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21. HP OfficeJet 7410 All-in-One
Too low to display list($399.99)
22. Epson Stylus Photo R800 Inkjet
$189.99 $171.88 list($279.50)
23. HP PhotoSmart 8450 Inkjet Printer
$75.99 list($99.99)
24. Jabra BT250v Bluetooth Headset
Too low to display list($549.99)
25. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet
$237.49 list($249.99)
26. Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer
$446.49 list($799.99)
27. Brother MFC-8840D Laser Multifunction
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28. HP LaserJet 1320n Monochrome Network
$218.49 list($399.99)
29. Brother HL-5150D Monochrome Graphic
$265.99 $215.99 list($379.90)
30. Plantronics CS50/HL10 BUNDLE (
Too low to display $234.49 list($299.99)
31. HP PhotoSmart PSC 2610 All-in-One
$360.99 list($649.99)
32. Brother MFC-8440 Laser Multifunction
Too low to display $299.00 list($399.99)
33. HP Photosmart 2710 All-in-One
$109.24 list($149.99)
34. Jabra BT800 Bluetooth Headset
Too low to display $1,300.00 list($1,795.99)
35. Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Inkjet Printer
Too low to display $284.49 list($479.99)
36. Brother HL-5170DN Network Laser
$2,656.95
37. HP LaserJet 4345mfp - multifunction
$131.00 $118.99 list($149.99)
38. Brother MFC-420CN Color Inkjet
$126.34 $74.99 list($124.99)
39. Samsung ML1740 Laser Printer
$75.99 $64.99 list($99.99)
40. Jabra FreeSpeak BT250 Bluetooth

21. HP OfficeJet 7410 All-in-One
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $499.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002YGJY0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 1556
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Network ready with 2.5-inch display, breakthroughperformance, auto two-sided print, fax, scan, copy

Boost your productivity by getting everyone printing, scanning, copying, and faxing, whether in crisp black and white or glowing color. This all-in-one's coolest feature is its built-in wireless networking. The functionality of the future is here, ready to transform your office life.

Features:

  • Let jobs run unattended when using the 50-sheet automatic document feeder for printing, faxing, scanning, and copying (up to legal size)
  • Reduce document bulk and save paper with the automatic two-sided printing, faxing, scanning, and copying
  • E-mail and receive photos using HP Instant Share™
  • Set up a network, sharing photo printing and saving, fax sending, scanning, and access to camera memory cards
  • Review and revise photos before printing on the 2.5" color image display, using the buttons to rotate, crop, and remove red-eye
  • Get great results with photo-quality color and laser black, six-ink color, and professional-quality black-and-white
  • Annotate documents with the HP Document Viewer
  • Enhance and organize photos with the included HP Image Zone software
  • Print and copy photos with or without borders, or in panorama, standard, or custom sizes
  • Stay on top of ink replacement: you're notified when you need more
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Features

  • Ethernet, USB, PictBridge, and wireless 802.11 g/b interfaces
  • Produces color prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 30 ppm print speed, up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Up to 30 cpm copy speed, reduces and enlarges 25 to 400%
  • 2,400 x 4,800 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color

Reviews (13)

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible service
My wife and I wasted hours and hours trying to get HP service. HP has outsourced customer service to several developing countries, and each time we called, the representatives were unable to locate the record of our previous call.We were told time and again that we would be contacted by a "case manager" but that never happened. After weeks of trying, it became obvious that we need to discard the product (still under warrantee) and buy a new (non-HP) product ourselves.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible software
Installation is terrible with lots of bugs.Look at the HP site and you will see a long list of fixes.Your job is to try to figure out which one is the one that will work for you.When the other reviews mentioned "several hours" they were right.The best advice was from an Amazon review here.The reviewer correctly advised to uninstall Mcafee.That works.Nowhere on the HP site is that mentioned so you wade through the trial and errors trying to fix the installation.The product works but it is a real shame that HP never tested the installation and allow customers to go through this mess.The one star rating is for the software installation.You will see if you buy this.

4-0 out of 5 stars High price but you get what you pay for
I have had this piece for close to a month now and all is well. I have to say it was on the very high end of what I was willing to spend but the wireless feature and double sided printing were what made me part with the money.
Setup was a breeze. Make sure you find all the hidden packing tape before trying to use as there are pieces you have to really look for. Installation was long only due to the size of the HP Imaging software. I was up and running in about 45 min. and ran into a update software problem as it would download the first update but then didn't recognize the printer and download anymore updates. I skated around this by hooking up the network cable and it then reconized it and downloaded the updates and then returned everything to the wireless configuration and no problems. Also loaded up the laptop with the program and no problems.
I havn't used everyfunction yet but and impressed with the layout and ease of use both on the unit itself and the HP computer program. Printing is fast and neat and the fax works great. So far no problems to mention and with as smooth as things have been I'm not worried.
I almost didn't buy this because of other poor reveiws of this item but instalation was a snap and was able to work around small problems even being a computer dummy. There are cheaper items out there so unless you will use everything on it I'd downsize but if this is what you need it's great.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent except 2 things.
I love this printer, except for 2 things:

1:The Margin issue addressed in another review but there is another problem that is extremely vexing if you use this as a Stand-alone copier:

2: If you buy this for the 2-sided copy feature (copying a stack of 2-side documents automagically) you are in for a surprise.

If you insert a stack of say... 10 documents, and copy them 1-sided, it works fine. It will copy the entire document and print to the minumum margins that the 7410 will do.

BUT:if you have a stack of 2-sided documents and let the 7410 copy them as 2-sided documents you will find that the front of each now has been "cut off" at a margin of .625" at the top and bottom and the back of the document is cut off with a margin of .625" at the top.

If you are copying a stack of Real Estate Contracts, you will now find that your copies don't have the Signatures at the bottom! They are cut off!
And you cannot reduce the size when using 2-side copying to get around this.The only way to get around it is to treat them as single-sided documents, run them through, then put the printed copies back into the paper tray upside down and copy the other side.

This is using the 7410 as a stand-alone device.I believe this is a problem with the firmware of the printer itself, as HP sent me a new one and it still had the same problem even after spending 2 hours on the phone with tech support.

If you don't plan to use the 2-side copy function, then this will not be an issue for you and it should be a great printer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Really Great All In One - With Really Great Support
12-Mar-2005 Update...
Been using for a few weeks. Would I buy this again? in a heartbeat.Since last writing, I've installed the hp software on a 2nd networked (wired) computer. I made sure to uninstall McAfee and the hp software installed perfectly. Reinstalled McAfee and 2nd computer was up & running.

My main use has been paper reduction; scanning existing documents to PDF format. It's very simple - really, load originals in Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and either initiate the scan from any computer on my network or from the 7410 front panel. From the front panel I can select the destination, if I care to.The hp software allows scanning to multiple formats (I use PDF) and allows selection of scanning double sided or single sided, color or B&W, etc, etc. Double-sided from the ADF flys & you can walk away or do something else on your computer. If you place an original on the flat glass, cropping (when desired) is simple & intuitive. Merging pages is simple & flexible. Paper passing through the ADF is smooth - hardly a jam, and when it did (a) I should have scanned the wrinkled original on the glass & (b) jams are easy to clear. If you too would like to cut back on saving paperwork, this All In One does a great job of converting your paper into electronic format.

Copying and printing work great. Right now my focus is scanning, so after using more features, I'll attempt another update.
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1st writing:

Had I written this the day I got this machine, I'd be writing a much different review. As other reviewers have mentioned, I too suffered from an incomplete software install on a wired Peer-To-Peer LAN (Home Office Network).I spent 4.5 hours (non-stop) on the phone Sunday afternoon, and the Level 1 Tech was VERY good. We got almost everything working.It was this tech who suggested he now turn me over to a level 2. Unfortunately, none available. He urged I call back around 8 PM, which I did - provide my case # and request an L2. I got another L1, and this fellow immediately knew the root problem - McAfee tools.You THINK you disable them (Start> Run> Services, then stop & disable, etc.) but they are not really turned off. I didn't have enough energy to do a McAfee uninstall, HP uninstall, HP reinstall, then McAffe reinstall. I did this Monday night, w/ a Level 2 HP tech from 7 to 10:30 PM.

The problem IS McAfee Privacy Service - this prevents the final install from completing.Bottom line: 1) UNINSTALL, not disable, ALL McAFEE >>> BEFORE <<< putting the HP CD in your drive. Then and only then perform the HP install.

Bcause of reiteritive install attempts, we had to perform much diagnostics, and repairs. It worked.

I went from 100% negative to 100% positive. I have NEVER had this type support - HP took ownership of the problem and would not give up - they would not quit!

OK, so how does this beast work? Unbelievably good.It is such a pleasure to have a duplex scanner and duplex printer, and one which can be controlled via the computer when you don't care to be at the machine's front panel.

Having two trays is a luxury. The scanning goes pretty quick, as does the duplex printing. I own quite a variety of color inkjet HP 7960, Canon, Epson, etc.) & B&W laser (HP) printers, and have had a number of large (D and E-size) color pen plotters (HP).The quality of the All In One (AIO) is, at least to me and my needs, every bit as good as the HP 7960, if not better. And faster.

I have NO complaints w/ quality as I do a side-by-side printing from HP 7960 and AIO 7410.

I cannot comment on Wireless, as not having a need for it, I shut it off. I'm a wired network thoughout 4100 sq. feet and 5 computers which is the max. # HP recommends for either wired or wireless.

This is my 1st review at Amazon, so if updates are allowed, I'll post back after I have adequate time to thoroughly investigate.

For the moment, other than the software fiasco (McAfee's doing - NOT in my mind HP's fault), I am NOW pleased w/ my purchase.

Expensive at $499? yes - but a heck of a lot less money than the Fujitsu $1300 duplex scanner I would have bought Sat AM if the store was open! Thank goodness thay were closed - saved me $800!!

SO - IF YOUR PROBLEMS ARE SOFTWARE RELATED, get on the phone to HP Tech Support. They were fantastic.

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22. Epson Stylus Photo R800 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $399.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000WA8CI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2625
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Experience the power and speed of the Epson Stylus Photo R800. Print brilliant archival quality glossy and matte photos! The world's first printer with 1.5- picoliter ink droplets and up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi, this revolutionary performer gives new meaning to quality and detail. And, it provides eight individual cartridges, including matte black ink and a unique gloss optimizer, for professional results every time - no matter what the paper type.Durable Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks deliver long-lasting portraits, landscapes and more on virtually any media, including ink jet printable CD/DVDs and 4" and 8.3" roll paper. It also prints borderless photos in convenient, frame-ready sizes. And, with innovative PRINT Image Matching II technology, you'll get brilliant prints automatically from popular digital cameras.The Epson Stylus Photo R800 offers groundbreaking quality and performance, for perfect prints made to last. With Epson Software Film Factory, Epson Print CD software, and premium ICC Profiles, this affordable ink jet offers a complete photographic solution for many creative projects. Whisper-quiet operation and fast built-in connectivity make it an ideal fit for any home or studio, while high-speed performance makes it the perfect printer for quickly creating show-stopping high-gloss prints.

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Features

  • True border-free photo printing in popular photo sizes
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and IEEE 1394 FireWire interfaces
  • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution, 1.5-picoliter droplets
  • Up to 17 ppm black text, 5-by-7-inch photo as fast as 45 seconds
  • Prints directly onto inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best prints from digital pictures!
I just upgraded from the Epson 1270 1440 dpi printer to the Epson R800.While I loved the 1270 color prints, I find the R800's print's absolutely amazing!Even 8 x 10 blowups from a cropped 4Mega Pixel jpeg, zoomed to 2x it's cropped size, show absolutely no pixelation or edge artifacts (jagged edges to objects); and the gloss cartridge really finishes the pictures so they are undistinguishable from lab photos!

While the individual color cartridges cost around $14.00 each for genuine Epson, it may actually work out no more expensive than replacing the 6 color 1270 cartridge ($35) when one color runs out.

Great product, Epson!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great printer for the money.
I have read the other reviews and wanted to throw my opinion in. We have purchased one of these printers at work. I have turned out some really nice stuff on them. However,...

