Don't-Miss Printer Stories
The decent quality of the Phaser 6115MFP/N’s color-print, copy, and text-document output makes this machine a welcome addition to the multifunction market. However, this MFP’s weak scanning capability may drive you away.
Today's MFPs perform better than ever, and they're becoming more acceptable for people who want a graceful, versatile, and integrated printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine but who don't have the money and space for separate single-function machines.
The Canon Pixma MP960 is a multifunction printer that all levels of users will appreciate. Its convenient software, sturdy, well-thought-out design, and very good print quality make this printer a real contender for the photographically inclined.
Although we ran into a few software quirks, the HP Photosmart C7180’s features, connection options, and solid print and scan quality make it a fine fit for those looking for a good all-around, fully featured, color inkjet MFP.
Though the features and connection options for this reasonably priced inkjet all-in-one are impressive, its slow print speeds and frustrating design quirks make it hard to recommend over other, more polished, competitors.
The Lexmark X5470 is an easy-to-use printer made for budget conscious users. But its lack of advanced controls, low-resolution scans, and sluggish print speeds will have the wealthier, pickier printer shopper looking elsewhere.
The Brother MFC-9420CN offers most of the functions you’d want in an all-in-one, but its design often gets in the way. We’d trade some of its admirable speed for better print quality and ease of use.
While the HP Color LaserJet CM1017 MFP is well designed and easy to use, its slow speed makes it a tough sell.
The Epson Stylus Photo RX580 may not have all of the features that some multifunction printers offer, but if you’re looking for a great photo printer that happens to have a good quality copier and scanner built in, then consider the RX580.
The inexpensive P350 marks a number of firsts for Lexmark—it’s the company’s first portable photo printer to work with a Mac and its first to use water- and smudge-resistant pigment inks.
The Canon Pixma mini260 produced the best four-by-six borderless photos of all the portable printers we tested. Though it lacks a few desirable features, this straightforward printer does its job well.
Epson’s PictureMate Flash PM 280 isn’t perfect. Its print sizes are limited, there were a few paper jams, and the new industrial design leaves some people cold. But, what it does do, it does very well.
The HP Photosmart A716’s photo quality isn’t as good as some of the other portable photo printers we’ve tested. But it has a multitude of nice features.
Try as we might, we couldn’t come up with any significant defects in the Photosmart Pro B9180. The only thing we didn’t like is how the printer can sometimes crimp one end of very thick paper when fed through the manual-feed slot.
While the HP 2605dtn may not be the fastest color laser printer we’ve tested, its print quality, expanded paper handling options, built-in duplexing capabilities, networking, and low price make for quite a bargain.