HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw Review and Ratings

We’ve been watching and analyzing communications technology for 40 years or so, but we still can’t help but marvel at the remarkable evolution of color laser printers over just half of that time. During it, HP’s LaserJet brand has played a huge, instrumental role in the advancement of color laser imaging.

Less than 20 years ago (September 1994, to be exact), HP introduced its first color laser—the unpretentiously named Color LaserJet. A behemoth of a machine, the Color LaserJet churned out full-color prints at the rate of 2 pages per minute (ppm). Its cost per page (CPP) for toner was about 10 cents, and your home-based or small business could own one for a mere $7,295.

That’s more than 16 times the list price of the LaserJet model we’re reviewing here: the $449.99-list LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw. Factor in inflation, and the first color LaserJet actually cost about 30 times more than this one—and all that that first LaserJet could do was print. Conversely, in addition to printing about 14 color pages per minute, the MFP M276nw also copies, scans, and faxes. (“MFP” stands for “multifunction printer.”) In 1994, of course, you would have needed a separate device to perform each of these functions.

HP LaserJet Pro 200 MFP M276nw

As MFP color lasers go, by today’s standards the M276nw is about average in terms of price and performance. It comes with many of the convenience and productivity features that home-based and small offices need, and, like most other comparably priced color lasers (HP’s and others’), it prints great-looking business documents. However, the cost of using this printer, in terms of the per-page price of toner, is far too high—especially for a laser device. Indeed, ironically this model swings too far for our liking back toward the CPPs of that 1994 Color LaserJet, and it costs about as much to use as several low-end inkjet MFPs, greatly diminishing the M276nw’s overall value.

Compared to several competing color lasers we’ve tested (including HP’s own $329.99-list LaserJet Pro 200 Color Printer M251nw, a single-function machine built around the same print engine as this model), the M276nw turned in slightly slower-than-average print times on most of our benchmark tests. Mind you, that’s not to say this MFP is slow, by any means—it’s just a step behind most, which shouldn’t matter much in offices with the kind of print-quantity needs that match up well with a model around this price.

HP LaserJet Pro 200 MFP M276nw Printing

If your office prints thousands of pages each month, though, this sluggishness will be more evident. Over time, those extra seconds and minutes can add up to hours of waiting too long for print jobs. Add that to the astronomical CPPs, and you might be better off choosing a high-volume, near-laser-quality inkjet MFP, such as HP’s own $299.99-listOfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus. It and several other business-centric inkjets deliver per-page costs of about half (or less) than what we saw from this color laser model. (We discuss this model’s CPPs further in the Setup & Paper Handling section of this review.)

Furthermore, HP left out a couple of key convenience features, such as a duplexing print engine for printing two-sided pages automatically. Also, the automatic document feeder (ADF) can’t scan both sides of two-sided originals. If neither of those things is a deal-breaker, an office with average print volume requirements might find this MFP a good value, keeping in mind that its main strength is that it prints good-looking documents. If you print thousands of pages each month, though, you’ll get much better value from a more expensive, higher-volume model over the long haul, which could save you literally thousands of dollars after just a few months of use.

Read full review at Computer Shopper.

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Acer Iconia W510-1422 Review and Ratings

Introduction

With Windows 8, Acer took a sharp turn. Acer’s late-2012 Windows 8 slates, compared to the company’s previous Android-based models, were, in terms of design, accessories, and features, huge departures from past products. Case in point is the Iconia W700-6465, a slick, aluminum-encased, high-resolution slate that we reviewed a few weeks before the subject of this review. We found the Iconia W700—the tablet itself, anyway—a sleek and impressive piece of hardware, although we were underwhelmed by Acer’s supplementary accessories for it.

Here, we’re looking at the Iconia W700’s smaller, less-expensive sibling, the $749.99-list Iconia W510. (It’s smaller in that the screen is 10.1 inches, compared to the W700’s 11-inch panel.) Specifically, we looked at the Iconia W510-1422, which is one step down from the top of the line among Acer’s five configurations of the Iconia W510. Our review unit came with a keyboard dock accessory, 64GB of flash storage, and Windows 8. Acer also hawks four other W510 models, starting with the $549.99-list W510-1620, which comes without the keyboard dock and 32GB of storage. After that comes the $599.99-list W510-1666, a tablet-only (no dock) model with 64GB of storage. You can also get a tablet/docking station version (the W510P-1406) with 64GB of storage space for $799.99 list. The only difference between this last one and our review unit is that the pricier model runs Windows 8 Pro.

