Stories by Roman Loyola

MacWireless 200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter

Before I dive into the review of MacWireless's 200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter, I need to clarify something about the device. Despite the company's name, the Powerline is not a wireless network device in any way, shape, or form. It requires wires--electrical wires, to be specific. The Powerline uses the electrical wiring in your home to provide network access from room to room. It's a nice alternative to Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet network, and it works well for tasks like sharing printers, transferring and sharing files between computers, and playing networked games, among other things.

Logitech AudioHub

Apple's top selling Macs are laptops, but many of those have a semi-permanent home on a desk, like a desktop Mac. Logitech's AudioHub is a compact, desktop speaker system for your laptop that aims to enhance your movie watching and music listening.

Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 SE

The trackpad on Mac notebooks works well, but it's hard to beat a mouse for general Mac input. Road warriors who pack a mouse into a laptop bag want something small and durable, like Microsoft's Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition. Despite its small size, it's a comfortable mouse that tracks well.

Epson announces new printers, multifunction devices

Epson has announced four new products to its WorkForce line of printers. The WorkForce 30 and WorkForce 40 are ink-jet printers, while the WorkForce 500 and WorkForce 600 are multifunction devices. The WorkForce line is aimed at small and home businesses.

Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M

Fujitsu's ScanSnap S300M takes the technology from the company's well-received desktop document <a href="http://www.macworld.com/browse.html?tag=scanners+consumer">scanners</a>, such as the <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/131313/2007/12/scansnaps510m.html">ScanSnap S510M</a>, and puts it into a device that's easier to carry from location to location. The S300M is a speedy scanner that's very easy to use, though it does have some limitations.

iPod power adapters

Apple stopped including a power adapter with each <a href="http://www.macworld.com/browse.html?tag=ipod">iPod</a> a while ago (though Apple includes an adapter with the <a href="http://www.macworld.com/browse.html?tag=iphone">iPhone</a>), and as battery life shortens over time, it's handy to have a power adapter at work or in the car. In this roundup, I tested three third-party power adapters for your iPod or iPhone. Griffin's PowerBlock and Incase's 2-in-1 Wall & Car Charger both participate in Apple's Made for iPod and Made for iPhone <a href="http://developer.apple.com/ipod/accessories.html">licensing programs</a>. PDO's PowerTwo doesn't participate in Apple's licensing programs; PDO says it's currently compatible with the iPod classic, older full-size dockable iPods, iPod nano models, and the iPod mini.