Printers/Scanners Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26
Cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) are very small and very bright fluorescent lights used in scanners to provide light for scanning, without becoming hot. They're typically filled with low-pressure mercury vapor.
Dell Wasabi Photo Printer
The Dell Wasabi is an ultra-mobile printer for instant photo printing that works with inkless ZINK printing paper. It allows instant prints via Bluetooth-enabled phones, digital cameras, and mobile PCs, and prints on 2x3 sticky-backed paper.
Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer
The Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer is a great resource for
Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 Document Scanner--Review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 Document Scanner
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 is an excellent duplex scanner that won't take up any room on your desk.
HP Photosmart A646 Photo Printer--Review of the HP Photosmart A646 Photo Printer
The HP Photosmart A646 photo printer is a handy, compact printer that is easy to set up to print from Bluetooth. Its large touchscreen makes viewing and printing pictures easy, and it takes advantage of that large touchscreen by offering editing and effects for photos. Colors were very good and printed photos looked great. Best of all, it's quite inexpensive from some online retailers.
IntelliScanner Mini Bar Code Scanner--Review of the IntelliScanner Mini Bar Code Scanner
The IntelliScanner Mini bar code scanner is small and very handy to have if you need to organize and catalog a music, DVD, or comic collection, keep track of groceries or wine, or anything else that has a bar code. Even objects without bar codes can be scanned, since you can add your own tracking labels. It might be more than you need if your collections aren't particularly big, but I think there are enough possible applications to make this a very useful gadget for almost anyone.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Document Scanner
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 is a lightning-fast document scanner with only a few issues with OCR.
Canon Pixma MP990 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printer--Review of the Canon Pixma MP990 Wireless Photo Printer
The Canon Pixma MP990 offers a lot of great features such as auto duplexing in a rather large three-in-one printer (there's no fax). On the plus side it's very fast and photos in particular look fantastic. On the minus side, there's no ADF and the ink tends to saturate paper, leaving prints soggy. It doesn't come cheap (at least $200) and you'll need to spend extra on heavy-duty paper (and replacing those six ink tanks). But if you don't mind spending on better paper, it's an excellent printer.
Xerox Phaser 6010 Color LED Printer--Review of the Xerox Phaser 6010 Color LED Printer
The Xerox Phaser 6010 is a color LED printer for small workgroups and offices. It's smaller than some other Xerox Phasers I've reviewed, and the small footprint makes it a decent choice for offices that don't have a lot of extra room. There's no wireless but there is built-in Ethernet networking. Duplexing is manual but available. At around $299 it's a bit more than Phaser laser printers, but the small size is a big improvement.
Samsung SCX-4500 Monochrome Laser Printer
The Samsung SCX-4500 Monochrome Laser Printer is a cool-looking printer that is fast and extremely quiet. But it's missing a few conveniences.
Canon Pixma MP610 All-in-One Review
The Canon Pixma MP610 all-in-one printer does a fine job at photo scanning and printing, though it left a little to be desired.
Xerox Mobile Scanner
The Xerox Mobile Scanner is a convenient tool for anyone who wants to scan away from a desktop or laptop computer, since it's completely self contained and the included Eye-Fi card can either hold images or PDFs, or transmit them directly to a computer or even a smart phone. That, and its hearty battery, makes it a great on-the-road tool.
Lexmark Genesis S816 All-in-One Printer--Review of the Lexmark Genesis S816 Printer
The Lexmark Genesis comes in an upright format that's different than anything you've seen before. Along with a smaller footprint, the printer comes with excellent printing (photos in particular, but prints as well), and a very easy to use scanner. Duplex scanning would be nice; and the touchscreen is a bit cramped when the keyboard is needed; but otherwise this is an excellent printer.
Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer
The Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer uses dye-sublimation ink to print postcard-sized prints.
Where Can Used Inkjet Cartridges Be Recycled?
When your inkjet cartridges run out, don't throw them away. The US Post Office offers free mailers to send them to a recycler.
How 3-D Printing Works
Printing in 3-D, also known as additive manufacturing, is becoming commonplace and ever less expensive--even home users and hobbyists are using it. But the technology used to print an object in three dimensions is very complex. Here's a look at how it works.
Is an Extended Warranty Worth the Money?
When you buy a new printer or scanner, the salesperson will try to convince you to buy an extended warranty. It's not worth the money. Here's why extended warranties aren't worth what they cost.
Canon Pixma MX882 All-in-One Printer--Review of the Canon Pixma MX882 All-in-One Printer
The Canon Pixma MX882 is a worthy upgrade to the Pixma line. While it offers many of the same features as the MX860, it's much faster and almost the same price. The printer has built-in wireless and an automatic duplexer, and an extended keypad that helps keep the printer's face from being overly busy (though it's still pretty full). Speeds were excellent and quality was everything I expected from a Canon printer.
