Kodak's ESP 9 is a multifunction ink-jet device that prints, copies, faxes, and scans. The ESP 9 is a versatile device equipped with very good colour scanning and printing capabilities but is mediocre in other important areas.
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USB is usually a safe bet, and equipping an external hard drive exclusively with USB 2.0 means that almost any modern computer can use it. But USB 2.0's pokey performance lags behind the eSATA and FireWire. That said, USB has a renewed appeal for Mac users in light of FireWire's disappearance from the MacBook () and MacBook Air. Toshiba's USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive is respectably fast compared to other USB hard drives.
Epson's WorkForce GT-1500 is a color document scanner designed to simplify the tedious task of scanning stacks of text documents in an office environment. Easy to use and simple in its focus, the GT-1500 does an adequate job of photo- and document-scanning.
SimpleTech's 500GB [re]drive is an environmentally friendly external hard drive that promises energy savings and high performance. Though it's both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious, the drive is handicapped by its USB connection speed.
In a market where competition is fierce to create an affordable yet functional printer that can appeal to even the most casual user, HP has upped the ante by introducing the Deskjet D2545, an inexpensive ink-jet printer that's also environmentally friendly.
Oki’s C6150dn is a workgroup colour printer ideal for churning out fast prints in an office setting. The C6150dn comes with built-in 10/100 Ethernet for easy office network connectivity. Alternatively, you can connect through a USB 2.0 port to make the C6150dn a personal desktop printer, though at a bulky 25 kilos, you’ll need to have a pretty big desk.