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Though the Phaser 6130 is inexpensive, there are better options in the same price range. For $50 more, you can buy Brother’s HL-4070CDW, a much faster, higher quality color laser printer that includes wireless networking and duplexing.
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.
For years, if you wanted the best possible glossy prints, you had to purchase a dye-based printer. The R1900 changes all that. On Epson’s Premium Glossy and Premium Luster papers, images pop off the page.
The HP Photosmart Pro B8850 photo printer is a strong offering with very good print quality on most paper types and excellent black-and-white printing capabilities.
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.
With duplexing and wireless or wired network connectivity, the HL-4070 offers a very impressive set of features for the price. Performance and print quality are top-notch too, making this a superb color laser printer for smaller offices and workgroups.
We compared five compact photo printers—the Canon Pixma mini320, the Canon Selphy CP740, the Epson PictureMate Zoom PM 290, the HP Photosmart A626, and the HP Photosmart A826—for quality, speed, features, interface, and design.
It’s rare that a product—even a very good one—balances function, innovation, and performance, but that’s what Hewlett-Packard has done with the Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer.
The imagePROGRAF6100 should put an end to talk that Canon can’t compete in the professional photo printer market. With a better ink formulation and an improved print head, this 12-ink printer produces excellent images on both glossy and fine-art media.
The Selphy CP740 prints decent 4-by-6 inch photos, but overall its irksome limitations outweigh its benefits.
Though the mini320’s prints are attractive and the scroll-wheel interface is fun to use, the printer isn’t a very wise investment given its increased cost per print. Pitted against the PictureMate Zoom, which prints superior photos at faster speeds for a cheaper price per print, the mini320 almost doesn’t stand a chance.