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For serious amateur photographers and pros on a tight budget, here's a list of great photo scanners to scan photographs and digitize negatives and slides.
Inkjets have nozzles that spray tiny drops of ink, while laser printers melt dots of toner against the paper. The more dots you can squeeze into a square inch, the sharper the resulting image will be. Printer resolution refers to how many dots per inch a printer can put onto a piece of paper.
Updated October 8, 2011 Small home offices and other frequent printers may well find that an all-in-one
There are a few different kinds of scanners and, as with printers, the one that’s 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.
When printheads get clogged, image quality suffers. But cleaning printheads is a quick and simple process. Here's a step-by-step tutorial on cleaning printheads. Note: These instructions will work for users of Windows but not of other operating systems.
Changing print quality to Draft Mode can speed up printing and save ink.
If there's a down side to the HP LaserJet 1536dnf multifunction printer, it's that it's not part of HP's
Photo printers are a great buy. Nearly everyone has a digital camera, and while it’s easy to share digital photos online, there are still lots of good reasons to print out your photos. Photo printers are inexpensive (all the ones here are under $200, and some are under $100), easy to use, and do a great job at printing photos. Here are my choices for the Top Budget Photo Printers.
If you've got limited cash to burn but need an excellent printer, you've still got a lot of great options. Here you'll find some of the best printers I've tested that are under (or almost under) $100.
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.
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.
Not sure where to start with your search for a printer, scanner, or photo scanner? Here are some top picks for the Best Printers, Scanners, and Photo Scanners I've tried. You'll find a great variety at good prices. But the choices change often, so come back and check often!
Wireless printers offer great convenience for small or home offices, or simply where desktop space is tight. Wireless printing is becoming more and more of a standard rather than an option. Here is a list of some of the best wireless printers I've tried.
The ScanMyPhotos.com service is a fast, efficient, and--depending on how many photos you have to scan--reasonably priced photo-scanning service. However, if you want to retain the rich colors of your original photos, you may not be content with the 300 dpi scans that ScanMyPhotos.com offers. In that case you'll either have to do it yourself, or use a service that can offer 600 dpi scanning.
Microsoft Office Document Imaging software can convert the text in a scanned image to a Word document, and it's built into Office. Here’s how to use it.
Laser / LED printers are getting cheaper and, while they still may be pricier than inkjets, their total cost of ownership is lower thanks to their long-lasting toner cartridges. You can find some great deals on laser / LED printers. (LED printers work much the same as laser printers but use LED lights rather than a laser as their primary light source.) Here's a look at the laser and LED printers I've tried.
You can print directly onto fabric using your inkjet printer. Here's how.
Wireless and networking, a built-in duplexer, easy cloud printing, and a 35-sheet automatic document feeder are some of the features offered by the Canon Pixma MX892 all-in-one printer. The printer is a bit big but has a space-saving shape, and I like the dual-function panel that is handy and sleek, though not a touchscreen.
The HP Officejet Pro 8600 is a color inkjet all-in-one printer that offers print, fax, scan, copy, and Web access (to HP's Web apps). It's as fast as many laser printers and has a low total cost of ownership; and the quality doesn't suffer from the speed.
Printers for small and home offices need to be a bit more heavy-duty than other printers. They also need a lot of extras, such as automatic document feeders, extra paper trays, duplex printing, and the ability to be networked on wired or wireless networks. Here are some printers I've tried that can get the job done.
HP has released a printer that it says is fast, economical, and eco-conscious--it uses as much as 40
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.
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.
Though the HP Photosmart D110 series sounds like a dedicated photo printer, it's not quite that; rather, it's a fax-less all-in-one that's not as portable as HP seems to think. It has a decent sized LCD screen, it prints photos nicely, and is wireless and has customizable apps to allow printing from online sources. Still, though inexpensive, it's in a crowded HP marketplace of similarly priced printers with similar functions, and it's hard to see how it distinguishes itself from the pack.
