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Though its appeal is limited by its stand-alone nature, the Perfection V300 Photo, with its 4800 dpi optical scanning resolution and transparency scan support, is a good choice for those looking to take their snapshots, negatives, and slides into the digital age.
Canon’s Pixma MP480 doesn’t have all of the fancy features found on some of the MFPs we've tested recently, like integrated fax capabilities, an automatic document feeder, or wireless connectivity. But the MP480 proved to be a very capable device in all of its functions.
For those looking for a good all-around multifunction printer, Epson’s Stylus NX400 does a very good job printing both text and photos, scanning both documents and photographs, and copying a variety of materials.
For $130, you might not be surprised to find print, scan, and copy capabilities in HP’s OfficeJet J4680 multifunction ink-jet printer. But the J460 also has a built-in fax machine, wireless connectivity, and a 20-sheet auto document feeder.
Capable of printing very good quality text and business graphics at reasonably fast rates, the MFC-7840W is a fine choice for offices that work in a black-and-white world.
With its support for many pro-level transparency types and two full-featured professional software packages, the ArtixScan M1 Pro is a step up, both in quality and in price, from consumer photo and document scanners.
Fujitsu's ScanSnap S300M takes the technology from the company's desktop document scanners, and puts it into a portable device. The S300M is speedy and easy to use, but it does have some limitations.
Lexmark’s X560n combines a scanner, copier, fax machine, and color laser printer in a MFP device designed for medium-sized workgroups. X560n is fast, but the difficult scanner setup results in a hit to productivity on the Mac.
The Brother MFC-9840CDW is a multifunction color laser printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine with wired and wireless networking capabilities. It doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re looking for a versatile machine that does its job well, the MFC-9840CDW is a worthwhile investment. It can be a little tricky to use—especially when you’re setting up wireless printing—but you end up with high-quality output that’s produced quickly.
The Pixma MX850 is Canon’s all-in-one scanner, copier, fax machine, and ink-jet printer built for the small office or home office. The MX850 prints impressively crisp, legible text that’s comparable to laser quality. Add to that speedy performance, solid print results, and extra perks, and you have a superb multifunction printer.
If you’re looking for a multifunction printer that’s loaded with features but still does a good job printing text and graphics-filled documents, HP’s Photosmart C7280 is worth a look. This multifunction device includes print, scan, copy, and fax capabilities, with just about every connectivity option you could want.
Epson's new multifunction printer is a versatile performer, capable of printing very good text, photo images, and business graphics. It color scanner works well, and the copier is fast. The RX680 is one to consider for both its speed and image quality.
Samsung's new multifunction printer isn't your ordinary-looking MFP. Its sleek black-box style is certainly unique for a device that combines a monochrome laser printer, color scanner, and color copier. Macworld Lab put the SCX-4500 to the test, and found a quick and quiet MFP.
If you want to turn your paper archives into searchable PDFs, it doesn’t get any easier than the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M. At $495 it’s not cheap—but its bundled software alone is worth far more than the scanner itself.
Although it was a little slow to warm up, and its photo scans were a touch dark, the CanoScan 8600F proved to be a very good all-around scanner and should definitely be considered if you are looking for a high-quality photo and document scanner.