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Matt M.

Matt M.

Joined on 06/08/06

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Great performance and features

HP Officejet Pro 8610 (A7F64A) Duplex 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi USB / Ethernet / Wireless Color Thermal Inkjet MFC Printer
HP Officejet Pro 8610 (A7F64A) Duplex 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi USB / Ethernet / Wireless Color Thermal Inkjet MFC Printer

Pros: Fast! I've owned plenty of printers over the years and this is by far the fastest. I am very pleased with the speed, even when printing color documents and photos at the standard quality settings. Full wireless capabilities, including direct wireless connections for printing and web services. It will even automatically update the onboard software\firmware when connected to the internet (this can be disabled by the user if desired). Duplexer is included. This allows you to print on both sides of the paper automatically. There are plenty of printers that can't do this, so a welcome feature indeed. ADF (Auto Document Feeder) can handle up to 35 sheets of letter or legal sized paper. Great for when you need to make multiple copies fast and efficiently. Main input tray can hold up to 250 sheets of plain paper or A4, 80 sheets of photo paper, or 30 envelopes. Scanner can handle 1200 DPI scans directly from the glass and 300 DPI from the ADF (300 DPI is sufficient for most scenarios). It's possible to scan legal sized documents via the ADF, which is great. Includes a small 3 inch color LCD touchscreen control panel for interfacing with the printer directly. The images it produces are sharp and very easy to read. It's possible to set up the printer from this control panel, run diagnostics, scan, copy, fax, and much more. Printed documents and photos come out very nice. No ink smearing and the edges of text are sharp. Photos are equally as impressive. I have absolutely no complaints regarding the print quality. Overall performance of the 8610 is excellent. Uses separate cartridges for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black, which isn't surprising as all the best printers do this. In addition to the wireless connectivity, the 8610 also supports Ethernet and USB connections. There are also two RJ11 telephone line connections for the fax capabilities built into the printer. HP's ePrint feature is very useful as well. This gives the printer a unique email address that you can utilize to print from any Android or iOS device. I tested it and it works pretty well. There is an ePrint app for Android that simplifies the process. I suspect Apple's app store has a similar app, however I did not test this myself. There are other ways to print from newer Android devices, but this method works on any device that can send an email. The packaging was phenomenal. The unit was very well protected and thin plastic was placed all over the surface to prevent scratches. I wish every product was packed this well...

Cons: I do have to note that the first unit I received was completely DOA. It wouldn't even power on. There was no noticeable shipping damage to the unit itself, so I suspect that it left the factory this way. This really blows my mind and I can't imagine how this could have happened, but it did nonetheless. Thankfully, HP has great support and they sent me a brand new replacement after I contacted them and explained the whole situation. They even shipped the replacement unit to me first, along with a prepaid shipping label so I could return the defective unit at no cost to me. Their prompt replacement of this DOA unit has earned HP some points with me, which is why this review isn't as harsh as it could have been. However, the DOA unit does concern me. I hope there isn't a bad batch out there because HP could have a real mess on their hands if so. Another obvious con is that this is one big hefty unit. It weighs 35 lbs and it stands about a foot tall. You'll need ample space for it, so bank on that beforehand. Ink cartridges for the Officejet series are VERY expensive. The whole set of XL cartridges costs $112 or more at most popular online retailers, which is too steep for a lot of folks. You could always try using refilled cartridges or even refilling them on your own, but HP has made it very hard to do that these days. I haven't tried any non genuine carts in this printer, but I've read about other people having issues in that scenario. HP is one of the more aggressive companies when it comes to the aftermarket ink cartridge trade. They claim that non-genuine ink isn't reliable and can actually damage their printers, but there are many people that would argue otherwise. All I know is that their ink is more expensive than gold by weight, so I think it's safe to say that it's overpriced. Ships with ink cartridges marked for "setup". I believe these cartridges have a little less ink than standard replacement cartridges. Also, these setup carts HAVE to be used to initialize the printer. Once the printer has been initialized with them, it will no longer be able to use any other "setup" cartridges. Also, these setup cartridges become married to the printer once they are installed, meaning they will not work in any other new printer. As you can see, HP goes through a lot to ensure no cartridge swapping of any kind is taking place. In my opinion they are going overboard here. There are reports that this printer will not function with only the black ink cartridge installed. I did not test this, but I have heard about HP using this tactic in the past. In addition to that, even after you set the printer to greyscale printing only, it will still use a little color ink. Not sure what the deal is with this, but I have to admit that it's quite shady. Just be aware of this before you drop the cash on one of HP's printers. This model also doesn't support Near Field Communication like the 8620/8630 does. NFC makes printing from a smartphone super ea

Overall Review: All those cons aside, this is a wonderful printer for the price. I have no doubts that it will satisfy anyone with a low to moderately heavy workload. It's a good alternative to the more expensive laser printers for a small office. That said, you're still going to want a laser printer if you have a very heavy workload and print quality is paramount. It's likely that I would have given this printer a five egg rating had it not been for the DOA unit and what I perceive to be shady business practices regarding their ink.

