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Canon Pixma MX535 all-in-one printer

Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

Product Roundup If you’re thinking of getting a new printer and already have Macs or Window PCs then selecting a model that will work isn’t exactly a challenge. But - what if you add a Chromebook to the mix? Increasingly popular and likely to be under the tree for many this Christmas, have you stopped to think about how you will print from one …
Simon Williams, 11 Dec 2014
Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12

Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 12 voice recognition software review

Speech recognition has been a technology coming of age for an age. It got a shot in the arm recently with the launch of the iPhone 4S, where the S stands for Siri, the speech recognition company Apple bought. Siri may be trendy, but the most mature technology is on the PC and comes from the company Nuance bought. Nuance Dragon …
Simon Williams, 10 Sep 2012
Ten all-in-one inkjet photo printers

Ten... all-in-one inkjet photo printers

Product Round-up Most inkjet all-in-ones are capable of printing passable photos, but some are geared up specifically with this in mind and feature memory card slots, high resolution printheads and wireless connectivity for printing from mobile devices. Some even have direct-print to DVDs and CDs as well as scanning from slides and negatives …
Simon Williams, 25 Aug 2012
Brother MFC-J430W budget all-in-one inkjet printer

Ten budget inkjet printers

Product Round-up As money continues to be tight, buying a new all-in-one often takes a back seat. However, if an old machine has died, or a son or daughter needs something to print coursework, you may be forced to flex a card. On the up side, you could be surprised at some of the bargains which are available in the inkjet market. You can pick …
Simon Williams, 07 Jul 2012
Smarter Memory

Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... SSDs

Smarter Memory The solid state drive (SSD) is like a fast hard disk drive (HDD) with no moving parts. Many SSDs can be used as direct replacements for mechanical hard drives, although usually with a capacity restriction. They are better suited to notebooks, netbooks and Ultrabooks because capacities in these tend to be lower than in desktop …
Simon Williams, 05 Jul 2012
Smarter Memory

Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... optical disc drives

Buyer's Guide Optical drive is the collective term for CD, DVD and Blu-ray readers, recorders and rewriters, the mainstay of swap-in-swap-out storage in notebook and desktop computers. At its simplest, an optical disc can load applications or play music or films, and at its most complex, in the form of a dual-layer, Blu-ray BD-RE disc, it …
Simon Williams, 02 Jul 2012
Smarter Memory

Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... HDDs

Buyer's Guide Despite advances in other kinds of storage, hard drives are the backbone of the vast majority of desktops and notebooks. And they are still the most cost-effective way of adding extra storage capacity to an older machine. They are cheap to buy, easy to use and remarkably robust in service. Typical warranties run from three to …
Simon Williams, 18 Jun 2012
Smarter Memory

Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... Memory Cards

Buyer's Guide Until the day when broadband is much faster, all devices have wireless internet access and sync'n'store services such as Dropbox or Google Drive are ubiquitous, memory cards will remain the most convenient general-purpose, pocketable storage. They help everyone to move documents, photos, music and videos around safely and simply …
Simon Williams, 12 Jun 2012
Kyocera Mita FS-1035MFP

Ten... mono laser all-in-one printers

Product Roundup The mono laser all-in-one has taken the place of the friendly photocopier in many an offices, at home or at work. In some cases, it has incorporated the fax machine, too. Although in essence it’s a laser printer with a scanner stuck on top, it’s more than the sum of its parts. Most folk use laser all-in-ones as much, if not …
Simon Williams, 05 May 2012
Ten ADF printers

Ten... ADF-based inkjet all-in-one printers

Product Round-up Inkjet all-in-one printers have two different focuses: photos and documents. Those aimed at document handling often forsake things like card readers and twin paper trays, in favour of fax and Automatic Document Feeders (ADFs). With an ADF you can scan or copy multi-page documents unattended, giving you extra time to drink hot …
Simon Williams, 04 Apr 2012
Samsung ML-2165W mono laser printer

Ten... sub-£100 mono laser printers

Product Round-up Mono laser printers still produce better black text than any inkjet. If you want clean, pin-sharp characters on the page and don’t print colour, buy a laser. If you have a limited budget, look for one at under £100. Here are 10 you should consider, which can print fast, don’t take up much room on the desk and are very easy to …
Simon Williams, 22 Feb 2012
Ten... A3 printers

Ten... A3 inkjet printers

Product round-up The most probable reasons for printing A3 documents are 1) posters or folded A4 newsletters, and 2) large photos. The types of printer needed for these two requirements are different. For posters and newsletters you want a machine intended primarily for plain paper print and it will save time if it can print duplex. For photos, …
Simon Williams, 31 Jan 2012
Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD

