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Printers/Scanners: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
The 4 Different Types of Scanners
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.
The Top 10 All-in-One Printers
Updated October 8, 2011 Small home offices and other frequent printers may well find that an all-in-one
Here's What You Need to Know About Printer...
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.
The Best Photo Scanners to Digitize Your Photos
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.
How to Clean Printheads in Just 5 Minutes
Note: These instructions will work for users of Windows but not of other operating systems. 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.
How To Change Print Quality to Draft Mode
Changing print quality to Draft Mode can speed up printing and save ink.
6 Great Photo Printers for Under \$200
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.
8 Great Printers If You're on a Budget
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.
The Best Wide Format Printers for Tabloid...
Wide format tabloid ( 11x17 inches ) and supertabloid ( 13x19 inches ) printers and AIOs provide a wider range of document and image printing options.
Is It Worth Getting Inkjet Cartridges Refilled?
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.
Wireless connectivity no longer a special...
Wireless printers offer great convenience for small or home offices, or simply where desktop space is tight. But Wi-Fi is no longer unique or costly.
A Guide to Multifunction Printers
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.
Top Printers for Home and Small Offices
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.
Superb Photos with Canon's Pixma MG7520 Photo...
Canon's top-of-the-line, flagship 6-ink photo printer, the Pixma MG7520 Photo All-in-One, AIO, Inkjet Printer, excellent photos and business documents
The 8 Best Laser Printers on the Market
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.
HP’s OfficeJet 4650 All-in-One Printer...
HP’s OfficeJet 4650 All-in-One Printer and Instant Ink allow you to own an entry-level printer without spending too much replacing ink cartridges.
HP Deskjet F4280 All-in-One Printer Replaced by...
This HP Deskjet printer is an entry-level all-in-one printer that does a remarkably good job, especially given its low price.
Guide to the Best Printers, Scanners, and Photo...
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!
Discover the OCR Capabilities in Microsoft Office
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.
HP Photosmart D110 All-in-One Printer
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.
Clean Your Printer and Scanner
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.
What to Know about HP Officejet Pro '8620...
HP's Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One business printer is fast, prints well, and delivers an excellent cost per page, or CPP, operational cost.
A Guide to Laser and 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. 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.
Top Budget-Minded All-in-One Printers
Epson, Canon, Brother, and HP entry-level all-in-one (AIO) printers allow users access to high-quality printing without a huge investment--except ink.
How to Print Directly onto Fabric
You can print directly onto fabric using your inkjet printer. Here's how.
HP Officejet 4500 All-in-One 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.
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.
Printer ink is expensive; but will you save...
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.
Near-Flawless Photos with the Under-\$100 Canon...
Canon Pixma MG5620 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One, AIO, an entry-level, multifunction (print, copy, scan), 5-ink photograph printer, quality photos
Great photos with Canon Pixma MG6620 Photo...
Canon Pixma MG6620 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer prints excellent photos and business documents with 5 inks and high cost per page, cpp.
HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus All-in-One Printer
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.
Print a CD/DVD Label Using the Epson Stylus...
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.
How to Calibrate Printers and Scanners
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.
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
The HP Officejet 6500 Printer is out or...
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Brother HL-2270DW Laser Printer
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.
Tabloid and other features with Brother...
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.
Plentiful, inexpensive ink with Epson’s...
Plentiful, inexpensive ink with Epson’s new EcoTank system, up to 2 years of ink when you buy your printer, a very low cost per page, or CPP, for life
Print, Copy, Scan, Fax—Epson’s...
Print, Copy, Scan, and Fax with Epson’s XP-830 Wireless Small-in-One Printer; it's feature-rich, excellent prints, but a bit too-high cost per page.
Brother's Inexpensive-to-Use MFC-J5620DW...
Brother's Inexpensive-to-Use MFC-J5620DW Wide-Format Printer, a $199-list high-volume all-in-one, aio, with an exceptionally low cost per page, or CPP
The Verdict on HP Officejet 7610 All-in-One...
HP's Officejet 7610 Wide Format e-All-in-One Printer prints, copies, scans and faxes wide-format tabloid (11x17 inches) and supertabloid (13x19) pages
Canon Pixma MP480 All-in-One Printer
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.
