Digital Metallic Foil Tints & Hues of Peacock Feather Image
MELBOURNE, Fla. – November 20, 2017 – JM Graphics, Konica Minolta and MGI have announced a partnership to bring Variable Data Foiling (VDF) to the Carolinas region with the deployment of a new Meteor Unlimited Colors digital press solution. JM Graphics is a 40 year-old, Charlotte-based firm that offers a wide range of advanced graphic design, printing, finishing and mailing services with the old-fashioned “personal touch” of a family printing business.
Tradition and Technology
The JM Graphics development of new MGI “CMYK Plus” applications represents an emerging business model for successful commercial printers. Their goal is to maintain and uphold the industry’s best traditions of craft and quality while taking advantage of the most innovative digital print technology available. The result has been to help their clients and print buyers produce stunning, vibrant new images – and more successful projects – that catch the eye of the public in ways never possible before.
James Marek, principal owner of JM Graphics, stated, “For over 40 years, we have offered our customers a commitment of service quality and printing expertise to help grow their businesses. Our investment in the MGI Meteor Unlimited Colors solution is a part of our strategy to bring unique options and new graphical communications ideas to our clients. The addition of variable foil and an expanded color spectrum will benefit our customers in generating more profitable ROIs on their print campaigns.”
Integrated Printing and Foiling
Since the Spring of 2017, JM Graphics has been producing output with a virtually unlimited number of new colors via the blending of CMYK toner and the reflective qualities of foil film – including a rainbow spectrum of new tints and hues with metallic, glitter and holographic effects.
Scott Marek, JM Graphics Operations Manager, explained that “Our goal is to provide the Southeastern U.S. market with original print solutions that are bold, unique and different from standard commercial CMYK output. The Meteor Unlimited Colors system helps us present new creative visual ideas for making the most of prepress graphic designs. The MGI special effects help our print buyers implement successful campaigns that really stand out and get noticed. We want our work to have an impact and make an impression on people. Adding foil and new colors is a way to achieve this goal.”
Digital Foil Advantages
The MGI Meteor Unlimited Colors Press Series offers a 100% digital inline, high-production printing and foiling system. The solution is a powerful new synthesis of digital press and postpress technology. The North American launch of the product line at the 2016 Graph Expo annual print trade show drew rave reviews and a special “Must See ‘Em Award” from the show’s national judging panel. JM Graphics has the first system installed in the Carolinas region.
The Meteor Unlimited Colors system eliminates the cost & need for die-making, foil stamping and traditional makeready setup times and waste. A wide variety of colors, patterns and designs can be used to create brilliant special effects. These digital enhancements options help JM Graphics offer their clients dramatic, luxurious foil finishes to their printed materials, including business cards, brochures, mailers, invitations and retail display signage.
The 500Mbps Powerline kit tested here isn’t the fastest spec available nowadays, as you can buy adapters of 1,000Mbps and up, but for value we think the performance and price make for great value. A couple of years after our original 2015 review we still rate the TrendNet Powerline 500, especially the kit with the added wireless hotspot function. Keep reading for more on that.
Powerline adapters, such as the TrendNet Powerline AV2, use your standard power cables to create a home network that’s much faster than Wi-Fi, and so are perfect for streaming TV shows and movies from services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky OnDemand, Now TV and BBC iPlayer.
Powerline adapters are simple of set up – literally plug and play – and decent value. See Powerline explained.
You take one adapter and connect that to your broadband router, then plug it into a nearby power socket. In a second room you plug the other adapter into a power socket. You can then connect devices via Ethernet cable – just as you would from your router.
Some Powerline adapters include a Wi-Fi access point that creates a new Wi-Fi hotspot in the second room. This makes the new Wi-Fi signal much stronger than the one from your far-away wireless router.
A scenario might be where your modem/router and main PC live (say in the loft office) and you want to get as fast an Ethernet connection as you can in your living room for your smart TV or Sky/Tivo box. You’ll always get a faster connection using wired Ethernet than you will with Wi-Fi.
Powerline is available in a range of speeds, the slowest being a claimed 200Mbps and the fastest 1,200Mbps.
You can forget about these claimed speeds as they are theoretical only. There are many variables that slow down Powerline, but the performance is still much better than you’re likely to get with a normal house’s Wi-Fi.
A decent “500Mbps” set of Powerline adapters might reach nearly 100Mbps in a perfect setup but no more than 70Mbps across different rooms.
