• 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.


    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.


    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 ($36.89 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.


    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) ($129.99 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.
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  • 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.


    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.


    The vsts could be prohibitive for higher-volume environments.

The Brother HL-L2370DW XL ($279.99) ($199.99 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 ($149.00 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


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 ($549.99 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.

Read entire review at Computer Shopper

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, ($249.99 at Amazon) and ET-3700); ($329.99 at Amazon) two WorkForce models (WorkForce ET-3750 ($408.88 at Amazon)and WorkForce ET-4750); (Check on Amazon at Amazon) and two five-ink, photo-centric Expression Premium models (Expression Premium ET-7700 ($549.99 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.


    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


Brother MFC-J775DW Review and Ratings at Computer ShopperTis the season of the low-cost, entry-level all-in-one (AIO) printer. Recently, we’ve reviewed models from Canon (the Pixma TS3120 Wireless All-in-One) ($49.99 at Amazon), HP (the DeskJet 2655 All-in-One ($49.99 at Amazon) and DeskJet 3755 All-in-One) ($66.99 at Amazon), and now Brother’s $149-street MFC-J775DW, today’s review model. While the Canon and HP machines cost under $100, and the MFC-J775DW ($168.98 at Amazon) costs more for the same speed ratings and capacities, the Brother costs significantly less to use.

And that’s the primary reason the MFC-J775DW lists for more than $100. (Aside, perhaps, from its automatic document feeder, or ADF, for scanning multipage documents without assistance; most sub-$100 models lack one.) It is one of Brother’s INKvestment line of AIOs, the company’s response to Epson’s EcoTank and Canon’s MegaTank bulk-ink models, which ask you to pay more for the machine up front to save on the ongoing per-page price of ink. Hence, in our Cost Per Page section later on, we’ll show you how (in this printer’s case, anyway) paying an additional $50 or so for the printer itself could—if you use it enough—save you significantly in consumables over the life of the machine.

How do Brother’s INKvestment machines differ from MegaTank and EcoTank AIOs? The INKvestment models use typical ink cartridges, whereas the Canon and Epson machines get their ink from bottles. You use them to fill reservoirs built into the printers themselves. In addition, the Canon and Epson models come with enough ink in the box to churn out thousands of pages, compared to the MFC-J775DW’s initial 2,400 monochrome and 1,200 color pages.

Brother MFC-J775DW (Printer and Ink)

You can, by the way, buy an “XL” iteration of the MFC-J775DW that comes with three sets of cartridges, for three times the prints, for an additional $100. This puts the XL version in direct competition with Epson’s Expression ET-2600 EcoTank All-in-One ($219.99 at Amazon) and Canon’s Pixma G3200 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One.($249.99 at Amazon) (Neither of these has an ADF, whereas the MFC-J775DW does.)

Whether, by the way, you should buy the XL version or the non-XL model depends on how much you print. If you can afford the additional C-note, our calculations indicate that for the $100 more that you’d pay for the MFC-J775DW XL, you get about $138 worth of extra ink in the box. So it depends on how quickly you’ll use that ink; saving $38 over the course of a year or two isn’t as attractive as saving that amount over a two- or three-month period.

Brother specializes in serious business printers, and while the MFC-J775DW is technically an office printer, as opposed to a photo-centric family-oriented machine, it’s not anywhere near a heavy-duty workhorse. Despite its lower running costs, this is a low-volume machine, as measured by its 12-page-per-minute (ppm) print speed rating. Even so, it prints, copies, and scans well, and its ADF makes it much more suitable to office-minded tasks, such as copying and scanning multipage documents, than several competing models. Reasonable print speeds, good print quality, relatively low running costs, dependable operation, an automatic document feeder, and a two-year warranty make this AIO a good value.

Read the entire review at Computer Shopper


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.


    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.($119.98 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