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HP Officejet 6500 Wireless Multifunction All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner and Fax
HP Officejet 6500 Wireless Multifunction All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner and Fax

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall - A Pretty Good Printer at a Fair Price, 1 Sep 2010
I bought this printer a little over a week ago (Aug 2010). After reading the reviews, I was concerned about difficulties I may experience in setting it up and with the level and duration of noise made by the machine (it's located about a foot away from my right ear).

However, the set up (I used the built in wireless capability - so that it communicates directly with my Sky supplied router/modem) required the same degree of technical knowledge as is required to set up a laptop on a home wireless network, i.e. the name of the network (the SSID), the network encryption key (the WPA-PSK), and (in my case) adding the printer to the "Wireless Station Access List" within the router. In short, providing this information is readily available, then installation is not technically challenging.

However, while it isn't technically challenging, it does take time - as the HP software needs to be installed on each computer that is to use the printer - and I guess (as I didn't time it) 20 minutes per machine (with the first machine taking considerably longer - which needs to be attached to the printer via a USB cable during the initial set up - which can then be removed once the printer is connected to the wireless network).

Once the printer was configured to run on the wireless network and the software was installed on each of our four Win7 computers (three desktops connected via Ethernet cables and one laptop connected via wireless) - it worked fine.

As yet, I have not been prompted to download any additional HP printer related software, so this aspect of the installation process that caused others a fair degree of frustration - hopefully, will pass me by altogether.

In regards to the noise, from reading the reviews, I was expecting far worse. I'd class the level and duration of the machine noise as `a little irritating' rather than `unbearable'. Certainly, in my case, now that I know the level of machine noise, it is not of a sufficient volume or duration for me to regret the purchase. That said, it can go on for some minutes making those strange sounds.

Printing speed. The product description (manufacturers description) on Amazon states "Maximum print speeds of 32 ppm black, 31 ppm colour and laser-quality output at speeds up to 7 ppm black and 7 ppm colour". While the wonderful caveat "at speeds up to" is used, I'm not experiencing anything like this. There is two aspects to this observation, (i) when the print button is clicked, the printer takes xxxx time to make its funny noise before it starts to print; (ii) once it starts to print - it is slower than 7 ppm in black. To give you an idea, I wrote this review in Word (using the 10 point Arial font) which takes up almost exactly a page (769 words). Once I click the print button, it took approx. 2 seconds before there was any observable response from the printer, then approx. six seconds making its wonderful sounds, then approx. 11 seconds from when I first observed the top sheet of paper (in the paper tray) move to when the page had fully printed. So, from clicking the print button to having a printed sheet takes approx 19 seconds. Obviously, for a multi-page document, the first two stages apply only to the first page - so subsequent pages will come though more timely.

Other reviews mentioned that the printer kept changing its IP address - which caused difficulties for the reviewer. I don't (or haven't) suffered from this - as I fixed the IP address within the router. My router is Sky supplied, so I'm guessing pretty basic. However, under option: ADVANCED - LAN IP SETUP - ADDRESS RESERVATION - there is the functionality to map the MAC address of the printer (which is readily available from a menu option on the printer) to a fixed internal IP address. I've used this facility to fix all my computer IP addresses, as the router was intermittently changing their IP addresses - which was causing me frustration (i.e. I apply specific firewall rules to specific computers [as defined by their IP address] - which I used to limit my children's access time to the internet). As such, this may be a solution to the issue of the printer randomly changing its IP address.

Overall rating is 4 out of five. The less than perfect score is due to (a) the noise (which, admittedly is less than I was expecting, but still irritating); and (b) the print speed being slower than expected. 2 Port SATA to eSATA Slot Plate Bracket 2 Port SATA to eSATA Slot Plate Bracket
Price: 4.42

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice - but cables too short, 15 April 2010
The united fitted easily into my last available slot.

