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Pros: Fast and reasonably priced, with a solid reputation and reviews. Easy installation using 3rd party cloning software. Once optimized, these provide VERY fast OS boot times and program functionality.
Cons: Glad I thought ahead and ordered a tray to convert this to the standard HD bay width--as there is none in the box.
Other Thoughts: Running a graphics and general office workstation. This cut full boot & AV scan time down from nearly 3 minutes to "work ready" in 70 seconds. Coupled with a bump in the DRAM from 16 to 32Gb, this drive is letting my i7 3770 processor tear through VERY large Photoshop operations without hesitation. Applications are up in mere seconds. The supplied Magician management software will at least double to triple the out of the box performance with MS driver management. Great drive, great price! And don't forget to buy a mounting tray...
It has now been over a year since I bought and installed this drive. In that time it has proven to be a solid, blazingly fast performer. OS was upgraded from Win7 Pro64 to Win10 Pro64 several months back, and this drive delivers even faster boot and Windows operations than before. I keep an eye on my drives with CrystalDiskInfo 6.7.5, and the SMART metrics have remained unchanged since installation. Who could ask for more? Highly recommended.
Pros: Bought this a couple months ago to replace an old Dell color, and an HP mono. After much research, this appeared to present the best combination of price, consumable cost, print quality, and cost per page. So far it has proven all of this.
Printing is slow with the PS driver. Very slow. For our general office needs, PCL6 and 5 are just fine in output quality and speed—after a 10 second or so warmup pages output at near the specified rate. Consumption of toner is light, and the printer ships with filled standard capacity cartridges. We are at nearly 1800 pages and the black capacity indicator is only down one bar. Well rated third party High Yield cartridges are available at about a quarter of the price of OEM.
Output quality on PCL6 is sharp and clean. Graphics and photos display nicely—there is no difference seen in text between that driver and the PS. Photographs and detailed graphics have a bit of extra punch on PS, but for general office and handout use the PCL solutions are more than satisfactory. Paper feeds clean with no jams or issues, and we did not experience the ‘envelope’ issue cited in another review.
Output tray is smashing! Unlike many printers now that essentially spew the paper to a flat top—this one is recessed and happily holds over 300 pages without scattering. Top controls are adequate, and the display gives one all the info they need. It’s a printer, not a space shuttle. The paper tray holds 500+ sheets, and picks up flawlessly at all levels.
Cons: The driver interface leaves a bit to be desired for color adjustment. We turn off the auto and let the application handle the balance. Inserting materials into the bypass feeder does not automatically select that tray—one needs to manually select the bypass otherwise it picks up from the main tray.
Plastic on the exterior side shells is a bit thin—but adequate. The bypass tray door is a bit flimsier than I would like—but I don’t plan to sit on it. Ambient and printing noise is a bit louder than some printers, but is certainly quieter than either of the laser printers it replaces in my office. From sending the job to print takes 10 seconds of warmup on PCL. Not a big deal when you really think about it. Print time on PS is excruciating.
Other Thoughts: It’s very difficult to find a small office/workgroup printer that has a low cost of consumables (even third party), very high quality text and color output, and a lack of well documented maintenance issues across time. This printer delivers on all of that and is a little workhorse. I recommend it, and would buy another if the need arose.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Large capacity--when working.
Cons: As noted in other reviews, this is one noisy drive. Spun up it is loud enough to hear in a quiet office space. On reads and writes, it chatters and taps very noticeably. This particular drive regularly appeared and disappeared from the SATA3 controller after about 3 weeks of operation. Moving it to another, slower SATA port on the secondary motherboard controller set seemed to cure it--for three days. Same thing--and sometimes even on reboot would not recognize the thing. Only hot plugging it would restore it in the device/drive manager. Never knew when it would drop out--not a happy thing for PhotoShop or large spreadsheets. I bought another PCIe SATA controller to rule out a failing bridge chipset on the motherboard--it did the same thing. End of this part of the story? It has been replaced with a 4TB Seagate drive that has not had a bit of problem. Time to contact Western Digital, because at nearly 60 days it is out of Newegg refund/RMA replacement coverage.
Often very very slow reads of a folder--freezing the Explorer whilst the green indicator slowly crept across the location
Other Thoughts: For many years I have relied on WD and the various "Caviar" and "Black" drives for essential workstation storage. Two Black drives I bought last year (500Gb) for another workstation failed within weeks of each other a couple months ago. The reviews seem to suggest this is not all that uncommon--and an internet search reveals lots of issues identical to what I experienced. Perhaps it's time for me to consider other brands on a permanent basis...READ FULL REVIEW