With all of the innovation going on in information technology these days, printers may not be the sexiest set of gear, but they remain one of the bedrocks. An absolute in the printer market nowadays is that, no matter what you pay for it—from $50 to $1,000 or more—your single-function or multifunction machine should print at least passably well, and it should perform like a champ—in terms of mechanical functionality, if not necessarily speed. Those are 2017’s printer table stakes.

Computer Shopper's Top 100 Tech Products of 2017: Printers

From small or home-based offices to huge enterprises and workgroups, an ongoing trend in printer technology over the past several years has been mobile connectivity—printing from and scanning to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop from virtually anywhere and everywhere. The year 2017 continues that trend, as well as the ongoing ink wars, in which printer makers promote various technologies and programs for providing lower-cost ink (or at least the illusion of it), especially among lower-end consumer and small-office all-in-ones (AIOs). The reality is that ink’s not really any cheaper, but these products do provide a lot more transparency into what it actually costs to keep your printer inked up.

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  • PCMag Editors' Choice - the Epson SureColor P5000 Standard Edition PrinterPROS

    Excellent print quality. Prints a wide variety of paper sizes. Switches from cut to roll media (and vice versa)

  • automatically. Mechanized and manual cutters.

  • CONS

    Big and heavy. Pricey.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    You’ll pay up front, but Epson’s SureColor P5000 professional photo printer churns out superb photos and artwork on large cut sheets or wide paper rolls at highly competitive running costs.

Review of the Epson SureColor P5000 Standard Edition Printer at PCMagI’ve reviewed several professional-grade photograph and graphic arts printers, but few are as sophisticated as the Epson SureColor P5000 ($1,995). Classified by Epson as a “production” printer, this huge beast churns out breathtaking images and artwork up to 17 inches wide on either single-sheet or roll media, and, compared with its competitors, it handles several functions, including switching from cut sheets to paper roles, gracefully. Other than its huge footprint and girth, which may make it difficult to find a suitable place to put it, the P5000 is one impressive machine—to the extent that it easily walks away with an Editors’ Choice nod for professional-grade photo and artwork inkjet printers.Read the entire review at PCMag



 

Review of the Canon Pixma TR7520 Wireless Home Office Inkjet All-in-One at Computer ShopperHere’s another of those situations when a printer maker (in this case, Canon) offers two all-in-one (AIO) printers close in price, but diverse enough in features that the higher-end iteration dwarfs its slightly less expensive sibling. In this case, we’re talking about the Canon Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One ($139.99 at Amazon) and its $20-cheaper sibling, the $179.99-list ($129.99-street) Pixma TR7520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One ($149.00 at Amazon)  reviewed here today. The cost/value ratio between them is so far out of whack that choosing the TR7520 only makes sense in some very specific, rarely encountered situations.

In other words, for $20, you give up too much. As you can tell by their names, both the Pixma TR7520 and TR8520 are home office all-in-ones (AIOs), and, as you can probably tell by their prices, we’re not talking a corporation’s home office. Both the TR7520 and the TR8520, the TR-series flagship model, are relatively low-volume home and family appliances that provide your domestic office the ability to print, scan, copy, and fax.

If you go with the TS7520, you give up Ethernet (wired networking); the ability to print from SD cards from your digital camera, smartphone, or tablet; and a larger 4.3-inch touch screen, settling for a 3.0-inch control panel. Any one of those features on its own is well worth an additional Jackson, although we suspect that most home office and family environments could get by without any or all of them.

Canon Pixma TR7520 (Angled Output)

Similar in many ways to Canon’s Pixma TS6120 ($99.99 at Amazon), the TR7520 is more of a business-oriented machine, whereas the TS6120 leans more toward family and photo-printing use. The primary differences between them, while significant, aren’t many. The TR7520, for instance, comes with an automatic document feeder (ADF) for hands-off multipage scanning and the ability to send and receive faxes. The TS6120, while it comes with a scanner, lacks ADF and fax capabilities.

