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HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 (M9L66A#B1H) Duplex 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi Wireless / USB / Ethernet Color Inkjet MFC Printer
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Pros: The shipping box is well constructed and the printer securely packed with snug fitting styrofoam which allows for safe shipping. The HP Officejet Pro weighs a little more than twenty-five pounds. This is a large, heavy printer. More on that later. Comes with sketchy quick install instructions, but setup was notably easy. More on that later, too. Once unpacked and untaped, plug it in and install the provided ink cartridges. A USB cable is not provided. This is a four ink color printer, Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. Be sure and have a spacious set up area. This is a large, heavy unit which will require ample work space during setup.

When you plug the Officejet Pro 8710 into the USB, Windows 7 64 automatically searches online for driver updates. Windows will install the necessary drivers to make the unit operational. The driver Windows 7 installs is from 2015, so you will want to eventualy update to the latest driver HP has to offer. When you run the provided installation CD you are immediately prompted to go oline to get the latest drivers, etc. for setup. I would do this as opposed to set up from the CD. I like this download and install drivers/software online feature very much. You don't have to scroll through a list of endless drivers to find what you are looking for. HP's setup and install does the work for you. After running the online driver/software installation program the driver is still from August 2015 meaning no updated driver is available from HP. The installation files are well over 325 MB of hard drive space and I chose custom install while unchecking some of the installation programs available. Read my 'other thoughts' regarding my experience using the HP 8710.

Cons: I mentioned earlier this is a large, heavy printer. The unit is a foot tall and 19" wide and takes a considerable amount of desk space. The unit is larger than the multifunction Canon and older HP unit's we have around the offices. This is a big piece of office equipment weighing in at over 25 LBs.. I will mention, unlike the multifunction units we have, the HP Officejet 8710 has no simple manual 'Copy' button in plain view on top of the machine. There are no manual-type function buttons on the printer. Only the slightly angled out LED screen located on the front of the unit. Nothing on top. This is fine if you are sitting in chair next to it, but if the receptionist walks over to the printer to make a copy, there is no simple manual 'Copy' button to push. Using the small LED screen, reading smallish instructions, three pushes or commands are required to make a simple, single black and white 'copy' of a document. For our purposes, a simple manual button to produce one simple black and white copy would work nicely. I am 6'3" tall and I do have to bend over and somewhat squint or strain to read the smallish LED screen. So, if you are setting at your desk in a chair next to the printer, this is not a problem. But in a busy office it is a lot to do pressing at a small LED screen three to six times to make a quick black and white one or two page copy. I was going to take a star away from my rating for the afrementioned issues. But just being able to set up the wireless capabilities on the first try (painless) and the excellent quality of the color prints made me change my mind. I will mention I did a search on Newegg for replacement ink cartridges. The only cartridges available are HP's own replacement ink. I have owned the HP 3710 for only a short while and have not yet needed to replace the ink cartridges. When I do replace them and if I find HP has 'hardwired' this unit to use only their replacement cartridges, that fact alone would sway my positive opinion of the product heavily in the other direction. Otherwise this is a great performing state-of-the-art mid level inkjet multifunction machine. Lots to like. For the price, hard to beat indeed. I would recommend this machine to anyone needing a scan, print copy solution at a fair price.

Other Thoughts: In our business we do a fair amount of clinical photograpy. When we do print close-up color prints of our camera work, things like skin tone and natural look of skin surface, etc. are important and in some instances crucial. In the past we have had many three color ink jet printers that just did not produce sharp enough quality and color for professional clinical prints. I will say the HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 produced high enough quality close-up color prints to use in our business. I was pleased at the quality and color of the color prints produced on photo paper. So the excellent quality of the color prints is reason enough to own this multifunction HP printer. Moving on, the desktop Scanner software is excellent and the machine produces excellent color scans. Excellent! I like having a multifuncrion machine that performs so well and so many things In the past I have encountered problems and wasted considerable time setting up the wireless program on various wireless printers. The setp for the HP 3710 is easy. Yep. Easy. I used the HP software installed on my computer from the earlier online setup to run the wireless set-up wizard. Done. Bravo! I did not need the fax so I chose not to set up the program. The only phone line avaialbe at the time was a Google Voice line which is not friendly with Fax machines.

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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent in every way, State-of-the-art. 10/02/2016

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black

Pros: Setup consisted of plugging the unit into my PC which is great since the included Quick Start Guide in it's entirety consists of a few pictures demonstrating how to plug the drive in. After plugging the drive in, I opened My Computer and found the Seagate Backup Plus drive, all 6TB of it, had indeed installled correctly and was ready for use. A Start_ Here _Win Icon is installed from Seagate and if you click that lcon and sign up with Seagate, the Seagate DashBoard software program is available for download. Once installed, Seagate Dashboard gives you several options including PC Backup and Restore a Backup. Also, Mobile Device backup is available. You would be required to create a Seagate Mobile Device backup account, which I declined to do for now, and download the Seagate free backup App to your mobile device. I download the APP to my tablet, but declined to create the acount with Seagate for the time being. Seagate requires the password to my email account which I am unwilling to give at this time. I will mention signing up at Seagate is very simple and two great offers of 200GB One Drive Cloud Storage free for 2 years as well as Seagate's offer to provide their Rescue Data Recovery plan for 2 years for about ten bucks are available.

