• Review of the Zebra GK420d Direct Thermal Printer at PCMagPROS 

    Exceptionally low running costs. Prints fast. Open programming platform for custom applications. Wide selection of label media. Dual simultaneous connectivity through serial and parallel ports.

  • CONS

    Complicated software installation. Ethernet costs extra. Lacks wireless and mobile support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Zebra GK420d, the next step up from a consumer-grade label printer, provides wide-ranging expansion options and a very low cost of operation.

At the lower end of Zebra Technologies’ somewhat extensive stable of label/barcode printers, the Zebra GK420d Direct Thermal Printer ($595) (Check on Amazon at Amazon) is small and relatively low-priced as industrial-strength label printers go. Though the GK420d is big and beefy, compared with the combination consumer-grade/small business professional label makers we’ve reviewed recently, such as the Editors’ Choice Brother QL-820NWB,($174.99 at Amazon) it’s more than capable of printing a wide range of label types from your team’s PCs, as well as some tablets and smartphones. It’s a great choice for mid-volume, industrial-strength labeling in near-limitless settings, from warehouses to medical facilities and beyond.Read the entire review at PCMag



 

  • 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) (Check on Amazon at Amazon)(Check on Amazon 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.
  • PROSA review of the HP Envy Photo 6255 All-in-One Printer from PCMag

    Reasonable price. Attractive design. Low running costs with Instant Ink. Good overall print quality.

  • CONS

    Cost per page exceptionally high without Instant Ink. Banding in dark gradients and backgrounds. Wasteful two-cartridge ink system holds all four inks.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Envy Photo 6255 is a small, lightweight, and attractive consumer-grade AIO that prints good-looking photos and does so at highly competitive running costs, though only when you sign up for HP’s Instant Ink.

The lower-end model in a trio of entry-level consumer-grade all-in-one (AIO)inkjet photo printers that HP released recently, the Envy Photo 6255 All-in-One Printer ($129.99) (Check on Amazon at Amazon) competes directly with the Editors’ Choice Canon Pixma TS9120 Wireless Inkjet Printer,($99.99 at Amazon) as well as a few others in the Pixma TS-series line. The Envy 6255 is a bit slower, shorter on features, and its photo print quality falls a little behind that of the Canon TS9120; on the other hand, when you pair it with HP’s Instant Ink subscription service, you get some of the lowest per-page running costs from a consumer-grade photo printer available, making the Envy 6255 an excellent alternative for homes and families who want to print a few hundred photos inexpensively.
Read the entire review at PCMags



 

  • PROSReview of the Brother MFC-L2750DW XL at PCMag

    Near-typesetter text quality. Small and light. Single-pass auto-duplexing. Huge selection of connectivity options and workflow apps. Ships with large complement of toner.

  • CONS

    So-so graphics and image quality. High running costs after initial toner is used. Small paper capacity and duty cycle for price.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-L2750DW XL is a well-connected monochrome laser AIO printer that produces excellent text output, but its price is high thanks to the large amount of included toner.

The Brother MFC-L2750DW XL ($399.99) ($379.99 at Amazon) is one of the company’s first “XL” laser printers, which, to put it simply, means that the printer comes with a bunch of extra toner in the box. This results in a loftier price than we are used to seeing in an entry-level-to-midrange monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO), but it’s reasonably fast and prints well, making it a decent pick for home-based or small offices and workgroups with light print and copy loads, or perhaps even a personal monochrome laser AIO.The downside here is that, unlike Brother’s INKvestment inkjet counterparts—which not only come with extra ink but also incur very low ongoing running costs—the XL line simply provides the convenience of additional toner at the time of purchase. In other words, you won’t be ordering toner as soon, but when you do, you’ll pay essentially the same somewhat high per-page cost for it as you would to buy toner for several other Brother entry-level machines. Essentially, then, all you get for the additional expense (without the extra toner, the MFC-L2750DW XL would most likely sell for $200 to $300) is somewhat cheaper toner for the first several thousand pages, and, depending on usage, a long gap between when you buy the printer and when you must spring for more toner—a convenience to be sure, but perhaps not much of one.Read the entire review at PCMag                               


 


  • PROSReview of the Brother MFC-L2710DW at PCMag

    Exceptional text quality. Prints fast. Compact and lightweight. Ethernet support. Relatively low purchase price.

  • CONS

    Lacks support for USB thumb drives and memory cards. ADF not auto-duplexing. So-so business graphics and photos.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-L2710DW, a reasonably fast, low price, entry-level monochrome all-in-one laser printer, is an apt fit for low-volume print and copy environments.

The Brother ($199.99) is an entry-level all-in-one (print, copy, scan, and fax) printer designed for small and/or home-based offices or workgroups with modest printing needs, or perhaps as a personal monochrome laser AIO. For an entry-level AIO, it has a relatively strong feature set, and it’s fast. On the other hand, its running costs are a bit too high, and print quality (especially graphics and photos) leaves a little something to be desired. Even so, it’s space-saver small, well-built, and prints well enough overall, making it a suitable choice for low-volume monochrome print and copy environments.

Read the entire review at PCMag



 

  • 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.

Read the entire review at PCMag



 

Review of Epson WorkForce ET-3700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank PrinterOf the four major inkjet printer makers—Brother, Canon, Epson, and HP—Epson, with its EcoTank onboard supertank containers you fill from bottles, has made by far the largest commitment to delivering its consumables in unconventional, presumably less expensive ways. With the Japanese imaging giant’s latest round of seven new EcoTank all-in-one (AIO) inkjets, including today’s review unit, the $399.99 WorkForce ET-3750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer, it now has more than three times as many bulk-ink AIOs than Canon’s similar (in concept, anyway) MegaTank machines.

