Once you have your computer
picked out, you still need peripherals. Expect
to spend between $1,000 and $2,000 to get
set up with a printer, copier, fax machine and
scanner. That's right, you don't need a
thousand dollar fax machine or a $7,500 copier.
New peripherals are cheap, dependable, and
create beautiful output.
are always asking me what I use, and where I get
them. Here are my favorites. They're fun and tax
little color to your correspondence? Here's my
printer, the Hewlett
Packard 970 DeskJet. It prints
beautifully in color or black and white, and
handles envelopes, business cards, and labels. Prints
near photo quality 8x10 photos for exhibits or
Prints on both sides of the page, which works
great for depositions and other working copies.
I'm betting it is rock solid dependable; my last
printer was a similar HP which worked flawlessly
for three years.
This printer is
a Consumer Reports top pick.
the HP970 has both USB and parallel port
connections. This can be a real advantage,
as you will see below.
The HP970 retails for less than
You can get a fine laser
printer for the same price, but why not use some
color? The text output is laser quality, and
this printer is quiet and fast. I love
the latest in portable printers . The new Brother
MP21c weighs about 2 pounds and uses
power from your laptop, through the PC Card
connection. No more dragging around a
second power brick and cord. Take it
anywhere. Take it to court! The
usual portable printers require a separate power
cord, along with one of those heavy
bricks. They just aren't portable enough
to be useful. I want one of these. About
the last few weeks at my old firm, it seems the
copier was constantly under repair. Every
time I walked by the copy room, some expensive
character had it apart. It doesn't have to be like that.
copier is nothing like the $7,500 monster at
the firm. It fits on my desk. Not one failure,
repair, or maintenance call in three
It's digital, so no platen moves back and forth,
breaking down when you need it most. This
machine is the best investment I ever made.
It doubles as a
600 dpi laser printer, and costs less than $600. Click Sharp
Copier to check out the latest version
of my copier. It's now a Sharp.
two work together beautifully. I have the
copier attached to my computer via the parallel
port. The HP970 uses the USB
connection. I can use either the printer
or the copier to print
a document, so I have either an inkjet or laser
printer on line at all times. PC
Magazine has awarded A-list status to this
copier's little brother for months.
Watch out for the inkjet desktop copiers. The ink cartridges are obscenely expensive.
you've spent about $1,000 and you have a printer
and copier. You still need phones, a scanner,
and a fax machine. Click phones