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Types of Printers and Scanners

There are many different kinds of printers to choose from, including inkjets, photo printers, color and monochrome lasers, and multifunction printers (MFPs). There are also lots of scanners to choose from. Here we'll look at the differences between them and explore how they work.

Top Business Inkjet AIOs
Business oriented all-in-one, or AIO, multifunction printers have ADFs, automatic duplexing, faxing, copying, scanning, often high-volume, a low CPP.

Brother MFC-J6920DW Wide Format MFP
Brother's business ready MFC-J6920DW Wide Format, tabloid (11x17 inches) multifunction AIO prints, copies, scans, and faxes oversize documents cheaply

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.

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.

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

Top Wide Format (Tabloid) Printers
Wide format tabloid ( 11x17 inches ) and supertabloid ( 13x17 inches ) printers and AIOs provide a wider range of document and image printing options.

Multifunction Printers
Multifunction printers, also known as all-in-ones, are handy if you have a small office or frequently need to fax, copy, and scan.

Laser / LED Printers
Laser and LED printers are great for printing high-quality documents in black-and-white or in color. They create sharp-looking text and excellent color graphics. They're more expensive to buy than inkjet printers (although prices continue to drop) but are cheaper to own in the long run, as toner cartridges last a long time.

The Basics of Wireless Networking
Wireless networking your printer or scanner may sound difficult, but newer machines are making it easier to do. Here's some advice from networking experts on how to set up your wireless printer.

Types of Scanners
There are a few different kinds of scanners and, as with printers, the one thats right for you depends on how you intend to use it. The most common types are flatbed scanners, sheetfed scanners, photo scanners, and portable scanners.

Inkjet Printers
Inkjets are the most common type of printer available today. They’re very affordable and are excellent printers for almost any task, from printing shopping lists to making copies of photographs.

Mobile Printers
Mobile printers allow you to print on the go, from your car, an airport lounge, or anywhere your temporary "office" is located. Find out which are the best mobile printers from the About.com Guide to the Mobile Office.

Label Printers
If you need to print a lot of labels, you might find that a dedicated label printer is a good investment. Look for one that has a large LCD screen to make your job easier.

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