The one reviewer who said that the artwork on the discs is flat is correct. It is dull compared to the brilliant colors on the glossy paper I use for the Jewel case inserts. Still it looks alot more professional than the stick on labels that were previously used. I haven't seen anyone mention the fact that it does only print to PRINTABLE CD/DVD's. Don't buy this thinking you are going to slip in the leftovers from that spindle you bought (unless you slap the label on first of course).

The printer does only print on cd/dvd's using the Epson software. Near as I can tell other label software assumes you are using a sheet of paper and use a software based template.That template is in a corner of where a sheet of paper would be. The Epson however, prints on a special disc tray that sits in the center. The two techniques seem incompatible.This was a little frustrating as the Epson software was limiting in the design aspect as it has poor support for graphic formats such as PNG or TGA with transparenies in them.
As a work around,I have been using roxio to design my discs then "save lable design as image file". Then I bring the finished image in and plunk it down in the Epson software. I'm certain you could do the same thing in Photoshop/Illustrator, if you had the proper template.

As for the travel play in the insert tray (try saying that 10 times fast), the Epson appears to use a system to calibrate the tray position at each printing (Infra-red I am guessing)

I have only had the printer for two weeks so I cannot attest to claims of track marks or other problems that some have claimed after having the printer for months.

5-0 out of 5 stars So far, it's great!
Got this printer for a gift, without doing research on my own.What a thrill!Have had no trouble with ink as one reviewer said.Yes, it's expensive; it's not a toy.This is also not what I'd recommend if most of your printing is text.There are cheaper ways to send your 2000-page first novel to fifty relatives.This is THE ONE Professional photogs use for archival prints.It's NOT an ink jet printer, this ink is made of pigments, not dyes, and will not fade when used with the premier line of Epson photo papers.It prints cds perfectly, and I'm using old cheap ones with the stick on labels to clean out my supply rather than buy the printable ones.The programs for those never got right on the margins like this Epson R800 does.I did have just one photo that came out too red.It was a red toned pic of roses and the whole thing printed ruddy.But, that's adjustable with the Adobe photoshop CS software, and every other photo I've done has magnificent color and brilliant resolution.It's a keeper.I'm just a beginner as a photographer, but this makes me look good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome printer.
I can't believe how great my pictures are...

This is a top notch photo printer. I've waited and read a lot before buying this puppy but I couldn't be happier.

I'm stunned at the few negative comments here. They're probably coming from people using cheap compatible ink cartriges and non-Epson paper.

You can't go wrong. Go ahead and buy the R800.

1-0 out of 5 stars R800 is unreliable, too expensive & variable quality
This is my second--and last--Epson printer. I've had this junk since July, 2004.

I would have bought a Canon or an HP this time around but bought the R800 Epson (the stinkin' four HUNDRED dollar Epson) for one reason: it prints directly onto DVDs. The tipping point to decide on the $400 model? It has pigment inks that will last longer...IF THE INK EVER DECIDED TO COME OUT AND ONTO THE PAPER. But I'm yelling.

Because I have had so many failed prints, I lost interest in printing and the printer sits idle and unused most of the time. Thus the print heads dry and clog up. I can't tell you how much ink (at $95 per complete cartridge set replacement cost) I have wasted in bad prints because the printer heads malfunctioned or the color came out wrong.

At first the print quality was stunning. Then it simply started printing too red. I contacted Epson "support" (what a joke) who eventually said they were having problems with the SP2 XP upgrade messing with the Epson driver. I downloaded the new driver. Still way too red. Flesh tone came out bright red and over saturated. It was so frustrating I simply quit printing and decided to take my Nikon D70's files to a photo finisher. Faster, cheaper and more reliable.

Believe me, don't bother with a printer if you think 1) it's cheaper or 2) faster. It's neither. And it's not even better in quality depending on how good your photo finisher is. A good color photo will last longer than any inkjet print. More durable and water resistant, too.

But I bought the R800 so I could print onto DVDs.

So tonight, knowing I had not used it in weeks, I wisely ran the Print Head Utility and verified that the heads were cleaned and unclogged (wasting yet more precious ink in the process). I then printed out a passably good DVD. Don't think it's anything to write home about: the print quality on a printable CD or DVD is not anywhere near glossy photo paper. Photo printing onto a DVD is dull and flat...not very exciting at all. But at least it's not on peel-and-stick label paper.

I printed a second DVD right away. True to form, even after the head cleaning routine, the black head cloged half way through printing and the lower half of the DVD is shot. Thanks again Epson. Even after the head cleaning routine (that takes about five minutes) it fails again and ruins a $1.50 printable 8x DVD. It's done this to many pieces of high quality glossy photo paper, too, wasting ink, paper, money and time. What a piece of garbage.

And it happens again and again. I just want to scream. And Epson support is nowhere to be found.

And just try figuring out all the color settings. Good luck. Let's see, under Color Management in print setup, should I use Color Controls, PhotoEnhance or ICM mode? If I use the ICC/ICM profile, should I select "off" or "applied by Printer Software"? What's the difference and when does one use which setting? Who knows? I dare you to find the documentation that even explains the sttings, much less actually helps you make a good print the first time.

Now, if you don't mind printing three or four to get one, go for it. And keep your wallet out. Those massive .5cc "tanks" (that should more accurately be called thimbles) empty faster than you can say "Replace Ink Tanks for $95." I love the way Epson puts a sales web link right in the print window titled "Buy Ink" so you can go straight to the Epson site and plunk down full price plus shipping for more ink that will clog and be blown out the head cleaning utility, and then clog anyway.

If you have to buy an Epson, don't waste your money on the R800. Get the $100 model R200. That way when you throw it away it won't hurt so bad.

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23. HP PhotoSmart 8450 Inkjet Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $279.50
our price: $189.99
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Asin: B0002MK9IE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 1036
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

thermal inkjet printing (up to 4800 x 1200-optimized dpi, or dots per inch, when printing from a computer onto photo paper) * multi-cartridge system (prints in up to 8 inks) * PhotoREt Pro premier color layering technology for superb, accurate colors and extremely smooth gradations * 2-1/2" LCD for viewing and editing photos before printing * direct printing from compatible HP Photosmart digital cameras or any PictBridge-enabled camera * ... Read more

Features

  • USB, Ethernet, and PictBridge interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi color, 1,200 x 1,200 black, or 8-ink color
  • Up to 20 ppm black and color speed, 4-by-6 photo as fast as 27 seconds
  • 2.5-inch LCD to rotate, crop, zoom, and remove red-eye before printing
  • Frame-by-frame video printing; slots for digital-camera memory cards

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars So Great!!!
I'm a digital artist and so I need to print high quality renders of my work and this printer is awesome for that.When my last hp printer started to die out after lasting 4 years and producing hundreds of prints I didn't hesitate to buy another hp and acutrally I still have the old one for back-up and printing stuff from the web.After having the hp photosmart 8450 for a couple of weeks now all I can say is good things about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Printer
This printer has far exceeded my expectations.It is easy to use and makes wonderful photos.the only thing I don't like is it goes thru the ink very fast and the ink is expensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars My best printer EVER
This is my 6th or 7th home printer. I have had every brand made for home use. Although I have never bought a top of the line model, this printer was priced in the same price range as all my others.

All I can say about the quality of this printer is WOW. I would have NEVER done digital scrapbooking or desktop publishing with my other printers, as the color was never this good, and they all always had stripes or someother flaw in the printing.Every printer I buy, thinking I can print photos still leaves me buying prints online or from one of the stores.

I love this printer.The colors are exact and FLAWLESS. I havent even used a quarter of the features this printer has, and my mind is blown at the quality for the price!!!

The only negative, and I am stretching here, is the size of it.. Its kinda big, but other than that, I highly recommend it for those who really want to print their own pictures at home. I too have printed 20+ 8x10's and (I dont even know how many 4X6's) andmy print levels are still above half!!

I will never buy another brand other than HP!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absoultely Amazing
I have owned MANY top end printers including the $700 EPson 2200, and Canon I9100, Epson R800, etc.

This HP is amazing. Best printer I have ever owned and prints that are better than ANY I have ever seen from ANY printer or lab. MAKE sure you only use HP paper as teh ink is forulated for use with their paper only. For eyeball popping quality, buy some HP premium plus papers and prepare to be amazed. The blacks are deep, the colors accurate and vivid. At this price, it KILLS my Epson R800 which was almost 2X the $$. The Epson is now clogged and useless, and teh HP will never get clogged due to the print heads being built in each cartridge!

Buy it and you will like it. HP has come a long way over the pasy couple of years, and with their new printers (8450 and 8750) they should be #1. Trust me, Ive owned all three top brands top of the line machines and this is my all time fave. Ill also buy the 8750 for 13X19 when it is released. Its that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful outcome of every photo!
I received my printer today and printed out some wedding photos I had taken the previous weekend.
I am overwhelmed by the quality of the pictures.My family's mouths dropped open when they saw them.I was asked, ( That printer did that?) ... Read more


24. Jabra BT250v Bluetooth Headset with Vibrating Alert
by Jabra
list price: $99.99
our price: $75.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007UC5U6
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Jabra
Sales Rank: 50
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed specifically for convenience and comfort, the FreeSpeak BT250v lets you talk hands-free and wirelessly on your cell phone via Bluetooth technology. The lightweight, contoured device fits securely on your head, works with either ear, looks great, and is simple to set up. Enhancements over the popular BT250 include a convenient vibrating alert and a handsome new black color.

Weighing less and an ounce, the FreeSpeak BT250v is constructed from a soft, sound-absorbing elastomer material that reduces distortions, resulting in crisp sound quality. The earpiece also features the new Jabra MiniGel, a soft, ergonomic gel tip that channels sound directly into your ear for better reception, improving your ability to hear conversations clearly, even in noisy environments.

The device works up to 30 feet away from your mobile phone, so you can talk and walk freely even if your phone is inside your briefcase, pocket, or across the room from you. With the BT250v, voice dialing, call answer/end, redial and call transfer are all just a touch of a button away. The headset also provides easy, intuitive volume controls, and features LED and audible status indicators. You'll get an average of up to 7 hours talk time and 200 hours standby on the BT250v's rechargeable batteries.

What's in the Box
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Features

  • A single button gives you control of your phone up to 30 feet away - voice dialing, call answer/end, redial and call transfer are all just a touch of a button away
  • Select vibrating call alert and incoming calls are signaled to you silently
  • Features call transfer, last number redial and voice activated dialing
  • Unidirectional microphone reduces background noise while amplifying your voice to provide great sound quality
  • Freedom to use your mobile phone up to 30 feet away

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome headset
Out of all the devices to speak on with your cellular phone, the cell phone industry has finally found an awesome device.This headset is comfortable, has great sound quality, does not cover your entire ear and make you look like a space alien as does the Motorola devices and overall it is an exceptional device.Feel free to email with questions.(...)

Marc

3-0 out of 5 stars BT200 vs BT250V
I am just purchasing a BT250V (I have not yet received it.)I've been using my BT200 for over a year and it's been GREAT!Good sound quality and features.Comfortable to wear all day and fits well.After a couple of days of use, you don't even notice it's there.More importantly, the 250 has almost twice the battery life of the 200 (7 vs 4). I don't know the the vibrating feature is a plus.I would think it adds mass and so, more weight.I'm not sure I need my ear vibrating.

From the mind and labs of sound genius, Woody Norris, The Jabra is a great unit.

(I only gave the BT250V three stars, since I have not yet received it.If it works as well as my BT200, it will rate five stars.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid product...
I first bought a bluetooth headset when I had my T616 with ATT wireless and it was absolute trash.. (Sony HB65) I got a bad first taste of bluetooth but since then I got a HS820 from a coworker and it was decent but felt flimsy and unsecure against my head.. The BT250v is much more secure and the audio quality is great.Same model as the BT250 I just liked the all black style of the 250v (I turn off the vibrate mode). I have not had a problem at all with reception or the range on the device.I really like this headset... BTW works great with RIM 7290 if you are wondering!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Two things to note about this product
I fell in love with the bluetooth module when I got my first bluetooth enabled phone.The idea of being able to jus tleave your phone in your pocket, in your house on the counter, or elsewhere, and walk around up to 30 feet without holding the phone was just awesome.Two things about this phone, however, that made this appeal diminish over time:

1. The 30ft. radius degrades over time.Although you should still be able to get 30ft six months down the road, the reception will be extremely scratchy.The quality of this receptoin is based on your battery in the phone, which degrades over time as well.
2. The construction of the product is flimsy.If you are like me and put things in your pocket, beware that this will cause the plastic and rubber to disconnect from each other, making the wires inside visible.I also lost a button - it popped out when the parts disconnected.So if you buy this, take care of it.It will still work, but it will just be that much more annoying.

