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Canon Pixma MX7600 Printer Review

Friday, November 28th, 2008

If you consider the high price tag of Canon Pixma MX7600 printer which is a colour inkjet multifunction device you will surely want an outstanding performance from it, and so it does. The printer slots in multiple features like vivid output and fast performance that makes it a great device for home offices and small businesses.

When being tested, Canon Pixma MX7600 printer printed black text at an above average rate which is nearly 9.8 pages per minute on a plain paper. The printer was also fast in generating graphics which managed 3.7 ppm rate, like for instance; it printed a small photo on a plain paper. The quality that you receive is constantly high regardless of the type of paper you are using like colour images or plain paper text print. The copies of the text will also closely resemble the original text. However the scan of photos and text seemed a bit fuzzy but you will get accurate results. The OfficeJet Pro L7680 of HP might be a bit faster but the output quality of it is not quite good.

The bulk of Canon Pixma MX7600 printer includes tones of exciting features. It offers two input trays among them is the 150 sheet cassette to be used only for plain paper which slides into the bottom of the device and also a rear vertical feeder which can hold about 20 pieces of picture paper including envelopes and other type of media. The other 50 sheet output tray of the printer flips out in front. There is an automatic duplexer that projects from the back of the device. Above there is the scanner that features 35 sheet automatic document feeders and it can scan two sided documents in just a single pass.

Canon Pixma MX7600 printer’s control panel includes an initially has a number of buttons with a small nearly 1.8 inch tiltable colour LCD but they function quite well together. You just have to press any one of the four primary function buttons which are for memory card, scan, fax and copy and the LCD based menus will show just the equivalent options. All the buttons have clear labels but the settings and Menu buttons seem quiet similar.

The cost oriented ink system of Canon Pixma MX7600 printer includes a permanent printhead and there are separate tanks for yellow, magenta, cyan and black ink. Every tank would cost around $15 and they even differ in yield from nearly 570 black pages to 1070 yellow pages or nearly up to 2.6 cents every colour per page. The other fifth ink which is a clear coating which sprays over the images that are printed on a plain paper would cost you about $18 but would last nearly 1600 pages.

Your money is definitely worth the capable and speedy Canon Pixma MX7600 printer. The better than average rating of Canon in the recent service and reliability survey will give you can idea about its excellent functionality as this Canon Pixma MX7600 printer proves to be a perfect device for home use and for small business owners.

How to Choose a Mouse for Your Computer

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

All the computer users can easily identify their mouse and its importance for daily computer operation. Computer mouse is nothing new and also not very complex, but an average user might not be familiar with all the technologies and options that go with these small devices. This technology guide will offer you some tips on finding and purchasing some of the best mice available and suitable for your computer.

Computer Mouse Technologies

Mechanical mouse – the first to be used on a computer were these mechanical mice which are still found for sale despite the developments in tracking technologies. These mechanical mice include a hard ball below them which rolls when moved and this roller translates the physical motion to the pointer on the screen. There are some these mice balls are more advanced which replace the internal roller with their optical sensor but function the same way. The mechanical mice require regular maintenance for the ball to roll free of lint. It also recommended that you use a mouse pad as they will provide a clean surface to work on and also provide resistance for the ball to smoothly roll.

Optical Mouse

The optical mice replaced this ball or roller assembly in the mechanical mice through the beam of light and optical sensor. This light beam shines down the surface under the mouse and the sensor uses this light to track the movement. There are images included for this optical mouse which provide a glimpse under the mouse where the sensor and light can be seen. These mice hold great advantages as there are not parts to break or cause problems. There is also reduced need to maintenance as the bottom does not have any opening to collect lint and so they would make a great computer mouse over mechanical mouse.

Laser Mouse

Laser is the latest and the best technology in computer mouse tracking which takes the advantages of optical mouse to a higher level. Several attributes of this laser mouse have been explained in the optical mouse section. However unlike the wide light beam this mouse uses a very narrow laser light beam. The Logitech MX1000 laser mouse for instance would be the perfect mouse for you as according to the company the laser technology that is used provides more than $quot;20x sensitivity to the surface detail or the tracking power.

Wireless Connection Technologies

Radio frequency is one of the most common types in this wireless mouse that uses radio frequencies to communication motion to the receiver which is connected to the PC. This common wireless mouse operates using the 237MHz frequency and the mouse is powered through AAA batteries which are not provided. As the price goes up for the RF wireless mouse the package would basically include integrated rechargeable batteries. Some other features include greater precision, extended range and the receiver does double the work as the batter charger. Therefore keeping all these different types of computer mice and the features included you can choose a computer mouse according to your needs and budget.

HP Launches Tablet PC with Touchscreen Technology

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

HP has finally launched its most awaited TouchSmart tx3 multi-touch capable tablet PC on 19th of November, which is also the first multi-touch tablet PC in the market. Multi-touch capability and touch screen are the selected hot technologies of the industry for 2009 and device manufacturers are scrambling to slot in this fingertip technology in their for factors where the price would range from sub $100 cell phone to the latest $1,200 tablet PC.

Experience the TouchSmart tx2

The TouchSmart tx2 tablet PC is a flappable designe which can be configured as either a notebook or a tablet PC. It is packed with a rechargeable digital ink pen to let handwriting and sketching directly on the screen and comes with multi-touch support through the custom MediaSmart software suite of HP. Several people have used this MediaSmart before who were totally impressed with it. This actually says something about the user’s level of expectations regarding the OEM software. This OEM customized crapware will not crash the machine but would do much benefit. However there might be a slight caveat as Windows Vista does not include this integrated touchscreen technology and so the degree and the functionality of touchscreen support might vary according to the application. There is not issue if you already have a suit of software to be used as just buying this laptop will not magically enable the multi-touch or touchscreen for all applications.

TouchSmart tx2 Performance

Several questions have been raised regarding performance and speed of this tablet. One reason why most of the tablets failed miserable a few years ago is because the OEMs were not able to provide attractive performance and price ration. Additionally most often the systems were either usable or unaffordable or affordable but barely usable. Luckily things have changed now for HP. There was a research conducted on two laptops of HP the HP dv5v and TouchSmart tx2, where both were build with the AMD processor. It was found that both the systems were minimally spec’d. However when both were compared for their functionality, TouchSmart tx2 stands on its name. You will find the unavoidable multi-touch tablet tax available but before you read over the specs of TouchSmart tx2 you will not feel any sinking sensation when asked to strike a bargain between desired functionality and acceptable level of performance. This states the significant achievement of HP and the configuration of TouchSmart tx2 options are more limited than the HP dv5z but this is just one best thing it can do is to play Blu-ray movies.

Currently there is an incredible among of interest for this multi-touch functionality. The iPod touch and iPhone have this and Android powered G1 also supports it unofficially and now Microsoft has also confirmed that their windows 7 would include this multi-touch functionality. However in the long run you will also expect to see several tablet PCs including multi-touch displays and multi-touch trackpads widely adopted or incorporated but this timetable might significantly be longer than you might have thought it to be.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

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