This Pixma All-in-One Offers Lots of Options
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.
Epson’s WorkForce DS-760 single-pass...
Epson’s WorkForce DS-760 single-pass color document scanner lets you scan, process, and catalog your text documents in no time.
Before You Buy a Printer
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.
PC-Free Printing, Scanning, & Copying Give...
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.
Top Photo Printers Print Great Photos and...
Inkjet photo printers from HP, Canon, and Epson print excellent photos, as well as good-looking business documents, but watch out for the high CPPs.
Is an Extended Warranty Worth the Money?
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.
Estimating a printer's CPP before you buy can...
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
HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf Laser Multifunction...
For a bare-bones laser printer--no wireless, no automatic duplexing--the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf is fairly
Why Your Next Printer Should Be Wide-Format
Tabloid, ledger, 11x17-inch printers and wide format AIOs increase productivity by increasing document options; oversize spreadsheets, images, posters
Clean the Inside of Your Pixma Printer
When the inside of your Pixma printer gets dirty, it can smudge the paper. Here's an easy way to get
Epson WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One
Epson's PrecisionCore printhead WorkForce WF-7610 all-in-one (AIO) printer delivers laser-like print speeds and competitive cost per page, CPP.
Epson WorkForce WF-3640 All-in-One Printer
Epson's WorkForce WF-3640, a PrecisionCore based all-in-one, or AIO, with print speeds and cost per page, or CPP, rivaling, and often exceeding lasers
Scanner Resolution and Color Depth
Resolution refers to the amount of information, calculated in dots per inch, that the scanner can read.
Apple vs Kodak Photo Books
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.
Canon Pixma MP490 All-in-One Printer
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.
Review of the HP Scanjet 3000 Professional...
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.
Bitmap Graphics – Digital Rubber Stamps
Device dependent bitmap, or raster, graphics, consist of grids of tiny dots for creating halftones and screens for more realistic photos and graphics.
Fast, Cheap-to-Use, Laser-Busting Multifunction...
Today's high-volume inkjet office printers offer fast print speeds, great print quality, larger ink tanks, and lower CPPs, or cost per page, and more.
HP Officejet Pro 8500 All-in-One Printer
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.
HP LaserJet 100 M175nw Color Laser Printer
A review of this mid-priced all-in-one color laser printer that is good for the price but begs for faster printing.
Labelling Your CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs...
Labelling your data CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs via your inkjet printer is easier than ever with many of today's printers with built-in disc printers
Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner
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.
Fantastic Images with Canon’s Pixma...
Fantastic Images with Canon’s six-ink Pixma MG7720 Photo All-in-One Printer, the final step before choosing a professional grade photo printer.
Brother MFC-9970CDW All-in-One Color Laser...
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.
Wireless and Sleek, the Pixma MG6220 Offers...
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.
Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer
Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer, a high-quality tabloid, 11x17 inches, and supertabloid, 13x19 inches, wide format photograph printer.
Non OEM Printer Ink: Dangerous or Smart Practice
Third party, or non original equipment manufacturer (OEM) printer inks work well when optimal print quality is not desired or required.
Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Printer
This color printer is at the high end of all-in-one line; but for the price, it delivers great value, with all the handy bells and whistles you could hope for.
Wide-Format Prints with Brother’s...
Brother's MFC-J5720DW Business Smart Plus Inkjet All-in-One, tabloid, 11x17 inches, wide-format, multifunction, high-volume inkjet all-in-one printer.
HP’s Envy 7640 e-All-in-One Printer, not...
The flagship of the HP Envy line of printers, Envy 7640 e-All-in-One offers a strong feature set and decent cost per page with HP's Instant Ink.
Review of the Canon CanoScan LiDE 210 Flatbed...
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.
Inkjet Printers
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.
Feature-rich, Exceptional Print Quality and...
Epson entry-level WorkForce WF-2660 All-in-One Printer; excellent print quality and feature set with emphasis on mobile connectivity, but too-high CPP
Photos To-Go with Canon’s Pixma iP110...
Print documents and images on the road with Canon’s Pixma iP110 Mobile Photo Inkjet Printer - excellent output, both document pages and photographs.
Big and a Bit Noisy, This LaserJet Will Keep...
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.