Ten... inkjet photo printers

Product Round-up There’s only really one choice of technology for printing photos well and economically. Inkjet printers produce better quality photos than traditional silver halide, one of the reasons digital photography has superseded it. Most of the major printer manufacturers produce inkjet printers and even the most basic of these can …
Simon Williams, 17 Dec 2011
Ten... Colour laser printers

Ten... colour laser printers

Review There are two main technologies that can put colour text and graphics on paper; inkjet and laser. Though inkjet makers like Epson and HP have tried to push inkjets into the lower end of the office market, it’s still dominated by colour lasers, due to their speed and the high permanence of solid toner over liquid ink. Colour …
Simon Williams, 26 Nov 2011
Ten... Mono Laser Printers

Ten... mono laser printers

Product Round-up Mono laser printers have been available for 30 years and remain the bedrock of most business. From small printers in home offices to large ones in corporate departments, they print most of the commercial correspondence in the country, yet their technical specs have changed little. They are now faster, have higher resolution and …
Simon Williams, 29 Oct 2011
Epson Stylus Office BX925FWD

Ten... all-in-one inkjet printers

Product Round-up There are two types of inkjet all-in-one printer: one intended for photo enthusiasts and the other for people running offices. It's the latter lot I'm attending to here, with a selection of printers designed for those who value plain paper output as much as - if not more than - snaps. The price ranges large, with the cheapest …
Simon Williams, 24 Sep 2011
Acer Revo RL100

Acer Revo RL100 media centre

Review It’s been a long time since PC makers started trying to get PCs into people’s living rooms. Originally it was all about games, but consoles soon became a cheaper and better-supported option. Now, it’s about TV and disc playing, in particular 3D, HD viewing and Blu-ray too. Acer seems keen to revive the lounge PC and with the …
Simon Williams, 03 Feb 2011
Synology USB Station 2

Synology USB Station 2

Review Network storage is a ‘good thing’ in the same way as a Big Top; great as long as you don’t have to set it up. Selling Nas boxes to consumers needs the hassle taken out of the installation – and what if you already have a drive you’re not using? Synology’s USB 2 Station aims to ease both problems. Synology USB Station 2 …
Simon Williams, 14 Jan 2011
Scosche solBAT2

Scosche Solbat2 solar charger

Review Even though the phrase ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’ remains a truism, however cynical, it doesn’t seem to stop Scosche from using the promise of ‘something for nothing’ to tempt you to buy its Solbat2 solar-powered backup battery. Scosche solBAT2 Scosche's Solbat2: Simple, idiot-proof design for charging and …
Simon Williams, 12 Oct 2010
Epson Aculaser M1200

Epson Aculaser M1200

Review Epson’s baby laser printer looks something like Canon’s with its bread loaf shape, though here the case is all black and the printer’s bigger in all dimensions, noticeably in height. Epson Aculaser M1200 Super-breadloaf design would benefit from a paper tray cover It opens up for printing in much the same way, too, with …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers

Best Buys: Budget Mono Laser Printers

Group Test All six of these printers do a more than passable job of printing a page of text and in most cases you won't notice the difference between these machines and mono lasers costing three times the price. They are also pretty similar on speed, offering between 12 and 16ppm. Samsung ML-1665 The factors that split them are running …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers

Budget Mono Laser Printers

Group Test A trip round PC World or Staples could easily convince you the only printers available for personal use, in home or small office, are inkjets. That ain’t so, with a good range of mono lasers still around from impressively low prices of well under £100. Samsung ML-1665 Now, you may not need the squeezy wonders of coloured …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
Samsung ML-1665

Samsung ML-1665

Review Samsung’s entry-level mono laser, the ML-1665, is small and inexpensive. The black-cased machine has a bulge at the back, but still uses a fold-down front panel as its paper input tray and a fold-over top cover to take the output. This gives it quite a large footprint overall, when printing. Samsung ML-1665 Small when closed …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
Canon-i-SENSYS LBP3010

Canon i-Sensys LBP3010

Review Canon i-Sensys LBP3010 | If you like white, you’ll love the look of Canon’s entry-level laser, about the size and shape of a large tin loaf. The top panel flips open to become the output tray and the front panel does likewise to become a 150-sheet feed tray. A very nifty little tray cover folds down from inside the front panel, …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
Brother HL-2035

Brother HL-2035

Review This squat, square printer has a surprisingly good specification and can be found for a very reasonable asking price. The slide-out paper tray at the bottom of the front panel holds a full 250-sheets and is fully covered when closed, so you don’t need to remove paper to avoid spills when not printing. There’s a single-sheet feed …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010