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Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Scanner

This review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Scanner found it to be a hardworking little scanner that did a great job.

Brother P-Touch PT-2430 PC Label Maker

The P-touch PT-2430 adds a few small but important conveniences to the lower-end versions of the P-touch line, such as an included AC cord and automatic trimming of the labels. These may not sound so important, but if you plan on making a lot of labels, they'll save a ton of time. And if you do use it a lot, I think it's worth the extra $30 or so (street price is around $79) to get this unit rather than the 1230.

HP LaserJet 100 M175nw Color Laser Printer

This mid-priced all-in-one color laser printer uses HP's new "Plug and Print" technology, meaning there's no need to install drivers from a CD. Features include wired / wireless networking, scanning and copying, and an automatic document feeder.

Review of the Samsung ML-3712DW Monochrome Laser Printer

The Samsung ML-3712DW is a monochrome laser printer that has few fancy features--but the ones it has, such as one-touch eco-print and built-in WiFi--are excellent. Even better is that it's an affordable laser printer.

Brother MFC-9970CDW All-in-One Color Laser Printer

The MFC-9970CDW is built for offices and small workgroups. It's a color laser printer with built-in fax, copier, and scanner, and it features an automatic document feeder, USB port up front, a five-inch color touchscreen (for some but not all functions), automatic duplex printing, and wireless or wired networking. Standard or high-yield toner cartridges work with this unit.

Review of the Canon CanoScan LiDE 210 Flatbed Scanner

The Canon CanoScan LiDE 210 is one of the smallest flatbed scanners I've ever reviewed. Don't be fooled by its size, though; the LiDE 210 offers a lot of functionality and convenience in a small footprint--and with a small price as well. It feels a bit delicate and so I was hesitant to put too much pressure on it when trying to scan a hardcover book (and the cover only raises an inch or so, so it's not optimal for scanning large items); but it's a best bet for document scanning.

Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner

The Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner can scan both photos and negatives. Since Adobe Photoshop Elements and other optical-character recognition software comes in the package, it offers a lot of benefits for any photo-scanning use.

Brother MFC-J6710DW All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer

The Brother MFC-J6710DW all-in-one inkjet printer is built for heavy use in small offices, and its main advantage is that it can work with paper sizes as large as 11x17. Those who need that kind of functionality will find this a great buy. Small offices will also find Brother's optional high-yield ink cartridges a helpful option. The printer has built-in duplexing capability and wireless or wired networking and comes with a three-year limited warranty.

HP LaserJet M1217nfw Monochrome Laser Multifunction Printer

This mid-priced monochrome laser printer includes copying, scanning, and faxing capability as well as one of my favorite features--it uses HP's new "Plug and Print" technology, meaning there's no need to install drivers from a CD.

Review of the Doxie Portable Document Scanner

Doxie is a portable scanner that's great for scanning documents; it works pretty well scanning photographs as well. It was easy to set up and it's quite easy to use (one touch of a button is really the only choice offered). There's little to guide paper as it's being loaded, so there's a risk of a scan being slightly askew, but the quick pace of this portable scanner more than makes up for any minor issues.

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Inkjet Printer

The Epson Artisan 800 printer is a fantastic all-in-one printer that works across a network (or via USB). Images, documents, photos, all looked great thanks to the Claria ink cartridges. Too bad this particular Epson inkjet printer doesn't come with a duplexer.

Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Printer

The Epson Artisan 810 color printer is at the high end of all-in-one line; but for the price, it delivers a great value. It prints very quickly and photos in particular come out with startling quality and richness. It's got all the handy bells and whistles you could hope for, from built-in wireless (very easily configured) to automatic duplexing. And the printer's enormous (7.8-inch) and tiltable touchscreen makes it a snap to use. For a little extra money, this printer is truly a best buy.

Samsung Color Laser Printer

The Samsung CLX-6200FX color laser printer offers everything a small office needs to be productive.

HP LaserJet 1536dnf Laser Multifunction Printer

If there's a down side tot he HP LaserJet 1536dnf multifunction printer, it's that it's not part of HP's "Plug and Print" line of laser printers, where installing drivers doesn't require a CD. Otherwise, this monochrome laser printer is lightning fast and produces excellent--though monochrome--results.

HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Laser Printer

The HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Laser Printer is a slow and steady color multifunction laser printer whose results are impressive, if not speedy. It gets up to 12 pages per minute (black) at its top speed, but normal speeds will get you somewhere around seven. Its handy and large touchscreen and wireless / wired networking are pros for offices, but its lack of an automatic duplexer make it less than perfect for office environments.

Review of the Brother MFC-7860DW Laser Printer

The Brother MFC-7860DW is a multifunction laser printer that offers automatic duplexing, wireless or wired networking, and a 250-sheet paper tray. I found it quiet, fast, and reliable--and prints look outstanding.

HP Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise Color Printer

The HP Officejet Pro Enterprise 8000 offers duplex printing, networked connectivity, and a 250-sheet input tray. HP says its cost per page is less than that of laser printers; and for under $200 it's at the low end for enterprise printers.

Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Color Printer

Kid cousin to the Kodak ESP Office 6150 (and significantly cheaper), it's got a lot in common with that more expensive printer--it's just as slow. Photos did indeed look very good, even at letter size, with print speeds about or above average (1:45 for letter size, about 1:08 for 4x6). It does offer some nice advantages, such as Kodak Perfect Page, the company's high-end scanning package, and wireless printing (including from a Blackberry).

HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer--A Handy Tool for Road Warriors

Road warriors will find a dependable friend in the HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer, which offers long-lived battery power and easy to set up Bluetooth printing. It's not the smallest mobile printer I've seen, but it does print in color and gives remarkably good results considering its size.

HP Officejet H470 Mobile Inkjet Printer

The HP Officejet H470 could be really convenient if you need a nearly full-size printer that can run off a battery and connect wirelessly or via Bluetooth. But since I'm having trouble identifying when precisely you'd need that combination, and since the printer is slow, expensive, and seems error prone, I'd spend the same amount of money that doesn't offer battery power and a nifty vinyl case but gives faster, better prints.

Xerox Phaser 6010 Color LED Printer

The Xerox Phaser 6010 is a color LED printer for small workgroups and offices. It's smaller than some other Xerox Phasers I've reviewed, and the small footprint makes it a decent choice for offices that don't have a lot of extra room. There's no wireless but there is built-in Ethernet networking. Duplexing is manual but available. At around $299 it's a bit more than Phaser laser printers, but the small size is a big improvement.

Canon Pixma MX882 All-in-One Printer

The Canon Pixma MX882 is a worthy upgrade to the Pixma line. While it offers many of the same features as the MX860, it's much faster and almost the same price. The printer has built-in wireless and an automatic duplexer, and an extended keypad that helps keep the printer's face from being overly busy (though it's still pretty full). Speeds were excellent and quality was everything I expected from a Canon printer.

Review of the Brother P-Touch PT-2730 Electronic Labeling System

The Brother PT-2730 Electronic Labeling System is a portable label maker that can work independently or be connected to a PC for advanced functionality (such as working directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, or Outlook). The machine can work on batteries or with the (included) AC power cord. Users can choose from eight fonts, 17 frames, and a wide array of type styles and symbols. It comes with an automatic tape cutter built in, and a library of more than 50 pre-formatted labels.

Epson WorkForce 60 Color Inkjet Printer

The Epson WorkForce 60 is a bare-bones color inkjet printer. It has very good print speeds at normal quality (and laser-like text at high quality printing), with handsome prints and very good photo quality. Wireless 802.11n is built in, as is a duplexer. Otherwise, you won't find any bells or whistles on this Epson Workforce.

Kodak ESP C310 Multifunction Color Printer

The Kodak ESP C310 comes it at under $100 and offers printing, scanning, and copying in a very compact machine. Graphics and fonts looked surprisingly sharp and clear for such a low-end printer; photos also looked very good, though not as sharp as with similarly priced printers. Photos tended to come out of the printer slightly bowed, though they flattened out after a few minutes. The on-board controls and tiny LCD are minimal but adequate for occasional printing.

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