Acer Iconia W510

While the Iconia W510’s physical appearance is similar to that of the Iconia W700, these two models differ greatly in several ways—especially in performance, due primarily to the processor family, system RAM, and type of storage memory. The 11-inch Iconia W700 runs on a laptop-grade Intel Core i5 CPU, whereas the Iconia W510 is built around a slower and less-capable Intel Atom processor. (We’ll talk more about the CPU in the Performance section.) In addition, the Iconia W510 comes with only 2GB of system RAM and flash-memory storage, versus the 4GB of RAM and the solid-state drive (SSD) used in the W700.

This substantially less peppy configuration makes for a slower slate, but it also allows for a cheaper tablet with a smaller and lighter chassis, as well as increased battery life. But the differences don’t stop there. We were not enthused with the W700’s three-piece design of docking station, keyboard accessory, and slate. The W510-1422, on the other hand, comes with a nicely designed, detachable keyboard dock, which turns this tablet into a more conventional Windows 8 hybrid laptop.

Acer Iconia W510 (Closed)In a sense, you get both a tablet and a light laptop with this configuration of the W510. But the trade-offs with the Iconia W510 are big ones when compared with its W700 sibling. With the Iconia W510, you might get a much easier-to-use keyboard and touch pad (the Iconia W700 has no pointing device at all), but you also get a more sluggish, less capable processor and an overall lesser hardware configuration.

If resource-intensive tasks are part of your daily workload (such as editing high-resolution images with Adobe Photoshop or processing digital video in Adobe Premiere), the Iconia W510 is not the slate for you. But we liked it well enough for running standard Microsoft Office Suite programs (such as Word and Excel), and it was certainly up to snuff for Web browsing and e-mail, as well as photo, music, and digital video consumption. And the battery life was extraordinary. Because of that last factor, we deem it, potentially, a nice companion for long-haul business travel—though in that scenario, you might want to opt for the $50-pricier configuration with Windows 8 Pro.

Read full review at Computer Shopper.

 

 

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New ed2go Adobe Muse course announced

(Camarillo, CA – January 19, 2013) Journalist, author, and online course instructor William Harrel and Education to Go (ed2go.com) have teamed up once again to announce a new online course. This time, the subject of the class will be Adobe’s new WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) Website design app, Muse.

Harrel teaches Website design and animation at over 3,000 colleges, universities, and other online outlets, and ed2go.com is one of the world’s largest and most successful online course publishers.


What is Adobe Muse?

Adobe® Muse™ software enables designers to create HTML websites for desktop and mobile devices, without writing code. Design web-standard sites, like you design print layouts. Use familiar features, hundreds of web fonts, and built-in tools to add interactivity.  Then, publish with the Adobe Business Catalyst® service and redeem site hosting support, or publish with any hosting provider. (Source: Adobe.com)


Course Overview

This new course, which is under development now, will be entitled: Websites without Coding with Adobe Muse, and will consist of six-week sessions (two lessons per week) covering the following material:

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Muse

  • Overview: Designing Websites in Muse
  • Plan Mode – Starting a Website in Muse
  • Design Mode – The Page Design Interface

Lesson 2 : Creating a Basic Site in Muse

  • Mastering Master Pages
  • Working with Boxes
  • Typography: Working with Text

Lesson 3: Using External Content with Muse

  • Using and Formatting Word Processor Text
  • External Graphics and Images
  • Digital Sound, Video, and other Media

Lesson 4: Working with Widgets

  • Creating Compositions
  • Web Forms
  • Making Menus

Lesson 5: More Widgets and Templates

  • Creating Expanding Panels
  • Slick Slideshows
  • Using Templates with Muse

Lesson 6: Using other CS6 Programs with Muse

  • Using Photoshop and Fireworks with Muse
  • Using Photoshop Buttons with Muse
  • Using Edge Animate with Muse