Hope this helps.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lifetime of unreplacable battery: just beyond 1 yr warranty
I got a BT200 (appears to be nearly the same as the BT250v) 15 months ago.It worked well and I liked it a lot despite annoying background clicking and short battery life.Now, after just over a year, its battery often won't last a day of standby let alone conversations.Jabra support says they have no spare parts or service and offered me a 20% discount on a new one.In other words, beware that this is a disposable product!I also have a BT-110, which uses a AAA cell that has much longer life and can be removed for recharge and/or replacement. ... Read more


25. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet Printer (Silver)
by Epson
list price: $549.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000086A2I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2766
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Big Picture Without Borders

The EPSON Stylus&reg; Photo 1280S ink jet printer is the ideal large-format choice. It creates beautiful 8" x 10" prints in less than two minutes, incredible 11" x 14" prints in less than four minutes, and inspiring 13" x 44" panoramas faster than ever.

Furthermore, this printer offers superior BorderFree™ printing for photo quality results that print right to the edge, delivering stunning 6-color prints. It produces captivating borderless 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter-size, 11" x 14" and 13" x 19" color photos on a variety of Epson photo papers, which are pre-cut in these popular, frame-ready sizes.

The EPSON Stylus Photo 1280S creates memorable results on everything from gallery exhibition prints to portfolio prints, duplicates, soft proofs, and enlargements. Epson also offers a variety of media ranging from matte to glossy to luster, for just the right print.

For such exquisite output (up to 2880 x 720 dpi), you can thank Epson's award-winning, advanced Micro Piezo™ ink jet technology, tiny 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets, smooth AcuPhoto Halftoning™ and quick-drying inks. Due to this combination of technologies, your prints will feature fine shadow detail, dazzling highlights, and accurate skintones.

Factor in laser sharp black text, easy compatibility with Windows&reg; and Macintosh&reg;, plus software that includes EPSON Software™ Film Factory™ and Adobe&reg; Photoshop&reg; Elements 2.0 (LE for Windows 95 or Mac 0S 8.5x users), and you get one big deal for photo enthusiasts seeking unforgettable borderless, 6-color results from a large format printer.

  • Superior, 6-color Photo Ink System
  • True BorderFree™ photo printing in 6 popular sizes
  • 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets
  • Water-resistant and lightfast media ... Read more

    Features

    • USB and parallel interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
    • 6-color photo ink system
    • True borderless photo printing in 6 popular sizes
    • 2,880 x 720 dpi maximum resolution
    • 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets for fine detail

    Reviews (31)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
    When this printer was introduced about 3 years ago it was clearly the best printer in its class.The prints looked nearly as good as lab prints, and the large format and built-in roll feeder gave options available nowhere else.But compared the best of today (Canon), the Epson 1280 comes up short in print quality and cost of operation.

    Many people seem to complain about the multiple color ink cartridge, and blame that for the high ink consumption.I can say this is not true.Producing and marketing a three ink cartridge is no where near as costly as 3 times single-color cartridges.But Epson printers DO consume lots of expensive ink.

    Besides the cost, I have two complaints: 1) prints invariably have a reddish hue (even though I am using Photoshop with native color profiles), and 2) the management of the roll feeder is clumsy invariably wasting expensive paper.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not for Macs
    This cross-platform printer works fine with Windows. However, its Mac drivers are near useless. The prints are off center and the images fill 2/3 of a sheet. There are no layout options with the Mac drivers. I have written Epson 5 times - no response. I spent $15 for useless Epson Support. Mac users - look elsewhere!

    1-0 out of 5 stars what a dissappointment!
    I did not buy this printer to print photos, so that may be why I'm unhappy with it. I bought the printer expecting it to print out renderings, plans, and presentations for school.

    My first problem is that it DOES NOT print borderless at 11 x 17. If you read the specs carefully you can determine this, but it isn't readily apparent. It prints borderless at every size except for 11 x 17, which is the standard presentation size in many design programs. Also, it takes almost an entire ink cartridge to get one good print - the ink is always smearing or leaving droplets of cyan or magenta on the page as it prints out.

    I think this printer was a waste of money, and if I had to do it all over again I would spend more money on a better quality printer, because I know I would save the money in the end on ink.

    In short this printer has been a source of frustration and a huge headache.

    1-0 out of 5 stars don't buy
    This printer is crap. It makes great prints when it works correctly but it never ever works correctly. I've always had problems with it that I've managed to fix eventually but after my warranty ran out it started printing these pink lines and there's nothing at all I can do to get rid of them. I even called epsons customer support and I have to pay money to even talk to someone. And it says nothing about the problems on their website. Also it goes through ink like crazy and the ink is expensive.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Second Time Lucky
    Jan 21 2005:

    I recently bought a 1280 after having owned an Epson 740 for several years.Because I had had such good results with the 740, and because the 1280 was recommended to me, I had high expectations.Unfortunately, I was disappointed.The prints had a strong magenta color cast and "banding" in blue sky areas.I tried to correct the color cast (about -7 magenta),but could not get good results.The banding I could not correct and that condemned the printer for me.Thus I had to go through the painful process of returning the printer to the store.

    After having read a LOT of printer reviews, I am wondering if perhaps the increase in the number of inks has greatly increased the difficulty of achieving both color balance and evenness of color.With four variables it was hard, but with six, seven, or eight colors it is probably much more difficult to achieve.I wonder if manufacturers are being forced to sacrifice good color balance and evenness of color for highlight and shadow detail.

    I was also struck by the high expectations we users have for these inkjet printers.I think that basically they are ok for home use, but when we start using them professionally, they are are little marginal.

    I also looked at the Canon 9900 and the Epson 2200, but they were a little out of my price range.

    Update Mar 23 2005:

    I bought another 1280, and this one seems to work much better - no strong magenta cast.I also found that I had to dial down the saturation a LOT (i.e. 20 points on a scale of 25) to get natural looking prints.That should also save on ink consumption.Also, I found that a 10 foot USB cable didn't work properly on the Mac (i.e. the printer would spit out the paper part way through printing); a 6 foot cable works much better. ... Read more


26. Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition Photo Printer
by Epson
list price: $249.99
our price: $237.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0009EUFI4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 495
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition Personal Photo Lab Color Inkjet Printer ... Read more

Features

  • More photo options, including mini-wallets, fun Disney borders, and BorderFree
  • Premium 2.4-inch photo viewer for selecting and editing images
  • PC-free photo printing from all popular digital camera memory cards
  • Photos as brilliant and affordable as lab prints, but last 2-4 times longer
  • Water, smudge and fade-proof prints with up to 200-year album life

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great portable printer!
I've returned the HP375b printer for this one, and what an amazing printer.No more going to a photo lab or uploading to online photo labs, this 6 color ink printer produces stunning pictures everytime.I got a battery with this printer, and it is amazing how convenient it is to just take the printer and the camera whereever I want to be, then just sit and print.As they've indicated, the pictures are smudge and waterproof, making it easier to handle right after printing them.The 6 color ink cartridge is a single unit, and it is a cinch to change them when needed.

The printer has a USB port in the back that can be used to connect to a PC or other USB devices for backup or from which to read the pictures to print.I've never had the chance to backup the pictures from memory cards to a CD-writer, as my memory cards are at least 1GB each and have found the CD writers to be past its time.However, the printer did not have any problem reading from other USB flash cards or from my 60Gig portable hard drive.A support to write to a DVD writer would be a plus with possibly from next firmware release of this printer.

Only inconvenient thing the others may find is that the Pict Bridge connection is located on the back of the printer, rather than the front, where it is more convenient to handle the wires.I, however, found that it is more convenient to just take the memory card out of the camera and plug it into the printer cardreader.

I don't like wires, and all my devices, including my laptops, are portable, so this printer is a great addition to my overall system.This is a must have item if you love taking pictures, and a battery is a must have accessory.

5-0 out of 5 stars A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
This product is incredible.I know photography, and I'm fussy about quality- these pictures honestly look like they were professionally developed.Plus, with the new color screen on the delux model, it is SO easy to look through your pictures and decide which to print.It's also incredibly easy to zoom in and crop the pictures before you print them! If you have a digital camera, you NEED this printer so that your pictures dont just sit in a folder on your computer, yet you dont have to go out to print them. A must buy! ... Read more


27. Brother MFC-8840D Laser Multifunction
by Brother Printer
list price: $799.99
our price: $446.49
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Asin: B0001ZJRTY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 2380
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

All in One Solution that Will Suit Most Medium to Large Office Needs The Brother MFC-840D multi function laser printer will suit most medium to large office needs. With the ability to print, copy, scan, an fax this unit is your all in one solution. The high resolution if this unit insures crisp clear prints every time. ... Read more

Features

  • Parallel and USB interfaces, PC and Mac compatible
  • Printer, copier, scanner, fax, and PC fax
  • Up to 21 ppm print and copy speed; up to 2,400 x 600 print resolution
  • Automatic duplexing; reduce/enlarge 25% to 400%
  • Fax forward/paging, 40 one-touch memory locations

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Money
I purchased the MFC-8840D because my job requires me to print forms for customers then scan them back into the computer as PDF files for electronic submission.I also do a small amount of copying.The MFC-8840D seemed like a good solution.I've had good luck with Brother products in the past and their software has always been reliable and kept up to date.I saw a similar model from Brother at a local office and was very impressed.

I had no trouble getting the unit up and running under Windows XP using the supplied setup instructions.I also had no problem getting printing and scanning running on Linux (Fedora Core 2) using the instructions from http://solutions.brother.com

This unit is very easy to use.The front panel controls as well as the software are very straight forward.

I was also able to share the printer portion of the MFC over my network without any problems.The N model or optional network adapter is not required for this.

The bottom line, good quality, extremely easy to use and setup, works great, good software, Windows & Linux support.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does What it Promises...and Very Well...recommended
This the third Brother laser printer I've purchased in the past seven years. This machine was a logical first choice based on my good experience with this brand. I've had this one for about four months and have put it to heavy use. Simply put, this machine does exactly what it promises and without any glitch. I used it with both my Mac and Windows XP PC at home; the software integrates well. Four other positives are worth mentioning: (1) the toner refills are inexpensive ($60 for the 7,000 page version), (2) they can be reliably refilled once each with the toner refill kits off of ebay ($12-16 each; not a messy process), (3) mine's not as loud as another reviewer's unit seemed to be (or maybe I'm used to the level of noise from Brother printers;), (4) The duplexing works very reliably (not a single jam since I bought this unit). Highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but some small issues
Pros:For $450, getting a fax + copier + scanner + duplex laser printer is a pretty good deal. I considered buying higher quality printer, scanner and fax-modem components separately and then using my computer to integrate them, but there is something to be said for "press-a-button" copying and faxing that just works. I've found a lot of unexpected uses for the copy machine - no longer need to tote the whole textbook; just copy the chapter I plan to read, etc.The N-in-1 feature is useful - you can fit many textbook pages onto a single sheet.The printer is completely quiet when idle, though it takes a few minutes to fan down after printing something.

