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Printer and Scanner Features to Look For

When you research a printer or scanner, there are some important features to look for. These include cables and connections, the ability to work with different types of media, and PictBridge, which lets you connect your camera directly to your printer.

Choosing the Right Printer 101
Single-function or multifunction, inkjet or laser, photo or business, low-volume or high-volume, low cost per page, or CPP--critical printer features.

The Enduring Inkjet
Single-function, multifunction, office, photo, duty cycle, ADF, CPP, PPM, PageWide, PrecisionCore, wide-format, PC-free--the right inkjet printer.

Top Alternative Inkjet Printhead Printers
Alternative inkjet printhead technologies, HP's PageWide and Epson's PrecisionCore, outperform several laser and LED printers in print speeds and CPP.

Auto-Duplexing ADFs and Print Engines
Printers with automatic duplexing automatic document feeders (ADF) and print engines can print, scan, copy, and fax two-sided document automatically.

Alternative Printhead Inkjet Printers
HP PageWide and Epson PrecisionCore fixed printhead printers match and exceed laser printers in speed and cost per page savings.

Tabloid (11x17) Multifunction Printers
Tabloid, ledger, 11x17-inch printers and wide format AIOs increase productivity by increasing document options; oversize spreadsheets, images, posters

How to Estimate a Printer’s Cost Per Page
How to use the manufacturer's page yields and cost of consumable cartridges to estimate a printer's per-page cost of operation, or cost per page - CPP

Mobile Printing Features 2014
Printing from mobile devices, because of Wi-Fi Direct, near-field communications, NFC, Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print, has never been easier.

PC-Free Printing, Scanning, & Copying
Today's multifunction AIOs allow you to print, copy, and scan to SD cards, USB drives, cloud printing, mobile device apps, and printer apps--PC-free.

When a $150 Printer can Cost You Thousands
Save hundreds, even thousands of dollars by choosing a printer with a low cost per page, or CPP; it's far more important than the purchase price.

Printer Networking
Networking a printer allows multiple computers to access a single printer, a great convenience for home or small offices.

USB Connectors
Printers and scanners usually connect to computers with a USB connector.

Bluetooth Wireless Printer Adapters
Bluetooth wireless printer adapters allow you to turn any printer that has a USB or parallel port into a short-range wireless printer. They're most convenient for mobile printers, but they can be a lot of fun to use with compact photo printers as well. The Guide to the Mobile Office offers a list of the best wireless printer adapters.

Using PictBridge to Print Photos
PictBridge allows you to connect your digital camera directly to your printer.

Photo Paper
If you're printing photos, there's a wide range of photo papers to choose from. The right one for you depends on what kind of printer you have and how you want your prints to look. Before you buy, learn more about the differences between photo papers.

Ink Yields
Buying ink is one of the most expensive aspects of owning a printer. How long inkjet cartridges last depends a lot on how much you print as well as the size of the paper you print on. Canon provides estimated yields for all its inks.

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