Printers / Scanners Sitemap - Page 3 2014-04-19

Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 All-in-One Printer--Review of the Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 Printer
Like others in Lexmark's new line of printers, the Pinnacle Pro901 is a good three-in-one printer that offers a large touchscreen that can be customized online with applications tailored to meet your exact printing, copying, or scanning needs. I did run into a few issues getting some of them to work properly, however. The printer is not particularly fast but quality is very good, in particular photos, which looked even better than from some dedicated photo printers.

Xerox Phaser 6140 Color Laser Printer--Review of the Xerox Phaser 6140 Color Laser Printer
The Xerox Phaser 6140 is a color laser printer aimed at small and home offices. While it's bigger and more expensive than consumer-oriented color laser printers, it does have a robust duty cycle and does its work quickly; even better, it prints out great-looking color graphics.

Epson WorkForce 635 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Epson WorkForce 35 Color Printer
The Epson WorkForce 635 all-in-one inkjet printer certainly offers a lot to small-business owners (as well as home users who use a printer a lot and who need a fax). It's fast, has plenty of built-in business features such as an automatic document feeder and duplex printing, and has a fax, scanner, and copier as well. Wireless (Wi-Fi n) networking is helpful and fast, and there are multiple memory-card slots handily located on the front of the machine.

HP Photosmart eStation--Review of the HP Photosmart eStation
It's a multifunction printer. It's got a detachable seven-inch wireless tablet. And it's got the great printing quality associated with HP. What is it? The HP Photosmart eStation. It gets the printing part great; whether the detachable tablet is for you is still to be decided. After all, when you're printing, typically you're near your computer anyway, right? But still, if you feel an overwhelming urge to surf Yahoo! while you print, this is your baby.

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.

HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer--Review of the HP Pro LaserJet CP1525nw Color Laser Printer
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.

HP Officejet Pro 8500A A910 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the HP Officejet Pro 8500A A910 All-in-One Color Printer
The HP Officejet Pro 8500A is a wireless all-in-one printer that features a touchscreen, a duplexer, and customizable apps that can be downloaded from HP. A unique e-mail address means you can print to it from anywhere.

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.

HP LaserJet 1536dnf Laser Printer--Review of the HP LaserJet 1536dnf Laser Printer
If there's a down side tot he HP LaserJet 1536dnf multifunction printer, it's that it's not part of HP's

Review of the HP LaserJet M1217nfw Monochrome Laser Printer
This mid-priced monochrome laser printer includes copying, scanning, and faxing capability as well as one of my favorite features--it uses HP's new

DocuPen RC800 Portable Scanner Review
A review of the DocuPen Portable Scanner, a handheld scanner that works quickly and easily.

KeyScan Integrated Document Scanner
The KeyScan Integrated Document Scanner is a convenient scanner built into a keyboard.

NeatDesk Scanner
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.

Pandigital Photolink Photo Scanner--Review of the Pandigital Photolink Photo Scanner
The Pandigital Photolink One-Touch Photo Scanner is small, affordable, and did a decent job in scanning photos. It may not be the choice of professional photographers, and it doesn't scan negatives or slides, but for the home user looking to get that box of photos organized, this is a good deal.

Epson Perfection 30 Scanner
The Epson Perfection 30 scanner is a very fast, environmentally friendly scanner. Its zero warm-up time is a nice benefit as well. A minimalist unit yet stocked with all the features that scanners need (scan to e-mail and PDF, for example), it's a good buy--and it's well under a hundred bucks.

Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner--Review of the Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner
The Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner offers all the tools and capabilities that photo buffs of every level could want in a photo scanner, including a built-in transparency unit and the ability to scan slides, negatives, and medium-format film. I appreciate that it came with Adobe Photoshop Elements, which helps defray the somewhat high cost of the machine. Paper instructions would make it a bit easier to set up, but this is a fine scanner for photos, film, and documents.

Plustek SmartOffice PS282 Scanner--Review of the Plustek SmartOffice PS282 Scanner
The Plustek SmartOffice PS282 is a handy and compact scanner that zips quickly through jobs and folds up so it doesn't take up a lot of space. It doesn't come cheap, so at over $300 it competes with Fujitsu's ScanSnap line which comes with the full version of Adobe Acrobat, a great program to have, though the Plustek does come with its own suite of OCR and image-editing software. Bottom line? The ScanSnap S1500 is more expensive but I think it's the better buy.