Dell's 968 All-in-One Printer - a great printer...
The Dell 968W All-in-One printer was a great printer in its day, but it's defunct and I have selected a replacement in first paragraph of this review.
What You Can Print Now; and What the Future...
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.
HP Instant Ink service delivers cheap color...
HP's Instant Ink printers deliver cheap color document pages and photos, especially photos, at a fraction of the cost of most other low-cost inkjets.
NeatDesk Scanner
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.
HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn Laser Printer retired...
A great printer in its day, HP's LaserJet Pro 1606dn monochrome laser has many inexpensive competitors nowadays.
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction...
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.
HP LaserJet P2055d Laser Printer
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.
How Printers and Computers Connect Across a...
Networking a printer allows multiple computers to access a single printer, a great convenience for home or small offices.
Brother MFC-J4320DW wide-format printer, speed,...
Brother's MFC-J4320DW wide-format printer delivers strong print speeds, tabloid-size printing, and a competitive cost per page for well under $150.
HP’s Small- and Home-Office Envy 5660...
A small- and home-based office multifunction printer, HP’s Envy 5660 e-All-in-One, combined with HP's Instant Ink program, delivers decent value.
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One
Epson's WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One Printer, a PrecisionCore AIO with faster print speeds and a lower cost per page, CPP, than inkjets and lasers
What is TWAIN?
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.
HP’s Sleek, Compact, & Capable Color...
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Cleaning Your Printer’s Printheads Keeps...
Cleaning your inkjet printer's printheads, or print heads, keeps the ink flowing, helping to ensure high-quality, documents, graphics, and photographs
Entry-Level Laser-Class Dell E525w Color MFP
Dell’s E525w Color Multifunction Printer, a full-featured all-in-one laser printer with good-looking output and decent performance, but high CPPs.
Sync Your Monitor to Your Printer for Accurate...
Calibrating your monitor's display of colors to your printer's color output can assure better color accuracy, and fewer color shifts.
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.
HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One Road Warrior
HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One Printer is small, light, and wireless, letting you print, scan, and copy on the road, a little expensive to use.
Exceptional Photos with Epson's Expression...
Epson's Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One Printer prints excellent photos and business documents; this all-in-one, aio, is loaded with features.
Cheaper Cousin, the Brother MFC-J625DW Is a...
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.
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.
7 New Ways to Print Anywhere from Your Mobile...
Printing from mobile devices, because of Wi-Fi Direct, near-field communications, NFC, Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print, has never been easier.
Ink Tank Page-Yields are Critical to Cost Per...
Ink tank, or ink cartridge page yields, are based on guidelines set by the International Organization for Standards , or ISO--needed to calculate CPP.
Tips on How to Get Organized with the Help of a...
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.
Understanding Printer Resolution & Print...
Measured in dots per inch, or dpi, printer resolution roughly describes the number of dots, their size, and the tight spaces between them.
Epson’s Miniature Expression Home XP-420...
Epson’s Miniature Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One Printer is light, small, fast, and it churns out high-quality output, but the CPP is too high.
How 3-D Printing in Silver Works
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.
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.
How Your Printer Could be Costing 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.
Comparison of 300 dpi and 600 dpi scan
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.
Pandigital PhotoLink One-Touch Scanner
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.
Vibrant photos and business docs - HP’s...
Vibrant photos and business docs with HP’s Envy 4520 e-All-in-One Printer, all at a decent cost per page, or CPP, with HP's Instant Ink service.
Keep ink flowing with Epson’s WorkForce...
Keep the ink flowing with Epson’s WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One printers, they come with 2 years of ink in the box, and very low cost per page.
Polaroid PoGo Portable Photo Printer
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.
Alternative Printhead Inkjet Printers, as Fast...
HP PageWide and Epson PrecisionCore alternative printhead inkjet printers match and exceed laser printers in speed and cost per page savings.
Canon Pixma MP560 All-in-One Printer
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.
HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer--A Handy Tool...
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.
IntelliScanner Mini Portable Bar Code Scanner
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.
HP Photosmart A646 Compact Photo Printer
The HP Photosmart A646 photo printer is a handy, compact printer that is easy to set up to print from Bluetooth. Its large touchscreen makes viewing and printing pictures easy, and it takes advantage of that large touchscreen by offering editing and effects for photos. Colors were very good and printed photos looked great. Best of all, it's quite inexpensive from some online retailers.
