Joined on 05/12/11
Pros: Price, solid construction, the "legendary ThinkPad Keyboard"
Cons: None for the price
Overall Review: When I saw this deal I jumped on it, even though I really didn't need another computer, it was just too good a deal to pass up. And I really do know about these machines, I work in the plant where we refurbished these, and I have enough confidence in our process that I bought one of these for myself.
Cheap, and not worth it
Pros: Easy setup Decent print quality
Cons: Worked fine the first day, never again.
Overall Review: Setup was pretty straightforward and my initial reaction was positive. However it quit working after a day. It acted like a communications problem but it wouldn't work with either wireless or a USB connection. Windows would see it and act like it was printing but nothing ever happened, no print, no error message, nothing. I junked it and did what I should have done in the first place, bought a decent mid range Brother MFP color laser. That machine hooked up and works just like it should, no fuss, no muss, it just works.
A few suggestions
Pros: I picked this case for my HTPC build about 2 years ago and if I had to do it over again I'd use the same case. I love the way it looks and it's fine for its intended purpose.
Cons: The biggest drawback is the dodgy driver for the LCD and the color. This thing looks like and old radio, the lights should be yellow or amber, like the dial of an old radio, not blue. The internals could be better, the optical drive doesn't line up well and if you add and remove the drive support too often you will strip out the holes in the wood the screws go into. The case also isn't real wood and the bronze looking front panel is plastic... but what do you want for $100?
Overall Review: I solved the optical drive problem with a big piece of double sided foam tape. It cushions the drive to help keep noise down, holds in in place and at just the right height. The stripped screw holes were easily fixed with a few drops of glue. Bottom line is even with it's flaws I REALLY like this case, it has character no other case can match and perfectly fits in with the eclectic nature of my AV setup.