In SMB Tech this week, we look at an item for the home office, and one that’s meant for the mobile road warrior.
Brother HL1110 Monochrome Laser Printer (S$118)
If you need a printer for simple home use, you can’t go too far wrong with the Brother HL1110 monochrome – black and white – laser printer that offers reliability, ease-of-use and simplicity in an affordable package. It’s pretty compact with a small footprint, so can easily fit into the coziest of spaces. Enhanced features such as a longer side guide to reduce paper skew, a short paper pass of 220mm, an anti-curl system, the probability of paper jams is reduced to offer a hassle-free printing experience.
Even better, the toner cartridge ($52) and drum (S$32) comes separately, which means you can easily replace one or the other at any time, lowering total cost of ownership. It comes with 3 years carry-in and 2 years limited warranty.
If this model is too basic for you, consider its bigger siblings the DCP-1510 or MFC1810, which are perfect for small- or home office use.
BlackBerry Q10 (S$898 without contract)
Fine, this was launched here in Singapore a couple of weeks, but the BlackBerry Q10 was the highly anticipated amongst BlackBerry users, especially business-type road warriors who hanker for its physical QWERTY keyboard. In the Blackberry 10 OS-based Q10, the classic keyboard has been re-engineered for an even better typing experience, with a wider keyboard, larger sculpted keys and more space between tows to help your fingers find keys quicker and prevent errors. It’s probably the best typing experience you can get on a mobile phone (touch or otherwise), so you can do some serious typing on this baby, but a lack of apps in the the BlackBerry 10 app ecosystem is going to hurt its uptake.
We’re predicting the Q10 will still outsell the all-touch Z10 by at least a factor of 5 to 1.