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Document Scanner
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 is a lightning-fast document scanner with only a few issues with OCR.

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.

Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Scanner
This review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Scanner found it to be a hardworking little scanner that did a great job.

PaperPort 12 Professional Document Management Software--Review of PaperPort 12 Professional Document Management Software
PaperPort 12 Professional is a top-end suite of software that allows you to easily create PDFs (and make regular PDFs into fillable forms) that can be searched and password-protected. It also makes organizing scanned documents across a network a much simpler task, and even connects directly to Sharepoint. It's a bit complicated to use and more expensive than, say, a full-blown version of Adobe Acrobat, but the range of options it offers might be worth the extra money to business users.

Doxie Portable Scanner--Review of the Doxie Portable Scanner
Doxie is a portable scanner that's great for scanning documents; it works pretty well scanning photographs as well. It was easy to set up and it's quite easy to use (one touch of a button is really the only choice offered). There's little to guide paper as it's being loaded, so there's a risk of a scan being slightly askew, but the quick pace of this portable scanner more than makes up for any minor issues.

HP Scanjet Professional 1000 Mobile Scanner--Review of the HP Scanjet 1000 Mobile Scanner
The HP Scanjet Professional 100 Mobile Scanner is portable, fast, and comes with a full suite of scanning software. It's easy to use, though the sheer amount of software included is a bit daunting--it takes some playing around to figure out what each does. The business-card software was very weak. But the scanner's size, USB power, and heavy-duty case make up for this (unless you need a mobile scanner primarily for business cards--in that case, look for other software).

CanoScan 9000F--Review of the CanoScan 9000F Scanner
It's big, and the buttons are a bit cryptic, but the CanoScan 9000F does a fine job scanning documents, photos, and magazine images. Optical character recognition was spotty at lower resolutions, but seemed to improve at higher resolution; however, the end product of OCR scans comes out in Notepad, which isn't the most useful program ever. The scanner comes with an excellent set of software including Adobe Photoshop elements, which helps defray some of the $250 cost. Color scans looked great.

Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner--Review of the Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner
The Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner works well for scanning documents as well as photos and negatives. Its built-in photo-management software allows you to do some decent photo restoration (fixing colors, adjusting for dark backgrounds, and so on) while photo-stitching software gives the opportunity to splice several photos together. If only the power and USB cords plugged into the back rather than the front, it would be excellent.

Plustek OpticFilm 7400 Film / Slide Scanner--Review of the Plustek OpticFilm 7400 Scanner
The Plustek OpticFilm 7400 is a dedicated scanner for negatives and slides. With the aid of the included SilverFast software, the scanner does a phenomenal job of easily scanning negatives and slides and making them look great--without a lot of editing intervention. It makes multiple passes when it scans, so it's not meant to be fast; and it will work only with standard 35mm negatives and slides. It's not a very versatile scanner, but is right for those with lots of old film to convert.

eLoam Portable Document Scanner--Profile of the eLoam Portable Scanner
A portable scanner that folds in half and is small and light enough to be carried around, eLoam's portable scanners come with 2, 3, and 5 megapixel lenses. They are high-speed scanners that can scan documents, photos, or 3-D objects. They are shaped like folding desk lamps, with

Review of the CanoScan LiDE 210 Scanner
The Canon CanoScan LiDE 210 is one of the smallest flatbed scanners I've ever reviewed. Don't be fooled by its size, though; the LiDE 210 offers a lot of functionality and convenience in a small footprint--and with a small price as well. It feels a bit delicate and so I was hesitant to put too much pressure on it when trying to scan a hardcover book (and the cover only raises an inch or so, so it's not optimal for scanning large items); but it's a best bet for document scanning.

HP Scanjet Professional 3000 Document Scanner--Review of the HP Scanjet 3000 Document Scanner
The HP Scanjet Professional 3000 Document Scanner is a high-speed and surprisingly heavy-duty sheet-fed scanner. It comes with a full suite of scanning software which makes it right for a lot of different uses. I wasn't impressed too much with the business-card software, which did an okay job with lots of cards but still left me plenty of editing to do. But I was impressed that the scanner seemed nearly unjammable.