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
Buying a new printer can be hard work; the first thing to do is choose which printer is the right one for you. But that's not so easy to do, since there are so many printer choices. Inkjet? Laser or LED? All-in-one printer? Some or all of the above? The answer depends on how you intend to use it, and the first step is figuring out what you need.
Moderately priced and with a fairly small footprint, the Brother MFC-J825DW all-in-one color inkjet printer comes equipped with lots of extras.
If you've got a huge amount of photos you'd like to scan, it's often faster and easier to trust someone else to do it--otherwise, scanning photos one at a time can be a very time-consuming process. But it's not easy to compare these services, since they all have lots of different deals and requirements. This comparison chart of online photo-scanning services should help you compare pricing between some of the biggest players.
Networking a printer allows multiple computers to access a single printer, a great convenience for home or small offices.
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. LED printers simply use an array of LEDs rather than a single laser as a light source; output is almost indistinguishable from a laser printer.
Looking for a new printer? There are a lot of excellent options, and it can be hard to sort through all the options. Here you'll find some ideas for the best printers I've tested and reviewed so far.
Software from Remote Scan allows printers to share a single scanner across a wired or wireless network.
The Canon Pixma MP480 All-in-One Printer is inexpensive, small, and good looking, but it's missing some of the options that would make it a must-buy.
The HP LaserJet P2055d doesn't do more than print in black and white; but it does that exceedingly fast and with excellent output. While it doesn't come as cheaply as some other laser and LED printers, speed and quality counts for a lot--particularly for home and small businesses. Still, if your needs go beyond monochrome printing, there are other good choices in this price range.
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.
A review of the Xerox Phaser 3100MFP laser printer shows that it needs more work to compete in this price range.
The Brother HL-2270 laser printer offers a lot of the conveniences of heavier-duty Brother laser printers such as the HL-5370DW, such as wireless networking and built-in duplexing--and it's about a hundred dollars cheaper as well. Where the 5370DW has a few extra perks such as a 50-sheet bypass tray (where the 2270DW has only a single-sheet bypass tray), the cheaper printer easily competes with its more expensive cousin and is highly recommended.
This HP Deskjet printer is an entry-level all-in-one printer that does a remarkably good job.
This photo compares the 300 dpi scan from ScanMyPhotos.com with a 600 dpi scan done on an HP OfficeJet 4500 all-in-one printer.
The HP Scanjet Professional 3000 Document Scanner is a high-speed and surprisingly heavy-duty sheet-fed scanner. It comes with a full suite of scanning software which makes it right for a lot of different uses. I wasn't impressed too much with the business-card software, which did an okay job with lots of cards but still left me plenty of editing to do. But I was impressed that the scanner seemed nearly unjammable.
The Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner works well for scanning documents as well as photos and negatives. Its built-in photo-management software allows you to do some decent photo restoration (fixing colors, adjusting for dark backgrounds, and so on) while photo-stitching software gives the opportunity to splice several photos together. If only the power and USB cords plugged into the back rather than the front, it would be excellent.
All-in-one printers, also known as multifunction printers (MFPs), are handy if you have a small office or frequently need to fax, copy, and scan. All in one printers are almost the same price as single-function printers.
Moderately priced and with a fairly small footprint, the Brother MFC-J825DW all-in-one color inkjet printer comes equipped with lots of extras, including built-in WiFi and wired networking, automatic duplex printing, a color touchscreen, a separate photo-paper tray as well as an automatic document feeder, and an attachment for printing on printable CDs and DVDs.
Resolution refers to the amount of information, calculated in dots per inch, that the scanner can read.
Brother's MFC-255CW is a very good color inkjet printer that is a great value at under $100. Like some other Brother all-in-ones I've tried, it has slow print speeds across a wireless network, but it scores high points for print quality--especially photos, which come out looking fantastic.
Shapeways, a company that lets consumers create and print their own 3-D creations, can print using a variety of substance, from plastic to glass. But when they offered pure silver, it was time to learn more about how that could possibly work.
Print speed depends on what kind of document you're printing and how your printer's preferences are set.
