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Epson WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition

Epson WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition

PROS 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. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Brother’s Low-Cost, Low-Volume, High-Output-Quality HL-L3230CDW Color Laser-Class  Printer

Brother’s Low-Cost, Low-Volume, High-Output-Quality HL-L3230CDW Color Laser-Class Printer

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. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Brother’s RuggedJet 2″ (RJ-2050) Portable Label and Receipt Printer – Rated Rugged

Brother’s RuggedJet 2″ (RJ-2050) Portable Label and Receipt Printer – Rated Rugged

PROS Good print quality. Speedy. PC, network, and mobile connectivity options. First-rate label design and print software and mobile apps. Low running costs. CONS No charging apparatus in the box. Expensive. BOTTOM LINE The Brother RJ-2050 is a rugged, portable label and receipt printer designed for heavy-duty, on-demand use. The Brother RJ-2050 ($695) is a strictly business label maker, designed primarily for highly mobile on-demand applications. As part of Brother’s RuggedJet series, it’s built to a high set of durability standards. In many settings, such as your showroom, warehouse, or order fulfillment desk, staff can carry it around with them, printing receipts, markdown tags, order pickup tickets, and so on, on the fly. These attributes combined with its multiple connectivity options make it a great choice for enterprises where printing and distributing a lot of labels on demand (and on the fly) is mission critical. Read the entire review at PCMag.    Read More →

Brother’s  Highly Portable Multipurpose PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK Thermal Printer

Brother’s Highly Portable Multipurpose PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK Thermal Printer

PROS Small and light. Prints up to legal-size pages. Numerous accessories. Long-life battery. Good output quality. No ink required. CONS Pricey. Slow. Requires additional purchase for input tray. Can’t print color. BOTTOM LINE The Brother PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK is a super-portable thermal printer for car-mounting and other on-the-go applications that require quality monochrome output at up to legal size. Brother’s PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK ($779) portable thermal printer is an update to the PocketJet PJ673-K we reviewed back in 2013. The biggest change comes in the form of Bluetooth connectivity for Apple iOS devices (that link could previously only be handled via a Wi-Fi connection). It also comes with a Li-ion battery for impressive life off of the cord. It’s expensive, but if you’re on the go and down and dirty black-on-white documents are all you need, the PJ763MFi-WK is an excellent option. And depending on your needs, it may be the sole option; it’s the only thermal printer we know of that prints up to legal-size pages. If you require color prints, though, the Editors’ Choice HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer will be more your speed. Read the entire review at PCMag    Read More →

HP’s Sprocket 2nd Edition – Improved Output, Fashion Colors, Lower Running Costs and More

HP’s Sprocket 2nd Edition – Improved Output, Fashion Colors, Lower Running Costs and More

PROS Impressive print quality. Lower price and running costs than original Sprocket. Expressive colors. Sprocket App has lots of new functionality. Nascent augmented-reality aspects. CONS A few features (notably, multi-user connections and print queue) are under-developed. BOTTOM LINE HP’s Sprocket 2nd Edition portable photo printer costs less than the original and stands out with its unique design and quirky AR angle. But most impressive is the improved print quality. Get Dieter and Helmut out of your head: You’re thinking of the wrong Sprockets. The HP Sprocket 2nd Edition ($129.99), a pocket-size portable snapshot printer, is the company’s third by that name, replacing the popular original Sprocket reviewed in December 2016. Since then, we’ve tested similar models from Canon, Kodak, and Lifeprint, but we didn’t find one worthy of our Editors’ Choice nod until the HP Sprocket Plus came along in mid-2018. The Sprocket 2nd Edition’s beefed-up feature list, funky augmented-reality angle, and impressive output-quality overhaul represent big steps forward for this fun device. Our new Editors’ Choice, the HP Sprocket 2nd Edition ends its sibling’s short reign as PCMag’s top portable photo printer. Read the entire review at PCMag    Read More →

Epson’s Wide-Format Laser AIO Alternative – WorkForce Pro WF-C8690 A3 Color MFP

Epson’s Wide-Format Laser AIO Alternative – WorkForce Pro WF-C8690 A3 Color MFP

PROS Excellent print quality. Prints super-tabloid pages. Supports Wi-Fi Direct and NFC. Emulates PostScript and PCL printers. Supports massive high-volume ink cartridges. High duty cycle. Competitive price. CONS Expansion accessories costly. No multipurpose tray or slot. Meager out-of-box paper capacity. Borderless photos and pages unsupported. BOTTOM LINE The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C8690 is a high-volume wide-format inkjet all-in-one that prints quickly and accurately for medium- to large-size offices and workgroups. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C8690 ($1499.99) is a high-volume wide-format all-in-one (AIO) designed for midrange to heavy use in medium- to large-size offices and workgroups. It’s fast, highly expandable, and supports super-high-capacity ink cartridges. Add to those perks its reasonable purchase price and competitive running costs, and it’s easy to crown it our Editors’ Choice for high-end wide-format printers. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Epson’s Bulk Super-Tabloid WorkForce Pro WF-C8190 A3 Color Printer With PCL/PostScript