Cons:My biggest requirement in a printer was built-in duplex (double-sided printing). I couldn't find another laser duplex multifunction device for under $1000. (For those deciding, if black & white text print quality matters to you, do NOT buy an ink jet - or at least do a careful side-by-side print comparison. Laser is much better.) Anyway, I was pretty mad to find out that this printer only supports printing at 600 DPI duplex. There was absolutely no mention of this in the specs. There is a noticeable quality difference between 600 and the HQ1200 mode. Lots of jaggies in 600 dpi - almost looks like my old deskjet, though slightly better. It's still suitable for documents you'll just read over once. The other con is that this printer is darned ugly. When photocopying a textbook it is almost impossible not to accidentally press at least 10 of the over 50 buttons littering the front panel.It would have been nice if the cover was removable - I have had trouble scanning some textbooks that really aren't that large.My experience with Brother customer service was pretty bad - I had to literally wait 45 minutes on hold to speak to someone about the duplex issue.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Slick Machine....
After much research and some looking and testing, decided to go for this Brother machine based on reviews and my other good experiences with Brother equipment.Bought this at Costco for somewhere around $375.Set up was a breeze -- less than 30 minutes, and no problems with XP Pro.Networked it to my colleagues without problems.Works like a champ.Faxing is a breeze and sheet feeder is fast and well-designed.Copying is also slick.Printing has been fast with sharp text.Have not needed to scan anything yet.Toner save is a real plus for us b/c of the volume of faxes, copies, etc. that come through every day.Making command changes is a snap and pretty much intuitive.I thought the manual was very clearly written, and it's easy to find command changes you want.The size of the thing is a little intimidating -- I think it frightened away our other little inkjet, but I'm perfectly happy with it -- in fact, I think we got a steal on this thing.If you're looking for a sturdy, reliable, quick, 4-in-1 laser, take a look at this one.I think Brother has pretty much won me over -- I still have HP's, Epsons, and Canon printers around, but Brother is making some darn good quality stuff these days.I know there are a ton of 4-in-1 machines out there and prices are dropping quickly, but give this one a shot as you're looking around.I'm sure glad I got me a Brother.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of serious consideration!!
65% of its use is as a copier, 20% as a printer and 15% as a fax machine. So far, it has perfomed as I expected. We have 3 Brother laserprinters in the office.Brother has always proven to be an excellent workhorse and this is no exception.Also, Brother provides great tech support for both Windows and Mac systems.I have no loyalty to Brother.But as long as their products have proven themselves, they stay near the top of my list.

Software installed without any problems on both Windows XP Pro and OS X.Haven't used the scanning abilities and I doubt we will (so I can't comment on its capabilities).But as a copier, fax and printer, it has worked great. The ADF is a pleasure (no jams after 3,000+ copies) and the copier itself is fast. This copier DOES have a page counter, but it can't be reset.So if you have an unknown amount of papers to put in the ADF and need 20 sets, you can determine the amount of copies made.

Toner life is an expected 6,700 pages and I suspect we'll get close to 6,300 before needing replacement (always seem to get 5% less then the expectd yield on text imaging). The unit did come with a smaller yielding toner cartridge (3,500 impressions), but we had the higher yielding in the office and used that first.

If there is one thing I wasn't expecting is the noise it makes.Not that it is any louder then the Canon 780 in our other office. Having various Brother printers throughout the office, this unit is a bit louder then I expected.Also, it is built well, but not as solid as the Canon 780.But comparing the two is like comparing a Buick to a Cadillac.Both good and reliable cars, just one make is slightly better constructed then the other. All in all, this is a great unit and worthy of serious consideration. ... Read more


28. HP LaserJet 1320n Monochrome Network Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $630.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002UM0OW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 3953
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

HP LaserJet 1320n Laser Printer Every business deserves the tools to produce professional-looking documents. If your small work team is still using an antiquated printer, here's a replacement that's sure to make an impact. Designed with ease-of-use, real-time status, and supply management features, the HP LaserJet 1320 series printer offers top-of-the-line capabilities while lowering your total cost of ownership by minimizing printer downtime. Serve up efficient, fast, high-quality printing across your small office environment with this HP LaserJet model, which features HP Jetdirect Fast Ethernet.HP LaserJet quality The HP LaserJet 1320 series printer provides the high-quality laser output you have come to expect from the industry leader. High-resolution, 1200 dpi laser imaging and an advanced toner formulation ensure great print quality for your business documents, and HP Smart printing technology monitors and adjusts print cartridge characteristics to ensure consistent print quality throughout cartridge life. ... Read more

Features

  • Parallel port, USB 2.0, and Ethernet interface; PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 1,200 dpi laser quality; automatic two-sided printing
  • Up to 22 ppm speed, first page out in less than 8.5 seconds
  • 133 MHz Motorola V4 Coldfire processor, 16 MB RAM, expandable to 144 MB
  • 10,000 pages per month duty cycle; 250-sheet input tray

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Competitors have AppleTalk support - Why can't HP?
I bought an HP 1320N ((...) on a rebate sale) which seemed like the perfect printer for my OS9/OSX systems at first. However, in OS9 it didn't work at all with AppleTalk (via Chooser), but when connected via AppleTalk LPR (using the Desktop Printer Utility) it went nuts trying to print from Quark Xpress 4.11 (one of my main programs). It would endlessly print a few lines of postscript code on each page from its tray until it was exhausted (then showed an out of paper error to continue its endless printing). Only programs like MS Word would print correctly in the OS9 environment via LPR. In OSX it worked fine using Rendezvous. Then on the sixth day of ownership its network card decided to stop all communication with Rendezvous and even IP printing. I tried re-checking all parameters and settings and finally did resets. No print jobs would complete all the way through pausing at 92% data transferred with nothing printed. This was ridiculous for a company like Hewlett Packard which long has had an excellent reputation in my mind, especially in the Mac graphics world. The 1320N has ended my favorable opinion of HPs since their model lines above the 1320 weren't competitive with other brands. Also, I've been noticing several 1320's (3 total) both regular and N models on display at retail stores showing unrecoverable print errors with their blinking orange LED in the middle of its array. Short of turning it off and on, press any button or open the front toner loader panel and it will still not recover. BTW, they had paper in their paper trays.

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible service
My wife and I wasted hours and hours trying to get HP service. HP has outsourced customer service to several developing countries, and each time we called, the representatives were unable to locate the record of our previous call.We were told time and again that we would be contacted by a "case manager" but that never happened. After weeks of trying, it became obvious that we need to discard the product (still under warrantee) and buy a new (non-HP) product ourselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow I'm pleased!
As always, here's my honest review with some background.

I've been looking for a good laser printer that I could have on my network for a while now.I have a small office and am an aspiring teacher (currently student teaching).When I can't get to the copy machine at school, I wanted something I could use to do some "mass printouts" for my students.I had an old NEC Superscript, but it frequently paused between pages for a breather and was generally slow.

If you don't need the network card (print server) built into this printer, then the 1320 (not 1320n) would be an amazing value!For me, I wanted the networking, so I was willing to spend the extra money.Setup was relatively simple, changing the IP address was easy, and I was up and running, printing from my Windows XP machines AND my MacOS X (10.3.7) machines.

Now for the printer itself.I'm very impressed with the build quality.Printers have been turning into plastic junk lately, but this one still has metal guts, metal supports holding the paper in the bottom tray, etc.Certain parts seem like generic plastic, but overall it has a nice fit and finish.

Print speeds are amazingly swift!The first thing I put this little print-monster through was a 70-copy worksheet for my students.It took sheet after sheet without a pause!It might grab paper just when the previous sheet is half way through because they seem to keep flying out!Duplex printing was a bonus with this unit - handy in a pinch, but it slows the print speed by about 2-3 times - because it pulls the paper back inside and reprints on the other side...Either way, I dare you to find a quality printer like this, with a duplexer for this price!

Instant on fuser sends paper printing within 8 seconds.Overall, I'm very pleased!I was tempted to get the next model up (2420) but the price difference with no standard duplexer killed that deal.

Wish list?An tiny LCD display telling me whats going on would be nice - but it has lights which do the job just fine.Also - and I'm just dreaming here, it would be nice to see an option for this printer to staple printouts...I know, I've been around pricey copy machines too much!

So, pick yourself up this printer!You won't be sorry.The print quality is very crisp - your well-known HP laser quality, and even graphics are suitable!Its B&W (no color printing), but the money saved on just one toner from time to time as apposed to inkjet cartridges every other month is mind boggling!...and how often do you need color printing?Some may, but for the bulk of what I print, B&W is fine.

High recommended! ...feel free to contact me if you have any questions that I might be able to help you with.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great, but a couple of caveats
I recently purchased this printer to make printing over my home network easier. Functionally, the printer warms up quickly, text is clear, and it comes installed with some nice fonts one doesn't normally find standard in Windows, such as CG Omega and Univers.

Network setup and installation were easy, you do need to have your own ethernet cable, but you just plug it into your hub, then install software from the supplied CD. I had no problems with installing on 98-SE or XP-SP2 (although the XP computer I had to pay attention during installation to make sure the firewall settings were opened for the print spooler).

I haven't had the printer long enough to speak on toner life, but we'll see.

Two things keep me from giving this printer a perfect review:
1) The images of the printer (on HP's site as well as Amazon) make the printer appear to be the same color scheme as the newer HP PC's, the cool silver and gray-blue. However, the printer is an off-white beige and non-bluish-gray. I was looking forward to the more futuristic color scheme.

2) When I received mine, the HP logo decal was missing from the front of the printer. The empty space for the logo is a bit annoying. I spoke with HP about this and the service rep was very friendly, but they couldn't send me a replacement logo. My only options were to exchange the printer (at no cost), or live with it.

Overall it's a great printer, and the phone service I've received has been courteous. The not-so-cool color scheme and logo fluke aside, I highly recommed it. But spending $500 for a home printer, I expected better attention to details. ... Read more


29. Brother HL-5150D Monochrome Graphic Laser Printer
by Brother Printer
list price: $399.99
our price: $218.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001BRIEY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 2156
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sturdy, yet compact, the HL5150D high-performance, low-cost printer looks ready to perform and that is exactly what it does! ... Read more

Features

  • 1-year warranty with Express Exchange service
  • Up to 2,400 x 600 dpi resolution
  • Up to 21 ppm print speed
  • Automatic 2-sided printing; PC compatible
  • Parallel and USB 2.0 interfaces, optional networking

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars A great buy
I am pleased with the Brother 5150D printer and I found the best price on Amazon. I have been looking for a desktop laser printer for several months to replace my Ricoh AP2100 which was a good printer in that it printed high quality documents at a real speed of 21 ppm but I could never get the Manualpaper feed tray to work and it was bulky. But I also wanted a printer that would duplex print and do it at a reasonable speed. At first I purchased an HP1320 which had good ratings but it proved a disappointment. While it was compact and did a good job of printing and duplexing its manual paper feed was terrible. While it seemed a good buy at $299 (after a $100 rebate) the bad manual feed made it unacceptable so I returned it.

The Brother 5140 printer is highly rated and the 5150D is based on it. The printer speed is more than acceptable and the printing is sharp. The duplex works well and is reasonably fast. It does not do graphics nor photos well but that is not what I bought it for. It has a good manual feed tray that works well.

The big drawback is the documentation. The only printed documentation is the Setup which is extensive but not always correct. My installation of the Windows XP parallel drivers did not go as the Setup Manual said it would but it was only a minor glitch. However, finding out how to usethe printer was another matter because all the user documentation is on the Installation disk in Adobe. The user is stuck if the user doesn't have or want Adobe Reader installed on the PC. It is not very useful if it is not printed out in manual form. Printingit out is tedious and more expensive than it should be. Because some of the pages contain color particularly those referring to the Control Panel, these need to be printed out on a color printer so one cannot just print the entire manual in duplex on the 5150D. And there are many pages in the User Manual that one does not need such as instructions for Mac and all the safety and other garbage to fatten the manual. But selecting the pages to duplex copy is tedious because instead of numbering the pages in the Manual consecutively, Brother chose to number them by chapters so that each chapter starts with a new page numbers which makes the index difficult to use also and the index is quite incomplete. For example there is no index entry for the :"Go" button and there is no explanation in the User Manual for the Go button so the user needs the PDF document to search for references to the Go button and that is tedious. Also printing out the manual on 8 ½ " by 11" paper is wasteful as well as more expensive for the User. It would have been much easier for Brother to provide a smaller size manual with the color.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great SOHO printer for Mac / Apple Airport
*Updated Review*

I'm on a Mac (OS X 10.4) and am running the printer off of my Airport USB.No troubles at all.I did download the newest drivers off of the Brother support site before I did anything else.

