Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - Full Version Top Desktop 2014

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - Full Version

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - Full Version


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A lot of noise was made about Windows 8 removing the start menu, and that’s problematic, but it misses the real point of why Windows 8 gets such bad reviews from so many users: nothing was added back to replace or improve the lost functionality and MANY things were added that don’t seem to do anything but annoy and impede.

I’m a network administrator using Windows 8.1 because I have to in order to take advantage of the new management tools for Hyper-V 3.0. I’ve had a number of problems so far:

1. The Server Manager that is added by the RSAT download is nice, but everything it can do you can do with remote PowerShell commands and some things it can’t do that you HAVE to do with remote PowerShell commands (or enable remote desktop and actually log into the server remotely).

2. Windows 8.1, like 8.0, still gets in your way by default even though the option is finally there to get it out of your way in some cases. For example, you still have to use local group policy to get rid of the lock screen which serves no purpose but to be an extra keystroke before you can log in. You can finally log in straight to the desktop, which is nice, but even on the “Pro” version you still have to actually set it. That’s annoying enough on the consumer desktop, but for a “Professional” operating system where functionality and efficiency should presumably trump aesthetics, it’s inexcusable.

3. Some things are just completely beyond understanding in their design. Press Windows Key + F to bring up “find”. It brings up a nice little sidebar you can use to search for items. Do the search, though, and it starts to return results as you type, but if you hit enter (as most of us are conditioned to do when filling out form items) it brings up the results in an app that takes up the whole screen. This means you can’t drag and drop a found file, for example, from it’s current location to the desktop. If you right-click you get no menu like the old days, just an open to go to the file’s location or copy it. But copy doesn’t seems to work. If you open the file location, THEN you can copy/cut/drag and drop/etc. There seems to be no value in this change for the end user, it just adds extra steps and reduces functionality with no corresponding payoff.

4. The app “windowing” system still isn’t really a windowing system by any modern understanding. You can now have more than two apps open, but it’s still a far cry from the highly customizable way that older Windows programs work, which is a concern for some people. For example, it’s not uncommon for me to have multiple log files open, or to have documentation open alongside other windows I’m working in.

There are a few brights spots, though. The multi-monitor support is vastly improved and it’s still quicker than Windows 7 to boot and shut down. For tech professionals, the improvements to PowerShell are considerable as well.

Still, all in all, unless you must use it for some reason, it’s really not worth it if you’re on Windows 7. Support for 7 will last through 8’s lifecycle and 8 does not offer anything worth the money. Unless you have to have it for some specific reason (like the new management tools for Server 2012, for example), just skip it and wait for the next major release of Windows.

LG Electronics 39LN5300 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV Top Brand like 2014

LG Electronics 39LN5300 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV

LG Electronics 39LN5300 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV


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We purchased the LG 32LN5300 32” television for our toddler’s playroom, so we didn’t want anything too big or too expensive. I looked at all our options and narrowed down my search to the LG 32LN5300 based on image quality, features, and price. My basic requirements were that it had to be 1080P and offer at least two HDMI inputs. There was one other television that was $50 less than the LG, but I opted for the LG because the image quality was noticeably better and off-axis viewing was far superior. The other television was an Insignia.

The first thing I’ll say about the LG 32LN5300 is this television is mostly about image quality; the image quality is its most outstanding feature. Like most flat-screen televisions, especially on the budget market, audio quality is not its strongest asset.

It offers two 10W speakers (20W total) that produce a very nice volume that will easily fill a moderately sized room enough that you can probably hear it well in an adjacent room. Don’t expect to get a nice full-bodied sound with rich low end. Its sonic body is thin. With that said, the settings do offer the ability to tweak the audio and you can set the treble and bass. This helps somewhat and lessons the boxy sound a bit. Virtual surround settings also enhance the audio effect. Just be aware that the audio quality is enough to get by, which makes it fine for a bedroom, den, or play room. If you want added audio quality, consider purchasing a separate speaker system.

Where this television excels in its price range is in image quality. The monitor does an excellent job at projecting a clean image with crisp detail and very nice image contrast and color tone. There is an abundance of expert settings that allow you to configure gamma levels and many other complex settings that most users will never know how to set. Some of these settings can get you into trouble, so if you play with them, expect to possibly reset everything back to the factory default if you screw things up. But don’t be intimidated. The settings are easy to access using the remote and all the basics are there: brightness, contrast, color, tint, backlighting, etc.