While Brother’s and HP’s cartridge-based bulk-ink solutions (INKvestment and Instant Ink, respectively) are much easier for the manufacturers themselves to deploy, Epson now offers at least as many discounted-ink printers as its competitors. This latest round of EcoTank models (some we’ve reviewed already, and some are in the wings) consists of three Expression models (ET-2700, ($279.99 at AmazonET-2750, (Check on Amazon at Amazon) and ET-3700); ($329.99 at Amazon) two WorkForce models (WorkForce ET-3750 ($353.99 at Amazon)and WorkForce ET-4750); ($499.00 at Amazon) and two five-ink, photo-centric Expression Premium models (Expression Premium ET-7700 ($449.99 at Amazon) and Expression Premium ET-7750 ($649.99 at Amazon)).

That last one, the ET-7750, supports wide-format (tabloid-size, or 11×17-inch) pages, which significantly increases the types of documents you can design and print, such as borderless photos up to 11 by 17 inches, spreadsheets up to twice the standard letter size, small booklets, or perhaps borderless brochures up to letter size and beyond. You can print similar documents with the ET-3750, too, except that it stops at legal-size (8.5 by 14 inches) pages.

Epson WorkForce ET-3750 (Left Angled)

Otherwise, as a WorkForce (business-oriented) AIO, you get a few features unavailable on the Epson Expression models, such as a 35-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multipage documents to the scanner, as well as Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead technology, which prints faster, better-looking text and graphics. We’ll look a little closer at both features in the Design & Features section, next.

Of course, the ET-3750 and its siblings distinguish themselves with EcoTank reservoirs, supertank plumbing, and bottles full of ink, which, as you’ll see in the Cost Per Page section later on, greatly affect the economics for purchasing and using this type of printer. Depending on what and how much you print, the ET-3750 and its ilk can be a terrific value. If, on the other hand, you (like many entry-level printer buyers) set it up in a corner and let it, aside from the occasional print or copy job, collect dust, the ET-3750 isn’t practical at all.

In the right setting, though—printing hundreds of pages month in and month out—the ET-3750 will deliver great-looking prints at very reasonable running costs, making it a sensible choice for small or home-based offices, micro workgroups, and even as a personal color inkjet AIO—as long as you use it enough to justify the additional up-front expense for the extra ink in the box.

Read the entire review at Computer Shopper


Review of the Brother HL-L2350DW at PCMag

  • PROS

    Decent print quality overall. Fast for an entry-level device. Good price. Competitive running costs. Small footprint.

  • CONS

    Lacks Ethernet port. No support for external drives.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The low-cost, entry-level Brother HL-L2350DW is a reasonably fast monochrome laser printer with competitive running costs.

When it comes to monochrome laser printers, the Brother HL-L2350DW ($119.99) ($99.99 at Amazon), which is close in price, features, and capacity to the Editors’ Choice Canon ImageClass LBP151dw (Check on Amazon at Amazon), is about as entry-level as you can get. Also similar to another top pick, the Dell Smart Printer S2830dn [[Amazon_Link_Text]], the HL-L2350DW is fast for its lean price, and it prints well overall, too. The Dell Smart Printer comes at a somewhat higher purchase price than the HL-L2350DW, but the former delivers significantly lower running costs, thereby making it a better value over time. If your print volume doesn’t exceed a few hundred pages each month, the Brother HL-L2350DW should serve your low-volume home-based or small office or workgroup quite well. It should also make a good personal monochrome laser printer.

Read the entire review at PCMag



 

My review of the Brother HL-L2390DW at PC

  • PROS

    Low price. Small and light. Fast print speeds. Excellent text quality. Decent graphics and photos. Competitively low running costs.

  • CONS

    No automatic document feeder (ADF). Lacks memory drive support. No Ethernet support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother HL-L2390DW is a reasonably fast, sensibly priced entry-level monochrome all-in-one laser printer with competitive running costs.

The Brother HL-L2390DW ($149.99) ($139.95 at Amazon)  is a no-frills, entry-level monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for small and home-based offices with low-print-and-copy-volume requirements. It has a lower price tag, and is faster and less expensive to use than the Editors’ Choice Canon ImageClass MF249dw ($214.00 at Amazon) and the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fw.(Check on Amazon at Amazon) On the other hand, the Brother model is short on a few key features, such as an automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multipage originals to the scanner. While the HL-L2390DW is not the fastest entry-level monochrome laser out there, it’s plenty fast enough for what it is, and it delivers competitively low running costs, making it a good choice for low-to-moderate-volume printing and copying in small and home-based offices, or as a personal monochrome laser printer.
Read the entire review at PCMag


  • Review of the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw at PCMagPROS

Good output quality. Compact. Easy-to-navigate 5-inch color touch screen. Strong mobile connectivity. Supports USB thumb drive.

  • CONS

Somewhat high purchase price. No automatic document feeder. Lacks near-field communication (NFC). Slow for the price. Graphics and photo quality could be better.

  • BOTTOM LINE

An entry-level color laser AIO printer, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw prints well overall, albeit somewhat expensively, making it a good fit for companies that don’t require more than a few hundred prints and copies each month.

HP’s LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw ($429.99) (Check on Amazon at Amazon) is an entry-level color laser all-in-one (AIO) printer similar in capacity, features, and price to our Editors’ Choice Canon Color imageClass MF634Cdw.($339.91 at Amazon) The M281fdw is smaller and lighter than the Canon model, and its running costs are a little lower. However, the Canon MF634Cdw prints better and comes with a stronger feature set, including a larger touch screen and an auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF), which the M281fdw lacks. Even so, the M281fdw prints well overall, making it a decent alternative to the Canon MF634Cdw as a low-volume color laser AIO for home-based small offices and small workgroups, or for personal use.
Read the entire review at PCMag