1999 Technology Buyer's Guide: Sharp, Fast and Cheaper Too

With the onrush of home PCs practically as powerful as mainframes and digital cameras that match film quality, printers and scanners have become essential helpmates at astonishing prices. For printers this has been the year of the color inkjet. They've nearly caught up with laser printers in terms of quality and speed, yet you can get a low-end inkjet for $50 and one with photo-quality output for less than $400. (But be sure to compare competing models' costs for replacement ink cartridges.) Scanners have been remarkable too. The current crop produces rich images at prices considerably lower than those of even...

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