After initially setting up the television, I wasn’t overly pleased with the image quality. After maybe twenty minutes of customization, I now have things configured and am very pleased with the image quality. If image quality is important to you, expect to spend a little time configuring the settings to your liking and don’t get upset if the first image you see isn’t what you expected. It’s designed to allow for user configuration.

This television is ideal for applications that don’t require extra features or an abundant quantity of inputs and outputs. The 32LN5300 comes with only two HDMI inputs, one on the back and one on the side. If you’re wall mounting the television, keep in mind that the back HDMI connector requires you to use an HDMI cable with a 90-degree connector or adapter. If you don’t, the television won’t lay flush against the wall because the cable will get in the way.

Along with two HDMI connectors, the television comes with one composite and one USB input.

The 32LN5300 is Energy Star compliant and sips power at a rate of approximately $6 a year when the Eco setting is configured (default).

There are a number of reviews that complain about faulty power issues. Some of these reviews are related to purchasing used equipment. I’m very concerned about this, but so far, we haven’t experienced this problem, perhaps because we purchased it new. If we do, I’ll immediately update this review and report it here. If you don’t see any added update regarding this, our television is working fine.

Overall, the LG 32LN5300 is a very nice basic television that produces a beautiful image. The sound is a bit thin, but the audio can be configured to make the out-of-the-box settings a bit bolder. It’s not built for sound; it’s build for economy of purchase and image quality. We’re very happy with the screen quality. Based on our experience, we would recommend this television for those who need a basic set without an abundance of features or connections.

HP ProBook 430 13.3” Laptop (1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4010U Processor, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State Drive, Windows 7/8 Professional Top Laptop 2014

HP ProBook 430 13.3” Laptop (1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4010U Processor, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State Drive, Windows 7/8 Professional

HP ProBook 430 13.3

Product Description

PB 430 I3/1.7 4GB 128GB W7P 64-W8P SBY

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This has everything we need. LAN port, plenty of USB ports, solid construction, SSD drive and Win 7 Pro. And it’s available now at really good prices if you just look around a little. Standardizing on this in the office for occasional laptop users needing remote access from the road. Not a workhorse first computer laptop, but great for what we need.

Windows 8.1 Pro System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit Top Desktop 2014

Windows 8.1 Pro System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit

Windows 8.1 Pro System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit


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Windows 8.1 does a good job of polishing the new Windows functionality added in Windows 8. Windows 8 was a little rough around the edges in some ways.
Windows 8 and 8.1 are basically improved versions of Windows 7 that also have the ability to OPTIONALLY run Windows Store (tablet/touch optimized) apps as well. The benefit of this is that it gives you the ability to use one OS and set of applications on any device including a multi-monitor desktop, laptop, tablet, or some hybrid combination of those. There is a bit of a learning curve with Windows 8.x, but once you spend a little time with it and configure it for the device it’s installed on, you can move seamlessly between traditional keyboard/mouse optimized desktop programs and full screen touch/tablet optimized apps on the same device depending on what you need to get done. You can even have a tablet that plugs into a docking station and becomes a multi-monitor desktop. This isn’t something that can currently be done with other platforms because the OS only does desktop or touch, but not both.

Windows 8.x also has the OPTION to sync certain settings to the cloud so that they can be synced to other devices if the option is also enabled on those devices. This includes things like browser favorites, browser tabs, start screen layout, wallpaper, and plenty of other stuff. These can be enabled or disabled individually (or all at once) per device. Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage is also built in to the OS. This allows you to save files in your SkyDrive folder and have them automatically show up on other devices that are linked to your SkyDrive account. It’s very fast and convenient. I rarely need to use a thumb drive any more. SkyDrive is free and currently has the best cross platform compatibility of all the cloud storage providers.

All of the additional cloud storage/syncing functionality in Windows 8.1 is tied to using a Microsoft account to log in. This is nothing more than an account that is tied to various MS services. The other reviews that claim that you MUST use a Microsoft account with 8.1 are simply not correct. During the install process (or when adding new accounts) it will prompt you for an existing Microsoft account login. If you don’t already have one or if you don’t want to use one there is an option to “create a new account”. From that screen you can either create a new MS account or select the option to use a local login. In addition, all of the related cloud sync/storage functionality in Windows 8.x is completely optional even if you do use MS accounts instead of local accounts. You can simply save your super secret documents to the local “my documents” folder instead of the SkyDrive folder if you don’t want that document stored on the cloud. SkyDrive is simply for documents you WANT to make available on other devices or remotely, not to store the entire contents of your hard drive. It’s a shame to see people giving a product 1 star and bad reviews because of their own ignorance.

