T. G. Barry

Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (51 of 63)


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Lexmark X543DN Colour Laser Printer, Copier, Scann&hellip by Lexmark
1.0 out of 5 stars Short lived, 13 Jan 2014
This printer just managed to pass it's warranty period before expiring. The repair would cost more than a new printer. During it's (short) life the running costs were high as toner is pricey. While it worked the quality was good and the speed fine but no where near enough to justify its short life.
Brass in Pocket (Inspector Drake 1) by Stephen Puleston
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor stuff, 26 Dec 2013
Two stars because it was very cheap and I was able to make myself finish it - although I half wish I hadn't bothered. One star for the writing. The tale is not especially interesting and the characterisation is weak. The main character (Drake) is barely two dimensional - little more than a cardboard cut-out with an overlay of OCD in the (false) hope of adding interest. I do understand the repetitive compulsive nature of OCD but the repetitive (semi-)descriptive stuff is just padding to bring the story to novel length. The writing might benefit from an editor - trying to unpack sentences where multiple third-person pronouns refer to different people is tedious and unrewarding. It isn't… Read more
Lexmark X543dn Colour (A4) Multifunction Laser Pri&hellip by Lexmark
Printing was reasonably competent, copying fine and scanning a bit tedious with poor software. However the big problems were running costs. It gobbled toner and needed a new fuser unit after less than eighteen months of light use. My last laser (an OKI) lasted nearly six years before it finally got retired. I didn't buy new drums when they finally needed renewing as a new printer appeared to be cheaper. I now realise that this was a false economy. I will not replace the fuser on the Lexmark as to do so would cost more than a new printer. This was my first and last Lexmark.