Here we test the TrendNet Powerline AV2 Adapter Kit (TPL-408E2K) and the optional TrendNet Powerline 500AV Wireless Access Point (TPL-410AP) that adds a new Wi-Fi hotspot to the second room.
We have tested a large range of Powerline products to help you chose the best adapters for your home. See our favourites in our Best Powerline adapters round up.
TrendNet Powerline AV2 Ethernet and Wi-Fi: features
The TrendNet Powerline 500 AV2 boasts Gigabit Ethernet ports for the fastest speeds. While you won’t reach the possible speeds of Gigabit at least you know that you’re not limited by slower 10/100 Ethernet ports used on most other Powerline adapters. Sadly the Wireless Access Point adapter has the slower 10/100 Ethernet ports, and we were less impressed with the straightline speed of the TPL-410APK, although the Wi-Fi function makes up for this.
Number of Ethernet ports
How many devices do you need to plug into Ethernet in the second room? At home my smart TV has an Ethernet port, and so does my Sky+ box. Games consoles are another reason you should consider Powerline for online gaming.
If I wanted to connect my laptop by Ethernet, too, I’d want a Powerline adapter with three Ethernet ports, although of course I’d be unlikely to require all at the same time so could swap out the cables as I needed them.
So you can get away with a Powerline adapter that has just the one Ethernet port but it’s often more convenient to have more on the second-room adapter. You can of course add a multi-port Ethernet Switch (from about £20) if you want to extend to more than one device.
The TrendNet Powerline AV2 Adapter Kit (TPL-408E2K) comes with the two standard adapters – each of which has just the one Ethernet port.
The TrendNet Powerline 500 Wireless Kit (TPL-410APK), however, boasts not just the extra Wi-Fi hotspot but two Ethernet ports on the second-room adapter. Sadly the Wireless TPL-410APK has the slower 10/100 Ethernet ports, and we were less impressed with its straight-line speed, although the Wi-Fi function makes up for this.
If you live in a building where multiple households share the same electrical wiring system you can stop other residents using your Powerline with the press of a button.
The TPL-408E has a sync button that can create secure power-line connections between multiple units. Press this button on each adapter within two minutes of one another and they work only with each other and not with other Powerline adapters.
If you buy the TPL-408E set, to create a second Wi-Fi hotspot in your house you’ll need to buy the additional TrendNet Powerline 500 AV Wireless Access Point (above). You need this product and at least one of the standard TrendNet Powerline 500 AV2 adapters. Or you can buy the TrendNet Powerline 500 Wireless Kit (TPL-410APK), which comes standard with wireless functions.
Apart from the secure connection button the adapters don’t feature a lot of extras. There’s no Pass-through socket, so you will lose a power socket in each room you have these installed.
TrendNet Powerline AV2 Ethernet and Wi-Fi: performance
We tested the TrendNet Powerline AV2 Adapter Kit and its optional Wi-Fi Wireless Access Point in a Victorian house with fairly old wiring and the usual array of electronic devices (TV, Sky+, Hi-Fi, lamps, microwave, computers, etc) plugged into the power lines. The Internet router was situated in the office on the second floor, and we used Powerline to test data speed on the ground floor.
If your house was built more recently you may well achieve faster speeds than we did, but we use this house to get consistent speeds for a proper Powerline comparison.
We were pretty blown away by the speeds we got from the TrendNet Powerline AV2 Adapter Kit (TPL-408E). Where most top-end Powerline adapters peaked at around 95Mbps at the ideal setup (where we sat the two adapters next to each other in the same room – itself rather pointless but it proves a point in testing) the TrendNet adapters pulled off a remarkable 146Mbps. This is about 50% faster than other Powerlines we have tested. Update: Devolo’s pricier dLan 1200+ has now beaten the TrendNet.
More important, though, is the house average speed, where we test the second adapter in a room a fair distance from the router.
The TrendNet AV2 was again faster than its completion, averaging a speed of 71Mbps using Powerline and ethernet. This was the fastest average speed we got in our comparison of Powerline over ethernet, and is sufficient for most users, and we downloaded HD TV with few pauses. If you want the fastest Powerline speeds you need to make the jump to the pricier gigabit Powerline, on adapters such as the £159 Devolo 1200+.
Using the Wi-Fi of the Wireless Access Point we again got the best results we’ve seen from a Powerline device, with a 68Mbps average – almost as fast as using the Ethernet cable!
We tested the Wi-Fi-ready TPL-410APK at a different date, so the environment may have changed, and at 50Mbps it didn’t perform as well as the 408E. But this speed should still be adequate for catch-up TV downloading.