Having said that, the Microsoft account functionality is actually very useful. I didn’t fully appreciate it until I got a new computer (tablet) recently. After starting it up for the first time and logging in with the MS account I use on my other computer (desktop), my new Windows tablet was already 90% of the way configured the way I like it. Various Windows settings were copied in, my wallpaper and start screen layout were synced. It prompted me to download and install a list of Windows Store apps that I currently had installed on my desktop. My browser favorites, email accounts, calendar, and lots of other little details were synced over already. The only thing I had to do manually was install the desktop programs I wanted to use on my tablet. I have never had a new computer configured and ready to go so quickly. In the past, for me, getting a new PC configured the way I like it is an all day process. If you are super paranoid and believe that MS is helping the government spy on you any more than any other company obligated to cooperate with search warrants or the Patriot Act then use a local account instead of a MS account. For more rational minded people, just don’t save any highly sensitive data in your SkyDrive folder…or any cloud storage…or Facebook…or anywhere else on the Internet.

As far as backwards compatibility goes, Windows 8.x will run pretty much everything that runs on Windows 7. I use a lot of diverse software and I have yet to encounter anything that ran on Windows 7 that won’t run on Windows 8. That goes for hardware such as printers as well.

Some of my favorite options that Windows 8.x adds…

- Improved multi-monitor support for when I’m working.
- Ability to run Windows Store touch/tablet optimized apps and games for when I’m not working.
- Miracast support for streaming my screen wirelessly to my TV.
- Ability to run tablet/touch apps “snapped” along side the desktop.
- Built in SkyDrive storage for files that I want to share with other devices.
- Cloud synching options for various settings with other devices.
- Improved task manager.
- Improved file copy dialog with pause/resume support.
- Start screen/live tiles. I didn’t like it at first but it grew on me.

Some cons…

- Windows 8 and 8.1 have a bit of a learning curve if you are coming from previous versions of Windows. Mostly, you just have to learn how to navigate the new Windows Store touch/table optimized apps.
- The Windows Store is still fairly new and it doesn’t have all the apps you will find on other tablets like an iPad or Android tablet. However, it will run any of the traditional desktop programs that Windows 7 runs so while it’s currently short on tablet apps it wins on the desktop program side.

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If you want to optimize Windows 8.1 primarily for “desktop use” here are some things you should do out of the box…

1) Set your default programs for pictures, music, and video files to the equivalent desktop programs instead of the touch optimized apps.

Move mouse to upper right corner of the screen to open the Charms Bar » select “Settings” » select “Change PC Settings” » select “Search and Apps” » select “Defaults”

Change the following items:

- Music Player = Windows Media Player
- Video Player = Windows Media Player
- Photo Viewer = Windows Photo Viewer

Setting these programs (or other installed third party desktop programs) as your defaults will prevent you from “getting kicked out of the desktop” when you open a music, video, or image file. A lot of people complain about this, but it’s really just a matter of configuring Windows for the device you are using.

2) Install your favorite desktop programs so you can do something useful. Too many people just play with a stock Windows 8 PC in a store and assume that the desktop doesn’t do much anymore. The desktop still does everything that the Windows 7 desktop did, but just like any other version of Windows you need to install the programs that you intend to use before you can start doing the things you want to do.

3) Configure the Start Screen. Take the time to learn the new Start Screen and organize it to your liking. Unpin the touch apps if you don’t need them and pin the desktop apps you use frequently. For desktop users, the new Start Screen isn’t really any better or worse than the old Start Menu. It’s just different. If you set it up right you can find and launch your programs just as quickly (if not more quickly) than you could in any other version of Windows.

Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION) Top Desktop 2014

Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)


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First off, I’m a high school student. I’m using this computer for word processing, web browsing, some gaming, and I’m learning programming.

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Design:
Pros:
-This computer looks excellent. The Mini’s body hasn’t changed since late 2010- and for a good reason. The desktop is tiny, fitting right under my monitor with room to spare. It’s sleek and looks good anywhere.
-It’s very simple, it’s just a box. The removable cover on the bottom is a soft rubber (the same as the panel with all the ports). Due to the removable cover’s height and size, the computer appears to be floating about 1/3 an inch above the desk.
-Looks great anywhere and feels nice as well.
-Removable cover makes the RAM easy to upgrade and also gives you more access to the inside so you can clean it out.

