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Review of the Canon CanoScan LiDE 300 at PCMagPROS
Strong software bundle for the price. Easy to use. Good photo-scanning quality.

CONS
Scanning serif fonts with the default utility could be more accurate. Limited mobile device support.

BOTTOM LINE
For an occasional-use photograph and document scanner, the entry-level flatbed CanoScan LiDE 300 is a good value, but its LiDE 400 sibling is only $20 more and comes with valuable extras.


The Canon CanoScan LiDE 300 ($69.99) is an entry-level flatbed scanner designed to digitize photographs and for very light document scanning in homes, home offices, and small offices. For the $20 difference between the LiDE 300 and the Editors’ Choice Canon CanoScan LiDE 400, though, you give up half the resolution, slightly faster scans, and the ability to stand the scanner upright to save desk space. If every penny counts and these perks don’t matter to you, the LiDE 300 is a perfectly capable light-duty machine.

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The Best Label Printers

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, there are many types and levels of label printers (in terms of price, label quality, and volume) available—from inexpensive and convenient consumer-grade models for labeling containers and other articles around home, to the mission-critical machines for printing shipping labels, warnings (Stop, Caution, Fragile, and so on), barcodes, product labels, and so much more.

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Review of the Epson DS-70 Portable Document Scanner at PCMagPROS
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 simple, on-the-go scan jobs. It doesn’t have wireless or mobile support, so you’ll have to hook it up to a PC to use it, but it’s small and light enough to toss in a bag with your laptop and head to a meeting. You can take a step up to the Editors’ Choice DS-80W, but you’re going to have to shell out an extra $60 for that more advanced travel-friendly features.

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Review on the Epson DS-80W Wireless Portable Document Scanner at PCMagPROS
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, light, fast, and accurate, making it ideal for capturing short documents on the road. It has a built-in rechargeable battery, which allows you to scan wirelessly and increases the flexibility as to when and where you can use it. These perks, along with its respectable accuracy and Epson’s highly useful scanner interface and software, are more than enough to make this portable scanner an Editors’ Choice.

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Review of the Brother RuggedJet RJ-2150 at PCMagPROS
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) is designed to churn out relatively high volumes of labels and receipts in mobile on-demand applications. It’s built to operate in environments—including warehouses, fulfillment desks, showrooms, and elsewhere—where dust, moisture, and other factors might damage more conventional label makers. It’s similar in many ways to its sibling, the RJ-2050. Choosing between them comes down to how many labels you plan on printing: The RJ-2150 can use a higher-capacity label roll, making it somewhat larger and $300 more expensive than the RJ-2050.

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Review of the Brother ADS-1700W at PCMagPROsFast 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

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The Brother ADS-1700W ($269.99) is a portable sheet-feed scanner designed for relatively high-volume document digitizing on the road. It’s the first portable scanner with a touch screen control panel we’ve seen. It also offers several excellent perks, including the ability to scan directly to USB drives and a high daily duty cycle. There’s no battery option, though, which limits its portability and keeps it in second place behind the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W.

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    • Review of the Canon Pixma TS9521C Wireless Crafter's All-In-One Printer at PCMagPROS

      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, making it a great wide-format AIO printer for crafters.

The Canon Pixma TS9521C Wireless Crafter’s All-In-One Printer ($249.99) is the first consumer-grade photo/arts and crafts all-in-one printer with smart home capabilities that we’ve tested. It’s the crafters’ iteration of the Editors’ Choice Pixma TS9520, offering support for the popular 12-by-12-inch scrapbooking paper size, a wide selection of built-in printable patterns and templates, and a few other notable crafting features, as well as support for hands-free “smart” printing. And, like most other TS-series Pixmas, it prints exceptionally well. Add it all up—the new crafting features, smart home functionality, exceptional output, and more—and the Pixma TS9521C is a standout printer for scrapbookers and hobbyists.

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    • The Canon Pixma TS9520 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer at PCMagPROS 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 homes and offices.


The Canon Pixma TS9520 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer ($249.99) is a wide-format consumer-grade photo printer for family and home-based-office use. It’s the first in Canon’s TS series to have an automatic document feeder and the ability to print tabloid-size pages, and one of the first Pixmas with “smart” hands-free printing. Like Canon’s other five-ink all-in-one printers, the TS9520 produces excellent-looking text, photos, and graphics, but, like most consumer-grade photo printers in general, its high running costs relegate it to low-volume use. Despite, that, its rich feature set and excellent performance elevate it to our Editors’ Choice wide-format printer.

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Review of the Epson WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition at PCMagPROS
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), is a light-to-medium-duty sheet-feed desktop document scanner appropriate for use in small offices and workgroups. It’s an update to the WorkForce ES-500W, now packing in Epson’s upgraded scanning and document-processing utility, ScanSmart, and the ScanSmart Accounting Edition bookkeeping-friendly add-on. If your business requires the recurring manual entry of financial data, the ES-500WR will be an attractive alternative to our Editors’ Choice among entry-level document scanners, the Brother ADS-2700W.

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Review of the Brother HL-L3230CDW at PCMag

  • 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 ($249.99) is an entry-level color laser-class LED printer designed for use in home-based or small offices and workgroups, or as a personal printer. It’s similar in many ways, including price, to our recent Editors’ Choice, the Brother HL-L3270CDW. Both machines offer the same high duty cycle and paper capacity, as well as, unfortunately, the same high running costs common to entry-level printers. Choosing between them comes down to a few very small differences: The HL-L3230CDW lacks the touchscreen onboard cloud apps, and NFC connectivity of the HL-L3270CDW, instead offering Wi-Fi Direct printing. Once you choose your preferred feature set, though, either model should serve as an excellent small office companion.

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