Epson PictureMate Show Digital Photo Printer--Review of the Epson PictureMate Show Digital Photo Printer
The Epson PictureMate Show prints photos that are dazzlingly sharp; and it doubles, less effectively, as a digital photo frame. Despite the handle it's not particularly portable, and if you want to take advantage of the large (7-inch) tilt screen as a photo viewer, you'll have to overcome both the printer's boxy ugliness and the strangely low-res screen (800x480 dpi). But if you want to print lab-quality pictures, you'll not be disappointed by the PictureMate Show.

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.

Canon Pixma iP3600 Color Photo Printer
The Canon Pixma iP3600 color photo printer is inexpensive and high quality; but for a few dollars more you can get the next in Canon's line.

Epson PictureMate Charm Digital Photo Printer--Review of the Epson PictureMate Charm Digital Photo Printer
Portable and easy to use, the PictureMate Charm photo printer also puts out some fantastic photo prints. There are some basic on-board photo-editing functions, though a somewhat clunky interface makes them a bit hard to find and understand. Like other portable photo printers, a battery and Bluetooth interface are both optional, which is a shame. I like the internal print cartridge a bit more than the Selphy's dye-sublimation pack, though I preferred the Selphy 790's handy bucket-style case.

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.

Canon Selphy CP780 Digital Photo Printer
Excellent print quality at a low price makes the Canon Selphy CP780 a best buy.

Canon Selphy CP790 Digital Photo Printer--Review of the Canon Selphy CP790 Digital Photo Printer
The Canon Selphy CP790 digital photo printer offers excellent print quality in a really fun form factor--a big green bucket.

Canon Selphy ES40Digital Photo Printer--Review of the Canon Selphy ES40Digital Photo Printer
The Canon Selphy ES40 portable photo printer is small and compact, fun and easy to use, and it prints some amazing photos. It doesn't offer a whole lot of options, and you can only print 4x6 photos--but if that's what you're looking for, you can't beat this Selphy.

Sony DPP-FP97 Digital Photo Printer
Gorgeous prints and lots of on-board editing options on this Sony photo printer are its strongest points.

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.

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.

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.

Canon Pixma MP990 Wireless Photo Printer
The Canon Pixma MP990 is a wireless photo / all-in-one printer (with no fax) that features a 3.8-inch LCD and built-in auto duplex printing. It retails for about $200.

Dye Sublimation Printing
Dye sublimation printers have dyes embedded in a transparent film that get transferred to special kinds of photo paper. Because of the way that the dyes permeate the photo paper, these printers produce very good results that are also very long lasting.

Brother HL-5370DW Laser Printer--Review of the Brother HL-5370DW Laser Printer
Easy set up and built-in conveniences such as duplexing and networking are the only things that distinguish the Brother HL-5370DW laser printer from the pack.

Samsung CLP-315 Color Laser Printer--Review of the Samsung CLP-315 Color Laser Printer
The Samsung CLP-315 Color Laser Printer is not that fast, but it's quiet, good looking, and quite cheap. I found it a good deal for the money.

Brother HL-3070CW Color Digital Printer--Review of the Brother HL-3070CW Color Digital Printer
Brother's HL-3070CW is a very good deal--for about $250 it can compete easily with color laser printers. (An LED printer uses LEDs rather than a single laser as a light source.) I found it fast, relatively easy to set up (though wireless could've been a tad simpler), and the output (color and black) excellent. Replacement toner isn't cheap (around $70 per cartridge), but the black cartridges are estimated for 2,200 pages and the color ones for about 1,400 pages, so they should last a long time.

HP Color LaserJet CM2320nf All-in-One Laser Printer
The HP Color LaserJet CM2320nf All-in-One Laser Printer provides excellent color prints though it can be slow in printing jobs from large files.

HP LaserJet P2055d Laser Printer--Review of the HP LaserJet P2055d Laser Printer
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.

Brother MFC-9320CW All-in-One Color LED Printer--Review of the Brother MFC-9320CW All-in-One Printer
Brother's MFC-9320CW is an affordable color LED printer (under $500) that offers a good deal of value for home or small-business users. (An LED printer uses an array of LEDs rather than a single laser as a light source, so it has fewer moving parts but may also have slightly lower resolution than a laser printer.) Though it lacks a useful LCD screen, is slightly slower than other laser printers, and has a cluttered onboard interface, it still performs admirably.