Most Critical Review

Updated EggXpert review

Belkin NetCam F7D7601, Wi-Fi IP Camera w/ Night Vision, Easy mobile-device setup
Belkin NetCam F7D7601, Wi-Fi IP Camera w/ Night Vision, Easy mobile-device setup

Pros: First of all I want to point out that this is an updated review. I felt the need to provide this update after testing this product more thoroughly. Very easy to set up. The free Android app is simple to use and has a very basic layout that just about anyone should be able to figure out. Night vision works well and I'm actually surprised by the range the IR lights provide. Wide angle lense offers a decent viewing area, despite the relatively low 640 x 480 max resolution. Offers both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection options. Fully adjustable and can be wall-mounted if desired. It ships with everything needed to accomplish this.

Cons: The documentation is simply horrid. It's not that it's just basic, it's completely devoid of info regarding the features offered by this camera. The recording function is not detailed at all and it's not clear if this camera supports PoE or not. All you get is a very basic quick start guide that guides you through the initial set-up using a smartphone. Forces you to use a smartphone to initially set-up the camera. It's not clear if you can even accomplish this via a PC or Laptop, although Belkin does force you to update the firmware via a PC or laptop (AFTER set-up has been completed). I don't get this at all... Can't achieve more than 8-10 fps no matter how I configure it. It's possible to set the frame rate to 30 fps but it's just not possible to actually achieve it, even with the video quality set to the lowest setting. Motion is very choppy all the time. Buggy performance and delays are common. Sometimes there's anywhere from a 30-60 second delay between what you're viewing and what's actually being recorded. The only way to combat this is to keep logging in and out so the feed resets. This is very annoying. So far, the only time I can view the video\audio feed without any timeouts is when I'm connected to my Wi-Fi at home. This is the single biggest issue I have with this camera. My Galaxy S2 uses Tmobile's HSPA+ 4G network, which averages around 15-25 Mb/s, which should be sufficient for this camera. However, I get constant freezing and timeouts (with the 5 min timeout message). I can't even enable audio when connected via the 4G network. When I try to enable audio, I get a message that the audio should come on shortly but it never does. This is simply unacceptable because I'm unable to view the video feed while on the go for any practical length of time. I have to keep logging in and out to even catch a few minutes of the feed, because it usually freezes after running for a minute or so. There is a recording feature built into the mobile app. However, there are two issues with it that keep it from actually being useful. First, it limits your recordings to a maximum of 4 minutes in length. There is no way to set this any higher. Once the 4 minutes is up it simply stops recording. Secondly, the quality of the recordings are horrible due to a high level of compression. Since the video signal is already poor to begin with, the heavy compression makes it almost unwatchable on larger screens. When logged into the video feed from a PC or laptop, there is no record function. You would have to use third party software to capture the feed. Doesn't make any sense...

Overall Review: I just wish I would have had the time to test this product more thoroughly back when I first received it. That way my initial review would have been more accurate. As it was, I had a few different products to review at that time so I felt somewhat rushed, therefore my initial review painted this product in a much better light. Basically it comes down to this... This camera is only viable for monitoring live feeds while you're at home connected to your Wi-Fi. Performance is abysmal in any other scenario, making this product pretty much useless for monitoring on the go. I keep waiting for Belkin to release a new firmware to address the buggy performance, however it still hasn't come. I updated the firmware when I first received this product a few months ago and there hasn't been any updates since then. If you want the ability to monitor the feed from anywhere, or the ability to record and take snapshots via motion detection, don't even bother with this camera. In fact, I'd say don't even bother with it at all.

