The 11 best products of 2011

The GCN Lab picks the top 10 IT products of the year, plus one overall winner.

The top 10 products of 2010

The GCN Lab picks the best of the best from the products it reviewed this year. Any of these superstar products will serve well in the office, and do it better than other products in its class.

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.

If you've got the time, Xerox Phaser's prints are worth the wait

Xerox’s Phaser 6128MFP offers gorgeous color at a nice price, but impatient folks should beware.

Panasonic KX-MC6040

The KX-MC6040 would keep a small workgroup extremely happy and could produce some amazing text documents with good color.

Oki Data C5550n MFP

The C5550n is a fine MFP but probably not for much longer. The market is evolving fast, and the C5550n needs to innovate or be left behind.

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