Purchasing a scanner used to be a fairly simple undertaking. There weren't many models to choose from, and prices were consistently expensive. Today, scanners are much more accessible to the average computer user, and the variety has greatly increased. Bottom line: You don't need to be a graphics professional to benefit from a scanner, and you don't need to be a technology wizard to use one. Think about all the various uses for a scanner, from collecting business contacts to reproducing and retouching old photos—and then find a model that best suits your personal projects and/or business requirements.
Printers Buying Guide
At the most basic level, printers can be broken down into two main categories—home (mainly inkjet models) and office (mainly laser). That said, there are plenty of applications for an inkjet printer at the office, and home users craving speed or printing large amounts of text may require the use of a laser printer. Aside from the two main categories, there are photo, dot matrix and multifunction printers that all fulfill different needs. To make sense of all this, take a look below.
PDAs Buying guide
One of the first decisions to make when purchasing a PDA is whether to go for a palm-size, streamlined easy-to-use PDA, or a more advanced, full featured and larger handheld model. A good rule of thumb is to think about how much you want it to mimic your computer's functions, as opposed to functioning as your date book and notepad. If you lean towards the computer, you should look at the bigger, more advanced models. If you'll use it primarily for maintaining addresses, an entry-level Palm model or even something smaller should do just fine.
MP3 Players Buying Guide
MP3 technology is still quite new, so there are many things to consider when choosing an MP3 player. Most MP3 players have common advantages, such as the reusability of memory (you can remove and add songs as often as you like) and portability (smaller and sturdier than portable CD players, MP3 players are also more resistant to skipping). To understand the differences, read on? And yes stop right there do not buy an MP3 player before you read this.