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.

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.

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.

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.

The ink option

Not every company has moved into the powdery world of toner cartridges for printers.

Brother MFC-9450CDN

The 9450 prints flawless text, and can be trusted to print your best text documents, even those enhanced with spot color or graphics.

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