Summary: The reviews a mixed on it because of the routing issues. I've used lots of the 10/100s at customers with no problems. This is the 10/100/1000 successor. Now I've experienced the problem first hand. I was switching out an old switch with this one during their break time. I pulled the old one and mounted this in its place and started it up.
Summary: This series from HP (originally 3Com) offers very good performance for a great price. There are a lot of features available in the OS and all of the important functionality of more expensive switches is inside. Spanning Tree, Port Mirroring, VLAN and more The web based configuration is easy to navigate and understand. The 4 Copper/Fiber GBIC ports are unpopulated but can be filled cheaply and can provide a nice interconnect should you want to without using ports.