Canon Pixma MP560 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Canon Pixma MP560 All-in-One Printer
Canon sets the bar pretty high for its printers, and in a few ways this one--the Canon Pixma MP560 all-in-one printer--fell short. For a low-end printer it includes wireless, which is a real benefit; but I didn't get great results printing text. Ink bled into the paper, making prints less than crisp. Photos on the other hand looked just fine. But if your printing needs are more towards sharp, clear documents, you're not going to be pleased with the MP 560.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 Document Scanner--Review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 Document Scanner
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is a portable document scanner that won't take up any desktop real estate. It can be powered via USB so it's handy to take on the road. I found it to be fast and very accurate; business cards from around the world posed no problem to this little scanner. Definitely a good buy.
Canon iP4600 Photo Printer--Review of the Canon iP4600 Photo Printer
The Canon iP4600 Photo Inkjet Printer is on the big side for a photo printer but it does great work.
3-D Printing: What You Can Print Now, and in the Future
Today, you can print a wide range of consumer goodies, from jewelry to iPad stands, using services such as Shapeways. At the higher end, 3-D printers can churn out everything from scans of your teeth to aircraft parts. In a few years, experts forecast that this technology will become a part of our daily lives and lead to huge shifts in the way we do business.
Canon imageFORMULA P-215 Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner
The Canon imageFORMULA P-215 Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner is a mouthful to say, and while it's small enough to hold in one hand, it's not light on scanning power. Only 11 inches long and just over two pounds (and powered by included USB cables), it's portable enough to go anywhere. It offers a fold-out automatic document feeder that can hold as many as 20 pages and can also scan business cards and other smaller pieces of paper (both sides at once).
Why Printer Ink Is Expensive
Printer ink isn't cheap, and if you compare prices by volume, you may find it's more expensive than almost any other liquid (including human blood). But that comparison may be misleading, since printer ink has to be almost magical in its ability to be a stable liquid for a long time, then be raised to 300 degrees Celsius and shot out of a microscopically small nozzle at 30 miles an hour and still hit the page as a perfect round dot. So you may want to spend extra to buy new inkjet cartridges.
Xerox Phaser 3100MFP All-in-One Printer
A review of the Xerox Phaser 3100MFP laser printer shows that it needs more work to compete in this price range.
The NeatDesk Document Scanner is a great help in clearing out cluttered drawers and filing cabinets, allowing scans to be exported to useful programs such as Outlook and Turbo Tax. Business cards gave the scanner some problems, however.
How to Use ICC Printer Profiles for the Best Photos
What are the appropriate settings to use when you want photo prints to look their best? ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles provide devices such as printers, scanners, and monitors with a consistent color profile. You can download them from various manufacturers if you're serious about making prints look their best. If you're not sure whether you need to use color profiles, then that's a good bet that you don't really need to use them at all, which you should appreciate, since they can be very complex to understand.
Canon Pixma MX892 Wireless All-in-One Printer
Wireless and networking, a built-in duplexer, easy cloud printing, and a 35-sheet automatic document feeder are some of the features offered by the Canon Pixma MX892 all-in-one printer. The printer is a bit big but has a space-saving shape, and I like the dual-function panel that is handy and sleek, though not a touchscreen.
Use Remote Scan to Scan Across a Network
Software from Remote Scan allows printers to share a single scanner across a wired or wireless network.
How to Use a Scanner to Get Organized
Turning paper documents into digital files is a great first step in organizing your home office, or your home life. But it's not a silver bullet. Getting organized requires good planning in addition to good equipment.
Comparing Pricing Among Online Photo Scanners
If you've got a huge amount of photos you'd like to scan, it's often faster and easier to trust someone else to do it--otherwise, scanning photos one at a time can be a very time-consuming process. But it's not easy to compare these services, since they all have lots of different deals and requirements. This comparison chart of online photo-scanning services should help you compare pricing between some of the biggest players.
Comparison of Online Photo-Scanning Services
If you've got a huge amount of photos you'd like to scan, it's often faster and easier to trust someone else to do it--otherwise, scanning photos one at a time can be a very time-consuming process. But it's not easy to compare these services, since they all have lots of different deals and requirements. This comparison chart of online photo-scanning services should help you compare pricing between some of the biggest players. Page 2.
HP LaserJet P2055d Laser Printer Review
The HP LaserJet P2055d doesn't do more than print in black and white; but it does that exceedingly fast and with excellent output. While it doesn't come as cheaply as some other laser and LED printers, speed and quality counts for a lot--particularly for home and small businesses. Still, if your needs go beyond monochrome printing, there are other good choices in this price range.