Low Price, Small Footprint, and Lots of Bells...
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 ScanMyPhotos.com Online Photo Scanning...
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.
Canon MG7120 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer
Canon MG7120 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer, excellent photographs, decent business documents, good scans and copies, CD and DVD labeling, high CPP.
Installing a Printer in Windows 8.1
Setting up and installing your printer in Windows 8.1, when driver disc is unavailable, missing, or damaged; networking and installing drivers.
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.
Touch-to-print technology makes printing from...
Near-field communication, or NFC, allows proximity and touch-to-print printing from your smartphone, tablet, or some other mobile device.
Additive Manufacturing, Or, What's In a Name?
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.
Serious OCR with HP's Scanjet Enterprise Flow...
HP's Scanjet Enterprise Flow 7500 Flatbed Scanner and bundled optical character recognition (OCR) software deliver fast, accurate scans--at a price.
High-speed document scanning with Canon’s...
60 pages per minute simplex, 120 images per minute duplex, and 7,000-page daily duty cycle, make the Canon imageFormula DR-M160II scanner a screamer
Handheld Label Making at Its Simplest
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.
Fast and Flexible, OKI Data’s MB492...
OKI Data's MB492 Multifunction Printer, a fast, low cost per page, or CPP, monochrome, or black-and-white, MFP that costs less than 1.5-cent per page
A 600 dpi scan from an HP OfficeJet 4500
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.
Beautiful Professional Photos with Canon’...
Print beautiful poster-size images, and fine art from 4x6 to 13x19 inches and more with Canon’s Pixma Pro-100 near-dedicated 8-ink photo printer.
Remote Scan Software
Software from Remote Scan allows printers to share a single scanner across a wired or wireless network.
Print Thousands of Pages Monthly with...
Print thousands of pages monthly with Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5690 Multifunction Color Printer, high-volume with a very low cost per page, or CPP.
Plustek OpticFilm 7400 Film / Slide Scanner
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.
Print Speed
Print speed depends on what kind of document you're printing and how your printer's preferences are set.
Professional-Grade Photos with Epson’s...
Epson SureColor P600 Wide Format Inkjet Printer - 3 input paper sources, 9 inks, exceptional 13x16 inch photos, and panoramas up to 10 feet long.
Copying Two Pages Onto One
Copying two pages onto one saves you paper and money. Here's how to do it with the Canon Pixma MP610.
Scan and Catalog at the Speed of Light with...
Panasonic's KV-S1057C Document Scanner is fast, has 100-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and it comes with good document management and OCR apps.
Dell’s E310dw Monochrome Laser-Class...
Dell’s inexpensive E310dw monochrome laser-class printer delivers decent black-and-white prints at a highly reasonable cost per page, or CPP.
Using USB Connectors for Your Printer
Printers and scanners usually connect to computers with a USB connector.
Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer
The Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer uses dye-sublimation ink to print postcard-sized prints.
Canon Pixma MP990 Wireless Photo All-in-One...
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.
Recycle Used Inkjet Cartridges
When your inkjet cartridges run out, don't throw them away. The US Post Office offers free mailers to send them to a recycler.
Xerox Phaser 3100MFP Multifunction Printer
A review of the Xerox Phaser 3100MFP laser printer shows that it needs more work to compete in this price range.
6400 dpi with Epson’s Perfection V550...
Scan high-quality images automatically to Facebook and other cloud sites; high-resolution at 6400 dpi with Epson’s Perfection V550 Photo Color Scanner
Canon Pixma iP3600 Color Photo 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.
Brother MFC-255CW All-in-One Printer
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.
Top-notch images with Canon’s Pixma...
Canon’s Pixma MG6820 Photo All-in-One Inkjet churns out excellent-looking photos in under a minute, as well as good-looking business documents, too.
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.
Wi-Fi Direct – Wireless Printing Sans the...
Wi-Fi Direct lets you connect directly from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to a Wi-Fi Direct-compatible printer without joining a network
A Price Comparison of Online Photo Scanners
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.
Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer
This Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer got extremely high marks for its ease of use and thoughtful

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