Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, Macworld

Jon is a Julliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

Canon Pixma MX882

You needn't sacrifice performance for style: This MFP gives you full print/copy/scan/fax capabilities in a glossy package.

Canon Pixma MX360

Fax is nice on such a basic MFP, but pricey black ink makes the MX360 fit for only low-volume use.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer

Designed for mobile-printing convenience, the Officejet 100 provides impressive print quality. It’s slow, however, and inks are expensive.

Epson WorkForce 635

Small office users get perks aplenty with this unit: Speedy text printing, automatic duplexing, and budget-friendly inks.

Netgear N600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router WNDR3700

This speedy, reliable dual-band router is great to use, although not so great to configure.

Dell V313w

Wireless capabilities come at the low purchase price; but expensive inks, nagging page alignment issues, exorbitant ink costs, and cheap construction make this MFP one to avoid.

Dell 1355cnw color MFP

Best suited for small, low-volume offices, this multifunction printer offers versatile connectivity, but provides limited features and uses expensive toner.

HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw

High toner costs and slow performance make this low-priced model a dubious bargain, even with wireless and Web capabilities.

Cisco Linksys E4200 router

This attractive router is simple to set up and offers plenty of features that both consumers and small businesses need.

Xerox Phaser 6010

Small, simple, and easy to use, this color printer produces nice-looking pages--for a dear price.