Simply an EXCELLENT case in every way

Fractal Design Define R6 Gunmetal Brushed Aluminum/Steel ATX Silent Modular Tempered Glass Window Mid Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define R6 Gunmetal Brushed Aluminum/Steel ATX Silent Modular Tempered Glass Window Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Very well designed and the build quality is insanely impressive. You'd think the price would be at least $100 more for this case. The brushed aluminum and heavy tempered glass just oozes quality. Can be arranged to fit nearly any liquid cooling setup you could desire, including a dual-loop setup. I can't believe they were able to engineer this case in such a way to allow this considering the size of it. I'm used to full-towers but this mid-tower allows for more than most full-tower cases. Very clean looking and has all the features necessary to wire up your build CLEANLY. You can even buy a tempered glass panel for the opposite side and show off your great cable management skills there as well. Great airflow, even with the default fans. But you have the ability to really upgrade this and add some nice exhaust\intake fans up top. EVERY intake will be filtered by the way, which is great. There is soundproofing built-in which is awesome and does work, but if you decide to take off the top panel to add fans you won't benefit much from the sound proofing. If you really want the soundproofing to work as intended, buy the standard side panel instead of using the tempered glass panel. But I myself love the tempered glass panel and noise hasn't been an issue for me in this case. It's still fairly quiet even with the glass panel and top panel removed for using exhaust fans (which I do use). Has the ability to add a TON of 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives. This was a MUST for me because I have a lot of drives. You can add a total of 11 2.5/3.5 drives using the drive cage and slide out trays (comes with six but you can buy them separate) and you can add another four 2.5 inch drives as well (two behind the motherboard and two under the motherboard in front). The ability to add all this storage is excellent, especially when you consider you can actually fit an EATX board in this case which would have a ton of SATA ports. Does actually have one optical disc drive bay. This is rare today but again, something I wanted since I still use Blu-Ray combo drives to this day. I also love the fact that this case has front audio and four total USB slots in the front, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports. The aesthetics are just amazing. They managed to make it look clean as can be in the front with the brushed aluminum door, yet gave it a nice sized gap so the front intakes can take in enough air to cool your system. This is one beautiful case...

Cons: There really aren't many I can think of. I do wish there was a little more room from where DRAM is installed and the top of the case. This is because if you install an AIO cooler and install the radiator and fans on the top, there is a chance it will interfere with your DRAM unless it's lower profile dimms. I had to get some thinner 15mm fans to keep my Corsair Vengeance DRAM from hitting into the fans on top (using an H100i RGB Pro CPU cooler).

Overall Review: I can't recommend this case enough. It's completely modular, beautiful, and performs excellent in all areas. This case is revolutionary in some ways and made a believer out of me that a mid-tower case can house one killer system. In the past I thought only full-tower cases could pull off the builds you can pull off with this case. Fractal has proved that to be wrong. For this price, you can't go wrong at all.

Simply a well-made case fan, period.

Corsair AF Series AF140 LED (2018) CO-9050085-WW 140mm White LED Case Fan, Single Pack
Corsair AF Series AF140 LED (2018) CO-9050085-WW 140mm White LED Case Fan, Single Pack

Pros: These days case fans are a lot better than they used to be, so they really have to stand out to be good fans. Thankfully, the AF series from Corsair does just that. Rated to go as high as 1150 RPM and move 62CFM of air, you can really get some nice intake from this fan. I recommend buying this as in intake if you are just buying the one. Most cases today do support 140mm in the front and I always recommend them when possible. The noise, even at full speed, isn't bad at all. No bad vibration to speak of, which is very good. The bearings aren't anything space age (looks like sleeve bearings), however they are very high quality sleeve bearings. The white LED isn't too bright, but not too dark either. I think it's quite perfect and white LED's tend to be the best looking ones in my opinion. This fan is just very well-built and looks great in all aspects. You can't go wrong.

Cons: If you're gonna buy an LED fan, you may as well get a fan that supports RGB. I prefer to be able to change the color of my fans myself. However if you know you want all white, you can't go wrong just choosing this. Only has a 3-pin connector so it doesn't support PWM unfortunately.

Overall Review: Can't say much more. I mean this is just a fan and it works great. I recommend it if you don't need RGB or PWM functionality. That's the only reason I didn't give it 5 eggs.

Great Budget Case!

Cooler Master MasterBox K500 ARGB ATX Mid Tower w/ Front Semi-Meshed Ventilation, Tempered Glass Side Panel, ARGB Lighting System & 2 x 120mm ARGB Fans
Cooler Master MasterBox K500 ARGB ATX Mid Tower w/ Front Semi-Meshed Ventilation, Tempered Glass Side Panel, ARGB Lighting System & 2 x 120mm ARGB Fans

Pros: It's been quite a while since I reviewed a case on the budget end of the spectrum. I've always spent a bit more on my cases because I know I'm gonna use them for multiple builds. Cases tend to outlast other parts of you build by a pretty large margin of time. That said, I can't look past all the great things this model offers. Just to be clear, this review is for the K500 model that comes with a mesh front panel, tempered glass side panel, and two RGB fans in front. There are MANY different models here so I wanted to make that clear. I love the design. It's small, but heavy and well built. The tempered glass is some of the heaviest I've seen used in cases, meaning it's very high quality. That surprised me, pleasantly. There is room in the front to install a nice big 280mm radiator and still also fit in any of the flagship GPU's available today. That right there is more than enough to get most gamers interested. Up top you have a really sweet magnetic fan filter that comes off very easily to clean. You can install two more 120mm fans there, which I do wish were included, but hey this is a budget case so I really didn't expect them to fill every fan slot. You get one more 120mm exhaust in the back, which isn't an RGB fan. You could however easily install one. I LOVE the included power supply shroud. It covers up your PSU and hard drives (except for any SSD's you may install up top) for a nice clean, tidy look. There is plenty of room in the back to route cables so you can easily get a clean looking system here, even with all the fans installed. I typically am not fan of budget cases but this case really does everything most gamers and a lot of enthusiasts would need it to do.

