With a huge 44% share of votes, Canon is once again our readers' favorite inkjet printer maker. In 2018, the company has launched a variety of models to appeal to different user needs. For example, the Pixma TS9570, TS8270, and TS707 don't just print gorgeous photos, they can also be used to print nail art stickers. For homes and small businesses that place cost over all else, the Pixma G ink tank printers deliver up to 6,000 black-and-white document pages and 7,000 color document pages using the bundled set of four ink bottles; and the recent Pixma E4270 has an ADF and supports automatic two-sided printing. 2018 also saw the arrival of Canon's smallest photo printer to date: the PV-123 Mini Photo Printer. Like HP's Sprocket printers, the PV-123 uses the Zink dye-printing technology to print its 2 x 3-inch photos. Coming in second is HP (23%), which recently launched the Tango X wireless printer that works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana. Epson, which recently refreshed its ink tank printer lineup under the new EcoTank branding, is third with 17% of the votes.
With 28% of the votes, Canon has managed to hold on to the Best Laser/LED Printer Brand award it won last year. Towards the end of 2018, the company refreshed its SOHO and workgroup lineup with no less than eight Imageclass A4 mono laser printers. And leading that group is the MF269dw, a sub-S$400 all-in-one model that prints at up to 28ppm. If you only need to print, the single-function Imageclass LBP113w that prints at a rate of 22ppm is only going for S$199. Fuji Xerox (20%) and HP (19%) complete the top three in this category.
With 31% of the votes, this is the 6th straight year ASUS has won our Best Wireless Networking Brand award. Recently, the company launched the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, which is a 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) router that can support a maximum throughput of 11,000Mbps through its single 2.4GHz network and two 5GHz networks. This flagship router also sports a 2.5Gbps-capable WAN port and four gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. For those looking for a dual-band AX6000-class router, ASUS also one in the RT-AX88U. Other interesting routers we saw from ASUS last year include the Alexa-capable Lyra Voice tri-band mesh router and the funky-looking Blue Cave AC2600 dual-band router. Linksys, maker of the Velop mesh Wi-Fi system and the new AC2600-class EA8100 router is second with 19% of the votes.
With 22% of the votes, D-Link has now won our Best IP Camera Brand award three times in a row. D-Link's newest offerings in 2018 included the DCS-2802KT, which is a S$679 battery-powered IP65 camera kit (includes two cameras) that works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The DCS-8300LH is also quite new, and that's a full HD Wi-Fi camera with a 137° wide-angle lens. And slated to arrive sometime this year is the new DCS-8330LH. Announced at this year's CES, this is also a full HD Wi-Fi camera but it has a built-in smart home hub, which means it'll work with D-Link's other Zigbee-based sensors and smart plugs. Coming up strong in second place is Samsung (SmartCam) with 16% of the votes.
Sim Lim Square has always been the go-to place for DIY enthusiasts building their own systems, as this is the mall that gathers numerous PC components retailers under the same roof. For the 10th consecutive year, our readers have voted Fuwell (14%) their favorite local PC components retailer. Once again, Fuwell has to fight off strong challenges from Cybermind and Best Bargain - both of which have 12% of votes. With 10%, Bizgram isn't that far behind as well.