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Archive, Barcode, Find, Label, And More – The Best Label Makers for 2019

Archive, Barcode, Find, Label, And More – The Best Label Makers for 2019

From Convenient to Mission Critical When most people think of label makers—or label printers, labeling systems, barcode printers, or whatever each manufacturer calls its wares—those little handheld devices with small keyboards and one-line monochrome LCDs come to mind. Well, even though many of those are still available, at this point they are yesterday’s technology. In fact, these days,... [Read more]

Epson’s Bare-Bones, No-Frills, Relatively Fast, and Accurate DS-70 Portable Document Scanner

Epson’s Bare-Bones, No-Frills, Relatively Fast, and Accurate DS-70 Portable Document Scanner

PROS Relatively fast scanning. Accurate OCR. Light and small. Easy to use. CONS Lacks ADF and mobile device and wireless support. No battery. Must connect to USB on a computer. BOTTOM LINE The Epson DS-70 is a fast and accurate no-frills single-sheet-feed portable document scanner. It’s easily portable and doesn’t cost too much. The Epson DS-70 Portable Document Scanner ($109) is a bare-bones scanner for... [Read more]

Scan Accurately Anywhere with Epson’s DS-80W Wireless Portable Document Scanner

Scan Accurately Anywhere with Epson’s DS-80W Wireless Portable Document Scanner

PROS Fast scanning. Accurate OCR. Light and small. Easy to use. CONS Lacks ADF. Software doesn’t convert image PDFs to searchable PDFs BOTTOM LINE The Epson DS-80W is a fast and accurate single-sheet-feed portable document scanner ideally suited for scanning short jobs to your laptop or smartphone on the road. The Epson DS-80W Wireless Portable Document Scanner ($169) is exceptionally small,... [Read more]

Labels, Markdown Tags, Order-Pickup Tickets, and More with Brother’s RuggedJet RJ-2150

Labels, Markdown Tags, Order-Pickup Tickets, and More with Brother’s RuggedJet RJ-2150

PROS Relatively fast print speeds. Good output quality. PC, network, and mobile connectivity options. Top-drawer label design, print software, and mobile apps. Low running costs. CONS No charging gear in the box. Pricey. BOTTOM LINE The Brother RJ-2150 is a capable, if expensive, 2-inch portable label and receipt printer designed for heavy-duty, on-the-fly use. The Brother RuggedJet RJ-2150 ($995)... [Read more]

Brother’s Highly Accurate and Feature-Rich ADS-1700W Portable Document Scanner

Brother’s Highly Accurate and Feature-Rich ADS-1700W Portable Document Scanner

PROsFast scanning and text recognition. Accurate OCR. Strong software bundle. Supports scanning to USB drives. Color touchscreen. CONS No battery. Heavier than other portable scanners. BOTTOM LINE The Brother ADS-1700W is a fast and accurate portable document scanner that offers a slew of features that will be attractive to road warriors . The Brother ADS-1700W ($269.99) is a portable sheet-feed scanner... [Read more]

Canon’s Home Smart Artsy Pixma TS9521C Wireless Crafter’s All-In-One Printer

Canon’s Home Smart Artsy Pixma TS9521C Wireless Crafter’s All-In-One Printer

PROS Excellent print quality. Supports borderless square and tabloid-size media. Smart home ITFFF enabled. Robust connectivity. CONS Lacks NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. Somewhat slow document printing. Lacks automatic two-sided scanning. BOTTOM LINE The Canon Pixma TS9521C combines superb five-ink photo and graphics output, smart home voice support, and a host of scrapbook-friendly features,... [Read more]

Canon’s Winning Wide-Format Pixma TS9520 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer

Canon’s Winning Wide-Format Pixma TS9520 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer

PROS Excellent output quality. Prints borderless square and tabloid-size media. Has two 100-sheet paper input trays. Smart Home ITFFF enabled. Robust connectivity. CONS Lacks NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. No automatic two-sided scanning. High running costs. BOTTOM LINE The Canon Pixma TS9520 is a wide-format printer that’s rich in features and connectivity, and produces excellent output for low-volume... [Read more]

Epson WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition

Epson WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition

PROS Fast and accurate OCR. Robust software bundle. Versatile connectivity options. CONS Accounting Edition software only compatible with QuickBooks and Excel. BOTTOM LINE The Epson WorkForce ES-500WR delivers fast and accurate scans paired with a robust software package that will appeal to data-crunching offices The Epson WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition ($499.99),... [Read more]

Brother’s Low-Cost, Low-Volume, High-Output-Quality HL-L3230CDW Color Laser-Class  Printer

Brother’s Low-Cost, Low-Volume, High-Output-Quality HL-L3230CDW Color Laser-Class Printer

PROS Excellent print quality. Wi-Fi Direct mobile device support. Deep 250-sheet paper tray. One-sheet override tray. CONS High running costs. Lacks support for Brother’s cloud apps. BOTTOM LINE The Brother HL-L3230CDW is a color laser-class LED printer that’s fast and churns out quality output for low-volume small offices that don’t rely on cloud printing. The Brother HL-L3230CDW... [Read more]

Brother’s RuggedJet 2″ (RJ-2050) Portable Label and Receipt Printer – Rated Rugged

Brother’s RuggedJet 2″ (RJ-2050) Portable Label and Receipt Printer – Rated Rugged

PROS Good print quality. Speedy. PC, network, and mobile connectivity options. First-rate label design and print software and mobile apps. Low running costs. CONS No charging apparatus in the box. Expensive. BOTTOM LINE The Brother RJ-2050 is a rugged, portable label and receipt printer designed for heavy-duty, on-demand use. The Brother RJ-2050 ($695) is a strictly business label maker, designed... [Read more]

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