Review of the Visioneer Patriot P15 portable document scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good OCR accuracy. Reasonably fast overall scanning. Robust software bundle. High duty cycle.

  • CONS

    Slower than competitors at saving to searchable PDF. Documents are rearranged during output. Slightly overpriced based on feature set.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Visioneer Patriot P15 scans quickly and accurately overall, and it has a huge daily duty cycle for a portable scanner, but comparable models offer better value.

The Visioneer Patriot P15 ($339.99) is designed for business professionals who need to scan multipage documents on the road. It’s light and compact, accurate, and reasonably fast, but comes up short against the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W’s higher-end feature set, which includes support for wireless networking and a battery for cable-free operation. The P15 is a bit overpriced compared with the ES-300W and its additional perks, but it’s still a fine little portable scanner, especially if you can find it on sale or Visioneer drops the price.
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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Fast scanning. High daily duty cycle. Robust software. Built-in tablet control panel, keyboard, and hard disk.

  • CONS

    Costly. Big and heavy.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The HP Digital Sender Flow 8500, with its tablet control panel and built-in keyboard and hard disk, is a powerful, if expensive, network document scanner for midsize to large offices.

High-end network document scanners continue getting slicker and more self-contained. The HP Digital Sender Flow 8500 fn2 Document Capture Workstation ($2,999.99) has sophisticated features including a built-in scanner interface and onboard hard disk for saving files. It may cost an eye-watering $1,000 more than the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula ScanFront 400, but it’s faster and richer in features, making it our top pick for high-volume scanning in a midsize to large office or enterprise setting.
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The Alaris S2080w Scanner by Kodak Alaris at PCMag

    • PROS

      Fast scanning. Saves to both image and searchable PDF reasonably quickly. Above-average OCR accuracy. Comprehensive, innovative software.

    • CONS

      Pricey. Accessories are expensive.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The top-of-the-line Alaris S2080w Scanner is fast, accurate, and feature-packed, but its high price makes it tough to recommend over its less-expensive, also-capable sibling.

The Alaris S2080w Scanner ($1,795) is the flagship model in Kodak Alaris’s line of S2000-series desktop document scanners. It’s essentially the same as the Editors’ Choice Alaris S2060w, which is just a bit slower and has a reduced daily duty cycle, but lists for $500 less. If you’re looking for a fast, accurate, networkable desktop document scanner designed as a mid- to high-volume data-capture point for large enterprises, the Alaris S2080w will do the job well. But if your business can sacrifice a bit on speed and duty cycle, the S2060w is a better value.
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Review of the Alaris S2060w Scanner by Kodak Alaris at PCMagAs networkable desktop document scanners increase in prevalence, their features become more slick, which is certainly the case with the Alaris S2060w Scanner ($1,295). It’s not only loaded with connectivity features, but it’s also slightly faster and more accurate than the Editors’ Choice Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W. In addition, the Alaris S2060w comes with a powerful, highly productive scanner interface utility, Kodak’s own homegrown document-managing and indexing software, and a slew of other attractive amenities. These perks give the S2060w a solid push into our top position for medium- to heavy-volume document scanners for midsize to large organizations.

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  • PROSEditors' Choice

    Excellent photo quality. Prints borderless images from 4 by 6 inches to 13 by 19 inches. Uses new Claria Photo HD inks. Small and light for an oversize printer.

  • CONS   

    Running costs a bit high. Prints speeds are slower than the competition.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The consumer-grade Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format Inkjet Printer produces output quality that’s comparable with much more expensive professional models.

When it comes to consumer-grade supertabloid (13-by-19-inch) inkjet photo printers, the only one I knew of before the Epson Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format Printer ($349.99) is the Editors’ Choice  Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer. Both are single-function (print only) models. Both six-ink machines print exceptionally well, especially photos, and they’re priced similarly, but the XP-15000 has better paper-handling options and connectivity features, as well as a more modern and easier-to-use control panel on the rear of the machine just enough to ease into our top choice slot for wide-format consumer-grade photo printers.
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  • PROSReview of Epson WorkForce DS-575W Wireless Color Document Scanner at PCMag

    Fast scanning and saving to PDF. Comes with document and business card management software. Wi-Fi networking. Strong software bundle.