TrendNet Powerline AV2 Ethernet and Wi-Fi: pricing
The TrendNet Powerline AV2 Adapter Kit (TPL-408E2K) includes two adapters and Ethernet cables, and costs £48.99.
The optional TrendNet Powerline 500 AV Wireless Access Point (TPL-410AP) costs an additional £38.99 on its own or £69.99 with the first-room adapter (Wireless Kit, TPL-410APK). It’s well worth considering if you want a faster Wi-Fi signal away from your wireless router – say for browsing the Internet in the lounge or kitchen. See below for the best online prices. We’ve seen the Wireless Starter Kit for under £50, which is great value.
There is a way to get the best of both worlds. Buy the single TPL-408E adapter (as opposed to the two-adapter TPL-408E2K kit) for £35, and then add the single Wireless Access Point (TPL-410AP for £41 – making a total of £76. It’s well worth considering if you want a faster Wi-Fi signal away from your wireless router – say for browsing the Internet in the lounge or kitchen – as well as the faster 408E Gigabit Ethernet adapter.
Drones are a lot of fun, whether you’re spending £50 or £5,000 on one. It’s always nice to save a bit of money though, and Black Friday can be one of the best times to save on a new drone.
Some are pocket sized but others have ridiculous capabilities, flying high above buildings to capture some seriously impressive aerial photography. There really is a drone for every budget, and it’s a really fun hobby to get into.
You can start big if you want, but that usually means spending hundreds of pounds. Maybe try a smaller model to pique your interest and then invest from there. Either way, all the drones on this page are discounted, and many more will be come Black Friday.
Drones are usually categorized into fun drones, camera drones, stunt drone and racing drones – all pretty self-explanatory. Decide what you want to do with one before you buy.
Best drone deals right now
Black Friday drones deals: What to expect
Retailers such as Argos, Currys PC World and Maplin will likely discount drones of all shapes and sizes on and around Black Friday, which falls on 24 November. As you can see, those places have already started to do so in the run up to the event.
Amazon has launched its Black Friday sales already, with new deals every day and thousands of Lightning Deals every hour. If you plan to shop on Amazon this Black Friday we’d recommend signing up to its 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime now. You’ll then get access to Lightning Deals 30 minutes early as well as free next day delivery.
Here are some of the best deals we’ve seen on drones in the past few days. We’ll be adding a ton more, so stay tuned.
Best drone Black Friday deals
1. Nikko Air DRL Elite Racing Drone Set
Now: £39.99 (£30 off)
This little drone comes with a set that allows you to create custom race tracks and challenge your friends.
2. Red5 Sky Drone Pro V2
Now: £49.99 (50% off)
Bigger than many other drones at this price, the Sky Drone Pro quadcopter is just £49.99 at Argos.
3. DJI Mavic Pro Drone & Accessories Bundle
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,299 (£60 off)
It may cost a lot, but see why any money off this drone is a good deal with our review.
4. Parrot Bebop 2 Power Drone
Now: £549.99 (£80 off)
Save £80 on Parrot’s most advanced quadcopter, complete with FPV goggles.
5. RC EYE NovaX 350 ARF Quadcopter Drone
Now: £199.99 (£50 off)
6. ProFlight Seeker 2 Camera Drone
From: Drones Direct
Now: £29.97 (£30.02 off)
This cheap drone includes a 2mp camera and a sturdy remote control for tons of fun at a really low price.
7. Parrot Mambo FPV Drone
Now: £129.99 (£30 off)
Save £30 on this affordable Parrot drone with first-person view goggles included.
8. YUNEEC Typhoon H Drone with Controller
From: Currys PC World
Now: £699 (£150 off)
Get a brilliant £150 off this drone that comes with the ability to record and stream live 4K footage to your phone or tablet. For buying advice visit: best drones 2017.
9. Recon Observation Drone with Camera
Now: £42.99 (57% off)
Get this drone for more than half price at Amazon right now.
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Powerline is a simple-to-install digital home technology that can provide faster speeds than Wi-Fi for connecting devices to your network, regardless of whether or not they’re in the same room as your router.
It uses your home’s mains power wires to create a network connection that – in many cases – is faster than Wi-Fi. It isn’t limited to gadgets that have an Ethernet port: some powerline kits can create new Wi-Fi hotspots to give you a wireless signal in rooms or areas your router can’t reach.