Cons:
-The ports on the back (i.e. headphones) are a bit difficult to access- you have to lean over to look behind the computer or move it.
-The monitor does occasionally flicker during active use (about once a day), but Apple and Intel are aware of the problem and are releasing a fix. It’s not very bad.

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Performance:
Pros:
-The 2.5 GHz i5 is pretty speedy. I’ve had 15+ tabs running with music playing and a game running (Bastion) and it doesn’t slow down.
-Write speed for the HDD is pretty good. 5400 RPM isn’t ideal, but it works well for the price.

Cons:
-4 GB of RAM is a little lacking, but it is easily upgradable. For $85.00 you can get 16 GB of RAM and easily install it yourself: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory (CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10)
-Integrated graphics. 3D rendering slows it down considerably.

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Hardware:
Pros:
-Comes with a DVI to HDMI cable. Useful if you don’t have an HDMI monitor available.
-The computer feels very sturdy.
-4 USB 3.0 ports and a SD card slot.
-Bluetooth compatible.

Cons:
-The power cable is a bit short.
-No Thunderbolt cable.

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Software:
Pros:
-Comes loaded with OS X 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) which is a very sleek OS.
-No bloating with things like antivirus programs, etc.
-The software is all integrated with the company, so you’re guaranteed support.
-Comes with Bootcamp, so you can put Windows 7 on the computer (either dual boot or full switch).
Cons:
-Gatekeeper- you actually need to go into System Preferences and allow 3rd party programs to open (not downloaded from the app store).

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Overall, the 2012 Mac Mini is a very good, reasonable priced (surprising from Apple) computer for any casual user. If you’re looking for something a bit more powerful, consider the more expensive Mini or an iMac.

Source: I own this computer.

Optoma HD25e 1080p 2800 Lumen Full 3D DLP Home Theater Projector with HDMI | BestProduct 2014

Optoma HD25e 1080p 2800 Lumen Full 3D DLP Home Theater Projector with HDMI

Optoma HD25e 1080p 2800 Lumen Full 3D DLP Home Theater Projector with HDMI


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This is my first projector , i had been waiting for a good 1080p 3D projector to fall under 1K.
Was stuck between the Optoma hd25e and the Benq 1070. Both were highly rated and within the price range of what i wanted .I purchased the HD25e with a 135” Elite Screen ,projector mount and 2 pairs of Sainsonic 3d glasses ( SSZ-200DLB ) and a 50” hdmi cord.. Total splurge $1350.. For a great Home Theater..
Had a good sound system already..

Great 2Dpicture quality , Full 1080p sources look amazing..my cable provider only has 1080i…presets look good, display is fast and resposive for gaming.multiple connectivity including 2 hdmi ports.

3D is jaw dropping.. Avatar on blueray looks as good as i rembered in the theater..As i heard with most projectors you loose a little brightness in 3D mode.. On the plus the picture quality / clarity noticeably improves in 3D mode , the screen actually looks more like a glass screen.

Freinds and family were stunned at the quality , thought it cost much more.

Extremely satisfied with this purchase , highly reccomended…

Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer (C11CC87201) Recommended Printer 2014

Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer (C11CC87201)

Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer (C11CC87201)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One Printer

Print | Copy | Scan | Photo |Wi-Fi

Why Buy?

XCP-410 small-in-one
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Small size without compromise.

Print, copy, scan and more — get all the performance you need from the sleek, quiet, easy-to-use Expression Home XP-410. This versatile printer delivers the complete wireless solution. Print from anywhere in your home with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED or you can even print from your iPad, iPhone, tablet or smartphone. The XP-410 features the latest in wireless standards, plus Wi-Fi Direct. And, it supports Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Built-in card slots, a 2.5” LCD and convenient touch panel make it easy to print borderless, customized photos in various layouts, PC-free. When you’re in a rush, you can grab your prints and go, thanks to DURABrite Ultra instant-dry ink. The Expression Home XP-410 even offers individual ink cartridges so you can replace only the color that you need.