Lesson 7: Interactivity: Triggers and Targets

  • Making Mouse States
  • Interactivity Triggers
  • Page Navigation with Targets

Lesson 8: Creating Sites for Mobile Devices

  • Repurposing Existing Content
  • Formatting Content for Smartphones
  • Formatting Content for Tablets

Lesson 9: Stylizing Type with Typekit and Web Fonts

  • Decorative Type with Typekit
  • 3D Type and other Special Effects
  • Working with Web Fonts

Lesson 10: Advanced Web Design Techniques

  • Accommodating Flexible Browser Widths
  • Embedding Google Maps
  • Embedding HTML Code

 

Lesson 11: Working More Efficiently in Muse

  • Getting the Most from Master Pages
  • Sharing Content between Pages and Sites
  • Sharing Muse Content between Media Types

Lesson 12: Publishing Your Muse Websites

  • Publishing to Adobe Business Catalyst
  • CMS Integration on Adobe Business Catalyst
  • Publishing with FTP

Check back with us for updates and projected course release dates.

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Acer Iconia W700

With the advent of Windows 8 and its vastly improved touch interface (improved over previous Windows versions, in any event), we’ve seen a lot of experimentation by tablet and PC makers—especially among hybrid tablet/laptops. Nearly every major computer manufacturer (Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, to name a few) has debuted not just one but several convertible slates, and some of them are quite impressive.

The Taiwanese electronics giant Acer has entered the fray with two new Windows 8 slates: the $599.99-list Iconia W510 (which we’re in the process of reviewing) and the Iconia W700 (which starts at about $800 list). Here, we looked at the company’s top-of-the-line version of the W700, the $999.99-list Iconia W700-6465. While not everything about the W700-6465 wowed us, we couldn’t help but be impressed by its specs, which include a laptop-grade Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1,920×1,080-resolution screen, and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD).

On the other hand, we found ourselves a little mystified by some of the design decisions—namely, the keyboard and docking-station accessories—that Acer cooked up for this tablet. For example, the Iconia W700-6465’s Bluetooth keyboard has no pointing device. Because of this slate’s high pixel density, many of the buttons and icons in Windows 8’s Desktop mode are too small to touch precisely with your finger. (This, and several other accessory-design issues, are discussed in the Design section on the next page.)Acer Iconia W700

Still, we found a lot to like about the Iconia W700-6465. The tablet itself was attractive and well-built, and it performed respectably in our suite of benchmark tests, especially on our demanding battery-rundown trial. The screen displayed our photos, game graphics, and videos beautifully. Audio playback was decent, too, and the front and back cameras worked reasonably well, as tablet cams go. Also, the Iconia W700-6465 runs a full-blown version of Windows 8, rather than the less-powerful and less-versatile Windows RT iteration seen in recent Windows tablets like the Microsoft Surface RT and Asus VivoTab RT. “Real” Windows 8 runs most legacy Windows programs (for example, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Outlook), which is always a plus; RT requires apps compiled for RT.

We do believe, though, that most users will find the Iconia W700-6465′s keyboard and docking station (Acer calls the latter a “multipurpose cradle”) awkward, unless you don’t mean to use this unit as anything but a tablet and a desktop PC. Unlike most tablet keyboard/dock configurations, which typically consist of a detachable one-piece keyboard with additional ports (and, often, an additional battery), the Iconia W700-6465’s keyboard and docking station are separate pieces. As a result, it’s not realistic to convert the W700 into an on-the-fly laptop on the road.

Acer Iconia W700 Straight On ViewWith that in mind, even though we did like the tablet itself very much, we couldn’t see our way clear to award it our Editors’ Choice nod. Acer’s bold design decisions make taking the W700-6465 on the road as anything but a tablet more trouble than it should be. Still, people who use their slates mostly at home or the office might find the W700-6465 useful, and the gorgeous screen and able-sounding speakers make it a great multimedia-consumption device.


See the full review at Computer Shopper.