Cons: This could be a deal-breaker for some. Like myself, as I have 8 hard drives installed in my 800D. What I don't understand is there is more room to install other SATA SSD's, but CM only included one bracket for them for use at the top near the front drive bays. They could have at least included one mOnly supports a maximum of 3 hard drives installed at any one time.ore bracket to give you the ability to install 4 drives in total. No optical drive bays AT ALL. Now I know a lot of people don't use them anymore. But I would have liked to have the option for at least one. I myself STILL use Blu-Ray drives in my PC so not having native support for one really would irk me. You could of course, you an external drive. With USB 3.1 you don't have to worry about any losses in speed. That said, external drives are a lot more expensive. Just make sure you have a USB installation drive for Windows (everyone should!).

Overall Review: So I really like this case. I think it's best for mini-ITX or microATX builds, although you can also build a very nice standard ATX system as well. Just be prepared to be a bit limited with internal storage. Power users typically like to use a lot of drives, so you might be turned off by the fact that you can only fit three in here without rigging something. Other than that, I totally recommend this case. I'm really surprised CM managed to create a budget case that's so well-built and easy on the eyes.

Top-Notch budget drive here from Corsair

Corsair Force MP300 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x2, NVME 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP300
Corsair Force MP300 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x2, NVME 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP300

Pros: I have to admit, I was even more impressed with this drive than I thought I would be, and I had high hopes. First of all, this uses state-of-the-art 3D TLC NAND developed by Toshiba. It's some of their newest memory that offers an ideal mix of performance, endurance, and value. Enhanced wear leveling and error correction. This is something you expect from the high-end NVMe drives, but at this price-point it's great to see this. This does a lot to extend the lifespan of the drive. Corsair's SSD Toolbox is a useful app. While it only works on Corsair's own drives, it does make some things easy to do. For example, if you want to utilize TRIM manually, you can do it here. Or if you'd like to clone your old drive over to your shiny new NVMe, the utility will help you do this. Speeds are incredible. Now I'm running on a Z97X-UD5H motherboard with an i7 4790K@4.7Ghz. While it supports M.2 NVMe drives, it is limited to only a theoretical throughput of 10 Gb/s (1200 MB/s) and populating the M.2 slot on this board will prevent you from using two of the SATA 3 ports. Since I'm already using all my SATA Ports, PLUS I wanted the full speed of this drive, I decided to buy a nice M.2 to PCIe adapter (settled on a Silverstone ECM22 with copper backplate for added cooling). See, I had an open PCIe port since my X-Fi Sound card and EVGA 1080Ti SC2 graphics card don't use up all the slots I have on hand. I'm very glad I bought the ECM22 adapter (here at Newegg BTW) because I achieved speeds near the advertised rates. I easily hit 1550 MB/s sequential reads and all my other stats were as they should be, so I won't bore you with the numbers. Just know I'm very happy with the results and I'm a picky enthusiast. M.2 2280 form factor means it'll fit in just about any modern m.2 slot. Five-year warranty. That right there tells you everything you need to know about Corsair's thoughts of this product. They are willing to stand by it for that long, which means they know for a fact it's made with quality components. The only reason it's cheaper is because it's an x2 drive, while the majority of the expensive NVMe drives are x4 drives.

Cons: This drive is only a x2 drive. This does hold it back from achieving what the more expensive NVMe drives can do, like speeds in excess of 3500 MB/s for instance. That said, this drive is still fast by any standard. Would have liked to see a feature in the software utility for updating FW. This can be highly beneficial to performance and longevity.

Overall Review: So I literally had to REALLY dig to find anything to complain about with this drive. There is no reason not to buy it if you want something fast and don't want to break the bank. The MP300 series comes in different sizes, all of which can help you find what you need. While this may only be a x2 NVMe drive, it's still three times faster than any SATA SSD, plus has a five-year warranty to back it up. I honestly couldn't be happier recommending this and I'm very glad I had the opportunity to test this out. Incredibly good drive when you factor in everything about it. Keep up the great work Corsair. Can't wait to see what's next!