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Lifeprint 2×3 Photo and Video Printer’s Hyperphoto Sets Your Images in Motion

Lifeprint 2×3 Photo and Video Printer’s Hyperphoto Sets Your Images in Motion

PROS Innovative “hyperphoto” technology for turning stills to videos. Prints well. Small and light. Easy to set up and use. CONS No way to print from PC. Relatively high running costs. BOTTOM LINE With its innovative photo-to-video technology, the Lifeprint Photo and Video Printer 2×3 proves itself an intriguing novelty snapshot printer. Pocket photo printers such as the HP Sprocket and the Kodak Photo Printer Mini offer the convenience of printing on the go from your phone or tablet. The Lifeprint 2×3 Hyperphoto Printer ($129.99) takes this a step further: It comes with its own social media site for sharing photos, and using an augmented reality (AR) technology, it allows you to turn stills into movie clips, or what Lifeprint calls “hyperphotos.” Overall, Lifeprint 2×3 prints well, and it’s an appealing option if you’re open to a unique twist on photo sharing. Read the entire article at PCMag  Read More →

Visioneer Patriot P15 – Quick and Accurate Scans on the Road

Visioneer Patriot P15 – Quick and Accurate Scans on the Road

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. Read entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Volume Scans with HP’s Digital Sender Flow 8500 fn2 Document Capture Workstation

Volume Scans with HP’s Digital Sender Flow 8500 fn2 Document Capture Workstation

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. Read the entire article at PCMag  Read More →

Borderless Super-Tabloid Prints with Epson’s WorkForce WF-7210 Wide-Format Printer

Borderless Super-Tabloid Prints with Epson’s WorkForce WF-7210 Wide-Format Printer

PROS Good overall output quality. Prints borderless pages up to 13 by 19 inches. Auto-duplexing up to tabloid-size. Supports Wi-Fi Direct and NFC mobile networking. Two large paper drawers. CONS High cost per page. No USB thumb drive support. BOTTOM LINE The Epson WorkForce WF-7210 is a single-function wide-format printer that’s fast and produces quality output, making it an excellent addition to a small office in need of printing pages up to 13 by 19 inches. The Epson WorkForce WF-7210 Wide-Format Printer ($199.99) bears a striking resemblance to the model it replaces, the Editors’ Choice WorkForce WF-7110. Both single-function models print well overall at reasonable clips, and support a wealth of standard and mobile connectivity features. They can also print borderless pages up to 13 by 19 inches, as well as automatic two-sided pages up to 11 by 17 inches. As such, the WF-7210 replaces its predecessor as our top low- to moderate-volume standalone wide-format printer. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Super-Tabloid Prints and Copies with Epson’s WorkForce WF-7710 Wide-Format AIO Printer

Super-Tabloid Prints and Copies with Epson’s WorkForce WF-7710 Wide-Format AIO Printer

PROS Prints up to 13-by-19-inch pages. Scans, copies, and faxes multipage, two-sided originals up to 11 by 17 inches. Auto-duplexing ADF and scanner. Large, easy-to-use control panel. Good overall print quality. CONS High cost per page. Graphics printing could be better. Only one paper cassette. BOTTOM LINE The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 prints, copies, and scans wide-format pages with ease, but it doesn’t quite stand up to its formidable competition. The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 Wide-Format All-in-One Printer ($249.99) is a super-tabloid all-in-one (AIO) capable of borderless prints up to 13 by 19 inches. It also scans, copies, and faxes up to tabloid size (11 by 17 inches).However, the WF-7710 costs significantly more to use than our Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J6935DW, and its paper capacity is less than half. It’s worth considering the WF-7710 if you need to print super-tabloid size pages (the Brother model can only handle up to tabloid size), but otherwise, the Epson is a perfectly good printer that faces some very stiff competition. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Brother’s Fast Little DCP-L2550DW Monochrome All-in-One Laser Printer