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Epson WorkForce WF-35Sometimes, a good printer’s ink cost stands out like a too-big mole on the chin of a supermodel. That happens often with Epson machines. Take most of Epson’s inkjet all-in-one (AIO) printers in its meat-and-potatoes WorkForce line. These small-business- and home-business-oriented machines have almost uniformly impressed us with their output quality, print speed, features, and dependability. However, they also cost a bit too much to use, day to day, as serious workhorse printers.

Attention to the ink cost is crucial with any high-volume AIO, such as the one we’re reviewing here, Epson’s $199.99-list WorkForce WF-3540 All-in-One Printer. Ignoring the cost per page (or “CPP”) can wind up costing you a lot of money over time. (We’ll talk more about this model’s CPP in the Setup & Paper Handling section later on.) The WF-3540 uses the same ink cartridges we’ve seen in a few preceding WorkForce models, such as the WorkForce 845, which we reviewed in the spring of 2012. Because of those shared cartridges, it has the same CPPs we noted on those machines—not off-the-chart high, but high enough to give us pause.

The WF-3540 is one in a group of low-end to midrange WorkForce AIOs that Epson debuted in late 2012. They range in price from the $79.99-list WorkForce WF-2520 to the $199.99-list WF-3540. In between these are the $129.99-list WF-2540 and the $129.99-list WF-3520. As you’d expect, the more each costs, the more productivity and convenience features you get.Epson WorkForce WF-3540

While some of the differences are minor (for example, the less-expensive WF-2520 and WF-2540 models have smaller, less-talented LCDs), certain other variances are substantial. Notably, the more-expensive WF-3540 and WF-3520 versions come with two large paper drawers, essentially doubling the input capacity over the lesser models. We’ll talk more about the WF-3540’s paper-handling options in the Setup & and Paper Handling section.

The WF-3540 performed respectably on our benchmark speed tests, and it printed our test documents and photos with exceptional quality—as have most other models in the WorkForce lineup. Also, this AIO, in addition to printing quickly and accurately, comes loaded with performance and convenience features, including an auto-duplexing print engine and automatic document feeder (ADF). And it comes with direct-connect support for all sorts of popular memory devices, which allows you to print and copy your photos and documents directly from the printer itself, without a PC.

Once again, though, we find ourselves saying the same about the WF-3540 as we have about other high-volume Epson printers: It’s fast; it churns out great-looking documents and photos; it’s loaded with features; and it performs all this magic just a smidge more expensively than we think it should.

It’s not that, compared to a few similarly priced models, such as HP’s Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer, the page costs are unreasonably high. They’re not. But they are high for a machine with a monthly duty cycle of 12,000 pages. (“Duty cycle” is the number of prints a manufacturer estimates a printer can churn out monthly without undue stress on the machine.) Were you to actually print that many pages per month, or close to it, the WF-3540 would cost you plenty. Compared to some other AIOs, such as HP’s $299.99-list OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One Printer, this WorkForce model could cost you hundreds—even thousands—of dollars more to use over the course of a year or two.

Our bottom line is that the WF-3540 is a strong-performing AIO with most of the features that small and home-based businesses need, and then some. It performs well and prints good-quality documents and photos. It also scans and copies accurately. If this sounds like a great workhorse printer—well, it is.

While the high per-page cost of using it diminishes its overall value, we have no trouble recommending this model. The high CPP, though, did tip the scales against awarding this WorkForce AIO our Editors’ Choice award. No printer is perfect, but if Epson found a way to lower the cost of its ink, this one might verge on it. And if the per-page print cost isn’t a deal breaker for you, you should move the versatile WF-3540 to the “seriously consider” column in your list of contenders. It’s otherwise great.

See full review at Computer Shopper.

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Sony Xperia Tablet S Review and Ratings

 

It was 2011’s Rodney Dangerfield of Android tablets. A little over a year ago, we looked at Sony’s first foray into the Android-tablet market, the Tablet S. Back then (August 2011, a lifetime ago as tablets go), we were so impressed with its unique design and feature set that we gave it our Editors’ Choice award. Apparently, though, tablet buyers didn’t see eye-to-eye with us and just kept buying iPads. The Tablet S—despite our glowing recommendation—just didn’t get much respect in the Android world.

