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Mintpass Mintpad

Mintpass Mintpad

Review Do you really need an electronic notepad and portable media player, but have tiny pockets in all your clothes? If so, the Mintpad could be the answer. This compact device majors on its touchscreen notepad, but also has multimedia features and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, in a player less than 80 x 65mm. Mintpass Mintpad Small …
Simon Williams, 05 Jan 2010
Asus Lamborghini VX5

Asus Lamborghini VX5

Review It’s hard to see who Asus’s supercar laptop tie-ups are aimed at. If you have the money to buy a Ferrari, a Porsche or, in this case, a Lamborghini, will you really be going for a £1,700 portable to remind you what’s in the garage. If you drive a lowered Golf with blue neons underneath, wouldn’t you want a VW laptop? We guess …
Simon Williams, 04 Jan 2010
Canon Pixma MP560

Canon Pixma MP560

Review Mid-range, inkjet all-in-ones are the mainstay of most printer makers’ catalogues, so for one to stand out, it has to offer extra features, better performance or improved cost of ownership to get noticed. Canon has introduced the Pixma MP560 to build on a successful design in at least two of these three ways. Canon Pixma MP560 …
Simon Williams, 21 Oct 2009
Cool-er eBook Reader

Interead Cool-er

Review The time of the eBook reader may have come at last. With Amazon’s Kindle leading the charge and Barnes and Noble working with UK OLED display maker Plastic Logic for a similar offering next year, there’s growing awareness of the possible market for electronic readers. Interead’s Cool-er is an independent reader, trying to carve …
Simon Williams, 19 Oct 2009
Lexmark C736dn

Lexmark C736dn workgroup colour laser printer

Review If you’re running a large workgroup, you need a printer that is fast, cheap to run and has enough flexibility to handle a variety of media and to grow with the tasks it’s asked to perform. Endeavouring to address all these needs, while also offering colour, duplex and walk-up direct print, is Lexmark’s C736dn. Lexmark C736dn …
Simon Williams, 07 Oct 2009
Dell 2415cn multifunction printer

Dell 2145cn colour laser

Review Dell’s 2145cn is a mid-range multifunction device, designed for small office and modest workgroup use, but includes several, big-machine functions. Unusually, it’s also built around a colour laser engine. Dell 2415cn multifunction printer Dell’s 2145cn: multifunctional with duplex printing and scanning There’s only one thing …
Simon Williams, 16 Sep 2009
HP OfficeJet 6500 Wireless

HP OfficeJet 6500 Wireless all-in-one inkjet

Review All inkjet makers are trying to persuade us that their printers really do offer an alternative to colour lasers. HP has been a leader in this push and, to its credit, has produced machines more likely to tempt people than most. Surprisingly, running costs are also claimed to be lower than from equivalently priced colour lasers. …
Simon Williams, 09 Sep 2009
Cowon D2+ DAB

Cowon D2+ DAB

Review The portable media player market ranges from the cheapest, smallest screen players, aimed primarily for playing music, to palm-sized, PDA-style pads, more than suitable for watching films and time-shifted TV. The Cowon D2+ DAB is definitely at the smaller end of the scale, but still offers a good range of programme sources …
Simon Williams, 29 Jul 2009
Brother P-Touch 2100

Brother P-Touch 2100 label printer

Review While paper dominates most printing issues, there are those who need a different kind of beast to print on plastic to produce long-lasting identification and warning labels. The old embossed Dymo tape of yore, adorning dad’s tool drawers and just about every fuse box in the land, while still going today, has had to give way to …
Simon Williams, 22 Jul 2009
Ricoh Aficio GX 3000S

Ricoh Aficio GX 3000S

Review The main problem with shoehorning inkjet printers and all-in-ones into the office environment is the time it takes for the ink to dry. Faster drying ink means higher print speeds, so Ricoh’s Gelsprinter technology that utilises gel-based inks, is designed to offer high-speed documents, with the benefits of the large colour gamut …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2009
Samsung N310

Samsung N310 netbook

Review Samsung has never been a supplier of cheap and cheerful netbooks, and the consumer-oriented N310, which expands the range beyond the more seriously styled NC10, NC20 and N120, still comes in with a suggested price of a pound under £400. For that, you’d expect something very special. Samsung N310 The N310: you'd never guess is …
Simon Williams, 09 Jul 2009
Samsung ML-1640

Samsung ML-1640

Review There are a good few people who run two printers; an inkjet for all the colour and photo work and a mono laser for quicker, cheaper, sharper black print. Samsung is looking at the home and one-per-desk customer with its ML-1640 mono laser. With a street price around £50, it’s close to being an impulse purchase and puts itself in …
Simon Williams, 29 Jun 2009
Xerox Phaser 6280V/DN