The TR7520 also lists for about $30 more than the TS6120. These two machines are similar in that both use five-ink imaging systems. In fact, at their core—namely, their print engines, as far as we can tell—they’re pretty much the same; their print speeds, output quality, and running costs are close enough that for our purposes here, they’re identical.

The TR7520 is, then, essentially an entry-level home office AIO. Not only is that reflected in its relatively low purchase price, like many of its competitors, including Epson’s Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One ($199.99 at Amazon) and Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One ($69.99 at Amazon), the TS7520 is slow and its per-page price for ink is high, especially compared to similarly priced business-oriented AIOs—such as Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-4720 All-in-One (Check on Amazon at Amazon), to keep the comparisons focused on that manufacturer.

Where the TR-series Pixmas excel, though, is in their terrific output, especially with graphics and photos. They’re also very easy to use, as they come with software geared more toward home users. The bottom line on the TR7520 (and its TR8520 sibling) is that, though Canon doesn’t market it as such, it is essentially a five-ink consumer-grade photo printer with an ADF and fax capabilities, with a well-under-$200 street price, and that is somewhat unusual. Even so, its high cost per page (CPP) and relative sluggishness relegate it to home-office AIO duty. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is a terrific little printer—though, as we said, the TR8520 is just a bit more terrific.

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Here’s another of those situations when a printer maker (in this case, Canon) offers two all-in-one (AIO) printers close in price, but diverse enough in features that the higher-end iteration dwarfs its slightly less expensive sibling. In this case, we’re talking about the Canon Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One and its $20-cheaper sibling, the $179.99-list ($129.99-street) Pixma TR7520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One reviewed here today. The cost/value ratio between them is so far out of whack that choosing the TR7520 only makes sense in some very specific, rarely encountered situations.

In other words, for $20, you give up too much. As you can tell by their names, both the Pixma TR7520 and TR8520 are home office all-in-ones (AIOs), and, as you can probably tell by their prices, we’re not talking a corporation’s home office. Both the TR7520 and the TR8520, the TR-series flagship model, are relatively low-volume home and family appliances that provide your domestic office the ability to print, scan, copy, and fax.

If you go with the TS7520, you give up Ethernet (wired networking); the ability to print from SD cards from your digital camera, smartphone, or tablet; and a larger 4.3-inch touch screen, settling for a 3.0-inch control panel. Any one of those features on its own is well worth an additional Jackson, although we suspect that most home office and family environments could get by without any or all of them.

Canon Pixma TR7520 (Angled Output)

Similar in many ways to Canon’s Pixma TS6120,$99.99 at Amazon the TR7520 is more of a business-oriented machine, whereas the TS6120 leans more toward family and photo-printing use. The primary differences between them, while significant, aren’t many. The TR7520, for instance, comes with an automatic document feeder (ADF) for hands-off multipage scanning and the ability to send and receive faxes. The TS6120, while it comes with a scanner, lacks ADF and fax capabilities.

The TR7520 also lists for about $30 more than the TS6120. These two machines are similar in that both use five-ink imaging systems. In fact, at their core—namely, their print engines, as far as we can tell—they’re pretty much the same; their print speeds, output quality, and running costs are close enough that for our purposes here, they’re identical.

The TR7520 is, then, essentially an entry-level home office AIO. Not only is that reflected in its relatively low purchase price, like many of its competitors, including Epson’s Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One$199.99 at Amazon and Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One$79.99 at Amazon, the TS7520 is slow and its per-page price for ink is high, especially compared to similarly priced business-oriented AIOs—such as Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-4720 All-in-OneBest Price at Amazon, to keep the comparisons focused on that manufacturer.