That didn’t stop Sony, though. The Japanese electronics giant has fired back with a follow-on, the Xperia Tablet S, branded “Xperia” in line with its mobile phones. Design- and appearance-wise, this Xperia looks a lot like the original Tablet S, and it even shares some of its shortcomings, such as the lack of dedicated HDMI and USB ports (for connecting to HD monitors and USB peripherals, respectively). The Xperia also has the same (or a quite similar) 1,280×800-pixel, 9.4-inch display panel, which we found impressive on the previous Tablet S. But that was over a year ago. By today’s standards, the screen on this new version comes up about average.

Where the Xperia differs from its predecessor the most, though, is that it’s thinner and lighter. Seemingly, this should make it even more comfortable to hold than the previous model, but this new Tablet S doesn’t feel quite as well-balanced as the older one. Also, this Tablet S runs on a Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The original Tablet S, on the other hand, was built around the older and less efficient Tegra 2 dual-core chip. The more powerful quad-core chip in this newer Tablet S greatly improved this slate’s performance on our benchmark tests over last year’s model. Battery life, too, increased by several hours. (We’ve got more on both issues in the last two sections of this review.)

Our $399-list review unit came with 16GB of onboard storage. Sony also offers models with 32GB ($499) and 64GB ($599). In this case, though, since the Xperia Tablet S supports full-size SD cards, increasing the storage capacity is a less costly prospect than with most tablets. (More on that in the Design section on the next page.) With that in mind, you might consider the 16GB and 32GB versions smarter buys than the 64GB model—unless, that is, you know you’ll need every possible bit of storage, both onboard and via the SD slot.Sony Xperia Tablet S

Aside from its unique design and a few innovative media and home-entertainment enhancements, in many ways the Xperia Tablet S is similar to a host of other Android tablets on the scene. Still, with that in mind, we didn’t find any glaring reasons not to buy this slate if you’re okay with Android, and some home-entertainment enthusiasts will find it more attractive than most competing models. (That’s because the Tablet S can talk to your entertainment system via its infrared emitter; more on that in the Features, Applications & Apps section later on.)

Overall, the Xperia Tablet S is a strong-performing, well-built tablet, but is it right for you? Well, that depends how you plan to use it. We can help you make that decision, though—read on.

See the full review @ Computer Shopper.

 

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Google Nexus 10 Review and Ratings

Introduction

When you’ve got a success on your hands, it’s time to go big. That’s clearly the strategy Google has chosen to follow with its branded Android tablets. Hot on the heels of the immensely popular Google Nexus 7 by Asus, a team effort between Google and the electronics giant Asus, the tech giant has released another Nexus model, the bigger-screened Google Nexus 10.

We looked at the 32GB version of the Nexus 10, which lists for $499.99. (Google also hawks a 16GB version that goes for $399.99.) In this case, Google’s partner for the hardware was Samsung, the same folks it collaborated with on a few recent Chromebook laptops.

Our first impression of the Nexus 10, after taking it out of the box and giving it a once-over, was that—no matter what you name it—a tablet gets its design and physical characteristics from the hardware manufacturer. Because the Nexus 7 and this new Nexus came from different family trees, they don’t bear much of a family resemblance.

The Nexus 10 looks like a cross between Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). (We’ll talk more about its design in the Design section on the next page.) However, both of those Samsung slates come with MicroSD card slots for expanding storage capacity, while the Nexus 10 does not—which we consider a serious drawback for an Android tablet. (One of Android tablets’ biggest advantages over Apple’s juggernaut iPads is that, in most models, you can upgrade the internal storage via a cheap flash card.)Google Nexus 10

Apart from lacking a way to expand its storage, the Nexus 10 otherwise has many design aspects and features to its credit, starting with the highest-resolution screen in the 10-inch-tablet marketplace. (See more on the screen in the Features section of this review.) Also, the Nexus 10 plays its audio loud, proud, and with respectable clarity, and it has both micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports, for connecting to USB peripherals and HD monitors.

