Stories by James Galbraith

  • MacBook Air: A little faster, a little slower, a little more affordable

    There's not much new about Apple's updated MacBook Air lineup. Fortunately, the Air was already a top-notch portable computer. The subtle increase in processor speeds, along with a respectable decrease in price, are obvious positive steps for consumers. And while the faster processor did help the new MacBook Air in our application tests, the flash storage didn't always perform as well as we've come to expect.

  • Scanner buying guide 2013: Find the right scanner for your needs

    Back when people relied on film cameras to capture memories, scanners were about the only way to get your printed photos or slides onto your computer's hard drive for editing, sharing, and archiving. But the move to digital cameras changed that: You can have a hard drive stuffed full of images without ever having plugged a desktop scanner into your computer.

  • Get a bigger picture with an ultrawide 29-inch display

    When you're multitasking like mad, a standard-aspect-ratio monitor can't provide enough real estate to display every open window without many of them overlapping and obscuring one another. For this reason alone, most Macworld editors and designers use more than one display. Constantly rearranging multiple browser, text editor, chat, and photo-editing windows as you search for the one you need saps productivity and invites frustration.

  • Ultimate MacBook Air 2013 holds its own against the MacBook Pro

    As is customary with just about all Macs, Apple offers a small number of standard configuration systems that you can buy off the shelf (these are the systems Macworld uses for review), along with a handful of optional upgrades that - for a price - allow purchasers to customize their new Macs.

  • Review: 27-inch iMac mixes advancements, compromises

    Apple's largest all-in-one desktop computer, the 27-inch iMac, was recently updated with a long list of under-the-hood changes, but it's the strikingly thin design that people notice first. And while the 5mm edge on the new iMac is certainly impressive, you can't help but wonder if the trade-offs Apple made for the new design are worth it.

  • Review: New Mac mini offers an attractive bang for the buck

    Last year’s Mac mini brought a number of drastic changes for the compact desktop computer: Core i5 processors that replaced the aging Core 2 Duo CPUs, Thunderbolt ports, and the discontinuation of a built-in SuperDrive. The new Mac mini may not be quite as revolutionary as the 2011 models, but its updates are still significant.

  • Dell UltraSharp U2713HM a non-glossy alternative to Apple's displays

    Dell’s $799 UltraSharp U2713HM is a 27-inch LCD that uses an in-plane switching (IPS) panel and LED backlights to provide a high-end, 2560-by-1440-resolution display that compares favorably with Apple’s offerings but costs considerably less. Unlike Apple’s Thunderbolt Display (), the U2713HM lacks Thunderbolt ports and a glossy screen, but some users prefer a nonglare display and have no interest in using Apple’s latest peripheral connector.

  • Samsung SyncMaster T27B750ND does double-duty as a TV

    The $US550 Samsung SyncMaster T27B750ND 27-inch display offers a ton of interesting features: wireless connectivity, an integrated TV tuner, Internet browsing without a computer, and multiple inputs. It’s a good fit for dorm rooms or other small living areas where a space-saving combination of desktop monitor and television comes in handy. But even with its clever tricks, it suffers from lackluster performance as a standard monitor.

  • Review roundup: 27-inch displays

    The Macworld Lab took a look at three new 27-inch displays, and though they share a few common features, they also have some very substantial differences. The Dell UltraSharp U2713HM, the Dell S2740L, and the Samsung SyncMaster T27B750ND are all 27-inch displays that use LED backlights, but that’s where the similarities end. The one that you should consider will depend on your tastes, needs, and the amount of money you are willing to spend.

  • Drive offers fast speeds, lots of storage

    LaCie's Porsche-designed storage device has it all: speedy performance, tons of space for music, movie and data files, and the ability to function as your Mac's startup drive. Plus, it fits nicely into a shirt pocket.

  • LCD offers good picture, decent price

    If you're in the market for a sleek, stylish LCD, the Samsung SyncMaster 204T is certainly worth a look. This solid, all-around 20-inch display features analog and digital inputs, as well as a height-adjustable stand that can also tilt, swivel, and pivot into portrait mode. The display comes in silver or black and features a slim-bezel design.

  • Monitor produces nearly perfect

    The NEC MultiSync LCD2070NX is a 21-inch dual input (digital and analog) LCD display with a 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution, integrated USB 2.0 hub, and thin-bezel design.

  • Speed rules

    Adding colour to your work documents has always come at a price in terms of time, money, or both. Colour ink-jet printers are inexpensive and great for printing photos from your digital camera, but the paper and ink can cost an arm and a leg, the print times are often slow, and the text is not up to laser clarity. But over the past year, prices have dropped to the point where it’s now feasible to consider colour laser printing for homes and small offices. We looked at five colour laser printers priced at about $US1000: Brother’s HL-2700CN, HP’s colour LaserJet 3500n, Konica Minolta’s magicolour 2350en, Lexmark’s C510n, and Xerox’s Phaser 8400/B.