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Derek K.

Derek K.

Joined on 09/30/03

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Most Favorable Review

Fast and Reliable

Canon imageFORMULA DR-2580C (0080B002) 24 bit CMOS 600 x 600 dpi Duplex Compact Color Scanner
Canon imageFORMULA DR-2580C (0080B002) 24 bit CMOS 600 x 600 dpi Duplex Compact Color Scanner

Pros: When installed on a clean slate, this scanner runs fast and is quite reliable. I have 2 of these running in my business and they are basically set and forget. The drivers will conflict with other scanners so be sure your computer is not too gunked up before you install. My staff use these without any training every day without trouble.

Cons: Bundled software is a little meager, no document management program. Supplied software does the job gets pages scanned to PDF without fuss and fast.

Overall Review: Unit is small and portable, I have taken it on the road several times without trouble. I worry about the little parts breaking however.

Most Critical Review

Difficult to use

Habey BIS-6763 Fanless Intel Core-i3 mini PC with COM/Serial Port
Habey BIS-6763 Fanless Intel Core-i3 mini PC with COM/Serial Port

Pros: This is a rugged and potentially powerful fanless computer that could be quite useful in a variety of non traditional settings.

Cons: As far as I can tell, there is no support or user community for this product. Calls and emails to Habey have all gone unanswered. An internet search results in a vacuum. There are no drivers listed on their website. The Intel website does not have drivers that are obviously useful for this product though that may change with more investigation.

Overall Review: I am in the habit of placing computers in remote and hostile location for monitoring tasks so I was excited to see a fanless rugged computer appear at this price point. The i3 mobile processor also promised better performance than the usual atom processor fare. However, at least under WinXP this has been an exceptionally difficult product to use. <br>Initially I could not get the product to POST. That was however related to the seating of the memory in its socket which was for me uncomfortably tight. That being resolved, the unit powered on and the BIOS was accessible. Memory, SSD and attached external USB CD drive were recognized. Predictably, WinXP did not find a SATA driver and installation of WinXP required slip streaming the Intel Moble Express Chipset SATA ACHI Controller onto the WinXP installation disc using nLite. It is at this point that I am stalled. There are a number of subsystems that lack drivers and they are predictable. Ethernet, video, SM bus all lack drivers. The standard Intel drivers downloaded off the Intel site do not work here. <br>I have further contacts out to Habey peding and I will post addendums to this review should I discover drivers that will allow this computer to function. I am planning on continuing to work with this computer for a while longer in hopes if actually getting it to function. Update to review: 06/11/16. This update may be moot since NewEgg does not seem to be stocking this anymore. However, since there is still nothing out there regarding this PC, I though I would update the interwebs with my experience. Habey now has drivers on their website for WinXP and Win7. The WinXP drivers worked ok but my SSD failed recently and I have tried to update to Win 7 32 bit. The LAN, chipset and audio drivers seem to work but the video drivers cause the system to freeze, not loading the desktop. You can revert to the generic drivers and the system will function but at a low resolution. The motherboard is coded TN-2367M which pull up a similar appearing board on a Chinese website but I could not find any drivers there.

Dead Simple

APRICORN EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL 2.5" IDE / SATA USB 2.0 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit
APRICORN EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL 2.5" IDE / SATA USB 2.0 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit

Pros: Dead simple, even a monkey could use it. Using included software, cloned my first drive in less than 20 min from opening the package to installing the new drive. Not flashy but it works.

Cons: Not meant to be a permanent drive enclosure as far as I can see. Case is plastic and just fits together. I would not take this on the road. Included software is somewhat limited in flaxibility.

Overall Review: Use to clone 5 different drives so far, no problems on each. Does what it is advertised to do with a minimum of fuss.