Where the TR-series Pixmas excel, though, is in their terrific output, especially with graphics and photos. They’re also very easy to use, as they come with software geared more toward home users. The bottom line on the TR7520 (and its TR8520 sibling) is that, though Canon doesn’t market it as such, it is essentially a five-ink consumer-grade photo printer with an ADF and fax capabilities, with a well-under-$200 street price, and that is somewhat unusual. Even so, its high cost per page (CPP) and relative sluggishness relegate it to home-office AIO duty. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is a terrific little printer—though, as we said, the TR8520 is just a bit more terrific.

  • A review of the Xerox VersaLink C500/DN Color Printer at PCMag.PROS:

    Fast. Excellent print quality. Competitive running costs. High-yield toner cartridge. Huge paper expansion capacity. Strong security features. Several upgrade options.

  • CONS

    Purchase price somewhat high. Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct cost extra.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    A fast, expandable color laser-class printer, the Xerox VersaLink C500/DN prints well and with competitive running costs.

The Xerox VersaLink C500/DN Color Printer ($769) ($597.99 at Amazon) deploys light-emitting diode (LED) arrays, rather than actual lasers, to etch print images on to paper prior to applying toner. The C500/DN is close in print speed, print quality, and ongoing running costs to the lower-priced Editors’ Choice Brother HL-L8360CDW ($359.99 at Amazon), as well as the pricier Dell Color Smart Printer S5840cdn ($503.81 at Amazon), another of our top picks. (Both the Brother and Dell models use actual lasers.) But it’s a little more expensive to buy and use than some of its competition, keeping it from earning an Editors’ Choice nod. Even so, the Xerox C500/DN is an excellent standalone color laser-class printer for medium-size offices and workgroups that need to print thousands of pages each month.
See the entire review at PCMag



 

Review of the Epson DS-780N Network Color Document Scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Networkable via Ethernet. Huge color touch screen control panel. 100-sheet ADF. Control panel supports up to 30 configurable users. Wide security options.

  • CONS

    Somewhat costly. No Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct for mobile connectivity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The networkable scans relatively quickly and accurately, and it has a huge customizable color touch screen, but it’s overshadowed by some less costly competition.

Similar in features to the Editors’ Choice Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W (Out of stock at Amazon), the mid-to-high-volume Epson DS-780N Network Color Document Scanner ($1,099.99) ($790.00 at Amazon) is designed for use in small- to medium-size offices and workgroups that need to do a fair amount of document scanning and archiving. It’s not quite as fast as the Brother model, and it doesn’t support wireless networking. It’s competitively accurate, has an intuitive, highly useful touch screen, and comes with efficient document management software, making it a strong alternative to the ADS-3600W, as well as a few other networkable document scanners we’ve reviewed recently. Its price causes it to fall just short of our Editors’ Choice nod, but otherwise the DS-780N is a fine document scanner.
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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Low price. Supports Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking, as well as lots of mobile and cloud options. Customizable 2.8-inch color touch screen. Fast scanning and text recognition. Highly accurate OCR.

  • CONS

    No disc in the box. Touch screen somewhat cramped.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Brother’s ADS-2700W is a fast, highly accurate document scanner that comes with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and numerous mobile and cloud connectivity options for a very reasonable price.

A smaller, lower-capacity, and less-expensive sibling to the Editors’ Choice Brother ImageFormula ADS-3600W (Out of stock at Amazon), the Brother ADS-2700W Wireless High-Speed Desktop Document Scanner ($399.99) ($379.99 at Amazon) is a low- to-mid-volume document scanner designed for micro and small offices and workgroups. Comparable in price and speed to the Epson WorkForce ES-500W ($319.99 at Amazon), which, like the Brother models mentioned here, is networkable, the ADS-2700W is fast and highly accurate for the price. In addition, it comes with an easy-to-use color touch screen and the ability to scan to USB thumb drives, thereby making it an exceptional value, as well as our latest top pick for entry-level networkable document scanners.
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  • Review of the Ricoh SP 5300DN Black and White Laser Printer at PCMagPROS

    Reasonably fast. Good print quality overall. Multiple paper capacity and other expansion options. High, 250,000-page duty cycle. Strong security features. High-yield toner cartridge. Very low running costs.