Large, easy-to-use, 2.5" LCD & touch panel

Large, easy-to-use, 2.5” LCD & touch panel

Easy tablet & wireless printing, plus Wi-Fi Direct

Easy tablet & wireless printing, plus Wi-Fi Direct

Built-in memory card slots for PC-free photo printing

Built-in memory card slots for PC-free photo printing

Print lined paper & calendars, PC-free

Print lined paper & calendars, PC-free


Epson Connect
Epson Connect
Easy iPad, iPhone, tablet & smartphone printing
Brilliant scans
Brilliant scans
Scan & share documents & photos

Easy navigation
Easy navigation
2.5” LCD plus touch panel to view, edit & print
Bonus templates
Bonus templates
Print lined paper & calendars, PC-free

Durable
Durable
Smudge, fade & water resistant prints with instant-dry ink
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Direct
No wireless network required


PC-free
PC-free
Built-in card slots for easy photo printing
energy star
Enery Star qualified
Save up to 50% on paper with manual two-sided printing

Be more informed

Be more informed

The international ISO print speed standard
Print speed is critically important when buying a printer or all-in-one. But how do you compare print speeds when different manufacturers measure it in different ways? Now you can. Much like the “MPG” ratings on new cars, there’s now an industry standard for measuring print speed, which allows for an “apples-to-apples” comparison between different printer models and brands. The International Organization for Standardization (widely known as ISO) developed this industry-approved and internationally accepted standard, specifically for inkjet printers and all-in-ones. It measures “out of the box” (default) print speeds using “real world” printing scenarios, so you can be sure you’re getting a product that performs at the speed you need.


What’s In The Box

  • Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One Printer
  • Instruction booklets
  • CD-ROM with drivers
  • Power cord
  • Four DURABrite Ultra Ink cartridges (one Black ink cartridge and three color ink cartridges: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)

Additional Features

  • Easy set up and menu navigation— large, intuitive, 2.5”, color LCD and touch panel means easier navigation; easily, view, crop and print photos
  • The complete wireless solution— connect to your wireless network in seconds; plus Wi-Fi Direct
  • Epson Connect— easily print from iPad, iPhone, tablets and smartphones
  • Small size without compromise— Space-saving design; great performance
  • Remarkable print quality— get crisp, sharp documents, and brilliant photos, all with one ink set
  • Better image enhancement tools— red-eye removal, photo restoration and correction of over/underexposed images
  • Brilliant results, smart value— individual ink cartridges, available in different sizes to suit your needs
  • A smart choice— this is a recyclable product; Epson America, Inc. is a SmartWay Transport Partner
  • Truly touchable photos and documents— instant-dry ink for smudge, fade and water resistant prints
  • Print customized & borderless photos— built-in card slots for PC-free printing
  • Quiet operation— focus on what’s important
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) & Weight— Dimensions: Printing 15.4” x 20.8” x 11.0”, Storage 15.4” x 11.8” x 5.7” and Weight 9.0 lb



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Please be aware that this is a budget-level inkjet printer. It’s nothing fancy. And it only has the most basic of features. If you want a powerful printer (which, apparently, some mistakenly think this is), please look elsewhere and be prepared to spend quite a bit more money. It’s frustrating to read the complaints of other reviewers who, for some reason, don’t research an item prior to purchase OR read the product details.

Now that that’s cleared up…

I absolutely love this printer. After owning a few Canons previously, I made the decision to switch back to Epson. I’m glad I did. I also knew exactly what I wanted: An inexpensive printer for light household/personal use that was wireless, and could also copy/scan. I rarely print photos on my printer, so photo quality was not a deciding factor.

PROS:
(1) This printer is extremely lightweight. Wow. Around 9 pounds.
(2) Four ink cartridges (your typical black, cyan, magenta, yellow). While many list ink pricing as a CON, I do NOT. Why? As often as I print, the price of ink means little to me. OEM cartridges run about $13 for black and $8 for each of the colors. Capacity for the T200 ink is about 140-50 pages. For T200X, you spend a little more on ink, but cost per page ends up a tad less. Regardless, ink price was not a turn off for me (and I research this before buying a printer).
(3) Extremely easy to set up. Providing you READ THE DIRECTIONS. There’s a quick-start sheet that’s insanely easy to follow. Follow it. Don’t think you know more than Epson.
(4) Print quality for text is amazing. No issues there. Basic graphics are fine, too. I haven’t printed any photos yet, but I’m not a huge fan of inkjet-printed photos anyway. That’s what Walgreens is for.
(5) You can set up without a USB cable — providing you have a wireless network. And most, do. Again, please make sure you follow the directions! I was a tad irritated by the process, but only because I typed my password incorrectly. Silly me!
(6) Epson has some of the best (at least in my opinion) wireless printing options available. All of their newer printers — even the budget ones (which is rare, apparently) — are assigned an “email” address. Using their Epson Connect service (it’s free), software, and apps (for Android, iPhone, and most tablets), I can send items I want to print to my printer’s “email.” Next time I turn my printer on, the items will automatically print. If you’re out of town, items are held for 72 hours (3 days). I can even print from cloud storage services like Dropbox. I absolutely love this feature! Especially in a printer that costs under $100.
(7) Intuitive 2.5” color panel that lets you adjust settings, set up wi-fi, and scan/print/copy.
(8) SD card reader. Again, many label this a CON, as it only does SD cards, but who doesn’t have an SD adaptor for micro cards, etc? (Okay. I don’t. But I used to. And they’re cheap).
(9) Multiple paper-types accepted (though know the width is 8.5” max), including “iron-on”. I frequently print on cardstock, so this is a good thing.