Xerox Phaser 6280V/DN

Review The sales ratio of colour to mono laser printers continues to swing towards colour, and not just in the SoHo market. If you want to buy a colour machine for a small business or a reasonably-sized workgroup, say four or five people, then the Xerox Phaser 6280V/DN certainly deserves a look. Xerox Phaser 6280V/DN Xerox's Phaser …
Simon Williams, 18 Jun 2009
Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

Review Medium format colour inkjet printers, which sit between standard A4 and wide format production machines, fill a fairly specialised niche. Capable of printing full-bleed A3+ pages, Canon’s Pixma Pro9000 Mark II is aimed at photo enthusiasts or semi-professional photographers. Semi-pros might prefer to use it for proofing than end …
Simon Williams, 10 Jun 2009
Clickfree Traveler SSD

Clickfree Traveler SSD

Review The Clickfree concept is to provide effortless file backups for people who want hassle-free security from data loss. Yet the original Clickfree Portable drive received a mixed reception from Reg Hardware readers, comparing it unfavourably with ‘regular’ USB hard drives. The latest incarnation is a little different and relies on …
Simon Williams, 28 May 2009
Canon Pixma MX330

Canon Pixma MX330

Review Recent offerings suggest a handful of printer manufacturers are trying to move inkjet technology into the lower-end small office, SoHo space, by targeting those wanting the superior colour inkjets can produce, without all the glossy photo facilities of family and photo-buff models. Canon Pixma MX330 Doing the business: Canon's …
Simon Williams, 27 May 2009
HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless

HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless

Review HP has a difficult game to play. It wants to increase usage of its inkjet printers and all-in-ones by selling them small business, but in doing so it risks hitting the colour laser printer market, in which it’s the major player. The OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless is a case in point. It's a fast, high-capacity inkjet all-in-one …
Simon Williams, 20 May 2009
Pioneer BDR-203BK

Pioneer BDR-203BK

Review Installing a Blu-ray Disc recorder is the latest must-have upgrade for desktops, but because they remain thin on the ground, they maintain a price premium. Given the high storage capacity of the Blu-ray format, write speed is particularly important and we’re starting to see drives capable of 8x writing on 25GB and 50GB …
Simon Williams, 05 May 2009
Lexmark T650DN

Lexmark T650DN mono workgroup laser printer

Review The more people using a printer, the bigger it has to be, if only to hold extra paper. In fact, workgroup printers seem to have to be big simply to impress more people. Lexmark’s T650DN starts large and is eminently expandable, so will only get larger. Lexmark T650DN Lexmark's T650DN: a big printer, but quick and cheap to run …
Simon Williams, 05 May 2009
Kyocera Mita FS-2020D

Kyocera Mita FS-2020D

Review Kyocera Mita makes a range of laser printers and multi-functionals from personal one-per-desk models right up to big-league machines that can handle small-run production print jobs. The FS-2020D is a ‘team’ printer, so medium-size groups of workers are the users it's been developed for. There are a few things it needs to do to …
Simon Williams, 27 Apr 2009
Canon i-Sensys LBP3100

Canon i-Sensys LBP3100

Review Laser printers have been nudged out of the personal, one-per-desk market by the continued growth of inkjets. For straight black print, though, there’s nothing to touch laser copy, and Canon has fortified its entry-level mono laser range with the i-Sensys LBP3100, a small machine with a couple of interesting design tweaks. Canon …
Simon Williams, 31 Mar 2009
Lite-on eSAU208-16

Lite-on eSAU208-16

Review If you buy a netbook, you have to be prepared to live without an optical drive. You can add an external drive for reading and writing DVDs and CDs, but to make it as convenient as the mini-laptop, it needs to be self-contained and compact. Lite-On has one with a good spec. Lite-on eSAU208-16 Lite-on's eSAU208-16: slimline but …
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2009
Kodak ESP 7

Kodak ESP 7 all-in-one inkjet printer

Review Not the best known name in all-in-one printers, Kodak now has a range of four machine. They all use the same print engine, but are differentiated by different levels of bell and whistlery. Among the claims Kodak makes for all of them is photo prints for just 7p each - cheaper than any other inkjet. Kodak ESP 7 Kodak's ESP 7: …
Simon Williams, 12 Mar 2009
Brother MFC-990CW

Brother MFC-990CW all-in-one printer

Review You’re in very cramped quarters and need a machine that can print, scan, copy, fax and handle photos, but it would also be good if it had a phone and digital answering machine. Brother’s petite MFC-990CW has the spec for this, but can the metal and plastic match up? Brother MFC-990CW Brother's MFC-990CW: fax machine styling …
Simon Williams, 03 Mar 2009
Lexmark E260DN

