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2014 Gold Medal

Review: Retail Business-Class A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro X476dw is Best in Class

Any office or company whose core business entails paper-based transactions with customers must own a color All-in-One or MFP that can quickly, reliably, and economically produce high-quality color prints. While there are many candidates, Wirth Consulting narrows the field to Business-Class A4 Color MFPs available from the retail channel.  What is our definition of “Business-Class”? […]

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2014 Gold Medal

Review: Business-Class A3 Inkjet Printers and AiO’s – Brother’s MFC-J6920DW is Best in Class

Since we at Wirth Consulting estimate that the processing of A3 documents in the office is in the single-digit percentile, we have always thought that the ultimate mix of digital-imaging devices for small business was one or more fast B/W A4 printers coupled with an economical A3 MFP or All-in-One (AiO). The problem is that […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/11/2014 – Printer, MFP Shipments Up; Key Legal Rulings for MPHJ Technology, Kodak; More

This week, some of the most interesting news came from market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) with its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker (which covers printers, MFPs, and copiers that print on and/or scan A2- to A4-size media). According to IDC, the Western Europe market for printers/MFPs/copiers enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments […]

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Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 B/W Printers – OKI’s B721dn is Best in Class

The B/W or monochrome printer is the basic building block for digital printing in any office. This group of printers is considered “enterprise-ready” because they offer the following features: 1) automatic duplex printing; 2) expandable standard media capacity of at least 251 sheets; 2) PCL and/or PostScript printer-language support; and 4) remote-management, deployment and security […]

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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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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’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’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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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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