REVIEW: Apple Magic Keyboard vs. Matias & Kanex

In 2016 Apple introduced its Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad.  Previously if you wanted an Apple wireless keyboard, you would have received one with your iMac or you could purchase one for $99.  The catch is that no number keypad was included.  This just changed in June, 2017.

Before this new Apple keyboard was introduced, both Matias and Kanex had released full wireless keyboards with a numeric keypad  for less money.  This review is an attempt to compare these three keyboards.  All three are extended keyboards with numeric keypads and aluminum bodies.

Apple Magic Keyboard with Number Pad

I’m not sure just what is “magical” about this keyboard.  It is a full-size Bluetooth keyboard complete with a lightning cable for recharging.  Although there is very little height to the keys, they work capably.  Just install the included cable between the keyboard and your Mac for a full charge which should last about 40 days.  While your keyboard is charging, you will still have full functionality as a wired keyboard. Continue reading…

REVIEW: Canon imageCLASS LBP612Cdw

Color laser printers have left their mark giving users crisp printouts at lower per-page prices. One of the newer examples is Canon Color imageCLASS 612Cdw.

This printer is designed for the home or office user that wants crisp laser printing at a lower cost per page than what inkjets offer. Although this laser printer is listed at $279.99, some retailers are selling it for around $185.

It is built like a tank weighing in at 34.1 pounds.

Features 

  • Wireless Printing lets you print directly from your iPhone, Mac or PC, iPad or other mobile device without a router
  • 5-line LCD display (monochrome)
  • Automatic Duplex Printing lets you save paper by printing on both sides
  • Multiple Connectivity lets you connect by Ethernet LAN, or wireless.
  • Recommended Monthly Volume: 30,000 pages.

The quality of the printouts was excellent for a laser printer. If you have to have deep and rich color printouts, use a quality inkjet printer. These printers are made for color gradations that lasers cannot match. But they have come close in recent years as the Canon LBP612Cdw can attest.

This printer has a rated speed of 19ppm for black or 11ppm for color or 11-ppm for any two-sided printing

Printing a single-page Word document took 12 seconds after warm up. Ten copies of a single page took 40 second to print. Continue reading…