Lab Reviews

8 rugged devices that are ready for field duty

The GCN Lab tests eight rugged devices ― from phones and cameras to laptop PCs and vehicle-mounted computers ― that are fit for military and other tough assignments.

Panasonic Toughbook 30

Even though the Toughbook 30 is a bit of an anchor, it’s the most rugged laptop in this roundup, suffering not a scratch in all our testing. If you absolutely, positively have to make sure your data and apps survive, the Toughbook 30 is the way to go.

Motion Computing J3400 Tablet PC

With a list price of $2,384, the J3400 is certainly the rugged tablet we would recommend for those who need a tablet PC without the extra burden of a convertible setup.

Getac V100

The V100 convertible is a nice unit if you need something tiny. But it’s not nearly as rugged as billed, especially in terms of protection against shock. If you’re going to use a V100, be sure not to drop it.

Windows 7 review: 'New' OS is just Vista with small changes

Microsoft's Windows 7 has been touted as a new, better-running operating system. But despite the addition of a few handy features, the GCN Lab finds that it looks just like the Vista OS, has a lot of the same annoying quirks as Vista and delivers no difference in performance from Vista.

3M projector tries to be all things to all conference rooms

3M’s SCP716 projector falls short in ease of use; offers intuitive software but has a confusing setup.

HP's Z400 a workhorse workstation in any configuration

The HP Z400 Workstation delivers a lot of power for the workstation user, with plenty of room for future upgrades.

Solid-state drives move toward the mainstream

The Intel X25-M Mainstream Serial ATA SSD offers reliable and fast performance at a steep, but decreasing, cost.

Panasonic KX MC6040

If you mostly work in black and white, the KX-MC6040 might be a good choice for a slightly below-average printer that comes with an extra scanner and fax machine. But you can’t rely on it for color images, especially darker ones.

Xerox Phaser 6280

The Phaser 6280 produces excellent colors and fast text printing but is painfully slow in printing complex color graphics.

When color matches quality and price

The GCN Lab tests six network color printers for speed, reliability and accuracy to see which one should grace the halls of your agency.

Brother HL-4070CDW

The HL-4070 is a great way to add adequate and reasonably fast color printing to your office. And it’s more than worth the low price, making it the best value in the review.

Lexmark C734dn

The Lexmark C734dn is the top all-around performer in this review. Coupled with a great government price, it’s the reliable and accurate color printer that most people will want to see in their agencies.

Epson B 500DN

The B-500DN is inexpensive and performs well for most office tasks. If you print photographs and use photographic paper, it’s the obvious choice.

Hewlett-Packard Color LaserJet CP3525x

If you need a speedy, accurate printer and are willing to pay a little more for it, the CP3525x is the one that should race into your agency. It earns a Reviewer’s Choice for this roundup.

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