  • CONS

    Expensive, with costly add-ons. Small, unimpressive control panel. Graphics and photos print slightly too dark.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Ricoh SP 5300DN is a highly capable high-volume single-function monochrome laser printer that produces quality output at reasonably fast speeds, and its low running costs make it a good value for offices that print in volume.

Similar in features, speed, and capacity options to our Editors’ Choice Dell Smart Printer S5830dn ($512.42 at Amazon), the Ricoh SP 5300DN Black and White Laser Printer ($1,229) (Check on Amazon at Amazon) is a single-function laser printer designed for medium- to high-volume printing in small to midsize offices and workgroups. The Ricoh 5300DN costs a little more than the Dell S5830dn, but it’s significantly smaller and lighter and has more expansion options, and it costs less to use. On the other hand, during testing, graphics and photo output came out slightly subpar—just enough to keep it from receiving our Editors’ Choice nod. Not enough, though, to keep the Ricoh 5300DN from being an excellent choice for churning out thousands of documents each month in busy, high-volume settings.

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Review of the Epson WorkForce ET-4750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent output quality. Very low running costs after initial investment. Ships with generous amount of ink. Supports Wi-Fi Direct mobile connectivity. Small and light.

  • CONS

    Slow for the price. High purchase price. Automatic document feeder (ADF) is not auto-duplexing. No NFC support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson ET-4750 EcoTank AIO printer may be a bit slow, but it prints excellent quality documents and photos at a very low cost per print.

Depending on how much you use it, the Epson WorkForce ET-4750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($499.99) ($415.99 at Amazon) is either a wise investment or a waste of money. Like the WorkForce ET-4550 (Check on Amazon at Amazon) before it, or its direct competitor, the Canon Pixma G4200 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One Printer (Check on Amazon at Amazon), the ET-4750 is a supertank, or bulk ink printer. Supertank all-in-one (AIO) printers are marketed under the pay-more-up-front-to-pay-less-for-ink-later model. Aside from the way you buy and feed it ink, though, the ET-4750 is roughly a pared-down equivalent to the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720.(Check on Amazon at Amazon) It’s slow and short on features for a $500 AIO, but it prints quite well, and the ongoing per-page price of ink is minuscule, making it an excellent choice for home-based or small offices or workgroups that need to print or copy from several hundred to a thousand or so pages each month.
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  • PROS

    Reasonably fast. Excellent print quality. Strong paper expansion capacity. High-yield toner cartridge. Very low running costs. Strong security features.

  • CONS

    Expensive printer and add-ons. Fax, OCR, and Wi-Fi cost extra. ADF duplexer is not single-pass.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Ricoh MP 501SPF monochrome laser AIO comes with a wealth of top-drawer features and expansion options. It prints capably, fast, and at a very low cost per page, but the printer itself will cost you.

Designed for midsize to large offices and workgroups, the RicohBlack and White Laser Multifunction Printer ($3,499) ($2,076.48 at Amazon) means business—and then some. Out of the box it comes with a richer feature set and greater functionality than your average high-volume monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO), and if it doesn’t do what you want by default, rest assured, there’s an add-on that can.In addition to printing well, and fast, everything about the 501SPF—its huge monthly duty cycle, highly expandable high-capacity paper input, tablet-size touch screen control panel, 350GB hard drive, and incredibly low cost per page—screams high-volume. Even so, too many of the most useful and more common features, such as Wi-Fi, fax, and optical character recognition (OCR), are (often expensive) add-ons, given its lofty price, which is just enough to preclude it from gaining our Editors’ Choice nod. Aside from that, though, the 501SPF is a highly capable and sophisticated high-volume monochrome laser printer.
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