Samsung ML-1630W Monochrome Laser Printer
The Samsung ML-1630w Monochrome Laser Printer is a networkable printer that is fast, quiet, and quite good looking. But it didn't seem like a lot of printer for the money.

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.

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.

HP Color LaserJet CP2025dn Product Profile
This is a product profile of the HP color laser printer, HP Color Laserjet CP2025dn.

Samsung CLP-770ND Color Laser Printer--Review of the Samsung CLP-770ND Color Laser Printer
The Samsung CLP-770ND is a color laser printer aimed at SMBs that has great print speeds. Overall print quality was excellent, though colors were more muted than I'd like to see in a printer this expensive; and for the price, some options such as wireless would've been nice.

HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn Laser Printer--Review of the HP Pro LaserJet 1606dn Laser Printer
Reasonably priced for a high-quality monochrome laser printer, the HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn laser printer was exceedingly fast and print quality superb. The printer is part of HP's

Samsung ML-2525W Monochrome Laser Printer--Review of the Samsung ML-2525W Monochrome Laser Printer
Though it's aimed at the small- and home-based-business market, anyone looking for a high quality and low price laser printer will find a lot to like about the Samsung ML-2525W monochrome laser printer. It's fast (once it's warmed up, anyway), wireless, and quiet. And it's available for under $150.

Samsung SCX-4623FW Wireless Laser Printer--Review of the Samsung SCX-4623FW Wireless Laser Printer
The Samsung SCX-4623FW is a wireless monochrome laser printer aimed at small businesses, home offices, and consumers who have a compelling need for a black-and-white printer. It's got WiFi built in and offers a scanner, copier, and fax as well as an automatic document feeder. Manual duplexing, at least to me, is a drawback in a $250 laser printer (though I've seen it as cheap as $157); but the print quality is uniformly excellent.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer--Review of the HP Officejet 100 Mobile Color Printer
Road warriors will find a dependable friend in the HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer, which offers long-lived battery power and easy to set up Bluetooth printing. It's not the smallest mobile printer I've seen, but it does print in color and gives remarkably good results considering its size.

Epson WorkForce 310 All-in-One Printer
The Epson WorkForce 310 offers great quality photos and near-laser-quality text printing.

HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-One Printer
The HP Photosmart C6380 does a great job with photos and is adequate for all other print jobs.

Canon Pixma iX7000 Large Format Color Printer--Review of the Canon Pixma iX7000 Large Format Color Printer
It's not just large (and it is); the Canon Pixma iX7000 is a large-format printer, meaning it can easily handle paper up to 13 x 19 inches. With its jutting cassette, it will require a table of its own. I wish it included wireless connectivity, given that its size may force you to keep it in a corner; but in terms of quality, photo output is excellent, while colored graphics look better if you use good paper.

Epson Workforce 30 Inkjet Printer
The Epson Workforce 30 is limited in functionality--you won't get a fax or scanner or copier in this almost-full-size unit--but it what it does, it does very well. In particular, photos look fantastic, in large measure thanks to the DuraBrite ink that Epson uses, but you won't sacrifice basic black-and-white quality either. For well under a hundred bucks, this is a pretty good deal.

Epson WorkForce 310
Epson has introduced the WorkForce 310 all-in-one ink jet printer ($129.99 estimated street price) for small businesses, delivering print speeds 2xs faster than competitive models and high quality output. The WorkForce 310 is equipped with a built-in Ethernet port for multi-user sharing, and can print wirelessly with a router. It also offers high-capacity inks (about 50% more prints per cartridge), uses 70% less energy than a laser printer is ENERGY STAR qualified.

HP Officejet H470 Mobile Inkjet Printer
The HP Officejet H470 could be really convenient if you need a nearly full-size printer that can run off a battery and connect wirelessly or via Bluetooth. But since I'm having trouble identifying when precisely you'd need that combination, and since the printer is slow, expensive, and seems error prone, I'd spend the same amount of money that doesn't offer battery power and a nifty vinyl case but gives faster, better prints.

Planon Printstik PS905 Portable Printer--Review of the Planon Printstik PS905 Portable Printer
The Printstik PS905 is indeed very portable, and can print via Bluetooth, which may make it convenient for those on the go who absolutely can't wait to print something out. But it's not cheap, and the low quality of the prints is probably not worth the convenience to anybody but the most hard-core road warrior.

