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All-in-One Printers

Multi-purpose printers might rule the roost in offices and many homes, but stand-alone text and photo printers continue to have lots going for them. They're fast, efficient, cost-effective and, most important, can deliver output that outshines their all-in-one brothers. The stand-alone printers mentioned here are the ones that consumers single out as the best of their breed.

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Brother MFC-L8850CDW Color Laser All-in-One with Wireless Networking

Wide Format ePrinter

The Brother™ MFC-L8850CDW is really a dependable color laser all-in-one made for little workgroups in smaller to medium-sized companies. It rapidly prints at up to 32ppm in color and black and assists decrease costs with paper-saving automatic duplex (two-sided) printing and high-yield replacement toner cartridges. 

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$1,272.01

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MX510DE Laser Multifunction Printer - Monochrome - Plain Paper Print - Desktop

Best photo printer

Network-ready, laser multifunction printer saves time with quickly processor, print, copy and scan speeds plus delivers productivity options that may propel your business forward. Improve your print, scan and copy speeds by taking benefit of 512MB memory, an 800 MHz dual-core processor and Gigabit Ethernet.

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$1,505.04

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MFC-L8600CDW Color Laser All-in-One with Wireless Networking and Duplex Printing

Wireless Business Printer

The MFC-L8600CDW Wireless Colour All-in-One Laser Printer from Brother enables streamlined printing, copying, scanning, and faxing from a single device. The colour laser printer capabilities print speeds up to 30 ppm, in either black or color, having a maximum resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi. In combination together with the multi-purpose tray, which supports paper sizes up to eight.five x 14", the total paper capacity is 300 sheets.

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$1,767.62

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What the best printers have

 

Ability to print text, graphics and photos on varying paper sizes, including envelopes. The best inkjet versions quickly produce pages of clear text, even at small point sizes.

 

Fast operation. The top inkjet printers generate at least 15 pages per minute.

 

Useful features. These include automated duplexing (two-sided printing), indicators that signal when the cartridge or paper is about to run out, wireless connectivity and twin paper trays.

 

Ability to print photos and text. Keep in mind, however, that photo printers are manufactured to print pictures. They can print text documents, but most do so at a slower speed and lesser quality than general-use printers. Likewise, some general-purpose printers can generate images that are as good as those made using entry-level photo printers, but they fall short in comparison with better models.

 

Do you require a general-purpose or a photo printer? General-purpose printers have quicker text output, while dedicated photo printers have more reliable color output, especially for skin tones. If possible, review sample printouts on several types of paper before buying.

 

Can you link the printer to your computer? Most modern printers connect via USB. Some can also connect via Ethernet or wirelessly via Wi-Fi.

 

Will the printer fit your space? You may need a specific size and shape to fit a specific desk space. Printers with small footprints make the most sense for college dorms or periodic transport. Models that don't top-load are the simplest to fit into desk cubbyholes.

 

What type of paper will you use? Be sure that the printer you're interested in takes the types and sizes of paper you use. Almost all photo printers can print 4-by-6-inch photos and some have dual trays, so you can keep one tray loaded with photo paper. If you plan to print labels, card stock, envelopes, CDs or other complicated media, look for a straight-through paper path. Professional photo printers can often print on roll-photo-paper stock or on large-format media.

 

Does printing speed matter? For typical residence and family use, speed may not matter as much as it does for work use. But if you print a lot of photos, speed can be a vital consideration. However, you can't compare printer speeds in a store; the output speed of demos is unconnected to what you'll experience when the printer is attached to your computer. Although manufacturers occasionally exaggerate speed in their specifications, they're a good place to start. Expert reviews often test printers' speed.

 

Do you want to print from devices other than your computer? Certain printers can print directly from digital cameras, memory cards, smartphones or tablets. Examine the printer's specs to make sure it's compatible with what you have.

 

You can often find handsome discounts on inkjet printers, especially older high-end photo printers that are being phased out as newer models are launched. If you want to save money, consider older models first, and search online or in shops for rebates. Of course, make sure you fully comprehend the terms of the rebate before purchasing, and be sure to redeem the rebate after that if you want to realize the savings.

 

All-in-one printers that can scan, copy and fax are very popular, but there are still great good reasons to invest in a stand-alone inkjet printer instead. All-in-ones are expensive if you don't require the extra performance, and they can take up a lot more space on your desk.

 

Stand-alone basic inkjet printers are the most inexpensive, and are ideal for personal use or in a home office. Even low cost inkjet printers now compare well with laser printers in text quality and performance. Photo quality is for the most part good, but not great. Still, for families and people who just want to be able to print out a snapshot now and again, a low-cost inkjet will probably be sufficient.

 

Regardless of the type of printer, pay attention to the cost of ink (or toner, in the case of laser printers). Big ink cartridges cost less per ounce. To help you save money, buy a printer that will take extra-capacity cartridges.

 

Speaking of ink cartridges, before throwing your used ones in the trash, see if they can be recycled. Quite a few companies will buy used cartridges, and sometimes non profit organizations or schools will collect them to generate money. Some manufacturers like HP provide you with postage-paid mailers bundled with new inkwells, so you can send in the old ones. The majority of office-supply stores accept used cartridges for recycling too, and they may extend store reward points in exchange.

 

There are printers for just about every need under the sun but rare is the printer that can fulfill many requirements properly. The challenge consumers face when looking for a home printer is finding a printer that meets up with most of their needs and does so economically.

 

The first step in printer-shopping nirvana is to start your search with a very clear image of what your printing needs are. Think back over what you’ve printed of late and what you plan to print in the future. Do you print mainly black and white text copies? Color photos? Color proposal drafts for your home business? What type of printing you do is the biggest factor in what kind of printer you should shop for. The secret is to buy a printer for the work you’re doing, not the work you think you might be doing in the longer term (in other words: buy the printer for the business reviews you print now, not the colorful scrap book pages you wish you had some time to work on).

 

The core of any printer is the system driving the actual print process. The mechanics of printing can consist of blasts of ink, powder toner, electrostatic charges, or any other number of combinations to bring forth an image.

 

If you start by first focusing on your principal printing needs, then on the significant functions you want , and finally comparing products to squeeze out those last whizz-bang features, you’ll ensure you end up with a printer that meets your most crucial needs first and makes printing more pleasurable with well-picked secondary features.

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