Print quality has been very good.It can do 1200 dpi, but 600 dpi is just fine.The envelope feed has been flawless.I appreciate the duplexing.

I'm an independent researcher writing articles and book chapters.My print volume is not high (relative to an office), but I need good quality output.This printer fits my needs perfectly.

*6 months later...*

I like this printer even more than when I first bought it.Again, I'm not a heavy user; a page here, a few pages there, and then a 20 or 40 page document once a week.The quality is still very good.Other computers (Windows included) have no difficulty sending jobs to it.I am addicted to the duplexing capability.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good entry level laser printer
I am a Mac user and a scientist.In my profession, most of the papers are in the PDF format.This printer handles these documents very well.If you set the resolution to 1200 dpi, the graphics in the papers would look even more impressive and photo-like.It is small and easy to set up so it does not occupy too much desk space.It can do double sided printing without additional gears.It is slow though if your documents are of several MBs in size and contains complex pictures.I have added additional memory to rectify this.From time to time, it has problem handling web pages in Safari.

5-0 out of 5 stars Linux Support out of the box..
I'm impressed with the Brother HL-5150D.
I've been looking quite a while for an
inexpensive duplex laser printer.At
$222 delivered from Amazon I expected the
usual pain and suffering trying to coax
ghostscript or some holy binary-only driver
to talk to it.

I attached it via parallel/centronics port
and launched printtool under RH9 only to find
the printer wasn't listed in the Brother
menu.Thinking it was a complete long shot I
configured it as a native PS printer expecting
pages of gibberish to fill the hopper.To my
surprise the printer actually talks PS
including duplex support.

_Never_ have I had an inexpensive laser printer
so quickly and easily go from the UPS truck
to productive use under Linux.

Nice work Brother.You deserve to sell millions
of these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, trouble-free and saves paper
I've had this unit for over 6 months and it is the best laser ever for my home office.I print a lot of reference and review copies and the duplex feature is great in saving shelf space at the office and weight when travling. Zero problems. ... Read more


30. Plantronics CS50/HL10 BUNDLE ( 66664-01 )
by Plantronics Inc.
list price: $379.90
our price: $265.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002DODXA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plantronics Inc.
Sales Rank: 1637
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Product Description

The Plantronics CS50 Wireless Office Headset System brings the ultimate in mobility and handsfree conversations to your phone. The CS50 gives you eight hours of talk time and the wireless convenience to roam up to 300 feet with secure conversations. And remotely taking or ending a call is as simple as pressing a button with the Plantronics HL10 Lifter.The HL10 handset lifter fits on your telephone, letting you answer calls with the touch of a button, conveniently and automatically takes your handset off hook. ... Read more

Features

  • Telephone headset with lifter
  • Eight hours of hands-free talk time
  • 300 foot roaming distance
  • Secure channel
  • No desktop footprint

31. HP PhotoSmart PSC 2610 All-in-One Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002YH8AY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 1067
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Make this versatile printer "action central" by networking it to all the PCs in your home. Everyone will have dibs on the same fast, crisp black text and great color printing, photo editing with HP Image Zone, red-eye removal, and lots more.

Features:

  • Get awesome results with the 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi and four-ink color, six-ink color (sold separately), or professional-quality black and white
  • Print and copy faster, at up to 30 pages per minute in black, up to 20 in color; get a 4 x 6" snapshot in as little time as 27 seconds
  • Preview, select, and print photos without a PCdirectly from a memory card1using the 2.5" display or proof sheet feature and a compatible HP PictBridge-enabled camera
  • Remove red eye and crop photos with the 2.5" color display and front-panel buttons
  • Print photos directly from your camera phone, PDA, handheld, or other Bluetooth&reg; wireless device
  • Print and copy snapshots with or without borders on standard-size and panorama paper
  • Print frame-by-frame from video clips using the proof sheet
  • Share your favorite images with your family and friends using HP Instant Share™
  • Stay ahead of ink cartridge replacement with HP SureSupply
  • Resist photo fading for longer than traditionally processed photos last
Note: An integrated digital media card reader is included.

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Features

  • 2,400 x 4,800 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color
  • USB, PictBridge, and 802.3 Ethernet connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
  • Color prints, photo prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 30 ppm print speed, up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Up to 30 cpm, reduces and enlarges 25 to 400%

Reviews (35)

4-0 out of 5 stars Printer works great, but took work to get there
I have had the printer for 5 months and frankly wonder how I lived without it.This is my first all-in-one, and I have never had the ability to frax, scan or copy before and I can't imagine going back to just a printer again.All of these functions work either as I expected or usually better than I expected.For instance, when scanning from the printer I can pick which PC it goes to, I do not have to be at the PC to control the scan.Fax works great with my answering machine.Chose copies in color or B&W.The display is simple to read and navigate.

What I did not like was the software install.I configured the printer to connect directly to my network router.You cannot set a static IP, this may cause some incontinence for some, not a problem with my router though. I installed the software on both my desktop and my laptop.Everything seemed to work fine.The next day I went to work and my laptop worked very poorly.After doing some troubleshooting I found that one of the HP proces was looking for the network printer IP every minute or so, and would have to wait on a timeout.These delays made the laptop unusable.Finally uninstalled the HP software and everything worked fine again.

I was able to get an update to the software that fixed this problem but it did not come with the initial update which I found strange..A USB install is probably fine, I am glad I did not have to go this route though.The install reminded me of installing Office, it is a lot of software.The software itself seems mediocre to me, certainly nothing I can live without except the OCR which is basically functional.I personally did not like software that tries to make albums of every scan/photo you put on the hard disk.The software is functional and works, but no WOW factor or feeling that you got something great.

Overall though I got what I wanted and a bit more in the hardware, it even makes up for the software that came with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nightmare!
This product claims to be compatible with Windows 98.When I installed the software, my computer became totally messed up.I spent DAYS online and on the phone with their tech people and ended up getting nowhere.My computer kept locking up, I couldn't load any software for printers because the computer kept telling me the ports were no longer there, many of my programs would not even work and all my data was lost.I ended up having to get a whole new computer.Their tech support was useless and their corporate office told me basically "tough luck", and refused to do anything.Totally ruined my $1,400 computer!Don't buy this (or anything else from HP since they refuse to make good on damage their products cause).

4-0 out of 5 stars Great features in a small package
This is the first "All in One" I've purchased, and I'm very pleased so far.
It was easy to set up, and I've had no software problems (Mac user).
The strealined, compact overall size is a plus, copy speeds excellent, photo colors
true and crisp (especially with proper photo paper).The flip-up read-out
window is a nice and useful touch.Excellent overall for under $300.



1-0 out of 5 stars HP, HOW ABOUT MAKING RELIABLE PRINTERS!
Have owned the HP Photosmart 2610 for less than six months and have had nothing but problems.I agree with other reviewers that the software is a problem.Additionally, I get constant paper jams, even though I only use HP paper, and the printer does not print correctly, text is cut off or it just doesn't print.

Tried calling Customer Support...good luck to anyone trying.First, you need to keep asking them to repeat things because they cannot even speak proper English.Second, HP does not offer any options to service the malfunctioning printer other than they'll send a replacement which is nothing more than an old printer which has been refurbished.Sure, just what I want to inherit more problems.Called the Executive Offices, did not solve my problem.Bottom line, HP does not care about the consumer, or the quality of products it is putting out on the market.And, standing behind their products...does not exist.A word of advice to anyone contemplating buying a printer, stay clear of HP.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Printer!!
I don't know what problems people have been having with the software, but I have to say this is an amazing printer for the home or office.I would recommend this printer to anyone who wants an all in one that can perform like an office grade printer/copier.I have had NO issues with the software instillation and the printer works beautifully; nothing has crashed either.The software works with this printer and the other HP photo printer I have and there are NO conflicts.I would suggest you try it out for yourselves.Personally, I am glad I bought it; perhaps you will be too. ... Read more


32. Brother MFC-8440 Laser Multifunction
by Brother Printer
list price: $649.99
our price: $360.99
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Asin: B0001ZRMZU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 1563
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The MFC-8440 is a 5-in-1 flatbed laser multi-function center combining performance, connectivity, and reliability. The MFC-8440 is a full-feature fax, and an up to 21ppm, laser printer, which prints at up to 2400 x 600 dpi (HQ1200). An up to 21cpm, legal-size digital copier and a 9600x9600 dpi (interpolated) resolution color flatbed scanner. You can copy objects such as books and magazines, or make reduction and enlargement from 25-400%.

Also included is PC Fax capability, allowing you to send and receive faxes directly from your PC. An optional second paper tray and optional network capability makes this an optimum solution for your business. Both USB and parallel ports are standard, so the MFC-8440 can work with Windows&reg; and Mac&reg; applications effortlessly.

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Features

  • Parallel and USB interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 21 ppm print speed; up to 2,400 x 600 dpi print resolution
  • Up to 21 cpm copy speed; reduce/enlarge 25% to 400%
  • Fax forward/paging, up to 390 broadcast locations

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars High quality and stellar performance.
First, let me say, this machine is more than I needed. I do mostly copy work but it's difficult to find a plain old copier anymore. The 8440 makes beautiful copies, although not in color, but I knew that when I bought it. Although I don't use it, the FAX function on this machine appears to be very comprehensive and can do just about anything when it comes to sending and receiving faxes. After installing the machine and its software, AOL changed my dial-up connection from my computer modem to the 8440 FAX machine. But I changed it back and have had no more problems. There has been some question about its scanning quality, so I scanned a couple documents and they would certainly have met my needs, but I didn't scan any photos. As a laser printer, its text and graphics output are excellent.

It has a 50 sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) which can be used for faxes or document copying. The scanning glass can also be used for document copying. It has a 250 sheet paper feeder and a single sheet paper feeder. Both can handle all sizes of paper and envelopes. A second 250 sheet paper feeder is available as an option.

There are an endless number of menus that can be programmed, so you will need to spend some time with the owner's manual which is very thorough and easy to follow.

If you don't need color printing, color copying or duplex printing this is a great machine. I would highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Machine for a Mac Home Office
This is a fast, high quality, printer, scanner, fax, copier.This machine supports my Mac well, handles heavy workloads, plays well with various software, etc.I added a second paper tray ($200) so that I could print on copy paper or bond without messing with the trays, maxed out the RAM ($40) to speed things up and improve the multiple copies function of the copier, and selected "Print as Image" in the advanced printing options, which finesses Acrobat issues.This is the peripheral for you (although you'll still want an inkjet printer to print photos).The printer seems slightly slower in Word than the HL-1470M printer it replaced, which is pretty fast.It prints Acrobat documents very fast with the added RAM.The manual printer feeder handles envelopes, thick paper, whatever.The copier is very fast and tends to correct exposure problems on its own.The scanner is very fast.The fax machine works very well.The feeder for the copier, scanner and fax works well.At a street price of less than $400, this is an outstanding value!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good one!
I bought the printer from Amazon. So far, so good! Had some problem printing PDF's. The print out was smudged. Setting the option "Print as image" to true(in advanced options) solved the problem.

Print outs even with Toner Save mode ON are great. Scanning documents using Document feeder is very convinient and easy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Regarding intial toner life.
1. Phenomenal value for the money. Bought mine for $375 at efax.com. However, Costco is currently selling for $359 with an Instant $20 rebate and $40 Brother Mail In rebate.