Brother PT-1230 PC Label Maker
The P-touch PT-1230 PC is a handy and compact label printer that works with a PC. It has a limited range of functions, but for a label printer, it did everything I needed it to do--print labels in a variety of sizes and fonts. I appreciate that it didn't require administrative privileges to get it working, and I'm sure many home users will feel the same way. For basic labeling purposes, the PT-1230 is a great choice.

Brother PT-1280 Label Maker--Review of the Brother PT-1280 Label Maker
The new Brother PT-1280 P-touch Electronic Labeling System is no little toy; it's a seriously useful piece of office (or home) automation. It's not big (you could probably get four of them into a shoe box) but it has a large, easy-to-use keyboard and a 15-character LCD display. The printer can create vertical or horizontal labels on four sizes of tape, using dozens of symbols and in nine different type styles (bold, shadow, italic, and so on).

Brother PT-2430 PC Label Maker
The P-touch PT-2430 adds a few small but important conveniences to the lower-end versions of the P-touch line, such as an included AC cord and automatic trimming of the labels. These may not sound so important, but if you plan on making a lot of labels, they'll save a ton of time. And if you do use it a lot, I think it's worth the extra $30 or so (street price is around $79) to get this unit rather than the 1230.

Epson B-310N Color Inkjet Printer--Review of the Epson B-310N Color Inkjet Printer
Small workgroups and small businesses will be pleased with the speed at which the Epson B-310N puts out pages; they'll also have few complaints about the quality of prints. It's on the high-side, in terms of price, for an inkjet printer--particularly with the price of color laser printers falling--but this printer also does a great job on photos and graphics, which not every laser printer does. Be prepared to sacrifice some desktop space, and to spend extra for the optional duplex unit.

Refilling Inkjet Cartridges
Ink goes quickly, and inkjet cartridges are often very expensive to buy--sometimes you could have bought a new printer with what it cost you to buy a few refills. That's prompted a lot of people to try to get their cartridges refilled via Costco, Walgreens, or other shops (online or offline). Results, however, are mixed.

3D Printing with Shapeways--Review of Shapeways 3D Printing
Looking for a cool gift for Father's Day, a birthday, or just something cool for yourself? Why not create a customized gift? Shapeways allows you to print your own cool-looking cuff links. I printed a pair with my initials on them and they came out looking great--now I can't wait to wear them!

Pandigital Digital Photo Greeting Card--Review of the Pandigital Digital Photo Greeting Card
The Pandigital Digital Photo Greeting Card looks like one of those large greeting cards with music--but instead, it has a small (1.44 inch) LCD screen and holds 50 digital photos in a slideshow. The card comes in all major holiday versions--birthdays, Valentine's Day, and so on--and is easy to set up. The screen is small, about an inch square. But for the cost (about $10 each), they're not much more expensive than regular cards (and far less annoying than music cards).

Brother PT-2730 Electronic Labeling System--Review of the Brother PT-2730 Electronic Labeling System
The Brother PT-2730 Electronic Labeling System is a portable label maker that can work independently or be connected to a PC for advanced functionality (such as working directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, or Outlook). The machine can work on batteries or with the (included) AC power cord. Users can choose from eight fonts, 17 frames, and a wide array of type styles and symbols. It comes with an automatic tape cutter built in, and a library of more than 50 pre-formatted labels.

How To Clean Your Printheads
When printheads get clogged, image quality suffers. But cleaning printheads is a quick and simple process. Here's a step-by-step tutorial on cleaning printheads. Note: These instructions will work for users of Windows but not of other operating systems.

Change Print Quality to Draft Mode
Changing print quality to Draft Mode can speed up printing and save ink.

What is TWAIN?
TWAIN is a software protocol that goes between your computer and your camera, scanner, or whatever imaging device you're using. It helps ensure that your computer can understand and display the data being sent by the imaging device.

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.

Print Directly on Fabric
You can print directly onto fabric using your inkjet printer. Here's how.

Epson Stylus NX415
The Epson Stylus NX415 is near the high end of the Epson Stylus NX family. For less than $100 it offers a large color LCD (Epson says it's the largest at this price) as well as multiple media-card slots.

Review of the Epson Stylus NX515
The Epson Stylus NX515 is the at the high end of the Epson Stylus NX family. It's more expensive than the others but is fast (Epson calls it

Review of the HP 6500 All-in-One Printer
HP touts the HP 6500 All-in-One printer as

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.

