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Perhaps no technology has been overhyped more than 3D printing in recent years, but that doesn't mean it isn't delivering real disruption.

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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

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

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

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

Canon i950

Canon i950

As successor to the popular but discontinued Canon S900 photo printer, the Canon i950 doubles the S900's resolution and halves its dot size. The result: this photo printer is quick, compact and attractively priced. Most importantly, however, it delivers high-quality pictures for photographers on a budget.

March 31, 2003 by

Xerox Phaser 4400N

Xerox Phaser 4400N

As monochrome laser printers go, the 1,200dpi Xerox Phaser 4400 is a heavy-duty, networkable printing machine. It churns out professional-quality text and graphics at lightning speeds, and it requires little or no knowledge to use -- its high-capacity toner cartridge is particularly easy to replace. Also, ample drivers and clear documentation allow companies, with or without IT support, to set up and operate this printer across a multitude of PC and network platforms. This printer can handle large, busy corporate environments, yet it doesn't take a network administrator to master its simple menu-driven user controls. This simplicity makes it ideal for small, networked businesses -- as long as they can swing the expense.

March 5, 2003 by

Brother m-PRINT

Brother m-PRINT

Would you want to print from your Pocket PC handheld when you’re on the road? That’s the main point of Brother’s tiny new m-PRINT portable printer. Although it’s got a USB port as well as an infrared connection, so you can connect up a notebook, the small A7 paper size makes it a better fit for a handheld because you get a screen’s worth of information on a page.

November 14, 2002 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

3D printing a replacement part

It's surprisingly easy to create and print replacement parts. In this hands on, David Gewirtz shows how he created a fan cover replacement. The big picture: 3D printing enables virtual spare parts inventories.

December 12, 2016

Up Close & Personal: Nick Kugenthiran

ZDNet spoke with the printers, software, and managed services company's managing director Nick Kugenthiran about his past as a sailor and how that has helped him succeed in the IT industry.

July 24, 2013

Canon i950

Canon i950

As successor to the popular but discontinued Canon S900 photo printer, the Canon i950 doubles the S900's resolution and halves its dot size. The result: this photo printer is quick, compact and attractively priced. Most importantly, however, it delivers high-quality pictures for photographers on a budget.

March 31, 2003 by

Xerox Phaser 4400N

Xerox Phaser 4400N

As monochrome laser printers go, the 1,200dpi Xerox Phaser 4400 is a heavy-duty, networkable printing machine. It churns out professional-quality text and graphics at lightning speeds, and it requires little or no knowledge to use -- its high-capacity toner cartridge is particularly easy to replace. Also, ample drivers and clear documentation allow companies, with or without IT support, to set up and operate this printer across a multitude of PC and network platforms. This printer can handle large, busy corporate environments, yet it doesn't take a network administrator to master its simple menu-driven user controls. This simplicity makes it ideal for small, networked businesses -- as long as they can swing the expense.

March 5, 2003 by

Brother m-PRINT

Brother m-PRINT

Would you want to print from your Pocket PC handheld when you’re on the road? That’s the main point of Brother’s tiny new m-PRINT portable printer. Although it’s got a USB port as well as an infrared connection, so you can connect up a notebook, the small A7 paper size makes it a better fit for a handheld because you get a screen’s worth of information on a page.

November 14, 2002 by

HP DeskJet 450

HP DeskJet 450

HP thinks you need to be able to print on the move, and has produced the DeskJet 450 to meet this need. This compact colour inkjet is not only small enough to carry around, but it can also be powered from a battery. Although it's admirably suited to mobile professionals, the DeskJet 450 should satisfy home users equally well.

November 13, 2002 by

HP PSC 2210

HP PSC 2210

By definition, all multifunction devices (MFDs) print, copy and scan, and they often fax too. But only a handful, such as HP’s PSC 2210, also read memory cards from digital cameras, and very few manage to cram these abilities into a compact, easy-to-maintain unit. The PSC 2210 does all of the above, with performance that rivals that of standalone printers, both in speed and output quality. For a small office or a home requiring a convenient, space-saving unit, this is an excellent choice -- unless you intend to send a lot of faxes. In that case, you'd be better off with Canon's MultiPass F50, which has a sheet feeder that allows for speedy, multi-page faxes.