2. I called Brother... apparently "shipped" or out-of-the-box toner is a "sample" catridge. Good for 20% of full-toner catridge, which equals ~20%.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buena maquina con algunos problemas
Nosotros estabamos buscando una máquina multifuncional para atender aproximadamente 8 usuarios, y esta unidad nos pareció aceptable. Una vez la tuvimos con nosotros encontramos que:
1.- Es sumamente compleja de instalar en redes donde el sistema operativo no es uno solo. Es decir en nuestra pequeña empresa tenemos win Xp y win 98. Fue muy trabajoso el lograr ponerla en punto. Ademas las instrucciones y soporte escrito o en CD son muy pobres.
2.- Tiene un problema serio de JAM PAPER, al punto que hemos tenido que habilitar la salida directa trasera para evitar problemas constantemente.
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33. HP Photosmart 2710 All-in-One Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $399.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002YT0J6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 2253
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2,400 x 4,800 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color
  • Ethernet, wireless 802.11g/b, USB, PictBridge interfaces; PC/Mac
  • Produces color prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 30 ppm print speed; up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Up to 30 cpm, reduces and enlarges 25 to 400%

Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars No sweat
First of all, I thoroughly read all of the reviews of this product (and other related HP printers) before I went ahead and purchased it.I was skeptical to say the least, especially after all the software nightmare stories, but this printer has all the functions I need so I went ahead and bought it.

My main computer is a Mac, running Tiger, and setup was a breeze.Because of all the horror stories I literally went word by word, step by step for the setup, and maybe that's why setup was so easy.The software installed within minutes (like, under five) and I was up and running all-told within about 1/2 hour.My computer was not able to find the proper drivers to add the printer, but I read a post on Mac support about resetting the printer settings in the print utility, and restarting...and then the computer found the drivers immediately (so it was a Tiger issue, not printer).

I have not set up my Windows system yet, but I will post again when I have.I have to say though, after re-reading some of these posts I think many people had issues because they didn't read the directions.Someone even complained that they had to "figure out" that network settings need to be manually configured before connecting the printer to the computer...um, it says that in the setup directions.

My one disappointment was calling tech support when my system could not find the drivers.I was disconnected 3 times in a row while on hold, and it was only when I was mistakenly put through to Windows support that I was told that Mac support is closed on the weekends.So basically, instead of saying that in the "automated" directory, they kept putting me through to a dead-end (closed) department which kept dropping my call.Poor.

Overall though, so far, so good.Print quality is excellent, and fast.The fax and copy work great...have not tried scan yet, and will report back on Windows connectivity.Should be interesting hehe.

2-0 out of 5 stars hardware is good. software sucks! support sucks!
After hours of going in loop with the software installer, my wife spent hours on the phone with Indian tech support that is smart enough to repeat the manual that we already read, hmm.

As it turns out I figured out that you have to manually configure the network settings on the printer correctly before installing the software (no thanks to the HP technical support, man have they ever used their own software???)

But wait there was more fun, the HP installation software could not find one it's files (hpmom.hlp) so you have to find it manually on the CD for the installer.Well, you get to choose one because there are more than one for different languages and boy the directory names like ENU, ESM, FR really help you oh.Oh did I mention that I picked ESM as English the first time, ooops!ESM means Spanish in HP's world, so I got the wrong language installed; no problem I thought, I'll just uninstall and install the right language. Hmm, uninstall does not uninstall everything, so after quite a few more hours I found I needed to remove things from the registry.Oh did I mention all of the useless time I spend with tech support trying to fix this?Oh btw, if all goes well the software takes about 30 to 1 hour to install!Lovely, I can install all of MS Office in less time.Are there any real software engineers working at HP or 1000 monkeys typing away to create their software?My suggestion, buy a Canon or Epson.That is what I pay in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Im new at this but it works great
Does take a few hours to read and set up. But it does exactly what it supposed to.

But then how can you go wrong with a HP printer. Also dont forget to align the cartridges as per manuel.I didnt and pictures were off until i did.

PS I called customer service on something and they got on the phone and fixed the issue better than DELL.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good wireless network printer.
This printer replaced my Canon Mp730 printer to be used as a wireless network printer for our 3 laptops.Network setup was easy and works great in this area; however, I felt as I took a downgrade from my previous printer.Software is bloated and causes all type of problems, even with all three being HP laptops, tech support is not much of help and no auto document feeder for fax or scanning.Regular text print quality is great, and photo quality is great as long as you don't use the HP papers, Canon or Epson papers highly recommended.Overall, I'm happy with using it as a network printer and have learned to live with other shortcomings.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hours of My Life Lost
I am a software professional, and if I wrote software like this I'd be standing out on the corner with one of those "Will Work for Food" signs.I'd have scraggly whiskers and a cigarette hanging from the corner of my mouth, and even if you wanted to help me, you'd basically know I was no good.

Urghhhhhh! What a crappy piece of software!It is HUGE, takes over your system, disables non-device related software components, and then HP refuses to support you with an intelligile person or at all.Shame, shame on HP.Not great thoughts about offshore support countries, either.

I spent 3 hours trying to get my "wireless" 2710 to connect and could never get past the WEP key.I gave up and plugged an Ethernet cable into it.Then I spent another hour installing the software on a single PC (it's HUGE).Then I printed a sample page.Then I scanned a document.Cool, other than having a wired wireless all-in-one, everything was working.

What happened next was like gangrene.Suddenly, every time I restarted my PC, I got a warning that my Windows Firewall was off.I'd check it and it was on.Then, periodically, I'd get error dialogs from anywhere with a svchost.exe exception with pretty hex code.Then I couldn't print at all, or scan, or anything.Then it took 3 minutes and 45 seconds just to open a browser.Then my Adobe Photoshop software wouldn't work.Then it took over 6 minutes to start my high end PC each time.

Luckily the Add/Remove Programs option still worked, so I uninstalled the 3 HP programs listed.Now everything is back to normal, except HP has about $400 of my hard earned cash, and I can't make any more because now I can't print a stinkin' invoice.Ironic.

I should have read the reviews first.Gotta admit I screwed up there.If you're reading this and it's not too late then Run, Forest, Run!Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what offshore English-as-a-fourth-language 3 dollar an hour support representative you're gonna get.

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34. Jabra BT800 Bluetooth Headset
by Jabra
list price: $149.99
our price: $109.24
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Asin: B0007UC4MK
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Jabra
Sales Rank: 95
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get ready for total freedom with the Jabra BT800, an advanced Bluetooth headset with the features lots of folks have been waiting for. With the BT800, your phone actually becomes the accessory, as the headset lets you control virtually every major function of your phone. With simple controls, a built-in LCD display, and powerful sound clarity and noise reduction technology, this is a must-have for Bluetooth-enabled phones.

No matter how fancy or powerful a headset may be, it's not all that useful if it isn't comfortable. Fortunately, the BT800 has comfort covered. The ergonomic earhook makes for easy wearing on either ear, while the unit is stylishly contoured to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.

All the functions you use most often on your phone are conveniently available on the BT 800. Using just four controls-- the mute button, jog wheel, 'Answer' and 'End' buttons-- accessing the functionality you need is easy and natural. For example, the jog wheel, which is used for scrolling through menu functions in standby mode, becomes the volume control during a call. Meanwhile, a blue backlit display shows caller ID on incoming calls so you know who's calling instantaneously-- no need to fish through your pocket and look at your phone. Plus, you can use the display to choose from five included ringtones, or even set the headset to vibrate when a call arrives.

The BT800 offers optimum sound quality in all environments, thanks to unique digital signal processing technology (DSP). The DSP's automatic volume control compensates for noisy surroundings by increasing the listening level accordingly. In addition, noise cancellation technology means that the incoming caller can hear you more clearly.

NOTE: The BT800 is designed to work optimally with devices that support the Bluetooth Handsfree profile. Some features such as the Caller ID will not be possible if this profile is not supported. Please check with your phone manufacturer for details of profiles supported.

What's in the Box
BT800 Bluetooth headset, AC power adaptor, USB cable, reset code (for Bluetooth pairing), user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Blue backlit LCD display shows Caller ID info on incoming calls lets you know who’s calling before you answer
  • Easy to use jog wheel for menu navigation and volume control
  • Call vibrate/ring tone function enables you to select your favorite ring tone from the headset
  • Automatic volume control compensates for noisy surroundings by increasing the listening level accordingly and noise cancellation technology means that the incoming caller can hear you more clearly

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars wish it would fit better
The sound quality from this unit is better than any other that I have tried and, I guess, that is the most important thing.

That being said, it IS heavy and, worst of all, it does not fit worth a damn.It takes me a minute or so of two handed wrestling (so much for the safe-to-use-while-driving theory) to get it on and, when it is, it is not at all secure. You have to hold your head sort of like you would if you had a book balanced on top. Too sudden of a move and it will flap around and/or fall off.I even tried taking some of the excellent gells that came with my wired jabra unit and forcing them on to this one.I did some surgery on one with an exacto knife, but it was no go.

All in all, when my phone rings while I am driving, I usually look over at the jabra (where it has fallen onto the passenger seat), sigh, and reach for my headset.Probably will end up on ebay.

4-0 out of 5 stars Other than its weight it is very good.
I've had this headset for a couple of months now.

The sound quality is great, in and out. Battery lasts me 2 to 3 days depending on use, which I think is fine. The caller ID is a neat idea but it only shows the phone number with a 1 and area code all bunched together (eg. 15195553234) making it hard to read and in my opinion rendering it useless.

The only complaint I have about this device is its extreme weight. At 25grams it hurts my ear just thinking about wearing it. After about 10 minutes I have to take it off or atleast re-adjust it. If you have small or sensitive ears I would highly recommend getting another headset that's closer to 15 grams. I have a friend with this same headset who has larger ears and he has no complaints.

Because of its weight the headset is also unstable. A tilt of the head will easily make the headset move out of place.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Headset; But Lacking a Few Things
I bought and returned this.It was heavy and I could not wear it for a long time.The pairing process with my LG PM-325 was long and I had to call Jabra to get it completed.The caller ID is a great concept by not very functional since you can not look at it while you are wearing the head set.This is good for someone who does not talk for a long time and does not want to keep the headset on between calls.The "Noise-Cancelling" is not worth it.

I ended up buying a Jabra FreeSpeak 250 and I am much happier.It is great to wear all day.

2-0 out of 5 stars Overhyped
This is one of those products where the anticipation is better than the ownership. The BT800 seemed like a good headset based on the available on-line literature, but it doesn't measure up in practice.

First, its materials and construction remind me of the interior of a rental Chevy Cavalier. Meaning, both are too cheap for such an expensive headset. It neither looks nor feels solidly made.

Second, inspite of the above, this headset is HEAVY. After about 15 minutes wearing it, it feels like a piece of lead on an earclip.

Third, combined with the above, the BT800 isn't physically stable. Its size and weight make it prone to flopping around with even just a slight turn of your head. The overly-articulated yet too-loose earclip design exacerbate the problem.

(Speaking of the earclip, its 3 points of articulation all rely on friction to stay in place. I feel they will soon wear out, and become too loose to wear the BT800 any more.)

Fourth, the controls aren't intuitive. There are too many buttons; other, easier-to-use headsets accomplish the same features with fewer buttons. Additionally, the buttons provide poor tactile feedback; you can't tell if you've pressed one all the way without looking.

Fifth, and most importantly, the sound quality is poor. The volume is often too low, even at its max setting. There's an abundance of static, too, even if the phone and headset are close to each other, not blocked from each other, the phone has perfect signal strength, and your caller does, too.

Finally, the included belt-mounted case is almost useless, as the BT800 does not properly fit inside.

The only pros: The mic is good, as others can hear me without problems. The screen is VERY handy for Caller ID and headset setup. And if you ignore the manual (which says to press a recessed switch in the BT800 with an included mini-stylus), pairing is a snap via the displayed menu.

I'll wait for the Motorola HS850 to arrive, and after I try it, look for my BT800 here or on eBay.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply, The Best Bluetooth Headset up today.
It's the most comfortable to wear. The sound is unbeatable. The capability to have several profiles (phones) let you select which one you want to use with the headset and if Bluetooth is on, you have automatically set headset in that phone.

The battery last at least all day long if you are a heavy user, or you'll have several days if you use it moderately.

