Archive for Chris Brennan

  • Canon Pixma MX340 all-in-one printer
    3 out of 5

    Canon Pixma MX340 all-in-one printer

    By 26 May 2010

    The Canon MX340 is a multi-function device for the budget conscious buyer. It's available for about £90 online, but that doesn't mean they've skimped on the specification. Of course, the Canon can print, copy and scan, but it also has a fax built-in...

  • Kodak ESP Office 6150 all-in-one printer
    2.5 out of 5

    Kodak ESP Office 6150 all-in-one printer

    By 19 May 2010

    Kodak has been making multi-function devices for a few years now and though its entry into the market was met with some fanfare they've yet to set the industry alight. The latest model from them is aimed more at the small to medium office. The ESP Office...

  • Canon Pixma MX870 all-in-one printer
    4.5 out of 5

    Canon Pixma MX870 all-in-one printer

    By 7 April 2010

    Canon has a long heritage of producing excellent multi-function devices and it hopes to continue this success with the Pixma MX870. This new all-in-one sits at the top of their small office and home lines. The MX870 has a massive list of features. On...

  • Samsung ST550 compact camera
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung ST550 compact camera

    By 1 April 2010

    The Samsung ST550 is a compact camera with a difference. Instead of one LCD screen it has two. In addition to the 3.5-inch screen on the rear, it has a front facing 1.5-inch LCD too. In all other aspects it's just like most other digital compact cameras...

  • Samsung ST1000 digital camera
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung ST1000 digital camera

    By 9 March 2010

    The Samsung ST1000 has a wealth of features many of which are similar to many other digital cameras available today. It does, however, have a few tricks up its sleeve that are likely to become more and more popular on compact digital cameras in the next...

  • Pure Siesta Flow DAB radio
    3 out of 5

    Pure Siesta Flow DAB radio

    By 9 December 2009

    The Siesta Flow is a bedside radio alarm clock with DAB digital radio, internet radio and wireless connectivity built-in, it even has FM too. At around £99 it's on the pricey side for an alarm clock radio, but there are plenty of features included in...

  • Pure Elan II DAB radio
    4.5 out of 5

    Pure Elan II DAB radio

    By 3 December 2009

    The Elan II is a portable DAB and FM radio from Pure. On the surface the Elan II is a basic beast with a simplistic design. The silver and black finish is a bit retro and belies the modern internals in the radio. There are only five quick access preset...

  • Dell 1320C printer review
    4 out of 5

    Dell 1320C printer review

    By 12 October 2009

    The Dell 1320C is a personal colour laser printer with USB and networking connections. It's just £204, which is impressive given the decent specification. A personal laser printer is a great alternative to an inkjet-based equivalent as it will produce...

  • Canon Pixma MX330 printer
    3 out of 5

    Canon Pixma MX330 printer

    By 5 October 2009

    The Canon Pixma MX330 is a inkjet all-in-one printer that’s designed for the small home office and business. There’s no separate ink tanks on this all-in-one, simply two cartridges, one colour and one black. The black tank contains a pigment-based...

  • Canon Pixma MX320 printer
    3 out of 5

    Canon Pixma MX320 printer

    By 29 September 2009

    The Canon MX320 is a multi-function printer, copier, scanner and fax with an impressively low price point. At just £75 it packs in a lot of features for the cash. The MX320 eschews single inktanks and uses a single black and tri-colour arrangement. The...

  • Canon Pixma MP540 all-in-one printer
    4.5 out of 5

    Canon Pixma MP540 all-in-one printer

    By 26 August 2009

    The Canon MP540 offers a lot for the money. It’s an all-in-one device, which has the usual print, copy and scan functionality. In addition there are two paper trays and a digital memory card reader with a PictBridge port for direct photo printing. Five...

  • Canon Pixma MP630 all-in-one printer
    4.5 out of 5

    Canon Pixma MP630 all-in-one printer

    By 18 August 2009

    The MP630 sits towards the top end of Canon's Pixma range of all-in-one devices. It's got an impressive feature set though at £170 that's to be expected. The Canon has five separate ink tanks with the standard CMYK plus a photo black pigment based ink...