October 9, 2002 by

HP Photosmart 130

HP Photosmart 130

Unlike many photo printers, which are basically conventional inkjets with improved photo-printing skills, HP’s diminutive Photosmart 130 prints only 10 by 15cm photos. For digital camera enthusiasts, this is hardly a shortcoming: the £106.37 (ex. VAT; £124.99 ex. VAT) toaster-sized 130 does one thing, and does it well -- printing gorgeous photographs with minimum fuss. You don't even need to hook up the Photosmart 130 to your PC: this printer works straight from your digital camera. If you want larger prints, however, look to a more conventional product.

September 19, 2002 by

Epson Stylus Photo 2100

Epson Stylus Photo 2100

The phrase ‘light black’ might seem like an oxymoron, but in the case of the Epson Stylus Photo 2100, it makes perfect sense. This printer’s enhanced seven-colour UltraChrome pigment-ink set and increased maximum resolution of 2,880 by 1,440 dote per inch (dpi) combine to deliver some of the best archival-quality inkjet output we've ever seen. Although it’s very expensive, the Stylus Photo 2100 is well worth the price for photography professionals who demand high-quality prints that will last.

September 10, 2002 by

HP LaserJet 4600hdn

HP LaserJet 4600hdn

Hewlett-Packard's latest A4 colour laser has all the things you'd expect from HP -- speed, manageability and connectivity -- but succeeds where many lasers fail: photo printing. While not your first choice as a photo printer, the ability to get good quality images in your reports and presentations can only be a good thing.

August 9, 2002 by

HP Business Inkjet 2600dn

HP Business Inkjet 2600dn

This networked A3+ colour printer offers good quality printing, plenty of paper capacity and duplex printing as standard. It’s not going to win any speed records at 5.5ppm in standard mode, but for printing and proofing of all sorts of colour documents, it offers a good mix of quality and features. A cheaper model without duplexing or networking is available if you just want to take advantage of the paper size handling on your own machine.

June 6, 2002 by

Xerox Phaser 6200DP

Xerox Phaser 6200DP

Xerox's new Phaser 6200DP breaks the speed barrier for colour lasers, printing all four colours in one pass instead of the usual four. Add to this its useful features for a busy office, from built-in Ethernet to Web-based management tools, and the Phaser 6200DP would seem like the ideal text/graphics workhorse. But we've seen other printers sacrifice quality in the name of speed, and the Phaser 6200DP struggled with the same issues.

May 20, 2002 by

Epson Aculaser C1000

Epson Aculaser C1000

Epson's Aculaser C1000 is a colour laser printer that costs about £700 (ex. VAT) less than the more fully featured C2000 model. Many small offices, workgroups and enterprises will find this a solid and affordable entry into the colour laser market. The basic configuration with 16MB of on-board memory costs £899 (ex. VAT); we reviewed a model with 144MB, the extra 128MB costing just £37 (ex. VAT).

February 17, 2002 by

Canon S750

Canon S750

Although inkjet print speeds -- at least for draft mode text -- are now approaching 20 pages per minute (ppm), the technology doesn't generally deliver such performance in standard mode or with more complex documents. When faced with large blocks of colour, for example, inkjet speed drops significantly compared with a colour laser printer. However, Canon's new S750 inkjet makes a better job than most of delivering good performance and high print quality with a range of document types.

February 10, 2002 by

HP DeskJet 995C

HP DeskJet 995C

HP's latest inkjet printer may look familiar, but it incorporates a key difference designed to set you free. It's very similar to the DeskJet 960C, but includes a Bluetooth interface, allowing you to print wirelessly from suitably equipped notebooks or handhelds. This makes the printer's price a hefty £280 (ex. VAT), and is of questionable value while so few Bluetooth-enabled systems are available. Even with the addition of a Bluetooth adapter, only Windows 2000 and Windows XP are supported -- earlier Windows users and Mac devotees are out of luck.

January 8, 2002 by

HP Color Inkjet Printer cp1160

HP Color Inkjet Printer cp1160

HP's latest assault on the small business printer market is the Color Inkjet cp1160, an A4 inkjet that aims to satisfy both monochrome and colour printing requirements in a single unit. Rated at 17 pages per minute (ppm) for monochrome pages in its fastest mode, it can certainly hold its own with the lower end of the laser printer market for speed.

November 19, 2001 by

Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 940c

Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 940c

Is it too much to ask that an inkjet printer be good at everything? Apparently it is when you're in the sub-£100 price range. HP's DeskJet 940c is inexpensive and very good at printing colour graphics, and that's all many users want. However, this product is not without its flaws.

November 6, 2001 by

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