Printers and peripherals (Spring 2010)CNET editor Justin Yu shows you what printers and peripherals you should be buying.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:09 >> Hey, it's Justin Yu, Associate Editor for CNET.com. We're here in the printer aisle, giving you guys buying advice on a couple printers and peripherals, so let's check them out. So walking down the printer aisle, you've got plenty of choices. You got single-function ink jet printers, photo printers, laser printers, but if you're shopping for a family or a home office, an ink jet printer is your best bet, like this Epson WorkForce 610. It's what we call a multifunction or all-in-one-device. You get a printer, scanner, copy machine, and sometimes even a fax machine all built into one unit. Now, this particular model offers quite a bit of features for only $200.00, so let's take a look. It has a media card reader for transferring photos directly to the printer without the use of your digital camera. You also get wi-fi printing, so you don't have to use a USB cord to connect to your computer. Overall, the 610 is a great printer. You're going to get fast photos and excellent output quality, but if you're printing a lot of text documents, you might be better off with a laser printer, so let's check out some of those. So if you're printing a high volume of black and white text documents, a monochrome laser printer might be your best bet. You're going to pay a little bit more for the toner cartridges off the bat, but you'll save money in the long run compared to the cartridges in an ink jet printer. This particular model, the Brother HL2170-W, offers both wired and wireless networking, so multiple users can connect and print at the same time. However, if you're more interested in snapshot four by six photos, your best bet might be with a single function photo printer, so let's check some out. So single function inkjet printers are definitely a niche product, but they offer higher quality photos than your standard ink jet because they use a technology called dye sublimation that actually heats up the ink within the paper to produce the picture. On the other hand, if all your printing is one or two snapshots, don't forget that Dwayne Reed, Walgreens, or what whatever local store is around might also have a photo kiosk that can help you out. So that's it for printers. Let's go check out some peripherals. So there's a lot of options for peripherals. You can a new speaker set, external hard drive, and new monitor, but if you're shopping for a new keyboard and mouse combo, we recommend the Logitech Cordless Wave system. You get the benefit of Logitech's wave design that actually puts your fingers at an angel to the keys, and that'll alleviate pain associated with typing for long periods of time. You also get a series of customizable hot keys where you can access all your favorite functions on the web. But if you're shopping for a mouse alone, I got one for you. Let's go check it out. ^M00:02:30 It's the Logitech Performance Mouse MX. Now, this one's different from others because it uses Logitech's proprietary dark field laser sensor, which means you can track on anything except for glass. That includes carpet, your jeans, anything. You can full reviews on all the products you've heard about this in buying guide, but that's going to do it for me. I'm Justin Yu. Thanks for watching. ^M00:02:49 [ Music ]