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Canon’s Impressive ImageClass LBP612Cdw Single-Function Color Laser Printer

Canon’s Impressive ImageClass LBP612Cdw Single-Function Color Laser Printer

Canon’s ImageClass laser printers, such as the $279-MSRP Color ImageClass LBP612Cdw we’re reviewing here today, typically print well, at a reasonably fast clip, and with little fuss. That all holds for this little stand-alone (print-only) model. As you may be able to tell from the price, the LBP612Cdw is an entry-level machine, in this case designed for small offices and workgroups, or perhaps... [Read more]

Fast, Good-Looking Color Laser Prints with Brother’s HL-L8260CDW

Fast, Good-Looking Color Laser Prints with Brother’s HL-L8260CDW

Often, printer makers release incremental versions of a product with different feature sets (sometimes very different), but with small differences in price. In those cases, you have the potential to get a great bargain if you spend just a little more—or, conversely, you can give up a lot in trying to save just a little bit of cash. Such is the conundrum presented by today’s review subject, the... [Read more]

Bluetooth Mesh – A World Where Everything is Connected

Bluetooth Mesh – A World Where Everything is Connected

Yes, current Wi-Fi-based smart home technology can turn on the lights with your smartphone or voice. But do you call that home automation, really? Isn’t it just a slightly more convenient light switch? How about this? When you unlock your front door, the lights in the foyer come on, the motion sensors on your alarm system turn off, the thermostat starts the air conditioning, and your entertainment... [Read more]

Eight Years and Hundreds of Articles and Reviews at Computer Shopper

Eight Years and Hundreds of Articles and Reviews at Computer Shopper

It’s hard to believe, but I have been writing for the legendary Computer Shopper for over eight years (as of October 2017), and have been a contributing editor there for about seven years. My beat has covered everything from desktop systems and laptops, to tablets and 2-in-1s in several flavors (operating systems) and size, printers and all-in-one printers in all shapes and sizes, video cards,... [Read more]

Computer Technology Covered at Digital Trends from an  Experienced Perspective

Computer Technology Covered at Digital Trends from an Experienced Perspective

Camarillo, CA – October 2017: Almost three years and over 40 articles later, I have covered numerous products and technology news for the immensely popular online digital technology magazine, Digital Trends. My beat covers all aspects of computer-related news and reviews. For example, my first few articles included information about DDR4 memory, USB 3.1, Sata Express, and Nvidia G-Sync, . But... [Read more]

Harrel Posts 100th Article at PCMag

Harrel Posts 100th Article at PCMag

Camarillo, July 13, 2016 — Part of the Ziff-Davis, one of the leaders in online technology media empire,  PC Magazine, or PCMag, as it is known online, is one of the oldest and most respected and trusted technology news outlets on the Internet. Currently, my beat at PCMag is printers, labeling systems, and scanners, both document and photo scanners, all of which coincides with my background in desktop... [Read more]

Canon’s Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-In-One Printer – Editors’ Choice

Canon’s Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-In-One Printer – Editors’ Choice

PROS Excellent print quality. Light and compact. SD card slot. Ethernet support. Two black inks. Two paper input trays. 20-sheet ADF. XXL ink cartridges available. CONS A little pricey. Somewhat high running costs. BOTTOM LINE It may be a little pricey, but the Canon Pixma TR8520 all-in-one printer produces terrific text, graphics and photos, and it has a strong feature set. Earlier this year,... [Read more]

Keeper Quality Photograph’s from Epson’s Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One

Keeper Quality Photograph’s from Epson’s Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One

When you stop and think about it, some of the things that our PCs, smartphones, and tablets allow us to do truly are amazing. Printing exquisite-looking photos on small, inexpensive inkjet printers is one of them. It’s not just having the ability to print photos that’s so awesome, though. What’s even more incredible is, when everything comes together just right—stunning content, taken in the... [Read more]

Simple, Attractive Plastic Labels from Your Smartphone with Brother’ P-touch Cube

Simple, Attractive Plastic Labels from Your Smartphone with Brother’ P-touch Cube

PROS Good print quality. Comprehensive, easy-to-use label design and print mobile app. Strong selection of label types in several color schemes, including fabric iron-on labels. Runs on AC or battery power. Good value for the price. CONS Cannot use with Windows or Mac PCs. Requires replaceable (rather than rechargeable) batteries. BOTTOM LINE With excellent design and comprehensive print software,... [Read more]

Fast, Sharp Prints from Xerox’s VersaLink B400/DN Standalone Monochrome Laser Printer

Fast, Sharp Prints from Xerox’s VersaLink B400/DN Standalone Monochrome Laser Printer

PROS Fast. Excellent print quality. Strong paper capacity that’s expandable. Has 110,000-page maximum duty cycle. Very high-yield toner cartridges available. Strong security features. Much lighter than competitors. CONS Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and NFC capabilities are extra. Somewhat high running costs. BOTTOM LINE The Xerox VersaLink B400/DN is a trim, high-volume single-function monochrome... [Read more]

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