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer Review
The HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer is meant for offices with heavy printing needs. It's not particularly fast, at least for first pages, but print quality is uniformly excellent. It offers a single paper tray and a single priority feed slot. Like other HP LaserJets, page curl is an issue, and the tiny LCD screen and control panel offer only the basics. With a duty cycle of up to 30,000 pages per month, this relatively small color laser printer is meant to last.
Panasonic KX-MB1500 Monochrome Laser Printer Review
The Panasonic KX-MB1500 is a monochrome laser printer that offers scan and copy functions (a slightly more expensive version is available that offers a fax as well). The printer is very compact and made for small and home offices. It doesn't offer many extras but it is very inexpensive.
How to Print Directly on Fabric With an Inkjet Printer
You can print directly onto fabric using your inkjet printer. Here's how.
Brother MFC-J625DW All-In-One Inkjet Printer - Review
Moderately priced and with a fairly small footprint, the Brother MFC-J825DW all-in-one color inkjet printer comes equipped with lots of extras, including built-in WiFi and wired networking, automatic duplex printing, a color touchscreen, a separate photo-paper tray as well as an automatic document feeder, and an attachment for printing on printable CDs and DVDs.
Mobile Printing Features – 2014
Printing from mobile devices, because of Wi-Fi Direct, near-field communications, NFC, Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print, has never been easier.
Print Your Own Mother's Day Cards--Customize and Print Mother's Day Cards
Sure, you could spend some time wandering around the store, hoping to find just the right card for Mom when Mother's Day rolls around. Or you could make things a lot simpler by printing your own card, and customizing it yourself. Here's a list of customizable and printable Mother's Day cards.
HP's Business Oriented Inkjet AIOs
HP makes a wide range of small- and medium-size business-centric AIOs. They range in price from under $100 to well over $500, with an equally wide range of features and capacity.
HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus All-In-One Printer Review
The HP Officejet Pro 8600 is a color inkjet all-in-one printer that offers print, fax, scan, copy, and Web access (to HP's Web apps). It's as fast as many laser printers and has a low total cost of ownership; and the quality doesn't suffer from the speed.
ScanMyPhotos.com Online Photo Scanning Service Review
The ScanMyPhotos.com service is a fast, efficient, and--depending on how many photos you have to scan--reasonably priced photo-scanning service. However, if you want to retain the rich colors of your original photos, you may not be content with the 300 dpi scans that ScanMyPhotos.com offers. In that case you'll either have to do it yourself, or use a service that can offer 600 dpi scanning.
Where to Buy?
You can buy printers and scanners online or in a brick-and-mortar shop. Here I'll help you find the best deal for whatever kind of printer or scanner you're looking for.
Printer Buyer's Guide--A Guide to Buying Printers
Looking for a new printer? There are a lot of excellent options, and it can be hard to sort through all the options. Here you'll find some ideas for the best printers I've tested and reviewed so far.
If Pieces Remain, Turn the Printer Off
If you’re not able to get the paper out, close the cover and turn the printer off. When you turn it back on it will automatically eject (you’ll have to start your print job again). Page 3.
Installing New Ink Tanks
Installing ink tanks into an inkjet printer is a quick and painless process (except for the price you’ll pay for those ink tanks, of course). Here’s a step-by-step look at getting those cartridges into your printer. I’ll demonstrate using a Canon Pixma MP530, but the process should be pretty similar in all inkjet printers.
Push the Ink Tank Into Place
Push the front of the ink tank until the tank snaps into place. It will light up when it’s in correctly. Page 6.
Clean Inside Your Pixma Printer
There are a few reasons why the Pixma's print jobs don’t look their best. If you’re seeing stripes, it could be due to clogged printheads, which are easy to
Clean Your Printer and Scanner
If the platen glass or document cover of your printer/scanner are dirty or smudged, your scan and print jobs aren’t going to look good. Cleaning these elements is easy with nothing more than cloth and water. Don’t use paper towels or tissues (they can leave fine threads behind), and never use chemical cleaners.
Print a CD/DVD Label Using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680 Printer
Printing directly onto a CD or DVD using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680 inkjet printer couldn’t be easier, and the results are fantastic. This Step-By-Step guide will demonstrate how to do it. Note that you need to make sure the CD or DVD you’re using can be printed on; check the label before you buy. Also, make sure you have already burned to the disk; once you’ve put the label on, you can’t burn data to the disk.
Comparison of 300 dpi and 600 dpi scan
This photo compares the 300 dpi scan from ScanMyPhotos.com with a 600 dpi scan done on an HP OfficeJet 4500 all-in-one printer.
300 dpi Scan from ScanMyPhotos.com
This is the 300 dpi scan done using the ScanMyPhotos.com service. You can see that some sharpness is lost and the colors are off. Page 3.
600 dpi scan
This is a 600 dpi scan done using an HP OfficeJet 4500 all-in-one printer. It closely resembles the original photograph in color and sharpness. Page 2.
