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HP’s Sleek, Compact, & Capable Color...
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Change Print Quality to Draft Mode
Changing print quality to Draft Mode can speed up printing and save ink.
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.
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!
Reviews of the Top Wireless Printers
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.
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.
OKI Data’s Fast & Low CPP B432dn...
OKI Data's fast-printing & low cost per page, or CPP, B432dn Monochrome Printer prints excellent monochrome pages quickly and inexpensively.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
How to Print Directly onto Fabric
You can print directly onto fabric using your inkjet printer. Here's how.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer
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.
HP Deskjet F4280 All-in-One Printer
This HP Deskjet printer is an entry-level all-in-one printer that does a remarkably good job.
HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf Laser Multifunction...
For a bare-bones laser printer--no wireless, no automatic duplexing--the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf is fairly
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Brother MFC-5890cn All-in-One Printer
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.
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.
Canon Pixma MX860 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer
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.
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.
Pixma MP530 Multifunction Inkjet Printer
The Canon Pixma MP530 is a multifunction printer that is a dependable workhorse for home offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exquisite Wide Format Photos with Canon’s...
Get exquisite wide format photos with Canon’s Pixma Pro-1's 12-ink tanks and built-in ICC support for numerous premium papers from several vendors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Review of the HP Officejet 6500 Printer
HP has released a printer that it says is fast, economical, and eco-conscious--it uses as much as 40
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Canon Pixma MX330 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer
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.
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.
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
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.
HP Officejet J4680 All-in-One Inkjet Printer
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.
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
Review: Brother MFC-J6920DW Wide Format Printer
Brother's business ready MFC-J6920DW Wide Format, tabloid (11x17 inches) multifunction AIO prints, copies, scans, and faxes oversize documents cheaply
Scanner Resolution and Color Depth
Resolution refers to the amount of information, calculated in dots per inch, that the scanner can read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brother MFC-495CW All-in-One Printer
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.
Scan Anywhere, Anytime with a Mobile Scanner
Mobile scanners from Epson, HP, and Canon provide on-the-go document capturing, saving, and cataloging, but this kind of miniaturization is expensive.
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.
Fast, Inexpensive Tabloid Prints from...
Brother’s MFC-J6520DW Multifunction Wide-Format Printer is fast and it prints, scans, copies, and faxes tabloid, or 11x17-inch documents at a low CPP
Print Speed
Print speed depends on what kind of document you're printing and how your printer's preferences are set.
Scan on the go with HP’s Scanjet Pro 1000...
Scan on the road, anywhere, anytime with HP’s Scanjet Pro 1000 Mobile Scanner and excellent Nuance OmniPage optical character recognition software.
Remote Scan Software
Software from Remote Scan allows printers to share a single scanner across a wired or wireless network.
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.
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
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.
Dell 968 All-in-One Printer
The Dell 968W All-in-One printer is a convenient and hard-working multifunction printer that's easy on the wallet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Brother P-Touch PT-1280 Label Maker
The new Brother PT-1280 P-touch Electronic Labeling System is no little toy; it's a seriously useful piece of office (or home) automation. It's not big (you could probably get four of them into a shoe box) but it has a large, easy-to-use keyboard and a 15-character LCD display. The printer can create vertical or horizontal labels on four sizes of tape, using dozens of symbols and in nine different type styles (bold, shadow, italic, and so on).
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.
Review of the Canon CanoScan 9000F Flatbed...
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.
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.
This Little Brother Is a Hard Worker
Moderately priced and with a fairly small footprint, the Brother MFC-J825DW all-in-one color inkjet printer comes equipped with lots of extras.
Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One...
Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One Printer, print, copy, scan, fax, all-in-one, AIO, photo printer, great output quality, high cost per page
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.
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.
Kodak ESP 3250 All-in-One Color Printer
The Kodak ESP 3250 color printer is a good value--at just over $100, it won't break the bank, and neither will Kodak's low-cost ink refills. The ESP 3250 puts out great looking photos and decent-enough prints from documents, and while it's not super fast, it's not pokey, either. If you need a lot of extras--an automatic document feeder, a big LCD, or multiple paper feeds--look somewhere else. But for a three-in-one that performs well, this is a very good choice.