As for its performance, the Nexus 10 kept up with or surpassed most of the Nvidia Tegra 3-based, quad-core slates we’ve reviewed—surprising, seeing as the Nexus 10 doesn’t run on a quad-core CPU itself. Instead, it’s built around Samsung’s new 1.7GHz Exynos 5250 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15. (We look more closely at this processor in the Performance section.) The only test it didn’t fare well on was our demanding battery-rundown trial, which is likely due, at least in part, to the exceptionally high-resolution screen.

Somewhat brief battery life and a lack of storage expansion: Those are the two biggest concerns we have about this slate, which is why it fell a bit shy of earning our Editors’ Choice award. Still, the Nexus 10’s strong points almost outweigh its stumbles, making it an attractive Android option for the money—especially at the 16GB capacity, if you don’t need lots of local storage. We really liked the gorgeous 2,560×1,600-resolution screen and connectivity options, too. It’s an all-around good tablet that’s just a few tweaks short of being a perfect 10—or close to it.

Read the full review at Computer Shopper.

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Brother MFC-J4510DW Review and Ratings

We’ve looked at a whole bunch of midrange all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers recently, and many of

them have had a few things in common. The most notable one is size, or lack thereof: Some, such as Epson’s Expression Premium XP-800 All-in-One, are much smaller than most full-featured multifunction machines we’ve seen to date. Plus, this recent batch, including the XP-800 and HP’s Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer, are quite high-tech in appearance and even fashionable-looking.

Brother MFC-J4510DW

That’s also the case with the subject of this review: Brother’s $199.99-list MFC-J4510DW all-in-one printer. Not only is it—considering all that it does—small, lean, light, and modern-looking, but it also offers something that the two photo-centric models above do not: a fairly low per-page cost of consumables (here, ink cartridges). In fact, we applaud Brother for not following the late-2012 trend of pricing ink off-the-chart high. Also, the product is a departure from the business-oriented inkjets the company has developed in the past, and it’s quite nice-looking. We’ll talk more about this AIO’s cost per page (CPP) in the Design & Features sect

Aside from looking good and being economical, the MFC-J4510DW has something else big going for it: the ability to print one-off ledger-size (11×17-inch) pages from a manual input tray on the back. That’s a feature totally unheard of in a printer as compact as this one. (Most printers that print to this size of paper are wide-carriage monsters.) And even though the printing is a little sluggish, the output quality is pretty good, especially when printing business documents containing images and graphics. We’ve seen better photo print quality, but this AIO’s image reproduction is way beyond passable.ion a bit later on in this review, but know that that’s a big part of its appeal.

Brother MFC-J4510DW ADF

The MFC-J4510DW features a 20-page ADF for easy copying or scanning of multipage documents.

Apart from the wide-format printing, this machine is loaded with other features, including a 20-page automatic document feeder (ADF) and a print engine with duplexing support, for churning out two-sided pages without manual intervention. It also has an updated 3.7-inch display that’s both touch- and gesture-sensitive. The screen helps you when you’re printing straight from several types of memory devices (i.e., printing without a PC) or downloading content from several cloud sites. It’s a big advance in control-panel quality from what we’ve seen on earlier Brother machines.

On the whole, we liked the MFC-J4510DW a bunch. Granted, its print quality with business documents is not quite laser-quality (versus that of, say, HP’s OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One), but it’s definitely close enough for most business applications. Apart from that caveat, we had few quibbles with this printer. We recommend it and knighted it with our Editors’ Choice award.

Read the entire review at Computer Shopper.

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Acer Iconia Tab A110 Review and Ratings

Introduction

Considering the state of the market for 7-inch tablets in late 2012, we find ourselves wondering what Acer must have been thinking with its Iconia Tab A110—that is, when it set the price at $249.99 list. The problem is, you can buy comparable (and in some ways, better) 7-inch Android slates, such as theGoogle Nexus 7 by Asus, for $199. Although we’ve always liked Acer’s tablets, the A110, in terms of overall performance and features, might be too little, too late—or, at least, too little for too much money.

