Anyone that thinks you can't teach an old dog new tricks clearly hasn't checked out CNET's list of the best printers and peripherals for Dads this season. This year's guide has all the toys Pops needs to get the job done, whether that's backing up data, serving up true dual-band internet, or printing out recipes for the next backyard BBQ.
HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP
The HP LaserJet Pro 100 boasts a smart feature set and a compact design that meets the needs of home users on a budget. You get print, scan, and copy functionality in one device, along with wired and wireless networking, an ADF, HP ePrint, and a dead-simple setup procedure. As long as you don't mind waiting a little longer for your prints to come out, the LaserJet Pro 100 is an excellent value for the cost.
The MX372 will likely satisfy households where cost and features take precedence over output quality, but dedicated shooters and offices should seek out a more-capable machine to bring photos and presentations to a professional level.
Kodak's latest all-purpose machine shows off Kodak's versatile set of features like a fresh exterior design, cloud printing, and mobile print apps coupled with dual paper trays, an auto-document feeder, and simple double-sided printing. It might not outshine the competition in performance speeds, but homes shopping for a new multifunction printer certainly won't be disappointed by the Kodak Hero 9.1's array of intelligent technologies.
WD My Passport Portable (1TB, USB 3.0, silver, March 2012)
Good-looking, sturdy, and offering top capacities and great performance, the new My Passport makes an excellent investment for anyone, especially people who need a quick and easy backup product to use at home or while travelling.
If priced lower and equipped with a shorter Thunderbolt cable, the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD would make an excellent portable drive for a Mac owner. For now it's an option for those who absolutely need a fast storage device to accompany their Macbook Air or Macbook Pro.
Cisco Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 router
With great performance, the Editors' Choice Award-winning Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 makes a worthy upgrade to the previous model and an excellent wireless router for anyone who needs a robust, advanced, yet easy-to-use router for the home or office.
The Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D's incredible 2560x1440 resolution produces gorgeous gaming graphics and adds ample screen real estate to any computer able to handle its video bandwidth requirements. More than a guilty pleasure for dads, the S27A850D is a elegant and capable beast of a machine.