  • CONS

    Could be more accurate when scanning serif fonts. Ethernet is extra and expensive.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson scans reasonably quickly and accurately, making it a good choice for small offices that need a document scanner with a simple feature set.

  The Epson WorkForce DS-575W ($399.99) is a low- to mid-volume document scanner designed for micro and small offices and workgroups. It’s comparable in price and speed to the Editors’ Choice Brother ADS-2700W Wireless High-Speed Desktop Document Scanner.($249.99 at Amazon) The DS-575W is a fine desktop scanner, but the Brother model supports Ethernet networking and is considerably more accurate. That said, there are plenty of small-office and home-based-office scenarios where Ethernet isn’t required, and where the DS-575W would make a good personal scanner. It’s not robust enough to dislodge the Brother ADS-2700W from its top slot, but it’s still a fine little entry- to mid-level desktop scanner.Read the entire review at PCMag.



 

Revoke pf the Kodak Photo Printer Mini at Computer ShopperApparently, dedicated photo printers like the $99.99 Kodak Photo Printer Mini ($70.07 at Amazon)  we’re reviewing here today are quite popular. Three of the four major inkjet printer makers—Canon, Epson, and HP—offer at least one standalone snapshot printer, and Kodak, which was once a major inkjet printer vendor itself (back when there were five), offers several, including the Kodak Photo Printer Dock ($139.99 at Amazon) we reviewed a few months ago.

Over the years, as the Information Age has transitioned increasingly from desktop computing devices to handhelds, standalone snapshot printers like these two Kodak machines, HP’s SprocketCanon’s Selphy CP1200, and a few others have evolved with them. Nowadays, several snapshot printers, including the Sprocket, Kodak Photo Printer Dock, and now the Kodak Photo Mini, work exclusively with smartphones and tablets, forgoing desktop and laptop PC compatibility altogether.

As with the HP Sprocket, the only way to print to, configure, or gain access to the Kodak Mini at all is via your mobile device and the company’s Kodak Photo Printer app. And, as with the Kodak Dock and the Sprocket, you can print only one size photo; in this case 2.1 by 3.4 inches, which is about the same as the average business card. HP’s Sprocket output size, at 2 by 3 inches, is similar, and the Kodak Dock, at 4 by 6 inches, is designed to churn out snapshots about twice the size.

We don’t, of course, evaluate these little printers on the same terms as their full-size document printer counterparts. Here, the primary focus is four-fold: price, convenience, print quality, and ongoing running costs. Aside from a somewhat high per-print cost of operation, we found the Kodak Mini’s price reasonable. The printer itself was very easy to set up and use and the software made preparing and printing photographs a snap.

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  • PROSReview of the HP Envy Photo 7155 All-in-One Printer at PC Mag

    Reasonable purchase price. Good overall print quality. Low running costs with Instant Ink. Attractive design. Supports SD card flash memory.

  • CONS

    Cost per page is high sans Instant Ink. Potentially wasteful two-cartridge ink cartridge set holds all four inks. Noticeable banding when printing dark gradients and backgrounds.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    A well-designed and attractive consumer-grade photo AIO, the HP Envy Photo 7155 All-in-One Printer is capable of churning out good-looking photographs at highly competitive running costs, but only with HP’s Instant Ink subscription.

A step below the HP Envy Photo 7855 ($36.99 at Amazon)—the flagship model in the photo-centric HP Envy all-in-one (AIO) line—the HP Envy Photo 7155 All-in-One Printer ($149.99) ($119.00 at Amazon)($119.00 at Amazon) prints well overall, and it’s fast enough to keep up in this relatively slow genre of home-based and small office printers. In direct competition with the Editors’ Choice Canon Pixma TS9120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One,($99.99 at Amazon) the Envy 7155 lacks a few features, and it doesn’t print quite as well, especially photos. With a subscription to HP’s Instant Ink program, however, the Envy 7155 is cheaper to use than the Canon TS9120, making it a sensible alternative for families and home-based offices on budgets.
  • PROSRead the review of the Brother HL-L2370DW XL at PCMag

    Small and light. Fast. Good text quality. Ships with large complement of toner.