Review of the HP Officejet Pro 8500 All-in-One Printer
The HP 8500 all-in-one printer is a professional-level printer that, like the HP 6500, offers energy savings and, claims HP, a lower cost per page than laser printers.

Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One Printer
The Kodak ESP 5 all-in-one printer is a low-cost multifunction printer that has excellent print quality but is not the most convenient all-in-one out there for this price.

Review of the Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer
The Epson Artisan 800 printer is a fantastic all-in-one printer that works across a network (or via USB). Images, documents, photos, all looked great thanks to the Claria ink cartridges. Too bad this particular Epson inkjet printer doesn't come with a duplexer.

Review of the Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Color Printer
The Epson Artisan 810 color printer is at the high end of all-in-one line; but for the price, it delivers a great value. It prints very quickly and photos in particular come out with startling quality and richness. It's got all the handy bells and whistles you could hope for, from built-in wireless (very easily configured) to automatic duplexing. And the printer's enormous (7.8-inch) and tiltable touchscreen makes it a snap to use. For a little extra money, this printer is truly a best buy.

Brother MFC-5890cn All-in-One Printer
This Brother all-in-one printer connects easily to a network and prints and scans quickly. A better LCD and automatic duplexing would raise it a few notches higher.

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.

Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer
The Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer is a great resource for

Epson Stylus NX515 All-in-One Printer--Review of the Epson Stylus NX515 Printer
The Epson Stylus NX515 is a very fast all-in-one printer. It comes with WiFi networking built in and can do pretty much everything that much bigger and more expensive all-in-one printers can do--but it does them without taking much space, or too much cash. Photos have excellent color depth and print quickly. For the price--just over $100--the Epson Stylus NX515 all-in-one printer is a best bet.

HP Deskjet F4280 Printer Review
This HP Deskjet printer is an entry-level all-in-one printer that does a remarkably good job.

HP Officejet J4680 All-in-one Color Inkjet Printer
The HP Officejet J4680 is a compact all-in-one printer that is networkable across a wired or wireless network. It prints quickly and photos look great. It's a bit thirsty for ink, so you'll want the high-yield cartridges.

Lexmark S605 Interact All-in-One Printer--Review of the Lexmark S605 Interact Printer
The Lexmark S605 Interact is a decent three-in-one printer that offers some great benefits, in particular a large and intelligently designed touchscreen, and a host of customizable applications that make it simple to tailor the printer, scanner, and copier functions to your exact needs. Those options, rather than the speed or quality of the printer (which are completely acceptable), are what make this new printer an exciting and compelling best buy.

Brother MFC-255CW All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Brother MFC-255CW All-in-One Color Printer
Brother's MFC-255CW is a very good color inkjet printer that is a great value at under $100. Like some other Brother all-in-ones I've tried, it has slow print speeds across a wireless network, but it scores high points for print quality--especially photos, which come out looking fantastic.

Brother MFC-6890cdw All-in-One Color Printer
The Brother MFC-6490cdw is a color inkjet all-in-one wireless printer that is big and beefy but adds a lot of value to an office. Some slow over-the-network print speeds may take a few points away from it, but overall it's a best bet.

Epson Stylus NX400 All-in-One Printer
The Epson Stylus NX400 all-in-one offers a low price and decent printing features.

HP Officejet Pro 8500 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the HP Officejet Pro 8500 All-in-One Color Printer
Slow set-up time aside, the HP Officejet Pro 8500 is an all-in-one with a host of features such as wireless, one-button scanning options, fax, and copier that will make any home or small office more efficient at a price that's more than reasonable.

Canon Pixma MP480 All-in-One Printer Review
The Canon Pixma MP480 All-in-One Printer is inexpensive, small, and good looking, but it's missing some of the options that would make it a must-buy.

HP Officejet 4500 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the HP Officejet 4500 All-in-One Printer
The HP OfficeJet 4500 Wireless is not exactly a speed demon, but for the price (I saw it as low as $129.99), it's a very good deal. For that price, built-in wireless, an automatic document feeder, fax, and (manual) duplex come as welcome surprises. Print quality for text documents was not the best I've seen, but color photos looked lush and wonderful.