The best Powerline adapters are usually a better bet than Wi-Fi extenders or repeaters that merely push a weak signal further around a house. An interesting alternative is Mesh Wi-Fi (See our Best Mesh Wi-Fi Networks roundup), but Powerline is the fastest and can come with extra Wi-Fi hotspots built in.
Here’s how easy it is to install powerline adaptors. Plug one adapter into a power socket near your router and attach it to the router with an ethernet cable (usually supplied with the powerline kit).
Then go to the room where you want to hook up a device to the network, plug the second adapter into a nearby power socket, and connect another ethernet cable from that to the device you want to get online.
That’s it. It really is plug and play.
What if I need Wi-Fi?
As we’ve said, some Powerline adapters also have built-in Wi-Fi and create a new wireless network in that second room. This means you can get a strong, fast signal for your laptop, smartphone, tablet or other Wi-Fi gadget. If you just want great Wi-Fi coverage across your entire home and not just a new hotspot in one weak room, then consider “Mesh”; read our roundup of thebest Mesh Wi-Fi network kits. But Powerline with Wi-Fi is a simple solution that works very well.
What other features should I look for?
You should also consider adapters that have an integrated “pass-through” power socket and therefore don’t take up a valuable wall socket.
The cheapest powerline adapters are usually rated at 200Mbps, the middle-performing are around 500Mbps, and the fastest can go as high as 2,000Mbps.
You won’t actually achieve these speeds as they’re theoretical maximums, but they’re an easy way to gauge which models are fastest.
Also look out for adapters that use the latest Gigabit Ethernet ports, if the adapters are rated at over 500Mbps.
PC Advisor tests powerline adapters in real-world environments so check out our list below for our performance results and recommendations, along with links to ourfull reviews for speed scores and feature explanations. Some of the adapters we review here were tested a couple of years ago, but the basic technology hasn’t changed much and these are gadgets that you don’t need to upgrade very often, making them even better value for money.
For more information on Powerline speed myths, tips and recommendations read our Powerline FAQ.
Best Powerline adapters 2017 UK – best powerline reviews
We were impressed by the real-world performance of the TP-Link AV2000, which scored as high as we’ve seen in our tests. The inclusion of pass-through sockets on the TL-PA9020P KIT version and two Gigabit Ethernet ports per adapter (on both the TL-PA9020P KIT and TL-PA9020 KIT) are also welcomed. There’s no extra Wi-Fi hotspot function but if your house Wi-Fi is acceptable this isn’t the worst omission. If you want a fast Powerline starter kit with more than one Ethernet port plus pass-through this is highly recommended, and is at decent price too.
This inexpensive kit is great value if you don’t need the absolute fastest speeds possible, and the Wireless Access Point option adds fast Wi-Fi if you need more than simple wired network ports. Although you can buy 1,000Mbps and faster adapters, they won’t double the speed of this 500Mbps set.
More than one port per adapter would have been nice, and the adaptors lack pass-through sockets, but at this price they’re a great option for those on a limited budget.
The TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kits (TL-PA8010 KIT, TL-PA8010P KIT, TL-PA8030P KIT, or TL-WPA8630P KIT) match their rival Gigabit Powerline adapter sets in our real-world speed tests. We prefer the only slightly more expensive TL-PA8030P as it boasts three Gigabit Ethernet ports, compared to the TL-PA8010P’s single port adapters. If your house suffers from weak Wi-Fi consider the WPA8630P that includes functionality to add a new Wi-Fi hotspot in your house. If your Wi-Fi signal is acceptable you can live without a new hotspot, and the TL-PA8030P especially represents great Powerline value.
The Solwise SmartLink PL1200AV2 Passthrough PIGGY (why PIGGY??) HomePlug Adapter might have an over-long name but it is one of the fastest Powerline adapters we’ve ever tested. In a straight fight with its nearest competitor, the better-looking but bigger Devolo 1200+, it aced the speed tests by a whisker. It features two Gigabit Ethernet ports and a Passthrough socket just like the Devolo, but is a third cheaper. There’s no Wi-Fi model but pound for pound it’s hard to fault this super-speedy Powerline adapter. Don’t forget that you need two to make a network, and can add extra if you want to network other rooms, too.
Both the D-Link AV 500 HD Mini and D-Link AV2 1000 HD Powerline adapters are well built, and discreet – you’ll hardly notice them. The AV 500 adapters were a little slow in our tests but about acceptable for most needs – and they are super tiny! The AV2 1000 HD adapters are a bit larger but were blazingly fast when tested, even beating a 1,200Mbps set of Powerline adapters! You don’t get extra Wi-Fi or pass-through power sockets but at these prices the D-Link Powerline adapters are great value, and will certainly speed up your home network.