Lexmark E260DN networked mono laser printer

Review Unless the vast majority of your documents need colour, you'd do well to look at a mono laser as your main printer. Lexmark has a wide range and maintains its reputation - a hangover from its days as IBM's printer division - for producing good, reliable office-oriented printers. The E260DN is a mid-range machine handy for the …
Simon Williams, 24 Feb 2009
Kensington Universal Dock with Video

Kensington Universal Notebook Dock

Review Laptops invariably lack a port you’ve been used to on a desktop. You have to buy a suitable adaptor or work around the missing connection. Kensington, maker of peripherals you never thought you’d need, has come up with a solution: a universal dock, needing just one USB connection to your portable. Kensington Universal Dock with …
Simon Williams, 17 Feb 2009
Brother MFC-5890CN

Brother MFC-5890CN inkjet all-in-one A3 printer

Review If you need to print on paper bigger than A4, your choices of printer are severely reduced. If you need colour and can only afford an inkjet, they’re smaller still, and if you’d like an all-in-one, you’re down to half a dozen possibilities. Make that seven - Brother now has its MFC-5890CN, coming in at a touch over £150. …
Simon Williams, 09 Feb 2009

Kyocera Mita FS-C5200DN colour laser printer

Review Kyocera Mita isn't perhaps one of the first names to trip off your tongue when considering a new laser printer, but it deserves to be. The company has sold lots of its big-business printers to corporates for many years and its range of smaller mono and colour lasers includes the newly released FS-C5200DN. Kyocera Mita FS- …
Simon Williams, 03 Feb 2009

Lexmark C543DN colour laser

Review The boundary between colour inkjet and colour laser printers continues to blur, as the colour quality of lasers improves and the speed and paper-handling of inkjets is ratcheted up too. There’s a price-band in the middle, around the £200-250 mark, where colour lasers, like Lexmark’s C543DN, can make a lot of sense. Lexmark …
Simon Williams, 07 Jan 2009

Clickfree Backup external hard drive

Review Anything that can make backing up your files a simpler task has got to be good. Spending time recreating important information after accidents is no fun, but like belting up before driving, not everybody does the sensible thing. Clickfree is like an airbag to back-up tools' seat belts. Now, a spot check. Are your important files …
Simon Williams, 31 Dec 2008

Epson Stylus Photo PX800FW all-in-one wireless printer

Review Epson is well regarded as a maker of the semi-pro and professional inkjet photo printers and some of its large-format printers are mainstays of High Street photography shops. But at the consumer end of the market, it's offerings have often looked a bit basic and sounded rather loud and clunky. The company is clearly trying to …
Simon Williams, 16 Dec 2008

HP HDX16-1000 16in multimedia laptop

Review With laptop prices plunging, you'd expect a lot from a multimedia media machine that costs a grand, right? Well, HP has certainly jemmied a lot of tech into its new HDX, including a Blu-ray drive, a TV tuner and a 16in, 1080p full HD screen. HP HDX16-1010EA laptop HP's HDX16-1000: Big spec, big price tag The HDX16-1000 …
Simon Williams, 25 Nov 2008

Samsung ML-1630W wireless network mono laser printer

Review Laser printers aren’t the most photogenic of kit and you’d usually want to relegate one to an office or workroom. Samsung has given its latest offering a makeover, though. Mono laser printers may have been eclipsed in the home by inkjets, but they’re faster and produce better black print. They’re also pug-ugly, built for …
Simon Williams, 14 Nov 2008

Polaroid PoGo handheld colour printer

Review Weren’t Polaroid cameras fun? Now you can capture those days all over again, only with smaller, more expensive instant photos, using Polaroid’s new PoGo printer. Although Polaroid’s original instant-picture technology has finally died a death, the PoGo, based on innovative technology from Zink, is intended for a similar role. …
Simon Williams, 12 Nov 2008

Pioneer DVR-116D multi-format DVD rewriter

Review The current maximum write speed on a DVD±R is 16x, so Pioneer’s 20x drive has to be doing something special. Using 16x media, you should be able to see up to 25 per cent extra read and write speed. When recordable CD was introduced, it moved quickly from single-speed to 54x and beyond, but recordable DVDs haven’t accelerated at …
Simon Williams, 10 Nov 2008

Carphone Warehouse Webbook

Review The Elonex-made Webbook is a medium-sized machine, built around a 10.2in screen, and so goes up against the Asus Eee PC 1000 and the MSI Wind/Advent 4211, but at a lean price of £249. The form-factor of Small, Cheap Computers is still rather fluid, with the original Eee 701 and the Fujitsu FMV Biblio U/B50 showing there’s a …
Simon Williams, 29 Sep 2008