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Dell 1130

Dell 1130

Review Dell’s diversification into printers has proved very successful for the company and though what’s on offer are all variants of printers from other manufacturers, there’s sufficient difference in features and costs to rack them up against the competition. Dell 1130 Looks like a Samsung, but with low Dell cartridge prices The …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers

Buyer's Guide: Budget Mono Laser Printers

Group Test If you can have a printer which can print black text on plain paper, as well as full colour on plain and glossy photo paper, why would you want to buy one which can only print black and only on photocopy paper? What does a laser printer offer over an inkjet? Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers The first feature is speed. …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
HP LaserJet P1102w

HP LaserJet P1102w

Review HP’s entry-level laser is available with and without a wireless connection. The LaserJet P1102w has one and the asking price reflects this. This is another extended bread loaf-shaped printer, with the main feed tray folding down from the front panel. The output support is a clip-in fixture at the front, though, which is less …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
Packard Bell Easynote Butterfly XS

Packard Bell Butterfly XS 11.6in notebook

Review Where does the dividing line between netbooks and notebooks lie? Is an 11.6in screen small enough to dismiss any ideas of true notebook status? Conversely, does having a DVD rewriter lift a portable forever out of netbookdom? Packard Bell Easynote Butterfly XS Packard Bell's Easynote Butterfly XS: flighty? For those who want …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
All-in-one Inkjet Printers

All-in-One Inkjet Printers: Best Buys

Group Test Before I announce which printers have won Reg Hardware awards, let's first see how they measure up against each other. Print-speed Tests Multi-page Printing £150 Inkjet group test Output in pages per minute (PPM) Longer bars are better Photo Printing £150 Inkjet group test Time to print 15 x 10cm photo in Seconds (s) …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Kodak ESP 7

Kodak ESP 7

Review Although a late arrival at the inkjet printer ball, Kodak’s wealth of photographic and imaging knowledge has helped carve it a clever niche in the market. Its current advertising run, stressing the low cost of running its machines, shows where it’s aiming. Kodak ESP 7 All the machines in the ESP range use the same print …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Epson Stylus SX610FW

Epson Stylus SX610FW

Review On the ‘looks the business’ scales, this machine will take quite a counterweight. Big and glossy black, it has a wavy top concealing its 30-sheet ADF. Open the input tray and the output tray drops away – very neat. The front control panel, which can be swung out to several different angles, holds a bright, 63mm LCD and large, …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Lexmark Intuition S505

Lexmark Intuition S505

Review Lexmark’s Home Office range of all-in-ones, like Kodak’s, share the same print engine and are distinguished, one from another, by their feature sets and price. Although it has an SRP of £150, the S505 is closer to the bottom than the top of the range and you can find it heavily discounted. The printer has a conventional design, …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Canon PIXMA MX350

Canon Pixma MX350

Review This machine follows the same style lines as other all-in-ones in Canon’s range, with a large case in black and silver. The ADF for the scanner is integrated into an angled surround which holds the control panel, and includes a feed tray which folds shut to clean up the look of the machine when it’s not scanning. Canon PIXMA …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
HP Officejet 6500

HP Officejet 6500

Review Looking like somebody’s given a pair of compasses to a penguin and told it to design an all-in-one, the Officejet 6500’s black and white body is all wide-radius curves. From the cheeky quiff at the end of its 35-sheet ADF feed tray to its double-size, 250-sheet paper tray, it’s unexpected in looks and function. This is the …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
All-in-one Inkjet Printers

Buyer's Guide: all-in-one inkjet printers

Group Test In the home, where print volumes are typically low, inkjet printers rule. You simply won't find colour lasers or laser-based all-in-ones at the £150 price point around which all the printers in this Group Test are offered. Inkjets also have the versatility to be able to print quality photos as well as strong colours and …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
All-in-one Inkjet Printers

All-in-One Inkjet Printers

Group Test Much like the trend for mobile phones to have cameras, inkjet printers with scanners seems to be the norm these days. With all the models on test producing photo quality prints yet costing less than £150, you might think you’re getting something for nothing. Of course, along with the scanner doubling as a colour photocopier – …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Brother MFC-490CW

Brother MFC-490CW

Review Brother has a wealth of all-in-ones looking much like the MFC-490CW. The gently curved upper surface makes it look slightly old, though this is mitigated by the widescreen LCD, which allows for a photo thumbnail and a menu to be displayed side by side. The controls are well laid out, and the front lip of the machine contains two …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Gateway DS50

