Stories by Melissa Riofrio

Dell Chromebook 11 review: Basic browser machine keeps up with the times, barely

Dell's no dummy. It may have built its business on PCs, but its new Chromebook 11 is designed to maintain its presence the education market, where Chromebooks are enjoying some growth. Compared to managing a fleet of Windows-based boxes, tending to a herd of browser-based Chromebooks is far simpler and cheaper (Google even provides a Chrome Management Console for all the tasks that make IT people happy).

Snubbed in US, Microsoft pins Windows Phone's future on emerging markets

The Windows Phone market share in the US is so bad, it had to pick on poor BlackBerry to make itself feel better. At least, that's what happened at a Sunday event before Mobile World Congress. In a darkened event space at a swanky hotel, Microsoft video boasted, "We've overtaken BlackBerry." The packed crowd of journalists roared, and even Microsoft exec, Joe Belfiore, couldn't help but smile with slight embarrassment.

A car's a car, but the car's apps make the difference

Car apps: In a few years, we'll wonder how we did without them, just as we have with smartphones and apps since Apple introduced the iPhone seven years ago (January 9, 2007, in fact). These apps can be used either to control basic car functions or do something while in the car, such as finding a pizza place wherever you are, or ordering the pizza.

Epson WorkForce 600

Epson's WorkForce 600 color inkjet multifunction printer has one amazing talent: blazing speed (for an inkjet). Unfortunately, everything else about this machine is just average--and the ink is expensive. The WorkForce 600 is very fast compared with the competition. In our tests, it set a record of 18.2 pages per minute (ppm) printing text (Epson's spec: 27 ppm). The next-fastest machine is in the 11-ppm range. Its graphics-printing pace of 5 ppm (Epson's spec: 19 ppm) is also one of the faster times we've seen to date. With USB, ethernet, and Wi-Fi connectivity--plus slots for CF, MS, SD, xD, and PictBridge-compatible media--this machine seems ready for anything.

Canon Pixma MP620 Inkjet Multifunction Printer

Canon's Pixma MP620 <a href="">color inkjet multifunction printer</a> offers connectivity and capacity galore. While its design has a few shortcomings, overall the Pixma MP620 offers a good deal, especially for a busy home or school setting.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Multifunction Printer

Epson's Artisan 800 <a href="">color inkjet multifunction printer</a> has many tempting photo features. It's expensive--and not quite perfect--but it's still worth considering, especially for serious shutterbugs.

Lexmark X4650 Inkjet Multifunction Printer

Lexmark's US$130 X4650 <a href="">color inkjet multifunction printer</a> occupies a crowded area of the market, where competitors strive to stuff more features into a smaller, less costly package. Though the X4650 has its good points, it falls short in features and especially cost per page.

Brother MFC-790CW Inkjet Multifunction Printer

Brother's US$180 MFC-790CW <a href="">color inkjet multifunction printer</a> has a tempting array of goodies, but offers lackluster performance. Despite its aspirations, the MFC-790CW can't compete with other machines in its price range, such as the <a href="">HP OfficeJet J4680</a>.

Canon Selphy CP770 snapshot printer

Canon's bucket-shaped Selphy CP770 looks like something you'd fill with sand--but don't! This self-contained <a href="">snapshot printer</a> is cute and easy to tote, which makes up somewhat for other shortcomings.

Picture Station Digital Photo Printer DPP-FP95

Sony's Picture Station Digital Photo Printer DPP-FP95 is a <a href="">snapshot photo printer</a> with better features than results. Considering its high price, you shouldn't have to accept so many compromises.