Epson’s Bulk Super-Tabloid WorkForce Pro WF-C8190 A3 Color Printer With PCL/PostScript

PROS Excellent print quality. Competitive price. Supports Wi-Fi Direct. Prints super-tabloid pages. High duty cycle. CONS No multipurpose tray or slot. Out-of-box paper capacity doesn’t match high duty cycle. No flash memory device support. BOTTOM LINE The high-volume Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C8190 is a competitively priced wide-format printer that’s fast and prints excellent-looking documents up to super-tabloid size. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C8190 ($799.99) is a wide-format printer that can support up to super-tabloid (13-by-19-inch) media. It’s an update to the WorkForce Pro WF-8090, but boasts an all-new classier design, a friendlier control panel, and much-improved print quality. It also has a reasonable price, low running costs, and high duty cycle, making it our top choice for midrange wide-format printers. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Brother’s Entry-Level MFC-L3770CDW Color Laser-Class (LED)  All-in-One Printer

Brother’s Entry-Level MFC-L3770CDW Color Laser-Class (LED) All-in-One Printer

PROS Relatively fast. Excellent print, copy, and scan quality. 50-page single-pass ADF. A myriad of mobile device connection options, including NFC. CONS High running costs. BOTTOM LINE The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is a fast entry-level color laser-class multifunction printer that churns out quality output for low-volume offices. The Brother MFC-L3770CDW ($399.99) is an entry-level color laser-class all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for relatively light use in small and home-based offices and workgroups. It has the same list price as our current Editors’ Choice, Canon’s Color ImageClass MF634Cdw. But compared with that Canon, the Brother model’s paper input capacity is higher, it prints faster, and it supports near-field communication (NFC), the protocol that allows you to connect a mobile device to the printer by simply touching the former to a hotspot on the latter. Overall, it provides better value for your company’s money—just enough to edge the MFC-L3770CDW into the Editors’ Choice slot for entry-level color laser-class AIOs. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Brilliant Colors and Output – Brother’s HL-L3270CDW Laser-Class (LED) Printer

Brilliant Colors and Output – Brother’s HL-L3270CDW Laser-Class (LED) Printer

PROS: Fast. Excellent print quality. Many mobile device connection options. 250-sheet paper tray. Web Connect feature links printer to cloud and social media sites. CONS: Running costs are a bit high. No multipurpose tray or slot. BOTTOM LINE: The Brother HL-L3270CDW color laser-class LED printer is fast for an entry-level, low-volume machine, and its text, graphics, and photo output is among the best. The Brother HL-L3270CDW ($249.99) is the printer-only version of the MFC-L3770CDW, Brother’s flagship laser-class LED all-in-one printer. It’s a fast entry-level printer with good-looking output, and it offers a respectable duty cycle and paper input capacity. All that is more than enough to elevate the HL-L3270CDW to our latest top pick for a standalone color laser-class printer for light-duty use in home-based and small offices. Read the entire review at PCMag.    Read More →

Need More Accurate Colors? Here’s How to Color Calibrate Your Monitor to Your Printer

Need More Accurate Colors? Here’s How to Color Calibrate Your Monitor to Your Printer

By William Harrel September 20, 2018 8:00AM EST If you’re printing color photos and graphics, you’ll need to make sure your printer and monitor are in sync. Here’s how to calibrate them both. Since the early days of desktop publishing, photo editing, and graphic design, professionals, budding professionals, and hobbyists alike have had to deal with color shifts—seeing one color on a monitor but getting different results when the document, photograph, or artwork prints. Red fruit on a monitor, for instance, comes out orange, chartreuse, neon, or plastic-looking bright red. Why? Well, the simplest answer is that monitors and printers see colors differently. In other words, they use different color models to produce the same hues. Monitors combine red, green, and blue (RGB) to display the colors you see, while most printers combine cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) to reproduce colors. Although it’s important to note that many photo printers may start with the basic CMYK process color model, they deploy as many as 12 ink colors. The more colors you tack on to your color model, the wider the range of colors (known as the color “gamut”) the device can reproduce, and the more difficult it becomes for monitors and printers to output matching colors. Read the entire story at PCMag  Read More →

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