Combine this with the Jabra A210 and you'll enjoy wireless freedom with your 2.5 mm jack phone (even used with your home wireless phone).
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35. Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $1,795.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000YWRIY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 8823
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Includes Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Printer eight 110 ml UltraChrome ink cartridges (Photo Black ink cartridge T543100 Cyan ink cartridge T543200 Magenta ink cartridge T543300 Yellow ink cartridge T543400 Light Cyan ink cartridge T543500 Light Magenta ink cartridge T543600 Light Black ink cartridge T543700 Matte Black ink cartridge T543800) users manual registration information. ... Read more

Features

  • USB and FireWire interfaces, optional networking
  • 2,880 x 1,440 dpi maximum resolution, 3.5-picoliter droplet size
  • Handles wide-format media up to 17 inches
  • 7-color Epson UltraChrome Ink with 8-channel print-head technology
  • Prints on both sides without damaging the previously printed side

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Epson Stylus Pro 4000
The wait to get this printer was well worth it!I love the speed and quality of the prints.I not all that happy about how hard it is to find paper in the 17" x 22" or 17" roll sizes.The other thing was finding ink cartridges and the maintain tank replacements. These items seem to be out of stock just as much as the printer.There is a little bit of a learning curve but in the end the pictures are outstanding and worth every bit of the current problems in getting ink and the maintain tank.I was surprise by the size and it does need heavy duty desk or stand.But again it works great out of the box and better once you learn how to use all the settings.I suggest if you get this printer that you plan ahead in ordering extra ink and other maintain tank if you going to do a lot of printing.Everyone that has seen the pictures are very impress and I had one person wanting buy a picture I was just showing off.This is a great printer!! ... Read more


36. Brother HL-5170DN Network Laser Printer
by Brother Printer
list price: $479.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001JXAGQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 3959
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The HL-5170DN from Brother is a network-ready monochrome laser printer with a high-quality print image and a number of expandability options. Resolutions run as high as 2,400 x 600 dpi, thanks to Brother's HQ1200 technology, resulting in accurate and crisp graphics and text. Print speeds of up to 21 ppm deliver jobs quickly so that you're free to focus on other tasks.

With the 133 MHz Fujitsu SPARClite processor and 32 MB of internal memory (upgradeable to 160 MB), the HL-5170DN is able to handle medium to large print jobs. Automatic duplexing allows you to easily print double-sided documents. A 250-sheet standard input tray is accompanied by a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray and a 150-sheet output tray. An optional 250-sheet tray is also supported. The printer accepts a wide variety of paper types, including plain paper, envelopes, bond, transparencies, labels, and card stock. Supported sizes include letter, legal, executive, A4, A5, A6, and B6.

The HL-5170DN connects to the host computer via parallel, USB, or 10Base-T Ethernet ports. An automatic interface switching feature means you don't need to adjust any printer settings when you change sources. The network interface allows you to print from any computer connected to the network and supports a wide range of networking protocols.

The 100/120 VAC 50/60 Hz power supply consumes about 460 watts of power during normal operation and about 75 watts during sleep mode. Compatible with PC, Mac, and Linux operating systems, the HL-5170DN also comes backed by a one-year limited Express Exchange warranty.

What's in the Box
Printer, drum unit and toner cartridge assembly, quick setup guide, CD-ROM, AC power cord, user's manual; printer cable not included ... Read more

Features

  • Parallel, USB, and Ethernet interfaces; PC, Mac, and Linux compatible
  • 2,400 x 600 dpi maximum print resolution
  • Up to 21 ppm print speed
  • 133 MHz processor, 32 MB RAM, expandable to 160 MB
  • Automatic duplexing, automatic interface switching

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Value For The Money - Forget HP!
I bought an HP 1320N ($399 on a rebate sale) which seemed like the perfect printer for my OS9/OSX systems at first. However, in OS9 it didn't work at all with AppleTalk (via Chooser), but when connected via AppleTalk LPR (using the Desktop Printer Utility) it went nuts trying to print from Quark Xpress 4.11 (one of my main programs). It would endlessly print a few lines of postscript code on each page from its tray until it was exhausted (then showed an out of paper error to continue its endless printing). Only programs like MS Word would print correctly in the OS9 environment via LPR. In OSX it worked fine using Rendezvous. Then on the sixth day of ownership its network card decided to stop all communication with Rendezvous and even IP printing. I tried re-checking all parameters and settings and finally did resets. No print jobs would complete all the way through pausing at 92% data transferred with nothing printed. This was ridiculous for a company like Hewlett Packard which long has had an excellent reputation in my mind, especially in the Mac graphics world. The 1320N has ended my favorable opinion of HPs since their model lines above the 1320 weren't competitive with other brands. Also, I've been noticing several 1320's (3 total) both regular and N models on display at retail stores showing unrecoverable print errors with their blinking orange LED in the middle of its array. Short of turning it off and on, press any button or open the front toner loader panel and it will still not recover. BTW, they had paper in their paper trays.

My OS9/OSX printer prayers are now definitely answered with the Brother 5170DN ($299). Its priced right and has the most built-in features I've ever seen in any printer in this class like the Ethernet 10/100 print-server. This is also probably one of the last b/w laser printers (in this price range) with AppleTalk support which is important to many of us diehard OS9 graphic designers (yes I know, we're almost extinct.)

Conclusion: If you need a Mac b/w laser printer, get this printer!

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Printer - But Lacks Some Paper Handling
This printer is outstanding for the money.I've had it for about 6 months now and it really works well.It duplex prints (2 sided printing) and the quality and feature set is everything I could ever want.

***But, the paper handling capabilities are not those of the HP printers, so if you want to print envelopes, this isn't the printer for you.If you print a gazillion pages of text and want a very fast, good quality, inexpensive printer, I can't say enough good things about this one.

I was so impressed with this printer, I bought a 5140 for my home.The 5140 differs in that it has no duplex or network interface, and no second paper tray, but it's still a good, fast printer at a great price.

3-0 out of 5 stars Printer won't mix and match legal and letter
My review is limited to print capabilities: I bought the 5170 and the extra tray for the sole purpose of printing mortgage documents which alternate between legal and letter paper. This machine will not perform this function automatically. I write this review because I wish I had known this. I know other printer's exist which will perform this function. Live and learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Value!
This printer represents a remarkable value. It is well made, and it does everything as advertised.

Set-up is a breeze, and the documentation is put togeter well.

I still can't believe that I was able to purchase a network capable, automatic duplexing, PostScript compatible laser printer for this price.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, suprisingly good
We purchased this printer for a home office with both Macs and PCs.This printer has terrific Macintosh OSX support and is easily monitored/controlled using it's website interface (automatically appears in Safari's bookmarks toolbar if you turn on the Safari Rendezvous preference).This printer is very fast to warm up and prints the first page in about 10 seconds.I like that it is absolutely silent when in standby mode and wakes/sleeps on its own.My only problem is that I haven't yet determined if there's a better way to switching duplex printing on/off other than via the web control panel. ... Read more


37. HP LaserJet 4345mfp - multifunction ( B/W ) ( Q3942A#ABA )
by Hewlett Packard (Consumables)

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Asin: B0006GSLTU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard (Consumables)
Sales Rank: 36486
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Product Description

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38. Brother MFC-420CN Color Inkjet Network Multifunction
by Brother Printer
list price: $149.99
our price: $131.00
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Asin: B0002UECXE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 2402
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This product offers a unique low-profile design, without sacrificing an up to 10-page automatic document feeder. Ideal for a space-conscious home environment. It combines a convenient front-loading paper tray and an Ethernet interface so it’s network ready.

The MFC420CN offers Color Ink-jet Printing (up to 20ppm Black, 15ppm Color with resolutions up to 6000 x 1200 dpi), Color Copying, Color Scanning, Color Faxing and PC Faxing.

It also includes the PhotoCapture Center&reg; feature to print high quality color pictures from Memory Stick&reg;, CompactFlash&reg;, SmartMedia&reg;, xD-Picture Card™ and Secure Digital™ cards with or without a PC.

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Features

  • USB 2.0 and Ethernet interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 20 ppm print speed, up to 6,000 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Up to 17 cpm copy speed, reduces and enlarges 25 to 400%
  • 600 x 2,400 dpi scan resolution, 36-bit color; 6 seconds per page faxing

Reviews (17)

1-0 out of 5 stars Defective Out of the Box
Obviously a lot of people love this printer when it works, but there appear to be significant quality issues at Brother.

I decided to take a chance and order one, but am now sorry I did.I followed the instructions for setup and during the ink cartridge initialization the printer stopped working and gave me an error message, stating that it could not complete initialization.After following the troubleshooting instructions in both the manual and online multiple times, nothing solved the problem.(Scarily, the primary explanation in the troubleshooting manual for this error message is simply that "there is a mechanical malfunction" with the machine.)This one's going back and I don't think I'll take my chances with Brother again.

Thank goodness Amazon makes returning defective product so easy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Brother Customer Service Horrible!!!
Unit displayed error messages after installing the ink cartridges. Called tech support in case I was doing something wrong. They confirmed unit was defective and offered to ship another one immediately and I could Fedex back the defective unit. It all sounded so easy and it was, however the unit I was shipped, appeared to be refurbished...it came in a plain cardboard box totally unlike a new one and there were no advertising stickers on the unit like a new one has. So did I pay full retail price for a refurbished unit? The second unit did work but after trying the scanner I was not impressed with the quality. I thought, "I need to get a unit with a better scanner". BIG PROBLEM!!!! BIG PROBLEM!!!!BIG PROBLEM!!! Retailer says, "They will not take back an item without the original packaging!!! I contacted Brother and explained my situation. I told them them this item is less than a week old but the retailer will not return it because Brother sent me what looks like a refurbished unit in a plain cardboard box. I told Brother that I would like to get another one of THEIR units which has a better scanner which is the same price. They said they won't do it!!! They only swap defective models for the same model number! Now think...Do you really want to purchase a product from a company like this? I'm going to take a hammer to this unit. Rest assured I will not buy another Brother product. They cost me $140.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Buyer beware at all and every time. Do you want to be stuck with an item you don't want?

1-0 out of 5 stars Dead out of box.
Received a machine dead out of box. Twenty minute hold for customer service. Had I bought it anywhere but Amazon Brother would replace a "new" machine, never used with a refurb!!!!!!!
So, sounds like a good mahine but you'd be crazy to buy something like this anyplace but Amazon.I will return it to Amazon and get a NEW machine.Better luck next time!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Value

One of the best products for the money I have ever come across.

If you need a multifunction machine with network capability, this is it. Set-up was simple and problem free. Print quality is excellent. Scanning looks good and is easy to use. I have not used the Fax yet. I highly recommend the mfc-420cn. Buy it.

3-0 out of 5 stars be careful if just using as a fax/copier
I have owned this for 4 months and have been pleased thus far, until today. I only use it as a fax and copier. I have a seperate printer at my office so it is not even hoked up to my computer. Today I received the warning that my color cartridges are out of ink, so it totally shuts down. I cannot even send a fax. The problem is that I have never used color. I always copy in black and white, same with the fax. Apparently it cleans itself periodically like a cat and that uses a small amount of ink. It is rated for 400 pages of color, so 100 pages of ink a month just for cleaning seems excessive to me. It is frustrating to spend c.$40 for color even though I never plan on using it. Perhaps those were the sample cartridges that came with it and they did not have the same capacity as standard ones. Other than that, as a fax machine and flatbed copier, it works great. Good value and small size. ... Read more


39. Samsung ML1740 Laser Printer
by Samsung
list price: $124.99
our price: $126.34
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Asin: B0001WW3G6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 817
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

It's the smallest, most powerful printer in the category, delivering superior productivity, quality and solutions.

Superior Productivity
With faster print speeds up to 17 ppm, you can cut your deadlines closer than ever and still print an extra copy. You’ll also spend less time reloading, thanks to a high-capacity 250-sheet paper cassette. Even toner changes are quick and easy with a simple one-piece toner cartridge. And its ultra-compact footprint leaves you more desk space to operate. The Samsung ML-1740 raises your efficiency to new levels.

Higher Quality
The ML-1740 delivers sharp, professional laser text and graphics with 600 x 600 dpi resolution. It also features a durable 15,000-page duty cycle. And in addition to receiving BLI’s Recommended reliability rating, Samsung was the only printer manufacturer rated Outstanding in a recent PC World magazine reliability survey (12/03).

