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How to buy and sell on eBay scam-free

Ask eBay users about auction fraud and payment scams, and you'll hear different stories with the same theme: While eBay can be a great marketplace, both buyers and sellers need to beware.

Ten ways to generate good Web PR

Drumming up publicity used to be a costly and laborious process of mailing out press kits, cold-calling editors, and spending on advertising and events. Smaller businesses had a hard time getting noticed in many markets. Today, being recognized still...

Ten ways to combat bad Web PR

For better or worse, many of your current or potential customers obtain their buying information from the Web -- and not just from your company Web site, where you can control what they see. While they will visit your site, they will also use search ...

Snap Server 1100

For small to medium-size offices, the Snap Server 1100 is a popular choice. Of the NAS units we tested, this device has the most capable software, including advanced features such as support for NetWare, AppleShare, and NFS servers (for cross-platfor...

LaCie Ethernet Disk

LaCie's Ethernet Disk is a heavy, rack-mounted NAS device designed for small to medium-size offices. Though it's available in capacities of up to 800GB (our test model had 160GB), and its design is suited more to a server room than a home office, thi...

Iomega Network Hard Drive 160GB

Designed for personal use, the compact Iomega Network Hard Drive offers simple setup, backup utilities and the ability to connect directly to PCs via their Ethernet ports. Because of this direct-to-PC capability, you can take this drive along when yo...

Buffalo LinkStation Network Storage Center

The Buffalo LinkStation does it all, does it well and does it at a great price. This versatile 250GB network storage device has two USB 2.0 ports for an external hard drive and a USB printer. You can use the second drive for either backing up the int...

Iomega NAS 100d

Ease of use and expandability make the NAS 100d a good choice for that ever-growing home media collection. This device combines a 160GB NAS drive and a Wi-Fi access point, which we recommend using only if you don't already have a separate Wi-Fi route...

CorelDRAW 10

The latest upgrade to Corel's graphics suite adds several compelling features, including a new vector animation program.

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Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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