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Epson WorkForce WF-3520DWF 4-in-1 Printer with Double-sided Printing
Epson WorkForce WF-3520DWF 4-in-1 Printer with Double-sided Printing

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ticks almost all the boxes - works well with Ubuntu Linux, 7 Mar. 2014
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Bought to replace a colour laser printer this machine ticks almost all the boxes.

Installation on the network (wired, rather than wifi) was very easy for the Linux computers but the Windows machines only recognized it as a scanner rather than a printer (but see below). All printing and scanning options worked immediately - although it still throws-up an error when scanning multiple pages through the feeder onto the computer (SimpleScan), but not if scanning direct to a .pdf on an SD card. Copies, scans and prints double-sided as required :) :) :)

Printing and copying are rapid - comparable with the previous laser printer - and the duplexing facility works well. The only proviso regarding the duplexing is printing in "landscape" which completely throws it.

The set-up for Epson Connect allows for only either Windows or Mac machines :( but the Windows .exe (downloaded from the interweb) works fine through Wine and Email-to-print works perfectly within the constraints of supported file types (which are many and most which could be reasonably expected including .jpg, .doc, .pdf etc. but, sadly, excluding .odt). The Remote Printer Driver feature defeated Wine unfortunately :( but works impressively on the Windows machines and allows them to print over the "network" which they would otherwise not be able to do.

Although connected to the line, the fax has yet to be tested.

The rear paper feed works but it's not possible to keep a different type of paper there to select as required. Interesting and useful additional features like lined and graph paper printing and the ability to print pictures directly from a memory card. With trepidation went back to an inkjet from a laser but the high-capacity cartridges do give a reasonable number of copies.

This is a *very good* printer and I do indeed recommend it. Missing a star over the "landscape" duplexing and lack of remote driver for Linux (although these can be worked-around).


4800MAH 6 CELL HIGH QUALITY REPLACEMENT LAPTOP BATTERY FOR ACER ASPIRE 6930 6930G 8920 8930 AS07B32
4800MAH 6 CELL HIGH QUALITY REPLACEMENT LAPTOP BATTERY FOR ACER ASPIRE 6930 6930G 8920 8930 AS07B32
Offered by Delta Enterprise
Price: £18.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't last long, 13 Nov. 2013
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Battery number 3 for my Acer Aspire. Never gave much above about an hour and a half charge and I could watch the capacity declining week by week. Eventually replaced with...

PowerGen High Capacity Laptop Battery for Acer Aspire 5220 5310 5315 5320 5520 5710 5715z 5720 5910 5920, 6530 6920 6920g 6930 6930g 6935 6935g, 7220 7230 7320 7520 7720 7720g 7730, 8920 8920g 8930 8930g Fits as07b41 as07b31 as07b42 as07b51 as07b32 as07...]

...which is sooo much better!


NETGEAR WNA1000M-100ENS G54/N150 Wireless USB Micro Adapter
NETGEAR WNA1000M-100ENS G54/N150 Wireless USB Micro Adapter
Offered by mopodo-uk
Price: £17.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works fine - shame about the support, 31 Oct. 2013
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Bought for a small desktop with no other network capability, this discrete card didn't initially work with the Linux operating system I was using. A call to Netgear support to ask about compatibility received the reply that this product does support Linux and that I would need to buy a more expensive replacement. Balderdash! I upgraded the operating system to a more recent version and the device worked perfectly with no setting-up. Shame on Netgear from not knowing their own product.

Part 2
A month after the above and the card is still working. Quality of manufacture is an issue as it has come apart in my hands, guv, a few times - but pressing it back together has worked.


Canon PIXMA MG3250 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Wi-Fi and Auto Duplex)
Canon PIXMA MG3250 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Wi-Fi and Auto Duplex)
Offered by OnlineshopbaseLtd
Price: £48.21

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Given up, 31 Oct. 2013
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Below is my original review but this is the update - after a promising start I've now given up with this machine even though I've not had it long. First few documents went through it fine and, although the print quality was pretty basic, the duplexing facility was a real boon. Then there was a paper jam; the feed had just grabbed a load of paper and munched it. After removing the paper the print heads seemed to be misaligned so I reset them but the print never really recovered. Now the feed just randomly grabs paper and lets the machine chew it all by itself for random amusement and the print is often unreadable. A sad end after a promising start.

***

Here is a very useful all-round machine - someone thought about this when they put a duplex capability in such a budget piece of equipment. And yes, it works - indeed, as I write it's producing 30 double-sided words and notice sheets for church on Sunday without the hassle of trying to remember which way to feed the paper back in after printing on one side. Full marks for the duplex!

But the ship has been spoiled for a ha'p'orth of tar - or the accountants got hold of it, more to the point.
There's no proper screen so setting-up some functions such as wifi relies on waiting for various lights to flash rather than having a clear message.
Photocopying is fine in both black and white and colour but there's no zoom capability.
The colour cartridge is just that - singular - meaning use too much yellow and you need to replace the unused magenta and cyan at the same time which is a bit of a waste.
Setting up the machine to work with the computer was not as straightforward as I would have hoped; Windows didn't recognise it but, strangely, would scan into a document while refusing to print. On second attempt it installed correctly but the accompanying software is somewhat over the top for such a basic piece of equipment. For Linux I had to search the support site for drivers (why not supplied on the disk?) but these installed well and printing - including duplexing - works fine. For scanning the software works, but with fewer functions than its Windows brother, but Canon have forgotten that Linux is mainstream these days and only supply scanning software which launches as a CLI from Terminal. Once launched, however, it works OK.


Asus Eee PC X101CH 10.1-inch Netbook (Purple) - (Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 320GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Starter)
Asus Eee PC X101CH 10.1-inch Netbook (Purple) - (Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 320GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Starter)

42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big laptop capacity in netbook case., 9 Jan. 2013
I bought this machine for my daughter to replace and upgrade a previous netbook - having decided that a tablet wouldn't necessarily fit the bill for the amount of use and homework etc. The spec - especially the hard drive capacity - rivals that of full-sized laptops of just a couple of years ago and the performance matches that - with a little tweaking.

The tweaking is the operating system. The stripped-out Windows 7 "Starter" manages the double whammy of both lacking the capacity to do much useful (struggled and failed to install a network printer) and overwhelming the 1GB memory, giving a machine which works frustratingly slowly in its supplied form. Additionally, the full installed version of Microsoft Office is only available on the payment of a further license fee :( .

The solution is simple - slap a Linux distribution on (for the technically-minded I set up a dual-boot which still allows access to Windows). Asus already supply some machines with Ubuntu (Linux) pre-installed (sadly, hard to find in the UK) so, having checked the comparative spec, I was confident that it would work - especially as the hard drive already comes partitioned as if expecting it...

It now runs much quicker than originally supplied and has the full functionality of a full-sized machine - including proper touch-pad scrolling and a full (free) office suite.

Additionally, it it gives the impression of being designed and built as a small but quality product with the textured case resisting the scratches of everyday use and the keyboard giving a reassuring quality feel. In its supplied form it struggles to compete with a tablet but as "tweaked" is able to play with the big boys.
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