What are the appropriate settings to use when you want photo prints to look their best? ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles provide devices such as printers, scanners, and monitors with a consistent color profile. You can download them from various manufacturers if you're serious about making prints look their best. If you're not sure whether you need to use color profiles, then that's a good bet that you don't really need to use them at all, which you should appreciate, since they can be very complex to understand.
The NeatDesk Document Scanner is a great help in clearing out cluttered drawers and filing cabinets, allowing scans to be exported to useful programs such as Outlook and Turbo Tax. Business cards gave the scanner some problems, however.
The bottom line on the HP LaserJet 100 Color MFP M175nw color laser all-in-one printer is that it's remarkably
If you've got a huge amount of photos you'd like to scan, it's often faster and easier to trust someone else to do it--otherwise, scanning photos one at a time can be a very time-consuming process. But it's not easy to compare these services, since they all have lots of different deals and requirements. This comparison chart of online photo-scanning services should help you compare pricing between some of the biggest players. Page 2.
The Brother MFC-790 all-in-one wireless printer is an affordable multifunction printer that will work best for home and small-office users.
The HP Scanjet Professional 100 Mobile Scanner is portable, fast, and comes with a full suite of scanning software. It's easy to use, though the sheer amount of software included is a bit daunting--it takes some playing around to figure out what each does. The business-card software was very weak. But the scanner's size, USB power, and heavy-duty case make up for this (unless you need a mobile scanner primarily for business cards--in that case, look for other software).
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.
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.
Sure, you could spend some time wandering around the store, hoping to find just the right card for Mom when Mother's Day rolls around. Or you could make things a lot simpler by printing your own card, and customizing it yourself. Here's a list of customizable and printable Mother's Day cards.
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.
The Pandigital Photolink One-Touch Photo Scanner is small, affordable, and did a decent job in scanning photos. It may not be the choice of professional photographers, and it doesn't scan negatives or slides, but for the home user looking to get that box of photos organized, this is a good deal.
Turning paper documents into digital files is a great first step in organizing your home office, or your home life. But it's not a silver bullet. Getting organized requires good planning in addition to good equipment.
The Panasonic KX-MB1500 is a monochrome laser printer that offers scan and copy functions (a slightly more expensive version is available that offers a fax as well). The printer is very compact and made for small and home offices. It doesn't offer many extras but it is very inexpensive.
The Canon Pixma MG5320 is a very reasonably priced all-in-one (minus the fax) inkjet printer. While printing times are not particularly speedy, neither is it frustratingly slow; and somehow, color photos print out quick fast, with very good quality. I found color graphics to be acceptable but certainly not thrilling or crystal clear. But, given the price (around US$150), it performs above its class.
The HP Officejet Pro 8500A is a wireless all-in-one printer that features a touchscreen, a duplexer, and customizable apps that can be downloaded from HP. A unique e-mail address means you can print to it from anywhere.
This Brother all-in-one printer connects easily to a network and prints and scans quickly. A better LCD and automatic duplexing would raise it a few notches higher.
If the platen glass or document cover of your printer/scanner are dirty or smudged, your scan and print jobs aren’t going to look good. Cleaning these elements is easy with nothing more than cloth and water. Don’t use paper towels or tissues (they can leave fine threads behind), and never use chemical cleaners.
For a bare-bones laser printer--no wireless, no automatic duplexing--the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf is fairly
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.
The HP OfficeJet 4500 Wireless is not exactly a speed demon, but for the price (I saw it as low as $129.99), it's a very good deal. For that price, built-in wireless, an automatic document feeder, fax, and (manual) duplex come as welcome surprises. Print quality for text documents was not the best I've seen, but color photos looked lush and wonderful.
The Dell 968W All-in-One printer is a convenient and hard-working multifunction printer that's easy on the wallet.
Sleek, small, and quiet, the HP Envy 110 all-in-one color inkjet printer is also wireless and has a built-in duplexer. While I found the color touchscreen a bit tricky to use sometimes, and while (at regular speeds) it's not particularly fast, those who are looking for a small all-in-one with a lot of good features may find this printer a good match.