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.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300
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.
How to find the Right Multifunction Business...
Finding the right multifunction printer, MFP, a.k.a. all-in-one printer, or AIO, entails matching print volume, CPP, and other features to your needs
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 & Cheap Monochrome Prints with...
OKI's fast and cheap-to-use, laser-class (LED) printer, great print quality and cost per page, or CPP, with large toner cartridges up to 12K pages.
Selphy CP780 Photo Printer
Excellent print quality at a low price makes the Canon Selphy CP780 a best buy.
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.
Brother MFC-9320CW All-in-One Color LED Printer
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.
Get Organized with Fujitsu’s ScanSnap...
With Fujitsu’s ScanSnap iX500 document scanner, you can scan and catalog to searchable PDFs at 25ppm / 50ipm, or traditionally with Photohshop.
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.
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.
Brother MFC-6490CW All-in-One Printer
The Brother MFC-6490CW All-in-One Printer is is made for a small office and offers plenty of handy office features, including wireless.
Brother HL-4570CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer
The Brother HL-4570CDW is a color laser printer aimed at businesses and workgroups. It boasts business-friendly features such as fast printing, built-in wireless, and automatic duplex printing. It also offers some consumer-friendly features such as a USB port on the front of the machine, and an app that will let you print directly from an Android smartphone.
HP Color LaserJet CM2320nf Printer
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.
Low cost per page with HP’s Officejet Pro...
High-volume, low cost per page, or CPP—HP’s Officejet Pro 276dw Multifunction Printer is fast, has excellent print quality, and discounted by $100.
Connect to Web Apps Through This All-in-One
The HP Photosmart 7510 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer offers some fun and useful extras via its large touchscreen (such as access to a number of Web apps that allow printing of coupons, games, tickets, and so on, without needing to resort to the computer).
Epson PictureMate Charm Digital Photo Printer
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.
Canon Pixma iX7000 Color Printer
It's not just large (and it is); the Canon Pixma iX7000 is a large-format printer, meaning it can easily handle paper up to 13 x 19 inches. With its jutting cassette, it will require a table of its own. I wish it included wireless connectivity, given that its size may force you to keep it in a corner; but in terms of quality, photo output is excellent, while colored graphics look better if you use good paper.
OKI C831n Wide Format Color Laser
OKI Data's C831n wide format color laser-class single-function LED printer prints good quality 11 x 17-inch pages quickly and relatively cheaply.
Brother MFC-790CW All-in-One Printer
The Brother MFC-790 all-in-one wireless printer is an affordable multifunction printer that will work best for home and small-office users.
HP Officejet Pro 8500 All-in-One Printer
Slow set-up time aside, the HP Officejet Pro 8500 is an all-in-one with a host of features such as wireless, one-button scanning options, fax, and copier that will make any home or small office more efficient at a price that's more than reasonable.
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.
HP Officejet Pro 8500A All-in-One Printer
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.
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.
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.
Print from Your Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop;...
Wi-Fi Direct, Near-Field Communication, or NFC touch-to-print, printer apps, printing via email and the cloud, Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint.
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.
Review of the HP Photosmart eStation Multifunct...
It's a multifunction printer. It's got a detachable seven-inch wireless tablet. And it's got the great printing quality associated with HP. What is it? The HP Photosmart eStation. It gets the printing part great; whether the detachable tablet is for you is still to be decided. After all, when you're printing, typically you're near your computer anyway, right? But still, if you feel an overwhelming urge to surf Yahoo! while you print, this is your baby.
Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer
The Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer uses dye-sublimation ink to print postcard-sized prints.
Brother MFC-7840W All-in-One Printer
The Brother MFC-7840W all-in-one printer is a monochrome laser printer that features a fax, scanner, copier, and wired/wireless networking.
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.
Making Your Printer / Scanner Secure in Windows...
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.
HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn Monochrome Laser Printer
Reasonably priced for a high-quality monochrome laser printer, the HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn laser printer
When Width Is Important
Wide-format printers can handle paper that's wider than typical consumer or commercial printers. They're typically used by companies that have a specific need for this kind of printing, since they tend to be very expensive.

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