Gateway DS50 Core i3 desktop PC

Review The main reason for wanting a compact PC is lack of room on or under a desk. The Gateway DS50 is not SFF in the Asus EeePC terms, but in the sense of something roughly half the volume of a midi-tower. It still has room for a full-height DVD rewriter, a 3.5in hard drive inside the case, an internal power supply and a 95mm cooler …
Simon Williams, 29 Jun 2010
MSI Wind U160

MSI Wind U160

Review MSI was one of the first companies to see the importance of the Eee PC as a new category of portable. The Wind U160 is its latest response to a growing range of netbooks based on Intel’s low-power Atom chips. Yet can it break the ‘me-too’ mould and offer something extra? MSI Wind U160 A mighty wind? MSI's U160 MSI’s original …
Simon Williams, 01 Jun 2010
Solar Freeloader Pico

Solar Freeloader Pico solar-charged back-up power supply

Review Running out of battery power can clobber your day and leave you incommunicado when you least want to be. There are various secondary power supplies on the market, but few of them can recharge themselves entirely from daylight. The Freeloader Pico claims to be one that can. Solar Freeloader Pico Solar's Freeloader Pico: free …
Simon Williams, 05 May 2010
Colour Laser Printers

Buyer's Guide: Colour Laser Printers

Group Test On price alone, you might think there’d be no contest between inkjets and colour laser printers, but the strength of the latter lies in areas other than the monetary bottom line. The key advantages are all results of the technology itself: cleaner quality print, more robust documents and higher print speed. In an inkjet printer …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Canon iSensys LBP5050

Canon i-Sensys LBP5050

Review This is a squat machine, cased all in white, with a simple, LED-filled status panel. It has a single paper tray, holding just 150 sheets, which isn’t a lot if you print frequently. There’s a multi-feed slot for envelopes and other media. The machine uses a print engine integrated into the toner cartridge, with cartridges good …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Dell 1320C

Dell 1320c

Review Tall and black, this big, square Dell cube makes its presence felt on the desk. Paper feeds from a decent-capacity, 250-sheet paper tray and there’s a single-sheet multipurpose feed, too. The control panel is simple, but includes warning LEDs built into a useful schematic of the printer. What this Dell machine saves in desktop …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
HP Color LaserJet CP1215

HP Color LaserJet CP1215

Review This printer and the Canon i-Sensys LBP5050 use the same colour laser engine, designed by Canon. HP puts it in a case of its own design, but there are still many similarities between the two machines. Set into the heavily curved front edge on the right is a simple control panel with a series of eight indicators and two control …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Lexmark C540N

Lexmark C540N

Review This is a comparatively big machine, in a case full of bumps and bulges, and has a similar arrangement of drums and toner cartridges to the Dell 1320C. It’s control panel is better than most, with a backlit two-line by 16-character LCD display and an array of six buttons to control functions. The 250-sheet paper tray at the …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
OKI C3450N

OKI C3450N

Review Alone among the printers in this group test, the OKI machine uses strips of high-intensity LEDs to illuminate its photoconductor drums, rather than laser beams. This makes for a simpler design, though in this case the machine is deeper from front to back than most. The controls are very simple, with just two buttons for on/ …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Xerox Phaser 6125

Xerox Phaser 6125

Review This printer has the lowest official retail price in the group by a good way and this feeds through to typical internet prices, where it can be had for around £139. You might expect Xerox to have cut some corners to get to this price, but not a bit of it. Xerox Phaser 6125 The tall white machine with dark blue highlights has …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Colour Laser Printers

Desktop Colour Laser Printers: Best Buys

Group Test While any of these six printers can turn out a decent business page, with sharp black text and vibrant colour graphics, some definitely have more to offer than others and two stand out. The Reviews... Canon i-Sensys LBP5050 Dell 1320c HP Color LaserJet CP1215 Lexmark C540N OKI C3450N Xerox Phaser 6125 Colour Laser Printers …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Packard Bell oneTwo M

Packard Bell oneTwo M

Review As the world swings inexorably away from desktop PCs towards notebooks, netbooks and PMPs, the PC has to adapt or die. One way to go, as Packard Bell would have it, is the touchscreen media PC. It follows the iMac paradigm that the whole thing should be built into the back of a large-format LCD screen. Packard Bell oneTwo M A …
Simon Williams, 07 Jan 2010