The Plustek OpticFilm 7400 is a dedicated scanner for negatives and slides. With the aid of the included SilverFast software, the scanner does a phenomenal job of easily scanning negatives and slides and making them look great--without a lot of editing intervention. It makes multiple passes when it scans, so it's not meant to be fast; and it will work only with standard 35mm negatives and slides. It's not a very versatile scanner, but is right for those with lots of old film to convert.
The Samsung CLX-6200FX color laser printer offers everything a small office needs to be productive.
Printing directly onto a CD or DVD using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680 inkjet printer couldn’t be easier, and the results are fantastic. This Step-By-Step guide will demonstrate how to do it. Note that you need to make sure the CD or DVD you’re using can be printed on; check the label before you buy. Also, make sure you have already burned to the disk; once you’ve put the label on, you can’t burn data to the disk.
TWAIN is a software protocol that goes between your computer and your camera, scanner, or whatever imaging device you're using. It helps ensure that your computer can understand and display the data being sent by the imaging device.
The HP 8500 all-in-one printer is a professional-level printer that, like the HP 6500, offers energy savings and, claims HP, a lower cost per page than laser printers.
When the inside of your Pixma printer gets dirty, it can smudge the paper. Here's an easy way to get
The HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer is meant for offices with heavy printing needs. It's not particularly fast, at least for first pages, but print quality is uniformly excellent. It offers a single paper tray and a single priority feed slot. Like other HP LaserJets, page curl is an issue, and the tiny LCD screen and control panel offer only the basics. With a duty cycle of up to 30,000 pages per month, this relatively small color laser printer is meant to last.
The Canon Pixma MP530 is a multifunction printer that is a dependable workhorse for home offices.
PaperPort 12 Professional is a top-end suite of software that allows you to easily create PDFs (and make regular PDFs into fillable forms) that can be searched and password-protected. It also makes organizing scanned documents across a network a much simpler task, and even connects directly to Sharepoint. It's a bit complicated to use and more expensive than, say, a full-blown version of Adobe Acrobat, but the range of options it offers might be worth the extra money to business users.
The Epson LabelWorks LW-400 is a portable, handheld label maker that offers 14 font types and 10 font styles. Many styles of labels are accommodated, from 6 mm to 18 mm, and including reflective, glow in the dark, iron-on, and barcode labels.
Reasonably priced for a high-quality monochrome laser printer, the HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn laser 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.
Excellent print quality at a low price makes the Canon Selphy CP780 a best buy.
The Brother MFC-495CW is a decent color all-in-one printer that I've seen online for around $100, making it a great value. It's not particularly fast, especially across a wireless network, and the small LCD is only marginally helpful; but print quality--especially photos--was top notch.
The Brother MFC-7840W all-in-one printer is a monochrome laser printer that features a fax, scanner, copier, and wired/wireless networking.
The Canon Pixma MG6220 is a three-in-one printer (no fax capability) with built-in wireless networking and a built-in duplexer. Canon keeps this printer sleek with its use of a touch system that means only the relevant buttons light up on the touch interface, which also makes the printer very easy to use. Speeds are competitive with other multifunction printers in this price range.
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.
Copying two pages onto one saves you paper and money. Here's how to do it with the Canon Pixma MP610.
The Canon iP4600 Photo Inkjet Printer is on the big side for a photo printer but it does great work.
This is a 600 dpi scan done using an HP OfficeJet 4500 all-in-one printer. It closely resembles the original photograph in color and sharpness. Page 2.
Installing ink tanks into an inkjet printer is a quick and painless process (except for the price you’ll pay for those ink tanks, of course). Here’s a step-by-step look at getting those cartridges into your printer. I’ll demonstrate using a Canon Pixma MP530, but the process should be pretty similar in all inkjet printers.
Gorgeous prints and lots of on-board editing options on this Sony photo printer are its strongest points.
The Polaroid PoGo portable photo printer is a very portable photo printer that doesn't use ink. The prints are small but it's a lot of fun to use, it's fast, and it fits in your back pocket.
Printing in 3-D, also known as additive manufacturing, is becoming commonplace and ever less expensive--even home users and hobbyists are using it. But the technology used to print an object in three dimensions is very complex. Here's a look at how it works.
The HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color Laser Jet Printer offers speeds of up to 21 pages per minute. Wired networking is built in and wireless networking is available on some models as is duplex printing (on the M451dw and M451dn models only; the M451nw model has manual duplexing). HP's ePrint service works with this printer, allowing users to print by sending the printer an email. The printer offers a heavy-duty monthly printing cycle of up to 40,000 pages.
An outstanding, low-end all-in-one printer from Canon--what else needs to be said? For about $100, you get all the features you could want, plus the quality and dependability of Canon.
For under a hundred bucks, the Canon Pixma MP490 all in one printer is a decent buy. Like many other printers in this price range, it lacks some advanced features such as an automatic document feeder, an automatic duplexer, and wireless support. Of course you'll pay more for those features--so before you buy, decide just how important those advanced features are going to be.
The HP Color LaserJet CM2320nf All-in-One Laser Printer provides excellent color prints though it can be slow in printing jobs from large files.
The Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner offers all the tools and capabilities that photo buffs of every level could want in a photo scanner, including a built-in transparency unit and the ability to scan slides, negatives, and medium-format film. I appreciate that it came with Adobe Photoshop Elements, which helps defray the somewhat high cost of the machine. Paper instructions would make it a bit easier to set up, but this is a fine scanner for photos, film, and documents.
You'll pay twice as much for this Canon Pixma all-in-one as for the Pixma MX330 I recently reviewed. What do you get for the extra dough? A lot. Wireless / wired network printing. A built-in duplexer. Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi color printing. Truly outstanding colors. Is it worth it? While the cost of replacing five tanks can be huge, the quality is so good that I'd pay the extra money, since I tend to print a lot.
It's big, and the buttons are a bit cryptic, but the CanoScan 9000F does a fine job scanning documents, photos, and magazine images. Optical character recognition was spotty at lower resolutions, but seemed to improve at higher resolution; however, the end product of OCR scans comes out in Notepad, which isn't the most useful program ever. The scanner comes with an excellent set of software including Adobe Photoshop elements, which helps defray some of the $250 cost. Color scans looked great.
Paper jams can happen for a number of reasons. The most common reasons are that the paper tray is overloaded or the edge of the paper is curled or folded. Paper typically jams between the sheet feeder and the output tray, or inside the machine. Here are step-by-step directions to clearing up both kinds of paper jams.
The Epson Artisan 837 is a color inkjet all-in-one printer that offers copying, scanning, and faxing capabilities. Duplex printing and wireless are built in, and there is an automatic document feeder and a separate tray for photo paper. It excelled in all the tests I threw at it, and is highly recommended.
Brother's MFC-9325CW digital color printer is a digital color printer (it's similar to a laser printer but uses LEDs instead of a laser) that includes wireless and wired networking, and a USB direct interface. It's the updated version of the Brother MFC-9320CW LED printer.
The Canon Pixma iP3600 color photo printer is inexpensive and high quality; but for a few dollars more you can get the next in Canon's line.
The Canon imageFORMULA P-215 Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner is a mouthful to say, and while it's small enough to hold in one hand, it's not light on scanning power. Only 11 inches long and just over two pounds (and powered by included USB cables), it's portable enough to go anywhere. It offers a fold-out automatic document feeder that can hold as many as 20 pages and can also scan business cards and other smaller pieces of paper (both sides at once).
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.
One way to get your photos organized is to take the best ones and make a book. That's easy now, since companies like Apple and Kodak offer cheap and easy-to-use services. These photo books are easy to customize and make great gifts as well. I thought that Apple's books were a bit nicer looking but they require you to have a Mac; Kodak offers more choices on size and prices are reasonable. Here's how some of the big players stack up.
When your inkjet cartridges run out, don't throw them away. The US Post Office offers free mailers to send them to a recycler.
Functions can process different variables each time when you call them using parameters.
The HP Photosmart C6380 does a great job with photos and is adequate for all other print jobs.
Easy set up and built-in conveniences such as duplexing and networking are the only things that distinguish the Brother HL-5370DW laser printer from the pack.
