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WorkForce WF-3520

Review: Small and Home Office Inkjet AiOs – Epson’s WorkForce WF-3520 is Best in Class

At the very least, virtually every home or office of any size needs a basic All-in-One (AiO or MFP) in order to handle PC printing and document scanning, copying, and faxing. In this latest Head2Head Comparison, we chose the least expensive devices that meet our basic criteria for Inkjet SOHO (Small or Home Office) AiOs: […]

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HP Officejet Pro X Series 2

Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro 476dw is Best in Class

There was quite a selection of quality “Enterprise-Ready” A4 MFPs in the group of devices that comply with our conditions below, are priced from $399.99 to $9,400.00, and in color print speed from 15 to 40 ppm. Determining a Best in Class winner from this group was a difficult proposition, with 16 MFPs from Brother […]

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Lenovo C440

Lenovo’s C440 All-in-One PC Proves That PCs ‘Ain’t What They Used to Be’

We use a “clean” and standardized PC for all of our performance testing–“standardized” meaning that all that is installed is the most appropriate operating system (e.g.: we skipped over Vista) and the latest versions of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. After we finish testing a product, the test PC is returned to its clean […]

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LENOVO LI2721s W Monitor

Lenovo’s L12721s W, the Ideal Monitor that I Always Wanted but Couldn’t Afford — Until Now

My first color monitor was a Commodore 13″ VGA 1084S (“S” for built-in stereo sound) CRT monitor for my Amiga 1000 and it cost around $750. Along the way I have also splurged as much as $900 for a 17″ ViewSonic CRT and $900 for a 19″ ViewSonic LCD monitor. In the meantime, I discovered […]

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Microsoft Office 365 Revisited – We ‘Rent’ Office 2013 Pro via Office 365 Home Premium

Love it or not, the Microsoft Office software suite is de rigueur for a majority of users, business users and students in particular. Some time ago, we analyzed Microsoft Office 365 and its integration with Office 2013 and questioned “should you upgrade?” For us, it turned out to be a no-brainer. Consider that we needed […]

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Windows 8.1 Update is Welcome Refinement but Microsoft Sucker-Punches Start-Button Whiners

I visited the Windows Store last night and attempted to update our three Windows 8 PCs: Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx Tablet Lenovo C440 All-in-One Gateway GT5082 Desktop A Few Hiccups The 8.1 upgrade process took a bit of time, as Microsoft’s download servers were working hard. The two Lenovo PCs upgraded successfully, but the upgrade was […]

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Top News for the Week of October 14, 2013

We take some time to round-up the top posts of the week for you to enjoy at your leisure: We were forced to reckon with Windows 8 Pro on a Lenovo tablet computer and found it was an interesting and revelatory experience. Be sure to check out why we feel that Windows 8 gets a […]

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Windows 8 Gets a Raw Deal and Lenovo (and Others) by Extension

This post has two parts: 1) why Microsoft Windows 8 is being unfairly tarred; and 2) why PC vendors (particularly tablet makers) are being unfairly affected by extension–particularly Lenovo, because we have experience with one of its Windows 8 tablets that we can use as a foundation for our arguments. Before we begin, a little […]

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Hands-On Test: e-BRIDGE Print & Capture Lite for Android Mobile Devices

Do you have an MFP that’s equipped with TTEC’s (Toshiba TEC Corporation) e-BRIDGE controller? This includes a number of devices from the likes of Toshiba and OKI.  If so, TTEC has released a mobile print, scan and distribute application for these devices, called e-BRIDGE Print and Capture Light for Android, and it’s pretty sweet. The “Lite” […]

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Review and How-To: Google’s New Cloud Print App for Mobile Printing from Android

Google has released its Google Cloud Print app for mobile and remote printing from Android devices to any Google Cloud Print-connected printer. To download the free app, visit Google Play here. For more information on Google Cloud Print, visit Google here. It takes a matter of seconds to install the app. Once installed (a reboot is not […]

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Review: Business-Class A4 B/W MFPs – OKI MB471dn MFP is Best in Class

The A4 B/W (or monochrome) MFP is a staple for any office. One would think that it should be easy to choose a business-class B/W MFP, but we propose that it is easier said than done. Our Head2Head comparison is not a simple “feeds and speeds” shoot-out. First we determine, evaluate, individually rate, and detail […]

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The Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500W as tested.

Review: Brother’s ImageCenter ADS-2500W Scanner – Hands-On Test Report Available

We recently completed Hands-On testing of Brother’s ImageCenter ADS-2500W digital scanner ($799.99). Key feature include swipe-enabled touch screen; scan to network folders, cloud and social- networking services; single-pass scanning of two-sided originals; and wired and wireless networking. The ImageCenter ADS-2500W also includes a nice assortment of software, including: Brother ControlCenter4 Scanning Control Center, Nuance PDF Converter […]

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Report: Want to Control Printing Costs? PretonSaver Print-Management Solution to the Rescue

Need to control the cost of printing? Who doesn’t? We recently subjected the PretonSaver Print Management solution from Preton Ltd. to a Hands-On Test and found that it offers a wide variety of ways for virtually any company (with IT staff or not) to monitor, track, control, apply printing rules and save toner/ink when printing […]

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Review: HP’s Officejet Pro X567dw Versus the Memjet-Powered C6030 – Updated

Recently we compared the two fastest desktop color inkjet printers on the market – Hewlett Packard’s  70-ppm Officejet Pro X551dw versus the Memjet-powered’s 60-ppm C6010 (see here). Now we’re following up with a comparison of the All-in-One versions of these two printers, HP’s Officejet Pro X567dw versus the Memjet-powered C6030. Both systems use full-color inkjet imaging technology […]

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New OJ Pro X551dw

Review: HP’s Officejet Pro X Printer Versus the Memjet-Powered C6010 Printer: How Do They Stack Up?

The biggest news in the business-inkjet market recently has been Hewlett-Packard’s introduction of its Officejet Pro X color inkjet All-in-Ones and printers with “PageArray” page-width print head  and rated print speed of up to 70 ppm. Wirth Consulting oversaw testing of the Officejet Pro X series so that the X series could be listed in the […]

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Hands-On with the World’s Fastest Desktop Color Printer, HP’s Officejet Pro X Series

We were first introduced to Hewlett-Packard’s 70-ppm Officejet Pro X Series back in April 2012, when we traveled to Vancouver, Washington, to help oversee testing of the color printer versus competitive color printers for inclusion in the Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest desktop color printer. (Wirth Consulting developed the testing methodology along with […]

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Do Stopwatches and Magnifying Glasses Matter when Testing Printers and MFPs? Yes, Here’s Why

We recently came upon some comments from another firm that is reviewing an important new printer. These comments suggest that stopwatches and magnifying glasses aren’t necessary to review a printer or MFP because users don’t use stopwatches or magnifying glasses. Of course that’s true, not many people clock their printer or scrutinize the various components […]

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Samsung CLP-775ND Control Panel

Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 Color Printers – Samsung CLP-775ND is Best in Class

In this Head2Head comparison, we investigated Enterprise-Ready A4 Color Printers. While these devices can cost as much to purchase and operate as several aqueous inkjet printers combined, and their Cost per Page and energy consumption can be higher than business-class inkjets, only the solid-ink Xerox ColorQube 8570/DN offers feature sets that will satisfy the deployment, […]

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