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Features

  • Toner save mode reduces consumption up to 40%
  • USB and parallel ports; PC and Linux compatible
  • 600 x 600 dpi resolution
  • Up to 17 ppm print speed
  • 66 MHz processor, 8 MB memory

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb economy laser printer
My present inkjet printer is great for small jobs and color printing, but it lacks the speed that I need when printing lots of text. I printed a 265 page document, (which took about 40 minutes) and went to the copy center to make three more. When they told me how much it would cost, I realized that for the price of three copies, I could just go and buy my own personal laser printer. I did some comparative shopping and ended up with the economy minded Samsung ML 1740 laser printer. Here are my first impressions (no pun intended) of this printer.

The unit comes packaged with toner, the printer itself, manuals, CD installation disk, power cord, but no USB cable. You'll have to provide that yourself. The printer is a very compact unit and is about the size of a small microwave oven. The whole body of the printer is made of plastic, rather fragile looking, but nice.Setup took less than twenty minutes and is simple as falling off a long. After installing the necessary software, and connecting the USB cable from the printer to my computer, I printed out a test page which was very sharp and clear. The printer is easy to load with paper and has a 250 page capacity. Very nice. Paper exit trays are from the top of the printer or from the rear exit. You can choose which exit the paper comes out of. Generally speaking, the top exit is good for general printing, and the rear exit is for printing envelopes or thicker paper stock. The rear paper exit is 'straight through' compared to the top exit which makes the paper do a 'U-turn' before coming out.

The printer is very user friendly and has great software.(Note: From reports, this printer does not seem to work with Macs.) I was able to print up that 265 page document without a hitch. There is a toner saver button on the top of the printer. When this button is activated, the printer only uses 40% of the toner, which extends the life of the cartridge. Since I was only printing out text, the difference between full mode and toner saver mode was not important. The full toner mode looks richer and darker, but the saver mode was quite acceptalbe in quality. After finishing, I needed to print up a 225 page manual for my digital camera. I was able to print up four images to a page with the Samsung printer software, and shrunk the entire manual down to just 57 pages. There were quite a few photos and halftone illustrations in the manual. These turned out very good, even in the save toner mode. The dpi (dots per inch) is 600dpi or 300dpi for this printer. I found that 600dpi is just fine for text. The characters and letters were very sharp with no 'jaggies'. This little unit produces quite a bit of heat, so the ML-1740 has a powerful fan to keep the printer cool. I didn't find the fan noise distracting or irritating. The printer cartridge will give you about 1,000 printed pages in regular mode and about 60% more in toner saver mode. The cartridge that comes with this printer is a 'starter' cartridge, which means it is not completely filled with the standard amount of toner. Though there have been some gripes about this, it is easy enough to refill the spent cartridge with a refill kit at a fraction of the cost in buying a new one.

This printer is an excellent value because of the rebate programs associated with this device. Consider the Samsung 1740 if you are on a budget and want an easy to operate, efficient, 'bare-bones' laser printer. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great step up from InkJet
I bought this printer about 2 months ago to replace a dead canon i850 and have been extremely happy.Initially I had a standard parallel cable connecting it to my computer and the first page out time was roughly 8 seconds.When I found a spare USB cable in my closet, first page out went down to almost 5 seconds and general print speed increased.

It's fast and spits out great quality prints.I've compared it to the output of a much more expensive HP Laserjet 8000 and it is as good or better.

The only downside is that I'd like to do duplex printing, but then again I don't know of a laser in this price range (sub $200) that can.

I figured my long term ownership costs (paper and toner) to come in around 2.7 cents a page compared to an inkjet with per page costs somewhere around 9 to 20 cents each.Also, it has a published life cycle of around 60,000 pages before needing a tune up.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great buy
Laser printers offer low operating costs and crisp clear copies. The Samsung ML-1740 will not disappoint you in terms of copy quality or operating cost. Toner replacement cartridges offer thousands of copies rather than the hundreds (if you are lucky)you get out off an inkjet. A toner saver mode ads to the operating cost savings.

Other features include a 250 sheet paper tray, USB connectivity and true Plug and Play capability. This printer took 5 minutes out of the box to set up and start printing.

The unit is reasonably priced at the low end of comparable laser printers. This is but own component of the great value this printer represents.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad luck or bad printer? You decide
This is only the second review I have ever left at Amazon, but I thought our experience might possibly help other people make an informed decision.

We bought a Samsung ML1740 from a company other than Amazon. We chose it mainly because it was such a good price--about $88, quite a bit cheaper than the HP LaserJet 1012. It also had some nice features, particularly the large lock-in paper tray.

We set it all up and printed a page and it seemed quite a snazzy little printer. It wasn't until later that I realized the page had printed off center by over 1/8 of an inch. In other words, quite noticeably.

I called Samsung and told the CS person my problem. He suggested that I change the margins. I assumed he meant that there was a magical way to change the margin settings within the printer software. But no, it turned out he was suggesting I change the margins within the word-processing program for every single document I printed! He said that's just how this printer is and that the one he had on his end printed off center as well, albeit not as drastically. Apparently the print head is stuck in there a certain way and there's no way to recalibrate it. Overall, he gave the impression that he thought I was unrealistic and overdemanding to expect this printer to center the print job on the page. He did admit, however, that he had received other calls on this issue.

Well, I was pretty steamed about this at first, but when I cooled off I decided to give the 1740 another chance. The price was so good! So we drove significantly out of our way to another version of the company where we got the first one (the original store was out of stock). Got home, set it up, turned it on. It started warming up, kept warming up, kept warming up, and after a while it started to smell kind of hot and dangerous, and still it kept warming up...

Our first 1740 had a loud warm-up period of about 10 seconds or so. This one never printed one page due to its apparently permanent warm-up phase. Fearing it might explode, and considering that this might possibly be a sign that the 1740 was not the printer for us, I boxed the second one up and exchanged it for the HP LaserJet 1012.

The 1012 has worked perfectly from page one, has no obnoxious warm-up noise, and, aside from a rather strange software setup, has given us exactly zero problems to date. The printer it replaced was an HP 5L, which worked great for over 10 years with very few and minor problems. I should have known better than to let the allure of a low price cause me to ignore a product with a proven record.

This was my first Samsung product and so far I am not impressed, not just with the quality of the product but also with the peculiar attitude of at least one of their CS reps. Will I buy Samsung in the future? I haven't decided, but right now it doesn't look good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Text quality looks like 300 DPI only
Pro: Cheap and small
Con:
1. come with 25% toner only, after you print out around 200 pages, you need to buy a new toner, which is almost same price of this printer. refill toner if you can, buy toner refill kit from ebay, only cost you $10.
2. noise level is hight when printing.
3. 1200 DPI text quality looks like 300 DPI. HP has the best text quality.

After I dump this print, I purchase a brother 14XX laster, same price, 100% toner, better print out quality, but a little bit bigger in footprint. ... Read more


40. Jabra FreeSpeak BT250 Bluetooth Headset
by Jabra
list price: $99.99
our price: $75.99
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Asin: B000246XQE
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Jabra
Sales Rank: 64
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed specifically for convenience and comfort, the FreeSpeak BT250 lets you talk hands-free and wirelessly on your cell phone via Bluetooth technology. (It also works with some non-bluetooth devices.) The lightweight, contoured device fits securely on your head, works with either ear, looks great, and it's simple to set up.

Weighing less and an ounce, the FreeSpeak BT250 is constructed from a soft, sound-absorbing elastomer material that reduces distortions, resulting in crisp sound quality. The earpiece also features the new Jabra MiniGel, a soft, ergonomic gel tip that channels sound directly into your ear for better reception, improving your ability to hear conversations clearly even in noisy environments.

The device works up to 30 feet away from your mobile phone, so you can talk and walk freely even if your phone is inside your briefcase, pocket, or across the room from you. It also provides you easy, intuitive volume controls, and features LED and audible status indicators, and you'll get an average of up to 8 hours talk time and 240 hours standby on the BT250's batteries.

What's in the Box
FreeSpeak 250, charging cradle/headset holder, snap-on belt clip ... Read more

Features

  • Wireless, cord free, lightweight Bluetooth headset offers best design and performance
  • Works up to 33 feet away from phone, 8 hour talk time, 240-hour/10-day standby time
  • Comfortable secure fit, superior audio quality, weighs less than 1 ounce
  • Multi-function button - Supports voice-activated dialing and answer/end commands in most phones
  • Works in either ear, two size MiniGels (standard and small) included for superior sound clarity

Reviews (58)

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT COMFORTABLE
In general I am okay with this headset, I am using it with a TREO 650 which lends itself to other issues, the headset is not advanced enough to work automatically with the treo.My main complaint is it is not adjustable to my ear.I actually have to use the big ear gel to get it to stay on because the part that goes over your hear is about 1 cm too high over my ear, so the big ear gel holds it up....It fits my husband perfectly, so maybe it is that I have smaller ears, it just seems to me that there should be a better way to make it fit.

4-0 out of 5 stars Generally happy
I have been using this device for two months, and have been generally happy with it - the audio fidelity is good, the unit is comfortable, the battery life is long and, although I haven't tested the maximum range, I usually use it at 10 to 12 feet from the phone (Nokia 6820).My house is in a marginal reception area for Cingular, and using the headset allows me to put the phone in a "sweet spot" with an unusual orientation, giving me three or four bars instead of one.

The "belt clip" is a joke.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good Bluetooth handsfree kit, but with a few problems
The FreeSpeak is no doubt a reasonably good performer. The sound on it is reasonably clear and the microphone does a good job too. My only complaint on it is that once I paired mine and turn the kit on, my PDA (a Sony Clie PEG-UX50) would no longer be able to connect to the phone (a SonyEricsson T610) via bluetooth unless the kit is switched back off. Could be a flaw with either the phone's design and/or the Bluetooth specification (I never really did test it with a different phone to verify the problem), but since I am able to receive calls while my PDA is connected to the internet (I have GPRS enabled on my line), it would be nice to be able to answer a call without either talking on my phone or taking the PDA offline. Still, a good starter kit if you don't have any other Bluetooth device paired with your phone.

Update: Well, I've managed to get a Motorola V600 and tried the same headset on it, and the same problem persists- you can't connect other Bluetooth devices to the phone while the headset is connected. I am now also fairly certain that the problem is with Bluetooth's specifications as I was unable to exchange pictures between the phones while the PDA was accessing one of the phones. So, okay. No fault of the phones, PDA or the headset. Just the way Bluetooth works in general.

3-0 out of 5 stars Poor belt clip design
I don't have much to say about the 250 other than to point out the really poor design of the belt clip/charger. The 250 is supposed to click into this holder (which connects to the power adaptor for charging). This holder is designed to clip onto your belt so that you can carry the 250 when is is not in use. Okay, I agree that you will look extremely nerdy if you have your phone AND your earpiece hanging from your belt but sometimes you need to put the things away and the Freespeak 250 is really too fragile to carry in your pocket. The only problem with this is that the 250 will easily fall out of the holder and if you use it you WILL lose it. It is only a matter of time. My 250 lasted about 45 seconds and when I went to get it from the belt clip it was GONE. Not the holder but the 250 itself. Some lucky stiff at the Houston airport picked it up and walked away.

I also thought that the 250 was not well made. When I would push the on/off or volume buttons I could feel the housing "give" a little, as if the buttons were about to collapse into the housing. A little too flimsy and not indication of a long life expectancy for the earpiece.

I suggest that you consider another alternative - at $90 the 250 is simply overpriced.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Ready for Prime Time
I have used this headset with my Treo 650 and have been very disapointed with it's performance. It may be a function of the Treo's Bluetooth capabilities so keep that in mind and do not waste your money on this headset if you are using a Treo.

It has very poor range; arm's length at best. Outdoors it is useless. It has times when it will refuse to pick up a call. The voice quality is also poor with hissing and crackling. The only place it seems to be remotely useful is in the car where it is within arm's reach and the hissing is only moderate. This is pretty expensive to only be able to use part of the time. Talk time is also much shorter than advertised.

My $.02, save your money for something else.

Update: Recently purchased the new Treo 650 headset by PalmOne. That is the new Bluetooth 1.2 version, not the clone of this Jabra. Much, much better. Now I have a headset that I can use all the time. I have completely replaced all my wired headsets. ... Read more


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