When we say “better,” consider that the thinner, lighter Nexus 7, for example, comes with a higher-resolution and nicer-looking screen—clearly the most important feature in any tablet—than the A110, and it’s more comfortable to hold. In addition, audio reproduction sounds considerably better on the Nexus 7. If you’re looking for a small slate for playing movies, listening to music, and viewing photos, you’ll get a higher level of quality from the Asus model.Acer Iconia Tab A110

In addition, you can buy a Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage for the list price of this 8GB version of the A110, or the 16GB Nexus 7 for $199. (Alas, 8GB is the only capacity option that Acer offers on this model.) And, even though both slates run on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, this Acer 7-incher didn’t perform nearly as well on some of our benchmark tests as the Nexus 7 did.

Still, the A110 comes with a few appealing features not found on the Nexus 7 and some other entry-level slates, such as an HDMI port for connecting it to HDTVs and other HD monitors. The A110 also has a MicroSD slot for expanding the onboard storage, which some competitors do not. One of our biggest complaints about the Nexus 7 (and Apple’s iPad, in all its shapes and sizes) is that neither provides a way to increase the internal storage.

Aside from the relatively low-resolution screen, the A110 also didn’t exhibit good battery endurance on our battery-rundown trial. Some other models built around the Tegra 3 processor, including the Google Nexus 7, delivered battery life three to six hours longer than the A110’s.

Overall, the Iconia Tab A110 is a good-enough tablet with lots of connectivity options. It’s well-built and has a fair-looking screen, even though the resolution is a bit low. That battery life is worrisome, though. Most users would find this a capable tablet, but several other entry-level models provide more value, especially for buyers looking for a tablet primarily for watching movies and consuming other media.

Read the entire review at Computer Shopper.

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Samsung CLX-6260FW Color Multifunction Printer Review and Ratings

 Introduction

When it comes to midsize business printers that are fast, inexpensive to use (in terms of the per-page cost of toner, that is), and sharp in their output, few manufacturers build consistently better multifunction color laser printers than Samsung. Case in point is the fast, capable, and budget-efficient CLP-775ND—a small-business/workgroup machine we reviewed about a year ago, back in November 2011.

We liked so many things about the CLP-775ND that we gave it our Editors’ Choice nod. In our tests, it excelled at printing, copying, and scanning; it was very fast; and it was inexpensive to use, delivering one of the lowest per-page costs we had seen in 2011. The last item was especially important. Cost per page (CPP), especially on high-volume color lasers designed to churn out thousands of pages each month, influences our ratings significantly.

Accordingly, we expected similar excellence from Samsung’s newest high-volume color laser, the $999.99-list CLX-6260FW Color Multifunction Printer. Overall, compared to the CLP-775ND, the CLX-6260FW is a little bigger. It’s also markedly more physically attractive, with a much sleeker, high-tech look.

Despite the $250 list-price difference between them, though, the more expensive CLX-6260FW printed some of our test documents slower than the CLP-775ND. In addition, this newer color laser’s per-page cost of ownership is significantly higher than that of last year’s model. Typically, the more expensive the printer, the more economical its consumables are to use, in terms of the per-page cost of toner.Samsung CLX-6260FW Color Multifunction Printer Review

Still, the CLX-6260FW is a reasonably fast color laser printer, and, as mentioned, output quality is excellent. Our primary quibble is with the operational cost—when printing monochrome and color pages alike. Even when you use Samsung’s high-yield toner cartridges for this model, the per-page cost of consumables comes closer to what we typically see from a midrange all-in-one inkjet, not a high-end, hefty-volume color laser.

If you don’t mind the somewhat high per-page printing costs, though, the CLX-6260FW is a quite capable multifunction color laser. However, the CPP, compared to some other models, such as Dell’s $649-list C3760dn at Dell, a single-function machine, prevents us from giving this new Samsung printer an Editors’ Choice award. That’s because if you print a lot, the per-page cost difference between this model and several competitors, as described in the Setup & Paper Handling section a little later on, can cost you plenty over time. (After all, no person or business would buy a printer like this to print just a handful of pages per month.)

Still, the dear toner aside, we like this printer. Keep in mind, though, that to realize decent CPPs from this Samsung color laser, you should be prepared to shop around for the best deals on those cartridges.

Read the entire review at Computer Shopper.

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