To connect the unit to the motherboard, the cables had to navigate around/over my existing PCI and PCI Express cards (which cannot be moved). Unfortunately, due to the navigational path of the cables - I could only connect one of the two cables to the motherboard - as one was slightly too short to reach the connector on the motherboard (i.e. both cables are the same length - but one cable had to travel slightly longer - which was the difference between reaching and not reaching the motherboard connection).

However, at this stage, I only have one external drive, so this is not currently a problem. But it may be a problem in the future, should I get another external drive.

If the cables were 3" to 6" longer, then I would not have experience the above problem.

Other than the shortness of the cables - the unit works fine.

Verbatim 47528 2TB RAID (2 bay) 3.5-inch External Hard Drive
Verbatim 47528 2TB RAID (2 bay) 3.5-inch External Hard Drive

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Setup Instructions and (missing) Utilities Inadequate, 15 April 2010
My rating of 3 is due to the following:

1) The instruction manual is close to useless.

a) While in its original state (i.e. BIG setting) I plugged it into my computer (a good quad core Dell running Win7) and, as expected, the drive showed up in `Windows Explorer'.

b) When I switched it to RAID 1, and replugged it into my computer - it was no longer visible in Widows Explorer. When I reset it to BIG - and replugged it into my computer - it remained invisible in Windows Explorer. It would have been nice if the instructions were clearer on this aspect of changing the RAID settings.

c) Whilst the manual did state that when the RAID setting is changed and it is replugged back into your computer, "your computer may show it as an unknown device, which confirms that the drive remains initialised, unpartitioned and unformatted" - this description did not help me very much - as I could not see the drive at all (not even a reference to an unknown device).

d) Nor did the next piece of instruction help - which was "Format the drive. For NTFS or HFS+ use the computer's operating system to reformat. If you prefer to use FAT32, then you can use the FAT32 formatting utility that was supplied to you as a file save on your hard drive".

e) What the manual should have provided - was the steps necessary to `see' the drive (i.e. I eventually went to `System Information' in `System Tools' - where I could see that the drive was attached - and apparently working properly.

f) Secondly, the manual should have provided guidance on the various formatting options (e.g. FAT32 vs. NTFS).

g) Next, if NTFS was chosen (like I did) - the instructions should have provided guidance as to how do you go about formatting the disk (i.e. it is not a menu item when the disk is right clicked - and a formatting tool is not available under system tools). I eventually typed `format disk' in the help system and it took me to the formatting utility.

h) Once the formatting tool was invoked - again, there should have been guidance on the formatting options (i.e. I went for the `GUID Partition Table' over the other options - but this was not much more than a guess, as were some of the other options/question that needed a response within the formatting tool).

i) Once the disk was formatted - then it did appear in Windows Explorer. Hooray!

2) Originally, I set up the drive with a USB connection (in which I experienced all the above). A few days later the eSATA connection arrived (i.e. " 2 port SATA to ESATA Slot Plate M/F" that I ordered from the Amazon Market place). I duly ripped out the USB cable and plugged in the eSATA cable. Again, my computer could not see the drive - notwithstanding the instructions that say "Attach the drive to your host computer and using either USB or eSATA. Your computer may show it as an unknown device . . .". To solve this, I had to go into the `setup routine' (i.e. when the computer is first turned on there are options available for a few seconds to press (say) F2 to enter set up) and turn the drive `on'. Again, I would have expected the manual to discuss this.

3) Lastly, while I have set the drive to RAID 1 to ensure full redundancy and prevent another case of catastrophic disk failure (the reason I bought this drive) - I am acting on faith alone that my data is stored on both drives - and that should one drive fail, then all the data will be retrievable from the other drive. A utility should have been provided that verifies that both drives are in synch - and each byte of data that exists on one drive is faithfully replicated on the other drive. Without such a utility, the only way I'll know if I do have full redundancy is when one drive fails - and this is not the time I want to find out that I don't have full redundancy.
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