CANOSCAN N1240U ($199)
Canon’s newest generation of flatbeds offers operational ease — push one button to scan, copy, or e-mail — and fewer moving parts to use less power. And it delivers the goods: Rich, 48-bit colors at 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution. We like the redesigned lid, which comfortably accommodates full pages in books, magazines, and thick documents. One cable handles power and USB connectivity, so set-up’s a snap. Plus, the bundled software archives CDs and automatically straightens images before each scan. (800) 652-2666; www.usa.canon.com/consumer
MICROSOFT OFFICE KEYBOARD ($65)
This nifty keyboard turns common strokes and mouse commands into a series of cool new control keys. Commands once made mostly with a mouse — save, print, undo, and spell check among them — can now be programmed as speedy, single-key functions. Hot keys get you online quickly; the press of one button launches Word, Excel, or PIM tools like e-mail, calculator, and calendar items; and a built-in scroll wheel offers an alternative to cursor keys. All in a sleek package that wastes precious little desk space. (800) 426-9400; www.microsoft.com/keyboard
EPSON STYLUS C80 ($149, after $30 rebate)
Power printing really hits home with this muscular inkjet, a workhorse that pumps out up to 20 quick-drying, fade-resistant text pages per minute in black and white, and as many as 10 in color. Work in large numbers? The C80’s tray holds 150 sheets and can handle around 5,000 pages per month. Want wireless? Epson also offers an Ethernet-ready version (C80WN, $399) that can be accessorized for cable-free printing. (800) 463-7766; www.epson.com