  • CONS

    Graphics and photo quality could be better. Running costs should be lower, given purchase price. Small duty cycle and paper capacity for price.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The vsts could be prohibitive for higher-volume environments.

The Brother HL-L2370DW XL ($279.99) ($229.99 at Amazon) is a member of the company’s recent line of bulk-toner laser printers. These new “XL” printers and all-in-ones are essentially entry-level machines that are, due to large a large complement of toner in the box, sold at midlevel monochrome laser printer prices. Whether it or a comparable, but less expensive, model like the Editors’ Choice Canon imageClass LBP251dw ($189.00 at Amazon) is right for you comes down to considering that your cost of ownership is going to go up once that first batch of toner is gone. If that’s not a deal-breaker, the HL-L2379DW is a highly capable single-function monochrome laser printer for home-based or small offices, and micro workgroups. It makes a good personal laser printer, too.

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Epson Expression Premium ET-7700 Review and Ratings at Computer ShopperA while back, during a briefing on some new Epson EcoTank printers, we asked the company why there were no consumer-grade EcoTank photo printers. At the time, the answer seemed obvious to us: that offering a volume discount on consumables for these ink-guzzlers wouldn’t be profitable. But Epson’s answer surprised us. The company rep simply said, “Stay tuned.” And sure enough, a few months later Epson announced the topic of today’s review, the $449.99-street-priced, 28-syllable-named Epson Expression Premium ET-7700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($449.99 at Amazon), as well as its higher-end, tabloid-size sibling, the Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 Wide-Format Supertank All-In-One Printer. ($649.99 at Amazon)

Both of these Expression Premium AIOs are part of a larger, seven-product debut of new EcoTank machines, ranging from the lower-end ET-2700 ($279.99 at Amazon)to the impressive ET-7750. Among this sweeping upgrade are three Expression models, two WorkForce AIOs, and these two Expression Premium models.

While there are several ways in which Expression Premium AIOs distinguish themselves from non-Premium Expression models, in this case the primary distinction is that the ET-7700 and ET-7750 deploy five inks, rather than the more common four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, or CMYK) used in most standard color inkjet (and laser) printers. The fifth ink here, dubbed Photo Black or PB, is pigment-based rather than dye-based. Pigment-based inks tend to provide a wider color range and take longer to fade than their dye-based counterparts.

Epson Expression Premium ET-7700 (Right Angled)

The real news here, though, is that the ET-7700 can print borderless photos up to legal-size (8.5 by 14 inches) for not very much money (on a per-page cost-of-ink basis). Enough ink comes in the box for printing thousands of documents and hundreds of photos. When it comes time to buy more, as you’ll see later in the Cost Per Page section, refill bottles that hold literally thousands of document pages and photos are quite inexpensive, on both a per-page and by-the-bottle basis.

In other words, once you burn through the initial allotment for the machine (ten bottles of ink, or two sets of CMYK PB), the ET-7700 starts printing your document pages and photos for some of the lowest running costs in the inkjet printer market, especially for consumer-grade photo printers.

Otherwise, the ET-7700 is, for the price, not a very well-endowed all-in-one printer. As you’ll see in the Performance section later on, it’s slow, its paper input capacity is low, and it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) for copying or scanning multipage documents. And all of that is a lot to give up in a $450 machine.

If, on the other hand, what you need is primarily great-looking artwork and photos at a highly reasonable cost per page, with perhaps an occasional scan or copy thrown in, the only reason we can think of not to buy the ET-7700 is that you need wide-format artwork and photos. In that case, you can get the ET-7750 for about an additional $100.

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