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The best software inventions ever

The best software inventions ever

In this series, we look at everything, large and small, that has changed the way we do things or has significantly enhanced our lives. In part 13, we look at software innovation.

June 8, 2017 by

ZDNet's tech predictions for 2013

ZDNet's tech predictions for 2013

What will be the next big thing? As cellular carriers merge and become stronger, mobile makers may not survive. Will big data analytics take off, and will 3D printing arrive with a bevy of legal and ethical issues? Here's a look ahead at 2013 and what we can expect.

December 21, 2012 by

Agile manufacturing using 3D printing

Max Friefeld, co-founder and CEO of Voodoo Manufacturing, discusses AI and robotics are at the core of 3D printing; 3D printing can shave thousands of dollars and weeks of time off of product introduction; and Human labor is better suited to maintaining continuous flow production rather than being a component of the production line.

April 25, 2018 by

NASapalooza: a first look at six hot new NAS boxes

What happens when six hot new NAS boxes arrive at the door? It's NASapalooza! In this video, David compares the Synology DiskStation DS1817+, the QNAP TVS-473, the Buffalo TeraStation 5410DN, the TerraMaster NAS F2-420, Western Digital MyCloud PR4100, and the nearly indestructible ioSafe 1515+.

June 2, 2017

PlanOn PrintStik PS910

PlanOn PrintStik PS910

<p> One of the frustrations of working while travelling is trying to find a printer when you absolutely need one. Rather than suffer the inconvenience of setting up new printer profiles and installing drivers on the run, why not carry your own mobile printer? Such devices can be used with a variety of mobile gadgets, which increase their value and can make your life on the road much more productive. PlanOn's <a href="http://www.planon.com/printstik.php">Printstik PS910</a> has one big selling point: it is, claims PlanOn, the world’s smallest full A4-page monochrome printer. </p>

January 6, 2009 by

Epson Stylus D120

Epson Stylus D120

<p> Although multifunction devices seem to be all the rage these days, especially in the small office/home office (SOHO) market, there’s still room for low-cost single-function printers designed to do one thing well &mdash; print. Epson knows desktop printing as well as any company, and has produced many excellent personal printers, in particular, over the years. However, Epson is less prominent in the business space, which is dominated by the likes of HP and Lexmark. </p>

March 18, 2008 by

Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650DN

Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650DN

The Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650DN goes a long way to reducing the gap between inkjet and laser colour handling. Overall the Magicolor was very easy to use, and the basic unit is great value for money.

February 27, 2008 by

HP CM8060

HP CM8060

<p>Conventional wisdom tells us that although inkjets are fine for home use, when it comes to fast, high-volume, enterprise printing only a laser will do. However, HP's <a href=" http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF06b/5043-5527-13076152-13076152-13076204-13076256-78168689.html">CM8060</a> multifunction printer/copier turns that concept on its head, employing the company's Edgeline inkjet technology to print and copy in full colour at over 60 pages per minute. </p>

December 7, 2007 by

Brother MFC-845CW

Brother MFC-845CW

In response to the growing trend for working at home (either permanently or intermittently), Brother recently launched a new range of stylish multifunction devices. As well as the usual printing, scanning and copying, the <a href="http://www.brother.co.uk/g3.cfm/s_page/50670/s_level/31200/s_product/MFC845CWU1">MFC-845CW</a> offers fax functionality, integrated 802.11b/g wireless networking and a DECT handset.

March 26, 2007 by

Xerox WorkCentre C2424/ADP

Xerox WorkCentre C2424/ADP

The new WorkCentre C2424 from Xerox is the first multi-function device (MFD) to be based on the company's exclusive solid-ink technology. It’s a high quality yet cost-effective all-in-one unit that prints, copies and scans A4 pages in full colour while offering many of the features of far more costly products. Until now, the choice has been between budget A4 inkjets at a few hundred, and expensive A3 lasers costing many thousands of pounds. Designed for workgroups of around twenty people, the C2424 sits between both camps, offering a more robust, powerful and flexible solution than an inkjet with the duty-cycle and range of features you’d expect from high-end office equipment -- only in an A4 format.