Kodak ESP Office 6150 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Kodak Office ESP 6150 All-in-One Printer
For roughly $250, the Kodak ESP Office 6150 leaves something to be desired--namely, speed. It's downright pokey at normal quality, and while things speed up in draft mode, the end results are less than exciting. Photos look decent but not fantastic, which is disappointing considering that even cheaper Kodak printers do a pretty fantastic job. And while the literature for the 6150 claims you can print from a smartphone, I couldn't figure out (or find any help on) printing from a Blackberry.

Epson WorkForce 520 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Epson WorkForce 520 Color Printer
Like the Epson Workforce 610, the Workforce 520 color all-in-one printer offers a lot of printer for not much money. It prints very fast and leaves text and graphics looking good; if anything, photos fare even better, but take a long time to print. An automatic document feeder and built-in wireless make it a good bet for home and small businesses, while the single paper input and manual duplexing may give you second thoughts.

Epson Artisan 835 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Epson Artisan 835 All-in-One Color Printer
The Epson Artisan 835 color printer is the next level above the Artisan 810. Like the 810, it prints quickly with good results; photos in particular come out excellent. It features built-in wireless, an automatic duplexer, and has a great, large (7.8-inch), tiltable touchscreen that makes it very easy to use. With six ink cartridges to replace, its cost of ownership will likely be high. Still, the results are excellent.

Kodak ESP 9250 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Kodak ESP 9250 All-in-One Printer
At the high end of the ESP line is the Kodak ESP 9250, an all-in-one that offers a fax, scanner, copier, and easily configured wireless. Like other ESP printers, it's not very fast, with first pages taking almost 30 seconds to print. Photos look great but text printing is not all that dazzling, nor is the clumsy analog control panel.

Samsung CLX-6200 All-in-One Color Laser Printer--Review of the Samsung CLX-6200 Color Laser Printer
The Samsung CLX-6200FX color laser printer offers everything a small office needs to be productive.

Kodak ESP 3250 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Kodak ESP 3250 All-in-One Color Printer
The Kodak ESP 3250 color printer is a good value--at just over $100, it won't break the bank, and neither will Kodak's low-cost ink refills. The ESP 3250 puts out great looking photos and decent-enough prints from documents, and while it's not super fast, it's not pokey, either. If you need a lot of extras--an automatic document feeder, a big LCD, or multiple paper feeds--look somewhere else. But for a three-in-one that performs well, this is a very good choice.

Kodak ESP 5250 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Kodak ESP 5250 All-in-One Color Printer
For the price (over $150), the Kodak ESP 5250 didn't perform as well as I hoped. In that price range it competes with some excellent Epson all-in-ones (including the WorkForce 610 and the cheaper NX 515 and even some entry-level Brother printers like the 255 CW. Photo quality is very good, print quality decent, but it's slow, takes a while to warm up, and had a number of photo-paper-related paper jams. Wireless was a nice option to have, but otherwise I liked the cheaper Kodak 3250 more.

Canon Pixma MP490 All-in-One Printer Review
For under a hundred bucks, the Canon Pixma MP490 all in one printer is a decent buy. Like many other printers in this price range, it lacks some advanced features such as an automatic document feeder, an automatic duplexer, and wireless support. Of course you'll pay more for those features--so before you buy, decide just how important those advanced features are going to be.

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.

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.

Canon Pixma MX860 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer
You'll pay twice as much for this Canon Pixma all-in-one as for the Pixma MX330 I recently reviewed. What do you get for the extra dough? A lot. Wireless / wired network printing. A built-in duplexer. Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi color printing. Truly outstanding colors. Is it worth it? While the cost of replacing five tanks can be huge, the quality is so good that I'd pay the extra money, since I tend to print a lot.

Epson WorkForce 610 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Epson WorkForce 610 Color Printer
The Epson Workforce 610 color printer offers a lot of printer for not much over $100. It has fast print speeds, with text and graphics looking good and photos with sharp colors. Built-in wireless helps make it appropriate for home and small businesses. The tiltable touchscreen is cluttered and there were some issues getting wireless to work. Bottom line: You can't go far wrong here, but with so many printers in Epson's various lines, you can probably find a better deal (Artisan 810, anybody?).

Brother MFC-6490CW All-in-One Printer
The Brother MFC-6490CW All-in-One Printer is is made for a small office and offers plenty of handy office features, including wireless.

Brother MFC-7840W Review
The Brother MFC-7840W all-in-one printer is a monochrome laser printer that features a fax, scanner, copier, and wired/wireless networking.

