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Samir U.

Samir U.

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing!

HP Photosmart C7280 CC567A Up to 34 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi Wireless Inkjet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
HP Photosmart C7280 CC567A Up to 34 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi Wireless Inkjet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: This device is LOADED with features, and I've found almost all of them to be very useful. The print quality is great, and the sheet fed scanning is VERY useful. Being able to plug a flash drive into the scanner and save scans directly to it is also great. Another little known feature, 'webscan,' which lets you scan images through a web interface has also been useful.

Cons: It's very loud when doing anything (scanning or printing). Also, there is no USB scanner driver for Linux, so I have to either use the webscan or save directly to a flash drive via the USB port on it.

Overall Review: It's expensive, but worth every penny!

12/22/2007

Great for HTPCs

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4350 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card GV-R435OC-512I
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4350 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card GV-R435OC-512I

Pros: Runs wonderfully in my Arch Linux HTPC playing back video on my 1080p Sharp HDTV over HDMI. Audio worked as well after some tweaking of the settings.

Cons: I couldn't get HDMI audio working with the open source RadeonHD driver (though it is supposedly supported). However, it did work with the Catalyst driver, which required some tweaking of xorg.conf to obtain acceptable performance, but worked in the end. I wouldn't recommend this card for gaming, though, as the glxgears framerate was only ~2000 FPS.

Overall Review: If you run into problems with underscan (i.e., black bars on all sides of the image) when connecting this card to an HDTV with the Catalyst driver, there is a setting in the newer driver versions that allows you to fix that. I only use Linux, so none of these comments apply to Windows/Mac.

Fantastic PMP!

Creative ZEN 2.5" Black 32GB MP3 / MP4 Player
Creative ZEN 2.5" Black 32GB MP3 / MP4 Player

Pros: *Amazing amount of flash memory, with the capability to double with an SD card *Very thin *Amazing screen and sound quality *Love the GUI, though more customization would always be nice

Cons: *No FLAC/OGG support *Front of player draws fingerprints ridiculously easily - make sure you get a cover for it *If your headphones have a right-angle audio jack, then it will get in the way of the lock/on/off switch

Overall Review: *If you use Linux, Amarok's MTP support is pretty lacking (though Amarok 2 should fix that) *The only Linux software with good MTP support is Gnomad2, and it has a horrible (but bearable) GUI *Can't comment on the packaged software, as I never tried it out *Screen is too small to watch any videos - not really a con considering the size of the player is a pro, but don't expect to watch videos of any length on this without severely irritating your eyes

Lots of features, a little noisy

HP Photosmart C7280 CC567A Up to 34 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi Wireless Inkjet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
HP Photosmart C7280 CC567A Up to 34 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi Wireless Inkjet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: The number of features in this printer is absolutely ridiculous. It does just about anything you would want a PSC to do.

Cons: It's very loud when in operation, and it's also rather large.

Overall Review: No Linux compatibility for scanning, but you can connect a flash drive to it, and my Kubuntu Gutsy install automatically picked it up and mounted it when the printer was connected to my computer over USB. This meant I could just scan to the flash drive, and then copy the image file from there. There is full Linux support for printing, however. I haven't used the fax, so I can't comment on that.

Great audio, but it hurts a little

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Around the Ear DJ Headphones
Sennheiser HD280 Pro Around the Ear DJ Headphones

Pros: Wonderful audio quality, and it blocks external noise like no other. Wonderful price too ($70 when I got it).

Cons: My ears start to hurt after wearing them for a while, so you want to make sure you don't have a problem with regularly removing them and massaging your ears a little bit.

Not a single coaster!

TDK 4.7GB 16X DVD+R 100 Packs Spindle Discs Model 48521
TDK 4.7GB 16X DVD+R 100 Packs Spindle Discs Model 48521

Pros: Never had any problems with getting coasters, burning at 16x almost always.

Cons: None!

Overall Review: TDK and Newegg for the win!