Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Unboxing the HP M1120 MFP

June 16, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Printers

Unboxing the HP M1120 MFP

By far the best part of setting up the HP M1120 MFP is how easy it is to insert the cartridge. Holding the cartridge over the laser printer’s innards, it slipped from my grip, slid into the printer and literally snapped into place!
In fact, the longest part of the setup was installing the drivers (which work nicely on Windows 7 by the way). 5 minutes later, the Windows printer test page was out. Being a B/W laser printer, with less colors to process and worry about, does have it perks after all. At least the built-in scanner does color, which …read more

$1300 for an HP-Branded Gaming PC

April 22, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops

$1300 for an HP-Branded Gaming PC

Was browsing through “the egg” and found a well-assembled performance desktop package. HP’s Firebird enjoys a 2.66GHz quad-core processor (Intel’s Q9400), 2 250GB hard drives, and 4GB of RAM. A DVD burner and a 5-in-1 card reader give this setup more variety.
But by far the most mouth-watering feature of HP’s desktop is its two NVIDIA 9800S setup. That’s two relatively high-performance video cards, both featuring 512MB of memory each, working in tandem to provide lots of power to drive graphics. Like for say, those needy video games? All these functionally high-end specs are contained within a relatively small and stylish …read more

HP Mini 2140 Reviewed

March 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

HP Mini 2140 Reviewed

To make a long story short, the HP Mini 2140 is a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for. At least according to Liliputing:
Sure, the processor isn’t any faster than the CPUs in lower priced netbooks like the HP Mini 1000. And it’s not the thinnest and lightest mini-laptop available. But for a reasonable amount of extra cash you get a sturdier case, an accelerometer, a spill resistant keyboard with DuraKey finish, an ExpressCard slot, and a decent if not spectacular 3 cell battery. A 6 cell battery is also available, which reportedly runs for up to 8 …read more

With Resolutions, Sometimes Higher Isn’t Better

January 7, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under netbooks

With Resolutions, Sometimes Higher Isn’t Better

The excitement of Boing Boing Gadget’s Rob over the new HP Mini 2140 is understandable. Save for the really small trackpad, the Mini Note form factor is great because it wonderfully fits a decently-sized keyboard into a netbook. And a 10.1″ display with a native resolution of 1377 x 768? Even better! Or, is it?

More About What’s Hot (and What’s Not) About the HP w2228h

December 12, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

More About What’s Hot (and What’s Not) About the HP w2228h

The HP w2228h is still a great 22″ HDMI-capable display (see HP w2228h: What’s Hot, What’s Not). But after a few months of use, I’ve realized that there are at least three more irritations with it:
Delayed Speaker Kick-in. Whenever the display detects something coming through its audio in or HDMI cable , you have to wait a second or so for the monitor to fade in the sound at full volume. This was probably done to protect the built-in speakers from damaging sudden noise, but it’s irritating to have to move back to the start of a song just to …read more

Some Printer Ink Cartridges Prevent Printing—Despite Over 40% Left in Tank

November 4, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Printers

Some Printer Ink Cartridges Prevent Printing—Despite Over 40% Left in Tank

In what some would quickly label as propaganda for printer manufacturers and their business model, PC World recently tested several printers with OEM and aftermarket ink cartridges. Test showed that the former, which are more expensive than aftermarket variants, leave less ink in their tank before displaying low ink-level warnings. In the case of the Canon Pixma MP610, the difference was as much as 19 percent—24 for the OEM and nearly half for aftermarket variants.
Despite the (mostly) clear lead of OEM cartridges over their aftermarket counterparts, I wonder why most printer manufacturers don’t let their customers get every last drop …read more

HP InkJet Technology to be Used for In-Home Dialysis

October 16, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

HP InkJet Technology to be Used for In-Home Dialysis

HP eagerly announced that it was licensing the fluid management technology used in its printers to Home Dialysis Plus, a company that aims to provide accurate and effective dialysis machines for home use:
HP uses it to create calculated mixtures of ink and water, which are then delivered through a printer to a piece of paper. Home Dialysis Plus will use it to mix tap water and concentrated dialysis solution at a level customized for patients that can be administered at home rather than at a treatment center.
Obviously, this will make life a lot easier for those who need to …read more

HP w2228h: What’s Hot, What’s Not

September 21, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

HP w2228h: What’s Hot, What’s Not

A 22-inch LCD display that features 2 USB ports and support for HDMI, DVI, and VGA. Read on to see what’s hot, and what’s not.

HP dv9700t with 3GB RAM and 256MB Geforce 8400M GS for $700

August 25, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

HP dv9700t with 3GB RAM and 256MB Geforce 8400M GS for $700

Here’s a good deal from Deals2Buy.com: “HP Pavilion dv9700t, Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo T5750, 2.0GHz, 17″ WXGA+, 3GB RAM, 250GB, LightScribe SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer, 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 8 Cell Battery, Windows Vista Home Premium for $699.99 at HPShopping.com”
Check it out here. The promo works for only the first 2700 buyers. Be warned though: anyone who owns a 17″ laptop will tell you that it’s more “powerhouse” than “portable”. All we know is that desktop replacement laptops really belong on the desk.

Why the HP w2207h Rocks

July 23, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

Why the HP w2207h Rocks

It’s not exactly the newest monitor on the market. But the HP w2207h, a 22″ LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels, has won its fair share of kudos. It’s not exactly the cheapest 22-incher out there (expect to pay an average of $340 for it), but this display features HDMI in, a USB hub, and even stereo speakers. So it works with HDMI-capable laptops, boosts your USB port capacity, and doesn’t require earphones for full enjoyment.
But perhaps the biggest attraction of this HP LCD is how it can swivel between landscape and portrait modes. Never …read more


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