iOS : William Harrel – Journalist


A PCMag What’s New Now Top Review, September 25, 2018


My review of HP's new voice-activated smart home Tango X AIO at PCMag

  • PROS

    Small and spiffy. Voice control with supported smart home UIs. IFTTT scripting for extending smart capabilities. Impressive print quality. Competitive ink costs with Instant Ink, plus free snapshot printing from your smartphone.

  • CONS

    Borderless prints limited to 5-by-7-inch. Single, small paper input. “Scans” and “copies” only via smartphone.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    HP’s Tango X “smart printer,” the first we’ve tested with voice activation and smart home features, is all about printing from mobile devices. It’s not perfect, but given its unique free-snapshot printing angle, it will be a tough act for future models to follow.

Plenty of us shout things at our printers. But what if yours heard you? Of midpriced all-in-one (AIO) printers, none is more cutting-edge—and attentive—than the HP Tango X ($199) and its less expensive sibling, the HP Tango ($149), among the first printers to support voice control. They are designed to work primarily with mobile devices—desktop PCs and laptops are an afterthought—and they have the unique distinction of letting you print snapshots from your smartphone for free, in a sense (more on that later). We tested the Tango X, which delivers print speeds, output, and running costs comparable to similarly priced competitors without all the smarts. All these things and more elevate the HP Tango X to our first Editors’ Choice in a budding category: the smart, or smart home, printer.

Read the entire review at PCMag



Review of the Logitech K480 Multi-Device Keyboard at PCMag[amazon_link asins=’B00MUTWLW4′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cf829050-c646-11e7-914d-450e3cc2e183′]Many of the keyboards we’ve looked at lately have been multi-device models, in that you can pair two or more computing devices—smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs—to them simultaneously, and then switch back and forth with the touch of a button. Aside from Microsoft’s Universal Foldable Keyboard ($70) [amazon_link asins=’B00UBGU4PY’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b7079fb3-c646-11e7-b6e8-edb52833b7d4′], though, none have been small enough to consider carrying around with you — except Logitech’s Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480.[amazon_link asins=’B00MUTWLW4′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d7e48ed7-c646-11e7-aad7-d986d0ccf020′]

The K480 is compact and light compared to many multi-device keyboards, including those in Logitech’s line-up. It’s also inexpensive. Logitech lists it for $50, but we found it at several online outlets for around $30. At that price, the only real issues left are — does it, as its more expensive siblings and competitors do, perform well, and is it really portable?

Read entire review at Digital Trends



 

Review of the LOGITECH K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard at Digital Trends[amazon_link asins=’B01LZTBKBG’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’88521aeb-c707-11e7-8006-add3a2d6d7bc’]Over the course of a day, many of us flip back and forth between two, sometimes three, computing devices, moving from the keyboard on a desktop to the virtual keyboard on a mobile device, and back again. Wouldn’t it be much simpler if you could switch between and enter data on these gadgets from the same keyboard? A while back, Logitech released such a solution, the K380 Bluetooth Keyboard ($30)  [amazon_link asins=’B0148NPH9I’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’45f593db-c707-11e7-8d68-c9579cc53203′], which let users flip between multiple devices with the touch of a button.

While a terrific idea, a shortcoming of the K380 is that it doesn’t provide a way to hold your smartphone or tablet upright as you type. Logitech corrected via a groove, or gutter, carved into the top section of its Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 ($30).[amazon_link asins=’B00MUTWLW4′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6870c9d1-c707-11e7-a763-031b22353af9′] Both the K380 and the K480 let you pair up to three devices and switch between them easily, but each has its limitations. The K480’s groove, for instance, is big enough to hold only one mobile device, and the keyboard itself has no number pad.

Those issues, as well as a few other shortcomings, have been addressed with Logitech’s premium device-swapping keyboard, the K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard.[amazon_link asins=’B06XHC2J4Z’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a050fc6e-c707-11e7-80e4-5d1b2815a4bf’] However, this new keyboard is $70 — more than its predecessors, as well as most competitors. Are its improvements worth the price?

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/keyboard-reviews/logitech-k780-review/#ixzz4fUAZ5URB