When you buy a new printer or scanner, the salesperson will try to convince you to buy an extended warranty. It's not worth the money. Here's why extended warranties aren't worth what they cost.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is a portable document scanner that won't take up any desktop real estate. It can be powered via USB so it's handy to take on the road. I found it to be fast and very accurate; business cards from around the world posed no problem to this little scanner. Definitely a good buy.
Printer ink isn't cheap, and if you compare prices by volume, you may find it's more expensive than almost any other liquid (including human blood). But that comparison may be misleading, since printer ink has to be almost magical in its ability to be a stable liquid for a long time, then be raised to 300 degrees Celsius and shot out of a microscopically small nozzle at 30 miles an hour and still hit the page as a perfect round dot. So you may want to spend extra to buy new inkjet cartridges.
Portable and easy to use, the PictureMate Charm photo printer also puts out some fantastic photo prints. There are some basic on-board photo-editing functions, though a somewhat clunky interface makes them a bit hard to find and understand. Like other portable photo printers, a battery and Bluetooth interface are both optional, which is a shame. I like the internal print cartridge a bit more than the Selphy's dye-sublimation pack, though I preferred the Selphy 790's handy bucket-style case.
Brother's MFC-9320CW is an affordable color LED printer (under $500) that offers a good deal of value for home or small-business users. (An LED printer uses an array of LEDs rather than a single laser as a light source, so it has fewer moving parts but may also have slightly lower resolution than a laser printer.) Though it lacks a useful LCD screen, is slightly slower than other laser printers, and has a cluttered onboard interface, it still performs admirably.
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.
Inkjet printers 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.
Ink goes quickly, and inkjet cartridges are often very expensive to buy--sometimes you could have bought a new printer with what it cost you to buy a few refills. That's prompted a lot of people to try to get their cartridges refilled via Costco, Walgreens, or other shops (online or offline). Results, however, are mixed.
How to configure security options, such as permissions, users, passwords, and when the printer or scanner is available for use, online or offline, and when.
The Samsung SCX-4623FW is a wireless monochrome laser printer aimed at small businesses, home offices, and consumers who have a compelling need for a black-and-white printer. It's got WiFi built in and offers a scanner, copier, and fax as well as an automatic document feeder. Manual duplexing, at least to me, is a drawback in a $250 laser printer (though I've seen it as cheap as $157); but the print quality is uniformly excellent.
This is the 300 dpi scan done using the ScanMyPhotos.com service. You can see that some sharpness is lost and the colors are off. Page 3.
This Samsung printer is a monochrome laser printer that can be connected to over a wired network. The ML-2851 is made for small businesses and is a good entry-level monochrome laser printer.
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.
Canon sets the bar pretty high for its printers, and in a few ways this one--the Canon Pixma MP560 all-in-one printer--fell short. For a low-end printer it includes wireless, which is a real benefit; but I didn't get great results printing text. Ink bled into the paper, making prints less than crisp. Photos on the other hand looked just fine. But if your printing needs are more towards sharp, clear documents, you're not going to be pleased with the MP 560.
The Kodak ESP 5 all-in-one printer is a low-cost multifunction printer that has excellent print quality but is not the most convenient all-in-one out there for this price.
The Brother MFC-6490CW All-in-One Printer is is made for a small office and offers plenty of handy office features, including wireless.
Looking for a cool gift for Father's Day, a birthday, or just something cool for yourself? Why not create a customized gift? Shapeways allows you to print your own cool-looking cuff links. I printed a pair with my initials on them and they came out looking great--now I can't wait to wear them!
The IntelliScanner Mini bar code scanner is small and very handy to have if you need to organize and catalog a music, DVD, or comic collection, keep track of groceries or wine, or anything else that has a bar code. Even objects without bar codes can be scanned, since you can add your own tracking labels. It might be more than you need if your collections aren't particularly big, but I think there are enough possible applications to make this a very useful gadget for almost anyone.
