 is going dead. Never seen this from Seagates, as the other reviewer posted I feel their quality may be slipping.

10/28/2008