James GalbraithMacworld

James is the director of Macworld Lab.

Create a custom template in GarageBand

GarageBand '11 has a lot of automated features to get you started, but musician Jim Galbraith prefers to customize GarageBand's templates for his own compositions. He walks you through the steps.

HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One Printer

If you need a device that scans, copies, faxes and prints large spreadsheets, the HP Officejet 7500A is worth considering. Its an average performer in terms of both speed and print quality, but it is one of the few printers top currently support Apple’s AirPrint and HP’s ePrint services.

Fujitsu unveils ScanSnap S1100

Fujitsu unveils a portable version of its popular ScanSnap document scanners

HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One

If you’re looking for an inkjet all-in-one that supports Apple’s AirPrint and HP’s ePrint services, the HP Officejet 6500A is worth a look, if only because they are so few and far between. The 6500A was an average performer in both print speeds and quality, with noticeably fuzzy edges in its text printing.

Putting the band into GarageBand

Sure, you can use GarageBand as a solo artist, but why not use it to strike up the band? Musician James Galbraith shares some easy tips.

Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One C310a

If you’re looking for a speedy multifunction inkjet with wireless capabilities, the HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One is worth a look. Its text and photo printing quality are impressive, and its AirPrint support, touchscreen menus and printing apps are nice-to-have features that work well. If the unit’s remote printing via ePrint Center is your main attraction, however, know that the service is experiencing some growing pains.

MacBook Air flash storage torture tests

Macworld Lab performed torture tests on the flash storage in the MacBook Air, as well as on the SSD option for the iMac. Are these flash-based storage device susceptible to performance degradation over time?

Holiday wish list: James Galbraith

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This year, Macworld Lab Director James Galbraith would love to get some new audio gear to upgrade his home studio.

AirPrint works as far as it goes

The eagerly anticipated AirPrint is not the feature originally promised, the one everyone was hoping would provide seamless, network-based mobile printing. But if you do have a compatible printer, it works as advertised.

Kodak Pic Flick for iPhone

Despite some limitations, this app from Eastman Kodak makes it easy to produce quality color photo prints from your iOS device -- if you have a supported printer or digital photo frame.

Capo for iPhone

A number of clever features allow this impressive iPhone app to help you learn how to play the songs stored in the music library of your iOS device.

AmpliTube2 for iPhone

With welcome new features and refinements to what was already a fun and capable application, AmpliTube 2 for iPhone deserves a place in all guitarists' app collection.

Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Apple’s 27-inch LED Cinema Display makes a great companion to any Mac that uses a Mini DisplayPort connection, but is especially well suited to Mac portable users who can take advantage of the provided Mag Safe power connector and the display’s USB ports to attach keyboards and other peripherals.

2010 MacBook Air: ultimate-edition lab tests

Macworld Lab takes a look at two build-to-order MacBook Airs: the 11-inch 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air, and the 13-inch 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air.

12-core Mac Pro (Mid 2010)

The 12-core Mac Pro is certainly not for everyone. It is expensive and unimpressive when performing everyday computing tasks. However, for anyone who makes a living working on high-end applications that can use and abuse the 24 virtual cores, the amount of time saved on processor-intensive tasks results in the 12-core Mac Pro being a bargain.