May 16, 2005 by

Dell 5100cn

Dell 5100cn

Colour laser printers run the gamut in price, from the inexpensive <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/printers/0,39024000,39145387,00.htm">Samsung CLP-500</a> to the premium <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/printers/0,39024000,39175683,00.htm">Lexmark C762n</a>. Treading the middle ground is the Dell 5100cn, a sub-£500 (ex. VAT) colour laser printer with Ethernet capability, two-sided printing, solid paper handling and enough speed for an office workgroup. Although the Dell 5100cn doesn't have as many extras as Lexmark's C762n, such as usage tracking by account or trays for banner printing, the 5100cn's own stable of paper-handling extras cost much less. Except for its merely good black text, the Dell 5100cn's print quality is on a par with the Lexmark C762n's. So unless your office needs to print banners for corporate cake-cuttings or window dressing, the 5100cn should easily satisfy both your black-and-white and colour office-printing needs for less.

February 10, 2005 by

Epson Dreamio EMP-TW10H

Epson Dreamio EMP-TW10H

Epson's TW10H projector tempts us to stay indoors all winter and experience widescreen theatre from the comfort of the living room. Read our Australian review.

June 16, 2004 by

Brother HL-2700CN

Brother HL-2700CN

Brother’s latest colour laser printer is aimed at smaller networks. Offering a respectable balance of driver support, paper handling and performance, the HL-2700CN is worth considering if you need a colour laser printer that’s network-ready and is easy to operate. If print quality, speed and paper handling options are more important factors, there are better products available.

June 14, 2004 by

Epson PictureMate

Epson PictureMate

This portable photo printer produces quality output, but we wish it ran on batteries. It could stand to be a lot faster, too.

May 20, 2004 by

Xerox Phaser 6250DT

Xerox Phaser 6250DT

Xerox has pushed the speed limits of colour printing back even further with the launch of the 26 page per minute (ppm) Phaser 6250 range. This one-pass colour laser produces richly coloured, double-sided documents very quickly. The networked printing support is also excellent. However, some qualities of the printer's output make it more suitable for general office work than high-quality graphics printing, such as colour proofing.

November 10, 2003 by

HP Colour LaserJet 1500L

HP Colour LaserJet 1500L

The HP Colour LaserJet 1500L is the entry-level model in Hewlett-Packard's line of home and small-office colour laser printers. It has the same basic specs and solid performance quality as the LaserJet 2500 series, minus a large paper capacity and a few expansion options. Priced at £671 ex. VAT, it's one of the lowest cost colour lasers on the market. If you're a small-office or home user who needs to do inexpensive and low-volume colour printing, the 1500L is a great choice. However, if you have any plans to expand your office (or your family), the LaserJet 2500 is more expandable for around the same cost, but without the high-speed USB interface.

August 14, 2003 by

HP LaserJet 2300dtn

HP LaserJet 2300dtn

Hewlett-Packard's LaserJet 2300dtn (along with the rest of the LaserJet 2300 monochrome laser product line) gives offices a useful mid-range option between desktop lasers for individuals and 'big box' models for business. The most basic LaserJet 2300L, with its 20 page per minute (ppm) engine and a single stacked input tray (plus a multipurpose tray), is a step up in speed, paper capacity and print volume from the HP LaserJet 1300. It could serve one or two people who print a lot of documents, or it could be networked for an office. The LaserJet 2300dtn shows how the product line can grow to fit your needs. It has a faster engine, loads of paper capacity and a higher monthly print volume, plus a 10/100 Ethernet interface and automatic duplexing. Compared to its higher-end cousins, the LaserJet 4200 series, it offers many of the same features -- but at a lower cost. And as our tests show, the LaserJet 2300dtn fills its role with aplomb.

July 21, 2003 by

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