  • Ixos Neo iPod dock
    2.5 out of 5

    Ixos Neo iPod dock

    By 27 July 2009

    The Ixos Neo is an iPod and MP3 speaker dock with integrated alarm clock. As well as the iPod dock you can connect any device with a 3.5mm audio jack, standard phono connection or a PC through the Mini-USB port. It’s got an FM radio too so should you...

  • Epson Stylus SX415 printer
    3 out of 5

    Epson Stylus SX415 printer

    By 22 July 2009

    The SX415 is an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier from Epson. For about £100 you get a printer with a print resolution of 5760 x 1440dpi, using Epson’s Resolution Performance Management and a 1200 x 2400dpi scanning unit. The SX415 uses four separate...

  • Sennheiser Style CX 550 II headphones
    4 out of 5

    Sennheiser Style CX 550 II headphones

    By 17 July 2009

    The Sennheiser CX 550 II is a high-performance earphone with noise isolating capability. They’re designed for the listener who wants a little more quality than is provided from the standard sets you get with most MP3 players. At about £80 they push...

  • Sennheiser PXC 350 headphones
    4.5 out of 5

    Sennheiser PXC 350 headphones

    By 25 June 2009

    Jargon is an inevitable by-product when describing a technology, but manufacturers of audio equipment really seem to excel at making things sound complicated. Take the Sennheiser PXC 350 headphones, for example, they have adaptive baffle damping, which...

  • Canon Pixma MP620 printer
    4.5 out of 5

    Canon Pixma MP620 printer

    By 23 June 2009

    Not a great deal has changed with multi-function devices since the first scanner was bolted to the top of an inkjet printer. Essentially you still get the scan, copy fax capability, but now there are plenty of extras thrown in to the deal. The design...

  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-TH1 camcorder
    2.5 out of 5

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-TH1 camcorder

    By 21 May 2009

    The TH1 is aimed at those on a budget who still want to benefit from HD recording. It’s 720p rather than Full HD, but that’s still more than adequate for most applications. The 3in widescreen LCD screen is impressive as is the 30x optical zoom. The...

  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 camcorder
    4.5 out of 5

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 camcorder

    By 14 May 2009

    Sanyo has been steadily building a reputation for excellent quality video cameras recently and the new Xacti FH1 looks like continuing that trend. The headline feature of the Sanyo is Full HD recording. You can capture 1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per seconds...

  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 camcorder
    3.5 out of 5

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 camcorder

    By 6 May 2009

    The CG10 from Sanyo is a 10-megapixel camera and HD capable camcorder rolled into one. Its 1280 x 720 resolution should be more than good enough for the enthusiastic amateur. The zoom lens is limited to a 5x optic, however the 3-inch LCD screen is really...

  • Canon IXUS 990 IS digital camera
    4 out of 5

    Canon IXUS 990 IS digital camera

    By 28 April 2009

    The latest high-end compact from Canon is the IXUS 990 IS. It’s aimed squarely at those users who demand a high megapixel count, good zoom capability and yet a body that’s small. If you’re going to consider the IXUS 990 IS as your compact camera...

  • MacFreelance - Mac
    4 out of 5

    MacFreelance - Mac

    By 9 April 2009

    If you’re running a small business then you’ll be aware of your legal obligation to keep records of all your invoicing. You can use Excel and Word to do this but it’s hardly a joined up system. Keeping track of clients, income and expenditure can...

  • Canon Canoscan LiDE 700F scanner
    4.5 out of 5

    Canon Canoscan LiDE 700F scanner

    By 2 April 2009

    Standalone scanners have dropped in popularity since the all-conquering multi-function device came along, but there’s still a market for scanners. The LiDE 700F, the latest flatbed scanner from Canon, is a compact device with loads of features. The...

  • MacTuneUp - Mac
    3.5 out of 5

    MacTuneUp - Mac

    By 2 April 2009

    Running a Mac is meant to be a problem-free, simple, process that requires little input from the user. As always however, the reality and the marketing don’t always meet. Keeping the Mac operating system in tip-top condition can be a pain, especially...

  • Pure Avanti Flow DAB radio
    3.5 out of 5

    Pure Avanti Flow DAB radio

    By 13 March 2009

    The Pure Digital Avanti Flow is more than just an iPod speaker dock and at £270 though it has to be. The Avanti flow combines DAB digital radio, media streaming service and Internet radio in one low-slung and compact package. Construction is especially...