Joined on 06/14/04
Pros: Have this installed at 2 client locations and it works great. One location didn't need to replace the starter cartridge for over a year, under regular use. Networking setup was just as easy as any HP Jet Direct, don't know why anyone had problems. We have one installed on an all Linux (Ubuntu) network, and one on an all Windows network, and both work fine.
OK but Some Design Flaws
Pros: Fast, good looks, good features
Cons: Run and I.T. company, bought 4 for a client. The Mouse left/right click "bar" SUCKS! It is awkward, skinny, in a bad position, and hard to push, especially with a relaxed flat-lying thumb and is quite a reach compared to just about every other laptop I've ever used. The further to the edges you push the easier it will go down, but the further of a reach it is. Also, the NUMPAD, which would normally be a big plus for a laptop is not a standard design. the + key is at the top and the enter key is at the bottom (as opposed to having these to keys along the right-hand side). I'm just wondering why whoever designed this laptop decided to re-invent the wheel with these two things??? DUMB DUMB DUMB.
Overall Review: overall OK laptop, if it had the standard "fat" left and right click buttons right at the bottom of the touchpad (or were at least no so darn stiff) AND had a standard numpad (like HP, Toshiba and Acer models), then I would have given if 5 stars.
Pros: Display port output (at least it has a video output which many all-in-ones do not, the reason I bought this model)
Cons: Agree with other Review, the model in the picture is much more modern looking. The actual unit is pretty bland looking, but that's typical Lenovo so that wasn't my biggest issue. Biggest problem I have with it is the stupid fan! The BIOS only has 3 settings for the fan, "acoustic, thermal, or high," all of which suck. In the afternoon once it's warm the fan constantly ramps (revs) up and down and after about an hour of subconsciously hearing this I notice that I'm super stressed out and then every time it ramps back up (about every 3 seconds) I feel super anxious. So, I tried just setting the fan to High so that it's a steady spin, but it's way too loud. Basically they should've designed the cooling much better or figured out how to insulate the acoustics of it because I'm going to get rid of it just so that I don't have a heart attack from this thing constantly and subconsciously making me stressed out.
Overall Review: Very un-modern look, matte screen (not a big deal), like the display port out and other features, but HATE the constant ramping-up and down of fan.
Fast, but that's it
Pros: Fast printing, scanning, copying
Cons: Where to begin? Do not get as a network MFC, after owning several Brother network printers this doesn't even come close to the features Brother offers, the Network Scanning STINKS!Also, NO MATTER what I do it prints crooked. It might be a defective printer, and it's worse from the feed tray, but both the tray and cartridge guides are as tight as they'll go and it still prints crooked, EVERYTIME. Highly dissapointed Canon.
Overall Review: I've owned two Canon inkjet printers in the past and they were awesome, so I was confident when purchasing this printer it would be of high quality. I guess that's just too much to ask these days.
Pros: Easy setup, cheap VPN solution, built-in wireless. Works great, at least with Windows XP.
Cons: PPTP VPN worked fine with XP with minimal setup, but could not get it working with Windows 7 (did not try it in Vista yet). Also had some problems with DDNS geting updated, would have to manually go into the router and refresh it for it to update. Tech support had me try flashing it with the 1.20 beta firmware, which failed at 99% and crashed the device, now have to pay shipping back to DLink to fix. They had no other fix... meaning no VPN Client software to use (instead of the built-in Windows VPN dialer).
Overall Review: The Feature set on this device for its price is unmatched, and I can't say for certain the DDNS wouldn't work. It was just that when I would reboot power to the router (and hence pull a new IP from the ISP) it would not update in real time. I put the DDNS timeout setting to the minimum 1 hour, so maybe after an hour it would update? I didn't have time to wait an hour though when trying to set up the VPN. I was using the free DDNS service from DLink. (But again, the problem in was the router not connecting to the DDNS server until going into the router DDNS Config and clicking "Save Settings")