Stories by Brian Chen

The black and white Brother MFC-7840W

Brother's MFC-7840W is a multifunction device with a monochrome laser printer, copier, scanner, fax machine, and wired and wireless networking. Budget-conscious users will especially appreciate the MFC-7840W's inexpensive cost per print (approximately US$0.03 per page). Capable of printing good quality text and business graphics at reasonably fast rates, the MFC-7840W is a fine choice for offices that work in a black-and-white world.

Sony HDR-SR11 Handycam

It's old news that <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/133790/2008/06/camcorder.html">Apple is lagging</a> when it comes to making the Mac platform friendly with tapeless camcorders. Currently, only a few tapeless camcorders out there are truly Mac-compatible, and Sony's high definition HDR-SR11 Handycam happens to be one of them.

Lexmark X560n

Lexmark's X560n combines a scanner, copier, fax machine, and color laser printer in a multifunction (MFP) device designed for medium-sized workgroups. An MFP sounds like a good value, but the X560n's difficult setup was an unnecessary headache for Mac users. It took us -- with assistance from Lexmark -- more than a week to set up the X560n's scanner. When we finally got it up and running, the X560n was an average overall performer.

Brother MFC-9840CDW

The Brother MFC-9840CDW is a multifunction color laser printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine with wired and wireless networking capabilities. It doesn't come cheap, but if you're looking for a versatile machine that does its job well, the MFC-9840CDW is a worthwhile investment. It can be a little tricky to use--especially when you're setting up wireless printing--but you end up with high-quality output that's produced quickly.

Brother HL-4070CDW – printer perfection

Brother's colour laser packs a ton of useful features--wireless networking, duplexing capabilities, and PostScript compatibility (via emulation)--while still delivering speedy performance, ease of use, and excellent print quality. And at US$500, you can't complain about the price.