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HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 (G5J38A) Duplex 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi wireless/USB color Inkjet All-in-One Printer
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Pros: (NOTE TO NEWEGG, please add "Wide format" or 11 x 17 to the description, so folks will know what it is!)

Newest HP wide format printer. Has every kind of connection you would need - ethernet, wifi, wifi direct, air print, usb print.

And every feature you might need, scan, fax, duplex. And it prints fast.

If you need a wide format printer, and you prefer reliability of HP, this has all the features you might need.

Nice clean modern looks, fits into a office or home office well, without looking dated. Paper trays stick out.

Has two paper trays.

Cons: This can be used as a standard office printer if you like: fax, copy, print., but I suspect most offices more than two people will make out better by adding an inexpensive laser printer for day to day printing (way cheaper per page), and reserving this for wide format duty and the occasonal scan / fax.

Note, this can scan in 11x17, but only one page at at time, not through the document feeder.

So its not a con, but you do realize this thing is huge. Right?
Warning on the box to use two people to lift.
And it has a tiny lcd screen. Go figure.

Printer cartridges are the latest HP, so there is no aftermarket yet, and as such they are a bit more expensive than some others.

Every kind of feature possible, so it can be tricky to set up just the way you want. Went smoothly for me, but had to pay attention. :)

Other Thoughts: Will be using this primarily to print architectural drawings and plans. While color can be helpful, you can imagine its not critical. So hoping this thing will still print in black and white even if one of the color cartridges is out. (Which I won't know for a while, but it has been a problem I've had with other printers.)

Seems like a good solution for my use. If I only needed to print 11 x 17 once and a while, I might skip this and just go to the office store (like to have a bunch of brochures printed).

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Seagate SkyHawk 4TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: That the drive is optimized for 24/7 operation is reassuring.

I have only used the drive a short while, but it is doing duty recording 4 video sources, mixed between mpeg2 and mp4 with no hiccups at all. The 4TB size is a constraint on my current system, so this drive is perfect. (You may have a similar constraint, so check your system before buying larger version)

I've noted also, that transferring large files to the drive is snappy -- so this drive may be also be a good choice for a system that manages several large daily backups occurring simultaneously, i would think.

This Seagate drive apparently also has rotational vibration sensors, where the competition's barney colored drive does not. Something to think about if you need up to 16 drives in an array.

Cons: The price premium over other drives and the fact that the drive is designed specifically for surveillance systems means that its confusing if you might be considering this for other purposes. I guess at its most general, the drive is also ideal for lots of writes (and overwrites) such as managing backups for multiple sources.

Other Thoughts: Seagate (and other brand) optimizing drives for various purposes (desktop, NAS, surveillance, enterprise) is confusing. Especially for hybrid use cases which don't fit directly into one bucket. I suggest that Seagate give more detailed information to the consumer of what trade-offs are made with each type of drive so those inclined may make informed decisions on which drive is best for them.

For example, this drive may have reduced average seek time and caching that favors read ahead for large files, which make this less desirable as a primary OS drive, and perhaps as a NAS drive serving many users with small files.

As a NAS, its still not a bad choice due to its 24/7 reliability and great write throughput. This might be great for lots of big back ups, DVR or streaming movies workload. So I wouldn't be afraid to use in a NAS, especially if this is on sale.

If your use case is a surveillance video recording device, this is an absolute slam dunk.

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Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Welcome to the future. For now. 11/19/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem

Pros: The linksys CM3024 cable modem is great. It seems every year or so, Comcast increases the speed available to subscribers, which limits the life of your purchased modem. So you could buy a slightly cheaper 16 x 4 modem today and save a few bucks, or gamble that they'll raise the speed and you'll get 2-3 years out of this purchase. At a rental fee of $10/month, in three years you'll have saved over $200 on modem rentals if you buy this one.

I like that the modem uses a recent Intel chipset. I also like the fact that the modem is well ventilated -- hopefully that reduces the chance of overheating based failure.

This modem connected easily with Comcast. Its on the approved hardware list. My current service is "Blast" which was just raised to 200/10. Speedtest shows the modem cruising along at 230mbps. Nice.

Been in service a few weeks, no hiccups. Recommended.

Cons: You don't really need this modem if you don't need the speed, so you could save some money by buying the 16 x 4 or 8 x 4 versions.

The fastest cable modems out do 32 x 8. Not sure why Linksys didn't stretch to that. Maybe one is coming. Maybe they are waiting on the next big thing -- Docsis 3.1.

Other Thoughts: Cable providers set aside a number of cable channels for internet. These so called "EIA" slots are what normally carry your television channels. In the old days, one slot was used for each tv channel. Now with digital tv, they can pack a few tv channels in each slot (maybe a few SD channels or a HD and a couple SD channels, depending on how they are encoded and how much bandwidth they use).

The slots set aside for internet - which are exactly the same as slots used for TV -- are either download or upload. Download slots can each carry about 30mbps of bandwidth (depending on type of QAM and overhead, etc), and upload slots can carry a bit less. The number of allocated slots varies depending on location. This is because the infrastructure varies as to total number of slots available for both TV and internet, based on technology. Allocating more internet slots reduces the slots available for TV.

Last I checked in my area, Comcast set aside 16 slots for download and 3 for upload. The total bandwith of these slots limits what you and your neighbors (who are connected in the same neighborhood) have to share. So to minimize slowdowns due to neighbors, they bond more slots. This means even if your service is only for, say 50mbps, having more slots bonded in your modem means less chance of being slowed down by your neighbors.

That's a long way around saying that even if your package is not 150mbps, you can still get benefit from bonding as many slots as are available in your area.

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