Dell 968 All-in-One Printer--Review of the Dell 968 All-in-One Printer
The Dell 968W All-in-One printer is a convenient and hard-working multifunction printer that's easy on the wallet.

Epson Stylus Photo RX680
The Epson Stylus Photo RX680 isn't the multifunction you need to keep your office running, but it does a great job with photo printing and other tasks.

Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner--Review of the Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
The Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner can scan both photos and negatives. Since Adobe Photoshop Elements and other optical-character recognition software comes in the package, it offers a lot of benefits for any photo-scanning use.

Brother MFC-495CW All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Brother MFC-495CW Color Printer
The Brother MFC-495CW is a decent color all-in-one printer that I've seen online for around $100, making it a great value. It's not particularly fast, especially across a wireless network, and the small LCD is only marginally helpful; but print quality--especially photos--was top notch.

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.

Kodak ESP 7250 All-in-One Color Printer--Review of the Kodak ESP 7250 All-in-One Printer
The Kodak ESP 7250 comes at a reasonable price, has built-in wireless and optional Bluetooth, and creates very good prints. It is not the fastest of printers, however, and, like the cheaper 5250, can take a while to warm up; and an automatic document feeder would be welcome. But the wireless was easy to set up and I like the separate tray for photos.

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.

Xerox Phaser 3250 Laser Printer
The Xerox Phaser 3250 Laser Printer only does one thing--print in monochrome--but it does it exceptionally well.

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.

Canon Pixma MX7600 All-in-One
The Canon Pixma MX7600 all-in-one printer includes a new clear-ink technology that helps create better color and monochrome prints. It's a large printer but it does its job well.

Polaroid PoGo Portable Photo Printer--Review of the Polaroid PoGo Portable Photo Printer
The Polaroid PoGo portable photo printer is a very portable photo printer that doesn't use ink. The prints are small but it's a lot of fun to use, it's fast, and it fits in your back pocket.

Samsung ML-2851 Laser Printer
This Samsung printer is a monochrome laser printer that can be connected to over a wired network. The ML-2851 is made for small businesses and is a good entry-level monochrome laser printer.

Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer
The Canon Selphy CP760 Compact Photo Printer uses dye-sublimation ink to print postcard-sized prints.

Canon Pixma MP530 All-in-One Printer Review
The Canon Pixma MP530 is a multifunction printer that is a dependable workhorse for home offices.

HP Photosmart A626 Review
The HP Photosmart A626 printer is lightweight and portable, though its colors aren't perfect.

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Write a Review: Printers
Use this form to tell us about a printer you've tried. What are the pros and cons? Would you recommend it to a friend? You do not have to be a member to write a review, and you can use any name that you like. E-mail address is not required, and it is used only to notify you when your review has been published. Did you take any pictures? If so, you can attach a photo to your review too. Thanks for sharing your printer review!

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.

What's the Best Photo Scanner for Organizing Photos?
A lot of people who want a photo scanner buy one to help them get rid of the box of photos that's been sitting in the closet forever. Which scanner have you found is the best for this kind of photo-scanning use? Share your opinion!

Where Is Your Favorite Place to Buy Electronics?
Tell us where you like to buy electronics and why it's the best place.

What's Your Experience with Refilling Ink Cartridges?
Do you refill you inkjet printer cartridges, or simply buy new ones? If you refill them, where do you get it done and how successful has the process been so far? Would you recommend it?

Review of the Kodak ESP 9250 All-in-One Printer
The Kodak ESP 9250 all-in-one printer is an update of Kodak's ESP printer line. With a better control panel, easy to set up wireless, smart-phone printing, and other advantages, it's worth a look.

Samsung CLX-6200 All-in-One Color Laser Printer
The Samsung CLX-6200FX all-in-one color laser printer offers everything a small office needs to be productive.

CCFL
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.

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 Portable 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.

Passing Parameters
Functions can process different variables each time when you call them using parameters.

Alphabetic and Numeric Validations
Validating that a field is alphabetic or numeric.

The IF Statement
The Javascript if statement.How to code and use it.

Functions
Creating functions in Javascript.

Variable Scope
Determining the scope of variables. In what part of the program does a given variable exist.

Mandatory Fields
Validating that something other than blanks is entered into a mandatory form field.

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