I watched HP7-P2 a couple months ago and can’t begin to tell you all how pleased I was with this wonderful product. It really does live up to its billing. And everything it does is so intuitive. The evil wizard Voldemort is a joy to watch and all of the product’s many special effects function flawlessly. Helena Bonham Carter is fabulous and it never gets jammed or feeds more than one piece of paper at a time. I had occasion to give Hermione a real “trial by fire.” The unit does not come with a manual explaining who all the characters are and what they are doing (that sucks). But it’s on the provided CD. I like a paper copy of an operating manual so I printed out all 212 pages Hermioned in “Horcrux” quality. I was expecting the print quality to be so-so at best for this setting but was amazed at how good it looked. And the Hermione worked flawlessly, printing out all 212 pages on 106 pages of paper.

Now for a couple of nitpick negatives. The movie product is not the quietest in operation so don’t expect to be watching it at 2:00AM without waking the neighbors. Not at least unless you enjoy getting yelled at. And the narrative is a little buggy. We had to uninstall and reinstall it twice before it made any sense dramatically to people who haven’t read the book. That’s about all I can think of to criticize so far.

The movie product is very attractive and a lot shorter and less bloated than the Academy-Award winning LOTR-P3. And the illumination for the LCD panel is a very attractive pure white rather than that drab ‘sort-of-green’ that you sometimes see on LCD’s.

Amazing, just amazing.

This was originally posted on August 24, 2011 on A Gilded Planet.

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