Lexmark X466 Laser Printer--Review of the Lexmark X466 Laser Printer
It doesn't come cheap, but with a huge, customizable touchscreen that helps simplify repetitive printing, scanning, and copying tasks, the Lexmark X466 networkable monochrome laser printer may well help to define the future of office printing.
Remove the Plastic Wrapper
Tear the plastic wrapper off the ink tank by pulling down on the orange strip. Page 2.
Remove the Protective Cap
Take off the protective plastic cap by turning the plastic handle counterclockwise. Page 3.
Turn the Printer On and Lift the Cover
Turn your printer on, and lift the cover. Make sure you're not just lifting the top cover that provides access to the glass copy plate. Lift from below the control panel. Page 4.
Open and Remove Torn Pieces
If it tears and leaves a piece inside, push up the document cover and take out the remaining piece. Be careful not to touch any of the components inside the machine, since they could be hot. Page 2.
Close the Inner Cover
Push the inner cover closed before closing the printer cover. Page 7.
Open the Inner Cover
The ink-tank tray will move toward the center of the printer, giving access to the ink-jet tanks. Open the inner cover by pulling it toward you. Page 5.
Close the Printer Cover
Gently close the printer cover until it locks in place. Page 8.
Load the Folded Paper Into the Feeder
Load the paper into the auto-sheet feeder. Page 2.
Press the Copy Button
Press the Copy button. Printers / Scanners. Page 3.
Go to Maintenance Menu
Press Menu repeatedly until the display shows 4. Maintenance. Page 4.
Clean the Platen Glass
Wipe the platen glass with a clean, white, lint-free cloth moistened with water. Page 2.
Clean the Inside of the Document Cover
Clean the inner side of the document cover with a clean, white, lint-free cloth moistened with water. Page 3.
Select Bottom Cleaning
Press the arrow keys until Bottom Cleaning is selected. Press OK to feed the paper into the machine. If it comes out dirty, repeat the process once more. Page 5.
Clean the Transparent Sheet
Clean the transparent sheet with a clean, white, lint-free cloth moistened with water. Page 4.
Clean the Inside of the Document Feeder
Clean the inner side of the document feeder with a clean, white, lint-free cloth moistened with water. Page 5.
Dry Using a Clean, Dry Cloth
Wipe those same components dry with another a clean, white, lint-free cloth. Page 6.
Press OK to get the disk in place for printing
To print a label on a CD or DVD using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680, follow these instructions. Page 4.
Load the CD or DVD into the holder
To print a label on a CD or DVD using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680, follow these instructions. Page 2.
Load holder into the printer tray
To print a label on a CD or DVD using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680, follow these instructions. Page 3.
Choose the photo
To print a label on a CD or DVD using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680, follow these instructions. Page 5.
To print a label on a CD or DVD using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680, follow these instructions. Page 6.
Remove CD from the tray
To print a label on a CD or DVD using the Epson Stylus Photo RX680, follow these instructions. Page 7.
Select Special Copy
Next, select Special Copy on the Pixma MP 610. Page 2.
Scroll to 2-on-1 Copy
Copying two pages onto one saves you paper and money. Here's how to do it with the Canon Pixma MP610. Page 3.
Put the first page on the copier
Copying two pages onto one saves you paper and money. Here's how to do it with the Canon Pixma MP610. Page 4.
Scan the second page
Copying two pages onto one saves you paper and money. Here's how to do it with the Canon Pixma MP610. Page 6.
Scan the first page
Copying two pages onto one saves you paper and money. Here's how to do it with the Canon Pixma MP610. Page 5.
Copying two pages onto one saves you paper and money. Here's how to do it with the Canon Pixma MP610. Page 7.
Deal with Paper Jams
Paper jams can happen for a number of reasons. The most common reasons are that the paper tray is overloaded or the edge of the paper is curled or folded. Paper typically jams between the sheet feeder and the output tray, or inside the machine. Here are step-by-step directions to clearing up both kinds of paper jams.
Copying Two Pages Onto One
Copying two pages onto one saves you paper and money. Here's how to do it with the Canon Pixma MP610.
Brother MFC-790CW All-in-One Printer
The Brother MFC-790 all-in-one wireless printer is an affordable multifunction printer that will work best for home and small-office users.
Canon Pixma MX330 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer
An outstanding, low-end all-in-one printer from Canon--what else needs to be said? For about $100, you get all the features you could want, plus the quality and dependability of Canon.
ScanMyPhotos Photo Comparison
Here's a comparison between a 300 dpi scan done using the ScanMyPhotos online photo scanning service, and a 600 dpi scan done using an HP OfficeJet 4500 all-in-one printer. You can see the difference in the quality--the 600 dpi scan, while a much larger file, was much more like the original photo image.