CONS (Well, maybe for some…):
(1) No USB reader/input. Not a huge deal for ME, but may be for others.
(2) Rear feed tray only. Again, I can work with this, but others may like the “tray” option.
(3) Goes through ink quickly (tanks are small). Again, I use my printer infrequently, so not a huge deal. And I think tank prices are okay (see above).
(4) No “document” feeder for multiple page copying or scanning; however, remember what I said above about this being a budget printer? If you want the fancy add-ons, you need to spend more. And get an “office quality” printer. Let’s be honest with ourselves, eh? :)

Overall opinion? I’m quickly becoming an Epson fan again. I only required the most basic features, and the XP-410 delivers. And then some, honestly. I did not know about the Epson Connect features when I purchased the printer, so that was a VERY pleasant “bonus” that Epson, honestly, did not need to include with a budget-level printer. But I’m glad they did.

So…

For the average HOME USE who requires the basic abilities to print, copy, and scan, this printer fits the bill. If you want to print high-quality photos, 200-page books in under 10 minutes, or frame-worthy photos, you may want to look elsewhere.

Note: The printer does not automatically ask you to “align” the print heads like many upper-end printers do. I recommend you do this (from either the printer menu or the computer software/maintenance).

Dell Optiplex GX620 17-Inch Flat Panel LCD Monitor Desktop Computer (Intel Pentium 4 2800 Mhz, 1024 MB ram, 40 GB Serial ATA HDD, Windows XP Professional) Top Desktop 2014

Dell Optiplex GX620 17-Inch Flat Panel LCD Monitor Desktop Computer (Intel Pentium 4 2800 Mhz, 1024 MB ram, 40 GB Serial ATA HDD, Windows XP Professional)

Dell Optiplex GX620 17-Inch Flat Panel LCD Monitor Desktop Computer (Intel Pentium 4 2800 Mhz, 1024 MB ram, 40 GB Serial ATA HDD, Windows XP Professional)

Product Description

Featuring Dell’s line of desktop computers, this machine is designed for demanding corporate and household environments. The 2.8Ghz Intel Pentium 4 processor and 1GB of memory are more than capable of tackling your every day tasks with ease (email, word processing, facebook, youtube, etc). Please feel free to contact us through the Amazon messaging system if you have any questions. We’d be more than happy to answer them!

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I’ve been using this desktop for a few months now and so far I haven’t had any problems with it- it’s nice and efficient!
Highly recommend doing business with seller. At the time I placed my order, by accident I order 2 instead of one because I was buying several things at the time- I didn’t realized it until I received both! I contacted seller immediately and explained to him my situation, he was so understanding he even paid for return shipping!
highly recommend it! would give more stars if I could!

Dell Inspiron i3847-5078BK Desktop (Windows 7) Top Desktop 2014

Dell Inspiron i3847-5078BK Desktop (Windows 7)

Dell Inspiron i3847-5078BK Desktop (Windows 7)

Product Description

Amazon.com

Inspiron Desktop 3000 Series


This compact. That expandable.

Increase your storage and your possibilities. With powerful processors and graphics, this expandable desktop packs big performance in a compact design.


Big on expansion. Big on power.

Easy expandability:You’ll never be short on room with large hard drives and the option to add more later.

Power player:Boost performance with powerful Intel processors. Run multiple programs at once so you can edit videos, listen to music or watch a movie at the same time with less lag.


Accessible connectivity

It’s easy to connect to your other devices with convenient accessibility to plenty of ports so you can link up your camera or HDTV to exchange data, or even charge devices. You’ll also get USB 3.0, standard WiFi, 1 TB of max Hard Disk Drive and Bluetooth.

Updated operating system:Navigate smoothly with the new, feature-rich Windows 8.1. Learn how to personalize your desktop with great new apps and features that make multitasking a breeze.