Brother’s Fast Little DCP-L2550DW Monochrome All-in-One Laser Printer

A laser printer by any other name… When is a monochrome laser multifunction or all-in-one (AIO) printer not a laser all-in-one printer? Well, when, according to Brother, it’s a multifunction copier. And what’s a multifunction copier? Is it a new product genre, perhaps? For the longest time now, all-in-ones that lack a specific function, such as fax functionality or an automatic document feeder (ADF), have nevertheless been called AIOs—until Brother’s recent round of monochrome laser products, that is. The company’s latest monochrome laser printer/copier/scanner (sans fax), the $159.99-list DCP-L2550DW seen here, and its DCP-L2540DW sibling have been dubbed multifunction copiers, which does little more than muddy the product-naming waters this late in the game. But hey, we’re too concerned with more important things, such as price, performance, print quality, running costs, and overall value, to worry about nomenclature. What type of users does the product serve and how well does it serve them, right? To answer that question generally, the Brother DCP-L2550DW is an entry-level monochrome laser printer designed for use in a home-based or small office or workgroup. It’s fast for its price, and it prints well enough, as long as your application doesn’t call for a lot of nice-looking grayscale graphics and photos; in other words, it’s best suited for printing text. That isn’t a restriction for all monochrome laser printers; some of Canon’s monochrome AIOs, even entry-level models like the Canon imageClass MF249dw, produce impressive grayscale output. (Although if good-looking photos are what you’re after, you should be reading an inkjet printer review.) In any case, the DCP-L2550DW is a great text printer, and we can think of plenty of settings where a reasonably fast low-volume text printer fits well, especially environments where quick delivery of one- and two-page documents is just the ticket. That includes just about every front office or front desk setting—doctors’ offices, pharmacies, auto repair shops, tire shops—and anywhere else that needs to print quotes, receipts, and so on. Not only will they benefit from the fast, good-looking text documents, but few of these offices print more than 100 to 200 pages each month, which sort of minimizes the DCP-L2550DW’s steep running costs. The latter are our biggest complaint about this printer (and the entry-level laser market in general). Read the entire review at Computer Shopper    Read More →

Super-Tabloid Prints, Copies, and Scans – Epson’s WorkForce WF-7720 Wide-Format AIO Printer

Super-Tabloid Prints, Copies, and Scans – Epson’s WorkForce WF-7720 Wide-Format AIO Printer

PROS Prints up to 13-by-19-inch pages. Scans and copies multipage, two-sided originals up to 11 by 17 inches. Auto-duplexing ADF and scanner. Diverse connectivity. Great-looking, easy-to-use control panel. CONS High cost per page. Graphics printing could be better. BOTTOM LINE The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 prints, copies, and scans wide-format pages and is backed by a robust feature set, but its comparatively high cost per page relegates it to being a low-volume business printer. The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 Wide-Format All-in-One Printer ($299.99) prints oversize pages up to super-tabloid size (13 by 19 inches), and it scans, copies, and faxes documents up to tabloid size (11 by 17 inches). Like its close competitor, the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J6935DW, it prints well and relatively fast, and it’s loaded with top-drawer productivity and convenience features, such as a single-pass auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF). The Brother’s lower running costs and better business graphics keep this model from usurping the Editors’ Choice, but the WF-7720 has plenty of features that make it a suitable low-volume wide-format AIO for small offices and workgroups. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Lightening Fast and Miserly Accurate – Alaris’ S2080w Scanner by Kodak Alaris

Lightening Fast and Miserly Accurate – Alaris’ S2080w Scanner by Kodak Alaris

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. See the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Terrific Speed and Accuracy with Alaris’ S2060w Scanner by Kodak Alaris

Terrific Speed and Accuracy with Alaris’ S2060w Scanner by Kodak Alaris

As 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. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

Epson’s Consumer-Grade Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format (13″ by 19″) Inkjet Printer

Epson’s Consumer-Grade Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format (13″ by 19″) Inkjet Printer

PROS 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. -8% Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wireless Color Wide-format Printer Price: $322.99 Was: $349.99 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. Read the entire review at PCMag  Read More →

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