The Devolo dLan 1200+ is one of the fastest Powerline adapters we’ve tested to date. It might not reach the dizzying speeds that it claims, but that’s true of all Powerline adapters out there. Its integrated electrical pass-through power socket is a real bonus, and the model with Wi-Fi and two Gigabit Ethernet ports on the second unit, if a little pricy, pretty much has it all. It’s not the very latest model but it still performs excellently. (Not available in the US.)
The Netgear PowerLINE WiFi 1000 lacks multiple Ethernet ports on each adapter and doesn’t have handy pass-through power sockets. But it performed well in our real-world speed tests, especially with its second-room new WiFi hotspot. The base unit is nicely compact, and the second adapter looks the part with its two antennae. The price is reasonable for a Powerline with extra WiFi, but you can get cheaper (but not quite as fast) with a 500Mbps Powerline. If you don’t need more than one Ethernet port per adapter but do want to improve your house WiFi speeds the Netgear PowerLINE WiFi 1000 is certainly worth considering.
Powerlines create fast home networks with the minimum of fuss, and the Trendnet Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit is one of the fastest we’ve tested. It is rather limited by its no-frills features, though: one Ethernet port per adapter and lack of wireless, but if you want just the basics at top speeds you will surely love this Powerline kit. It is available in two model: the entry-level TPL-420E2K, and the slightly larger TPL-421E2K, which features the handy pass-through sockets on each adapter.
The Asus PL-AC56 AV2 1200 Wi-Fi Powerline Extender performed well in our real-world wired speed tests, but less so from a Wi-Fi point of view despite its unique external antennae that suggested it would be a wireless champ; Asus claims they will improve signal strength at greater distances than adapters with built-in antennae. This second adapter is also pretty large and therefore is less discreet than most adapters we’ve tested. At £156 the PL-AC56 is expensive (about the same as the Devolo 1200+ Wi-Fi but more than the TP-Link WPA8630P), but does boast all the bells and whistles (three Gigabit Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi, and a pass-through socket on the base adapter) of the latest 1200-rated Powerline starter kits, and so suits the top-end networking market well.
Powerline adapters are brilliant for making fast and simple home networks, and the Netgear Powerline 1200 models passed our speed and set up tests with ease. Of the two models we think paying extra for the PLP1200 with PassThrough sockets is worth the additional expense compared to the cheaper PL1200. Sadly both are rather limited by their no-frills features, though: one Ethernet port per adapter and lack of wireless mean these are relatively basic but will still make a huge difference to your home network and PC/entertainment download speeds.
CHICAGO – November 17, 2017 – Donnelley Financial Solutions, a leading provider of financial services communications solutions, announced that it has published the fifth edition of its “Guide to Effective Proxies,” a catalog of innovative and shareholder-friendly best practices, drawn from the public filings of Donnelley Financial Solutions’ blue-chip client base. The guide serves as a unique tool to assist companies in transforming proxy statements from traditional compliance documents to more compelling shareholder communications pieces.
“Investors are increasingly engaging companies on a range of board, governance, compensation and other strategic issues,” said Ron Schneider, director of corporate governance services at Donnelley Financial Solutions. “By enhancing proxy statement disclosures, companies can better engage shareholders and secure their support for the board and management on the issues investors are focused on.”
Each year, Donnelley Financial Solutions works with over 1,500 U.S. companies on their proxy statements. This work includes printing, SEC filing, distribution, Web-hosting and furnishing advice on content, strategy and design.
“We created this guide to leverage our expertise on behalf of the investor community, promoting greater transparency and enhancing communications,” said Craig Clay, president of Global Capital Markets at Donnelley Financial Solutions. “We believe that, by demonstrating more effective disclosure practices, companies will be able to sharpen their message and build stronger investor relationships.”
The “Guide to Effective Proxies” covers a broad range of proxy statement topics and illustrates key areas for improvement. Several innovative practices are covered, including:
providing investors with business context to promote thoughtful voting;
highlighting board diversity and qualifications, and performance evaluation;
telling a compelling pay-for-performance alignment story;
internal board equity (with CEO/median employee pay ratio disclosure required in 2018 proxies),
discussing the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility profile,
using graphics, charts and other visual elements to share comprehensive information in a more understandable way;