William Harrel – Writer, Journalist

I have been writing about computer technology for about 30 years. I have auWilliam Harrelthored or co-authored 20 books—including titles in the popular “Bible,” “Secrets,” and “For Dummies” series—on digital design (or desktop publishing) software applications, such as Acrobat, Photoshop, and QuarkXPress.

My latest title is HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Mobile Development for Dummies (a handbook for creating websites for smartphones and tablets), and I currently am a contributing editor at PCMag and I write for  Digital Trends. I was also a Contributing Editor at PCMag.com’s sister site, Computer Shopper until it was absorbed by PCMag.

William Harrel's articles at Digital TrendsI’ve written hundreds of articles for online magazines (and hard copy publications prior to the emergence of the Internet). In addition to the publications listed above, over the years I’ve written for several other computer and business publications, including PC World, Compute!, MacUser, Home Office Computing, Entrepreneur, theWirecutter.com, and (the once quite popular) Windows Magazine, and I served as the Printers and Scanners Expert at About.com (now LifeWire.com).

William Harrel’s articles at PCMag

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2 Replies to “William Harrel – Writer, Journalist”

  1. Dear Mr. Harrel,

    I have read several of your PC Magazine reviews of printers, as well as others. But my head is still spinning, and my eyes are desperately wanting to shut.

    I’m looking for a website or database where I can type in ALL of the features I want in a printer, and then have a list appear of all printers which include such features. Routine searches just aren’t sophisticated enough.

    If there’s a chance you have the time to help me, I would be so appreciative. Here’s what I’m looking for:

    ~The easy stuff first — small, color, all-in-one (print, copy, fax & scan)

    ~ The medium stuff — laser-like print quality for docs with color charts and tables (don’t care about photos); ability to handle multiple media types, i.e., heavy card stock, envelopes, glossy paper, Avery labels, photo paper

    ~ The harder stuff — auto duplexing; auto document feeder for scanning

    ~ The near-impossible (at least I’m hoping that it is near-impossible as opposed to completely impossible) — more than one full-size input tray (one regular plus one photo-only size doesn’t count)

    I would love to hear from you before I die from complete review-obsession overload! Thank you for your time!


  2. So sorry I missed this. I hope that my answer is not too late. One of the things you didn’t mention is running costs or the per-page cost of ink. I don’t have time to make a list of all the printers that meet your criteria (there are many), but here are a few links:


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