Joined on 07/24/12
Great gaming rig with a reasonable price
Pros: This is a nicely sized machine, has enough cooling to handle the hot Intel and Nvidia chips. Keyboard is solid and you can tone down all that flashy lighting with the add-on software from Gigabyte. Nice narrow bezels on the screen, very totable size over all, not thick and heavy like some brands have at similar price point. The system has 2 NVMe slots, so I popped in EX950 2TB drives for plenty of room for apps and games.
Cons: It would be nice if the screen were brighter, and the video camera could have been deleted rather than placed below the display - up the nose isn't a useful view!
Overall Review: It's massive overkill for anything other than gaming, but despite the compact size it has PLENTY of horsepower for doing just that!
Great features and great pricing let down by poor performance
Pros: The price is very reasonable for a touchscreen display with onboard battery. The screen is bright and the speakers are actually OK, and the stand/cover combination is clever. The touchscreen works well but it isn't really as useful as I expected, the notebook touchscreen is much more important.
Cons: My EliteBook 1030 x360 G3 couldn't supply enough power to keep it charged, so I couldn't use the Type-C connector. For that matter, I couldn't keep it charged with a 45w charger (no charger included). I had to find a 65w charger, though my i7 notebook runs perfectly on that same 45w travel charger. The display will put itself into a sleep mode and refuse to reconnect through the supplied HDMI cable. I thought it was dead once, no result from searching for a reset method. The battery finally exhausted itself, and from 0% charge (bad for battery) it came back to life eventually.
Overall Review: Neat idea but not reliable and not what I need for work. Also not very portable when you have to carry a separate power brick around, since it won't charge from a notebook's Type-C connection.
Freaking bulletproof brick of a switch
Pros: UniFi compatible and suited to the kinds of awful environmental conditions the old Ubiquiti Tough Switch Pro was perfect for. Being managed by UniFi rather than UISP simplifies the network, so it's GREAT to have this niche filled. Surprisingly useful to have more ports, didn't know we needed them until we had the option.
Cons: One of the NEMA cans we had a ToughSwitch Pro in for 6 years (on top of a parking lot light pole!) power radio/bridges and security cameras was too small for the much larger UniFi Industrial switch. So, the new switch required a new can, complicating the upgrade. Now that we know, it won't be a problem going forward.
Overall Review: Fills an important part of a campus wide network as an environmentally robust switch.
Makes the Chromebook viable for real business use
Pros: Excellent screen, keyboard is a good for fast typing and is backlit, fast fingerprint reader. Disk performance is excellent, no horrible eMMC lags, CPU is OP for a Chromebook but the 16GB of RAM makes many many many tabs on Chrome practical. Many Android apps install and function well, including VPN clients. Chromebook apps now include Zoom and Splashtop, so it's completely practical for a WFH device for business users of Windows systems, with the caveat that 3:2 screen ratios don't cleanly map to desktops running 16:9. The matte touchscreen works flawlessly. ChromeOS is all grown up, with multiple user and multiple profile support. Connecting to Windows Server shares is possible with manual configuration.
Cons: No login with facial recognition - the 720p camera is disappointing when HP EliteBooks have FHD webcams. The vPro is included but apparently impossible to configure - what the heck! The 4 core i7 seems a power hungry choice, it's fast as heck though. ChromeOS is still squirrely about distinguishing between Chrome apps and Android apps - not really any visual cues in the configuration screens.
Overall Review: I've been aware of and around Chromebooks for years, but for business use they just aren't manageable and supportable enough. With COMPLETELY business grade hardware and a grown up OS, HP has made a device I can issue to people to take home and be productive while on "quarantine vacation". Also, don't have to worry their kids will try to put iTunes or Minecraft on it.
Best individual's conference camera on the market
Pros: This is a hugely capable camera optimize for web conferencing, but is ALSO a biometric authentication device. I've deployed these for top executives because of the image quality and sound capability, but the Hello! login from Windows is a popular "did you know you can do this?"
Cons: The privacy screen is a separate piece, I had a user lose one when they took a Brio home. Electrical tape is such a mess.
Overall Review: Have used these for almost five years now, for people who want to present effectively and put their best foot forward, the Brio is an amazing business tool.
Have done business with them, will continue to do business with them
I've had very good results with the cartridges from LD and I appreciate the bundling options available for even greater savings. The delivery is inexpensive AND quick, which is even better.