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An Evening with HP @ New Work City (not a typo)

Last night, Kathy and I attended a Hewlett-Packard event held at New Work City located at 412 Broadway, just off the intersection of Canal Street. In this refreshingly casual setting, HP announced a partnership with New Work City (NWC)  that contractually provides Officejet e-All-in-One Products for use by NWC mobile clients. Thankfully, PowerPoint was MIA and only […]

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A Hot Setup for Tablet Couch Surfing Using Re-Purposed Components

I have gladly ditched laptops for the convenience of a tablet. In fact, I am now on my second tablet and admiring the forthcoming ASUS Transformer Prime from afar. In other words, I am a tablet devotee. Granted, tablets are not without minor disadvantages, among them full-blown apps, screen navigation, and a keyboard useful enough […]

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If Apple iOS 5 is Such a Big Improvement for iPad, Why Will My Next Tablet Have Android?

(I take an in-depth look at the effectiveness of Apples iOS 5 upgrade versus the Android Gingerbread OS.) I loved my original pre-ordered Apple iPad for Web surfing and content consumption. I have a cool Incase case that folds open into a cool stand for my cool Apple Bluetooth keyboard. I have a stylus that […]

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Lexmark X548dte MFP – Photo Gallery – Inside a Bundle of Innovation

This remarkable color laser MFP retails for $1,749 and packs a punch with an innovative feature set that you would love to have for your busy office. Check out the extensive photo gallery taken during our Hands-On testing here.

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Our Take on Ricoh’s MDS Strategy

We’ve heard this song before, starting around the turn of the century—it used to be called “document management.” Ricoh, along with all the other vendors who supply the office-imaging dealer channel, has struggled for years with how to compensate account sales reps for the sales of “solutions,” when the industry’s compensation strategy has been based […]

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Review: Hands-On With Apple’s AirPrint Mobile-Device Printing Solution

We recently evaluated Apple’s AirPrint Printing Solution for Apple iOS 4.2 Mobile Devices.  Alas, we did not have access to an AirPrint compatible printer at the time.  You can read more about it here. We also recently evaluated HP’s ePrint, a firmware-based solution that enables select HP printers to print e-mail attachments sent from any […]

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A Pictorial Review of HP iPrint Photo 3.0 Application for Apple IOS 4.2.1

OK, let’s cut to the chase here.  To make things easier, let’s assume that you’ve already read our companion piece discussing the significance of HP’s iPrint Photo 3.0 app for devices running the Apple iOS 4.2.1 mobile operating system. The key upgrade to HP’s iPrint Photo 3.0 is the ability to print Adobe PDF and […]

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With HP’s ePrint and iPrint, who needs Apple’s AirPrint?

The quick answer is – anybody who does NOT own a network-ready HP printer, MFP or All-in-One that was purchased in the B2B or retail channel.  Ho-hum . . .  However, please stay with me here, since the numbers we are about to present are significant either way. Considering that HP has the leading market […]

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Let’s Not Bicker And Argue About Who Is ‘Overcharging’ Who For Ink

One of my most treasured comedic film moments comes from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”  Michael Palin, after witnessing considerable carnage in and around his castle makes this plea: “Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who.” Anyway, since I was broken in under the direction of Arthur Kallet (a co-founder of Consumers […]

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What You Should Know Versus What You Think You Know

At first glance, our What You Should Know (WYSK) product evaluations may look like simple spec sheets to you.  However, we want you to know that a great deal of research and analysis goes into each and every one of them.  For the most part, what’s contained in a WYSK can be found in a […]

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Fast Ink-Jet Printing Technology Is Nothing New But ‘Really’ Big News

As you probably know by now (here), somebody (Xerox) finally introduced a high speed ink-jet page printer/MFP (as opposed to roll-fed printer) for general consumption.  While it may not be the first of its kind, the fact that it’s from Xerox, replete with all the trimmings (top-notch engineering, marketing and support), makes this especially big […]

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Happy 100th Anniversary Brother!

Is is time to make Brother—which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year–your new business partner? Based on the results of the latest Wirth Consulting Head2Head Comparison Report—our answer is an emphatic Yes! In our Fall 2008 Head2Head Report on B&W MFPs in the range of $500 to $1,000, the Brother MFC-8870DW bested such industry stalwarts […]

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Has the Merging of Copier and Printer Companies Resulted in Better Printers?

As the "copier" market stagnated over the years, there have been several key merges of traditional copier and printer companies.  Most notably: January  2000 – Xerox acquires Tektronix and forms the Xerox Phaser Line February 2000 – Kyocera merges with Mita Copystar and the result is Kyocera Mita printers June 1999 – Minolta acquires QMS, […]

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Oki stuns veteran evaluators with new “flagship” CX3641 Color MFP

OKI, (a.k.a. OKI Data or OKI Printing Systems) has a long history in the design and manufacturing of digital-imaging systems and components.  The origin of OKI Data Americas can be traced back to 1972 when the company was founded as a joint venture between two Philadelphia entrepreneurs and their Japanese customer, OKI Electric Industry Company, […]

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