A few other observations:

Seagate Dashboard software is straight forward and user friendly. Account sign up is fast and simple. With the software you can easily create backup files for multiple computers, notebooks, etc. at home as well as office.

The two port USB 3.0 charging hub recharges your device while plugged into the Seagate Backup plus. Multiple devices as well as multiple storage hard drives can be accessed simultaneously.

The Drive comes formatted NTFS from Seagate.

The form factor is small, about the size of a 2.5 hard drive. The enclosure has a gloss black finish with a single, non bothersome, power indicator low level white light on the front.

Two performance tests I ran:

Ran synthetic ATTO Disk Benchmark 3.05v. software immediately after setup.

ATTO results for a 64MB file transfer test: WRITE 40.124 MB/Sec. READ 39.827 MB/Sec.

Using my computer's 3.0 connector I copied a 66GB 785 itemYoutube video file from my internal storage WD 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0 Enterprise hard drive to the Seagate Backup Plus. Copy time was 37 minutes which I consider to be fast where a USB 3.0 hard drive is involved. Average transfer rate during the 66GB video file transfer test was approximately 33MB/Sec. My compurer has a Core i7 4790K @4.2 GHz with 32 GB RAM. The transferred video files were in perfect order and played flawlessly when accessed from the Seagate Backup Plus storage drive. Obviously you can store a massive amount of video and music files with this portable unit.

I have one unique use for this 6TB Seagate Plus storage drive. I can use the Seagate Backup Plus as the storage drive for my continuous live multiple IP Camera video. ISpy is a free download video surveillance software that, when available, can use a storage device such as this to record and store live surveillance video. If you are like me and have IP cameras and want to store live surveillance video, this portable drive is a perfec solution. Especially if you have multiple locations running Ispy surveillance video.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I found the Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB 3.0 USB storage drive to be state-of-the-art in every way possible. Highly recommend for anyone shopping for a large capacity cutting edge portable storage device for home or business. Comes with Seagate's 5 year warranty

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LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender
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2 out of 5 eggs Dissappointed 07/25/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender

Pros: See Cons.

Cons: I wanted to install the Linksys AC1200 with the intention of using a 'wired' IP camera as essentially, with the addition of the wireless extender, a 'wireless' camera. I needed a security camera in the front office. My router is located in the back office some distance away. Good quality wireless IP cameras are expensive. I already had a nice wired IP camera and did not want to run fifty feet of cable up the walls into the crawl space then out of the ceiling, down the walls and into the front office.

Linksys instructs to place the extender halfway between the router and the wireless device, plug the extender in, wait for a solid white light and the extender should be up and providing wireless connectivity. I found my Windows 7 notebook's wireless adapter had indeed 'found' the available Linksys Extender connection. When I used that connection, I was able to view my camera, but the wireless extender connection was totally unsecured. Also, the signal seemed to 'fade' in and out. What I was never able to accomplish was to install the extender in a configuration that worked or made any connection whatsoever to my 'wired' Windows 7 computer. My IP camera software is installed on my wired computer.

Here is a link to the online manual for the extender. No manual or direct link to this manual was provided by Linksys to the end user.

http://downloads.linksys.com/downloads/userguide/1224702174282/MAN_RE6500_LNKPG-00125_RevA01_EN.pdf

I followed every step listed in the manual multiple times in my attempt to configure my wired Windows 7 computer. I never was able to properly configure the extender to show up in my computer's 'Network'. Of course, I went into the router and attempted to make adjustments to aid in the detection of the extender. I could not make the extender present as a working device in my Computer's Network.

Here is I link provided by Linksys I found detailing setup on their extender. Again, I tried using this guide to set up my wired computer, but to no avail.

http://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=140738

Installation instructions consist of a 3x5 card with 4 steps pointing to proper installation of the unit. One final suggestion on the card suggests if you have run into issues attempting to properly set up the Linksys extender is to go to linksys.com/support . In my estimation, the process of finding any feasible solution to a specific installation problem like I ran across could take hours, possibly days should I go that route.

At any rate, running 50ft. of cable is what I am left with to get my wired security IP camera working. I was disappointed in the extender and the difficulty I had with a properly functioning setup. I thought the 3x5 card set up instruction card with the link to Linksys support forum was terribly lacking. I put in a good four hours of my time trying unsuccessfully to properly set up this extender.

Unlike the picture provided in the product description, the unit I received was a retail box Linksys RE6500 AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender

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