It doesn't come cheap, but with a huge, customizable touchscreen that helps simplify repetitive printing, scanning, and copying tasks, the Lexmark X466 networkable monochrome laser printer may well help to define the future of office printing.
The Canon Pixma MP990 is a wireless photo / all-in-one printer (with no fax) that features a 3.8-inch LCD and built-in auto duplex printing. It retails for about $200.
The Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer uses dye-sublimation ink to print postcard-sized prints.
Document scanners and photo scanners are some of the most practical and useful gifts you can buy anybody (including yourself) as a holiday or birthday gift. Document scanners allow you to take a giant step toward the paperless office or home; simply scan all those documents that are cluttering your desk drawer and keep them on your computer. Likewise, photo scanners allow you to empty boxes of photographs and permanently archive them. Here are some document scanner and photo scanner best buys.
The Kodak ESP 7250 comes at a reasonable price, has built-in wireless and optional Bluetooth, and creates very good prints. It is not the fastest of printers, however, and, like the cheaper 5250, can take a while to warm up; and an automatic document feeder would be welcome. But the wireless was easy to set up and I like the separate tray for photos.
Brother's HL-3075CW digital color printer is a moderately priced digital color printer (it's similar to a laser printer but uses LEDs instead of a laser). It offers wireless and wired networking, and a USB direct interface, but not many other extras.
The HP Officejet J4680 is a compact all-in-one printer that is networkable across a wired or wireless network. It prints quickly and photos look great. It's a bit thirsty for ink, so you'll want the high-yield cartridges.
The Lexmark X204n is a monochrome laser printer that sells for well under $300. It's also networkable, fast, and has a fairly small footprint for a laser printer.
This review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Scanner found it to be a hardworking little scanner that did a great job.
The Lexmark Genesis comes in an upright format that's different than anything you've seen before. Along with a smaller footprint, the printer comes with excellent printing (photos in particular, but prints as well), and a very easy to use scanner. Duplex scanning would be nice; and the touchscreen is a bit cramped when the keyboard is needed; but otherwise this is an excellent printer.
The Samsung SCX-4729FW is a fairly heavy-duty monochrome laser printer. It offers office-friendly features such as automatic duplexing, scanner, fax, copier, built-in Wi-Fi networking, and an automatic document feeder. Print times are competitive with other monochrome laser printers.
The Samsung CLP-315 Color Laser Printer is not that fast, but it's quiet, good looking, and quite cheap. I found it a good deal for the money.
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.
The Brother MFC-6490cdw is a color inkjet all-in-one wireless printer that is big and beefy but adds a lot of value to an office. Some slow over-the-network print speeds may take a few points away from it, but overall it's a best bet.
The Xerox Mobile Scanner is a convenient tool for anyone who wants to scan away from a desktop or laptop computer, since it's completely self contained and the included Eye-Fi card can either hold images or PDFs, or transmit them directly to a computer or even a smart phone. That, and its hearty battery, makes it a great on-the-road tool.
The Canon Pixma MP990 offers a lot of great features such as auto duplexing in a rather large three-in-one printer (there's no fax). On the plus side it's very fast and photos in particular look fantastic. On the minus side, there's no ADF and the ink tends to saturate paper, leaving prints soggy. It doesn't come cheap (at least $200) and you'll need to spend extra on heavy-duty paper (and replacing those six ink tanks). But if you don't mind spending on better paper, it's an excellent 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.
Today, you can print a wide range of consumer goodies, from jewelry to iPad stands, using services such as Shapeways. At the higher end, 3-D printers can churn out everything from scans of your teeth to aircraft parts. In a few years, experts forecast that this technology will become a part of our daily lives and lead to huge shifts in the way we do business.
Printers and scanners usually connect to computers with a USB connector.
The Epson Workforce 610 color printer offers a lot of printer for not much over $100. It has fast print speeds, with text and graphics looking good and photos with sharp colors. Built-in wireless helps make it appropriate for home and small businesses. The tiltable touchscreen is cluttered and there were some issues getting wireless to work. Bottom line: You can't go far wrong here, but with so many printers in Epson's various lines, you can probably find a better deal (Artisan 810, anybody?).