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Brother MFC-9320CW Product Reviews

Some multi-function printers (MFPs, aka all-in-ones or AIOs) deliver lots of features. Others emphasize high-quality print output. The Brother MFC-9320CW ($500 street) focuses squarely on speed, with the fastest overall time on our tests for its price class. If print speed is one of your key concerns, this may be just the color MFP you're looking for.

The MFC-9320CW is an LED printer, a category that's usually grouped with lasers, because it's basically a variation on the same technology. The difference is that instead of using lasers, LED printers use LEDs to draw the image of each page as the first step in printing.

Printer Category
Color or Monochrome
1-pass color
Technology (for laser category only)
Connection Type
USB, Ethernet, Wireless
Maximum Standard Paper Size
Direct Printing from Cameras
Rated speed at Default Resolution (Mono)
17 ppm
Rated Speed at Default Resolution (Color)
17 ppm
Standalone Copier and Fax
Copier, Fax

Canon Pixma iX7000 Product Reviews

The Canon Pixma iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer is the third inkjet printer I've seen in the past several months that can print on tabloid (11- by 17-inch) or larger-size paper and is aimed tightly at small offices—particularly micro and home offices. Together with the Epson Work, it represents a newfound interest on the part of these three manufacturers in offering budget tabloid printers suitable for a small office on a tight budget.

The Canon printer is the most expensive of the three, but also the one with the fewest compromises. It's second to the HP printer for speed, and second to the Epson printer for output quality, but not by much in either case. On the plus side, it offers an Ethernet connector, which the Epson printer lacks, and it outshines both the HP and Epson printers when it comes to paper handling.

Printer Category
Ink Jet
Printer Only
Color or Monochrome
1-pass color
Ink Jet Type
Standard All-Purpose
Connection Type
USB, Ethernet
Maximum Standard…

Asus U45Jc-A1 Product Reviews

Asus has the chops to make an outstanding laptop, as it proven with the U30Jc-A1 ($899 street, 4.5 stars)—a 13-inch lightweight that is powerful, sexy, and battery efficient. Its latest offering, the Asus U45Jc-A1 ($867 street), bumps the screen size to a 14-inch widescreen, while retaining all the goodies that made its smaller sibling so successful. A sleek metallic frame, Nvidia switchable graphics, and over 9 hours of battery life are just the tip of the iceberg. Thus, the U30Jc-A1 passes the torch to the U45Jc-A1, making the latter the new Editors' Choice in the mainstream category, and one of the best laptops I've tested.

General Purpose, Media
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor Speed
2.4 GHz
Processor Name
Intel Core i3-370M
4 GB
4.7 lb
Screen Size
14 inches
Screen Size Type
Graphics Card
Intel GMA HD
2nd Graphics Card
nVidia GeForce 310M
Storage Capacity (as Tested)
500 GB
Networking Options

New Trends Polywell MiniBox X5800x-3D

The Polywell MiniBox X5800x-3D ($2,099 street, $2,499 with 23-inch monitor) is a jack-of-all-trades desktop PC: It can be used for gaming, multimedia tasks, movie watching, and it's tagged with the latest of buzzwords, 3D. It has Intel's quad-core i7-930 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics, Blu-ray, and a very spacious hard drive. While it's a little pricey for a game box, nomadic gamers should look at this system for use at home and at LAN parties. specialized Otherwise you should look at alternative systems to save money or consider something with more expandability.

Gaming, Mainstream, Digital Entertainment System
Processor Family
Intel Core i7
6 GB
Storage Capacity (as Tested)
2000 GB
Graphics Card
nVidia GeForce GTX 480
Primary Optical Drive
Blu-Ray Disc
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Design and Features
At 9.12 by 7.12 by 9.25-inch (HWD), the X5800x-3D is compact compared with a tower, but still big w…

Care to Watch Google TV?

Just to complete my reviews about Google TV, on this post I wanna ask you a question. Do you want to view the Internet on your TV? With all of the activity in IPTV these days, this is one of the key questions that is at the heart of whether IPTV eventually succeeds or fails. Since TVs were invented, we have been trained to sit in front of them and consume not interact with them. And only recently have we had to multitask with our TV. Even though we've had picture in picture for years, it took news scrolls at the bottom of our TV screens to train our brains. So, how will consumers integrate the new and even more complex IPTV features into their TV viewing experience?

One of the traits of consumers that has emboldened the IPTV crowd to push forward is the fact that many people sit on their couch and use their laptops or tablets while watching TV. They reason that if they multi-task in this fashion, they may be willing do it on the bigger screen. While I accept the fact that people m…