Keep your content and apps in your own cloud

Access, manage and share your data from anywhere. PocketCloud 2.0 gives you access to your content and applications from a PC, smartphone or tablet so you can safely and efficiently take your desktop with you wherever you go.

Unlimited access:Leave home with confidence that you will have anytime, anywhere access to your desktop when you are away. Locate, edit and share your files on the fly.

Efficient:Save time and hassle by wirelessly moving photos, videos and documents between your PC and mobile devices (iOS and Android).

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Specifications

Processor4th Generation Intel Core i5-4460 processor (6M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, 64-Bit, English
Memory8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz (4GBx2)
Video GraphicsIntel HD Integrated Graphics
Hard Drive1TB 7200 rpm SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive
Multimedia DriveTray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Media Card Reader8-in-1 Media Card Reader and USB 3.0
BluetoothBluetooth tied to wireless card
DisplayNo Monitor
Fax/Data ModemHDMI - Yes
Wireless ConnectivityDell Wireless-N 1705 + Bluetooth 4.0
AudioIntegrated 5.1 Audio / No Speakers
KeyboardDell USB Entry Keyboard - English
Pointing DeviceDell USB Optical Mouse (Wired)
Warranty and Support1Yr In-Home Warranty
Software 1McAfee TPeaks Live Safe - 30 Day
Software 2Microsoft Office Trial (OHT13M)
Software 5[C3F4IO7] CY3,FY14,Addl SW,INS,NoCAM,W7
Disclaimer3US Power Cord


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Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?) OK… A little background: I am the kind of guy who builds his own PCs. Sure, over the past three-and-a-half decades I’ve owned several pre-builts, including several from Apple, ASUS, IBM (old school!), Acer, Compaq, HP, Lenovo, Gateway and other companies, but those usually ended up being cannibalized for parts because I never really liked how limited the designs were in those systems. They lacked expansion slots, or the memory couldn’t be upgraded, or they weren’t flexible enough to allow me to add more hard drives (you can never have enough hard drives). So I frequently just built Frankenputers from pieces and parts, and tailored them to my needs, all the while working in various computer stores (years ago) selling pre-built units— including Dells— to customers (until all the computer stores went out of business thanks to Best Bigbox killing them). I have to add that my experience with Dell at that time left me less than enthused.

Enter the Dell Inspiron i3847. They advertised it as “That expandable” and I was intrigued. “Truly? A pre-built desktop that doesn’t make expansion a chore? This I’ve got to see!”

When the Dell arrived, I fired it up and was, indeed pleased by the fast setup and the lack of bloatware— indeed, the only extra software on it seemed to be the 30-day trial of McAfee, but as I have my own subscription with Kaspersky, I didn’t even need this and it was easily deleted, leaving me the majority of the 1TB hard drive for future software installations.

The speed was also quite nice. I was coming from an AMD Phenom X4 955 3.2 GHz, and the boost in speed when going to the Intel Core i5 (also 3.2 GHz) is quite welcome. That’s not to say the AMD was slow, but that the Intel is just more optimized. It’s simply faster in day-to-day functions, and plays nicer with my various applications.

The 8GB of RAM was also pretty helpful, I must say. It’s nice to get a PC loaded with enough RAM to do any job. Too many pre-built PCs cheap-out in this regard, giving the buyer 4GB to deal with. In this era of 64-bit Windows, there’s simply no reason not to slap the other 4GB in there and make the end-user experience that much more pleasant.

The on-board graphics? Well, they’re Intel on-board graphics. Fast enough for web browsing, basic games, basic video, and business applications, but I’m a bit of a gamer and video editor, and so I was exceptionally pleased to see the free slot and ample space in the Dell Inspiron to allow me to install my Radeon HD 7850. Yes, yes… I know I’d be better served on an Intel with a GeForce card, but right now I’m happy with my existing Radeon pulled from an AMD system, and you can bet I was happy to see that it fit in the Dell.

Of course, there was one problem: Power. The Dell Inspiron i3847-5078BK comes with a very basic 300-watt power supply, and no, it does not have PCI-E connections. That meant swapping over my Corsair RM550 so that I could provide power to my Radeon card… And then, as long as I was in there, I mounted a second and third hard drive. I had to provide an extra SATA connector, and to be clear, there is no third HDD bay, but I happened to have a 5.25 caddy around, and so my third hard drive fit nicely in the second optical drive bay (which I wouldn’t have needed, anyway… I really don’t see the point to two optical drives unless you do a lot of disc-to-disc copying). While I was making changes, I decided to pull the stock DVD-RW drive (not a bad drive, mind you) and replace it with my own BD-RW drive.

