Review of the Brother MFC-J6945DW INKvestment Tank Color Inkjet All-In-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Low running costs. Good print quality. Prints, scans, copies, and faxes tabloid-size pages. Single-pass duplexing ADF. Three paper input sources.

  • CONS

    Super-tabloid support would provide greater value.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-J6945DW is a wide-format color inkjet all-in-one printer that prints well and is feature-packed and inexpensive to use, making it an exceptional value for small offices.


The Brother MFC-J6945DW ($349.99) is a light- to medium-duty wide-format all-in-one inkjet printer designed for small-office use. Like its predecessor, the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J6935DW, it can not only print, but also copy, scan, and fax tabloid-size pages and comes with a generous paper-input capacity. The cherry on top is that it prints quite well and at a very reasonable cost per page. All of these perks add up to an easy Editors’ Choice for the MFC-J6945DW.

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Review of the Brother MFC-L3710CW at PCMagPROS

Good text and photo quality. Large ADF. Decent mobile device support.

CONS

High running costs. Lacks auto-duplex printing and scanning. No Ethernet.

BOTTOM LINE

The Brother MFC-L3710CW is a solid color laser-class all-in-one printer for budget-conscious small offices.


The Brother MFC-L3710CW ($349.99) is an entry-level all-in-one color laser-class printer designed for small offices and workgroups. It costs $50 less than the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-L3770CDW, but that price difference means sacrificing a few key features, including automatic two-sided printing, copying, scanning, and faxing, along with Ethernet support and the ability to print from and scan to thumb drives. Both machines, however, share the same high running costs—a common drawback to entry-level laser-class machines like these. The MFC-L3710CW offers some strong perks, including good text and photo quality and a sizable automatic document feeder, but you’ll likely find the MFC-L3770CDW a better value if your budget can stretch a bit.

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Review of the Canon Pixma TS8220 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer at PCMagPROS
Excellent print quality. Smart home hands-free printing. Built-in arts and crafts features. Uses six inks. Two paper input trays. SD card support.

CONS
Lacks NFC or Wi-Fi Direct support. Somewhat slow document printing. Lacks automatic document feeder. High cost per page.

BOTTOM LINE
The Canon Pixma TS8220 combines the company’s superb six-ink photo and graphics output with new hands-free printing and several arts and crafts features, making it a great-value all-in-one-printer for low-volume offices.


The Canon Pixma TS8220 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One ($199.99) is, except for the addition of a handful of interesting arts and crafts and hands-free-printing features, essentially the same AIO as its predecessor, the Pixma TS8120. Like all the six-ink Pixmas we’ve tested over the years, the TS8220 prints exceptionally well, but, also like the rest of its kin, it costs a lot to use. In addition to above-par output, the TS8220’s support for popular scrapbooking and other crafting projects, as well as its new smart home features, make it a great-value home-and-family-oriented consumer-grade AIO printer for low-volume use.

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Review of the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 Network Multifunction Color Printer at PCMagPROS
Competitive purchase price and running costs. Excellent print quality. Expandable paper capacity. Single-pass auto-duplexing ADF. Supports high-yield ink bags.

CONS
Lacks support for borderless output. Initial paper input capacity a bit low.

BOTTOM LINE

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 is an inkjet all-in-one printer that’s packed with features, prints well, and balances purchase price and running costs fairly, making it a strong color laser AIO competitor.


Few inkjets have been better positioned to encroach on the color laser all-in-one market than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 ($299.99). It’s relatively fast and churns out near-typesetter print quality across the board. It’s loaded with productivity, convenience, and mobile connectivity features that small- and medium-size offices will appreciate, and its high-volume replaceable ink packs deliver running costs about half that of comparable laser-based machines. The Epson WF-C5790 all but obliterates the line between color laser and inkjet machines, thereby easily elevating it to our Editors’ Choice among mid-volume color AIOs.

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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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Editors' Choice

  • 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.

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My review of the Editors' Choice Brother MFC-L3770CDW multi-functon printer at PCMag

  • 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.

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A PCMag What’s New Now Top Review, September 25, 2018


My review of HP's new voice-activated smart home Tango X AIO at PCMag

  • PROS

    Small and spiffy. Voice control with supported smart home UIs. IFTTT scripting for extending smart capabilities. Impressive print quality. Competitive ink costs with Instant Ink, plus free snapshot printing from your smartphone.

  • CONS

    Borderless prints limited to 5-by-7-inch. Single, small paper input. “Scans” and “copies” only via smartphone.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    HP’s Tango X “smart printer,” the first we’ve tested with voice activation and smart home features, is all about printing from mobile devices. It’s not perfect, but given its unique free-snapshot printing angle, it will be a tough act for future models to follow.

Plenty of us shout things at our printers. But what if yours heard you? Of midpriced all-in-one (AIO) printers, none is more cutting-edge—and attentive—than the HP Tango X ($199) and its less expensive sibling, the HP Tango ($149), among the first printers to support voice control. They are designed to work primarily with mobile devices—desktop PCs and laptops are an afterthought—and they have the unique distinction of letting you print snapshots from your smartphone for free, in a sense (more on that later). We tested the Tango X, which delivers print speeds, output, and running costs comparable to similarly priced competitors without all the smarts. All these things and more elevate the HP Tango X to our first Editors’ Choice in a budding category: the smart, or smart home, printer.

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My review of the Brother MFC-J995DW INKvestment Tank All-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good output quality. Tight, easy-to-use color display and control panel. SD card and USB thumb drive support. Ethernet connectivity. 20-sheet ADF.

  • CONS

    Input and output capacities are low. ADF not auto-duplexing. A bit sluggish.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-J995DW is an entry-level office-oriented AIO with admirable output quality and, as a bulk-ink model, it costs a lot less to use than many of its competitors.

The entry-level Brother MFC-J995DW INKvestment Tank All-in-One Printer ($199.99) offers a good mix of convenience and productivity features that small offices will like. It comes with auto-two-sided printing and can print from and scan to various memory devices, two perks we don’t see in many of its competitors. Although its running costs aren’t the lowest out there, they are still very competitive, making the MFC-J995DW an excellent all-in-one printer for small and home-based offices with moderate print and copy volume.Read the entire review at PCMag