It took some work getting the cables from my modular power supply managed, but once done, everything worked perfectly. The power supply mounted with no problems, the new hard drives all work, and the system is still so remarkably quiet I’m amazed it’s got such a beefy CPU.

I didn’t stop there, though. This system came with Windows 7 64-bit. That’s nice and all, but after a couple years of using Windows 8 and 8.1, I was too used to the new OS and all the advancement in it (and before you gripe about how terrible Windows 8.1 is, let me point out that the under-the-hood improvements are enough of a performance boost for any gamer to think twice about being pedantic about the UI changing slightly.) With Windows 8.1 in place on this Core i5 system, with an improved video card and 8 GB of RAM, the system boots up super-fast and everything blazes.

Even before I put Windows 8.1 on this PC, though, it was pretty darn fast. The hardware is solid. The Core i5 CPU is absolutely lovely, and I have no complaints about it. The added RAM was probably the real boost to the system, though. If you absolutely hate Windows 8.1 then you will still see plenty of speed on this system as-is, with Windows 7 on it.

Despite this being an excellent computer that has changed my mind about pre-built systems, I am knocking off a point from my review for a combination of things:

First, the stock power supply was woefully inadequate for any expansion of the system. It was enough to run the hardware included, but if the average user wants to add a hard drive or video card, they’re going to find out soon enough that they needed to upgrade the power supply. What’s more, the included PSU has exceptionally short wires going to the CPU and motherboard, making it useful only for this particular PC & motherboard’s layout. This is a minor complaint, but when they advertise that it’s “That Expandable”, they really should see fit to stick a beefier, more well-equipped power supply in the case.

Second, I just don’t see the point to having two 5.25 bays and only two 3.25 bays when there are four SATA connections. Most people simply aren’t going to need an extra optical drive, and would want that extra hard drive some day. Maybe it’s just me, but I think a third 3.25 rack would have been preferable in a case like this, or, barring that, at least include a caddy to transform that 5.25 bay into a 3.25 bay. I had one lying around, but most people won’t, and again they’re selling this series as “Expandable” so I’d think this hardware would be part of the case design.

Finally, there are no front fans whatsoever. No hard drive cooling, no intake. I may correct this myself if I can figure out how to make it work with the nearly-sealed front panel, but I found it strange that a system that is supposed to be expandable wouldn’t take into account the possibility that future upgrades might increase the interior heat and require some additional cooling.

These are, of course, all nitpick from a PC builder’s point of view. For the average consumer looking for a powerful system this is a great choice. You have the ability to add that GeForce (or AMD) video card, as long as you make sure to swap out the power supply, too. You have the ability to add an extra hard drive easily (the SATA and power connectors are right there, held in place on the empty drive bay). You have 8GB of RAM and almost the entire 1 TB hard drive to work with thanks to Dell not packing in a bunch of unnecessary bloatware. You have excellent speed, and best of all, quiet cooling and power that makes this system purr.

This is an excellent choice in pre-built PCs. I can safely say that the next time I am looking to help a layperson find a pre-built desktop computer that I won’t have to help them fix all the time, it will likely be a Dell. My assessment of Dell’s hardware (and software) has *vastly* improved after my experience with this system. They’ve made consumer-friendly systems that still cater to the desires and needs of tinkerers and people in-the-know, like me.

Final Verdict: FOUR STARS for me, but it could be FIVE STARS for the average consumer who never intends to do any upgrading themselves. Let’s call it FOUR AND A HALF STARS, if Amazon would let me do that.

Dell Inspiron i3647-1233BLK Desktop (Windows 7) Top Desktop 2014

Dell Inspiron i3647-1233BLK Desktop (Windows 7)

Dell Inspiron i3647-1233BLK Desktop (Windows 7)


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Cannot believe this computer! Compact size, Windows 7, and it’s a “NEW” Dell for the price, (or less), of a refurbished. I shopped for over 2 weeks, several times a day, looking for a deal on a windows 7 machine. Gave up and was going to purchase a refurbished from our local computer store with W7 for nearly the same price with half the memory. While waiting for them to call, (tell me it was ready), I checked “wally World”, and Amazon 1 last time. There it was, NEW, no tax, free shipping! Perfect for me, I am not a gamer, fast enough for everyday users. If you are like me, and not a fan of Windows 8, this machine rocks!!!!!!