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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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Review of the Brother RuggedJet 2PROS

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.

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Review of the Epson WorkForce ES-300WR Wireless Document Scanner — Accounting Edition at PCMag

    • PROS

      Fast. Highly accurate OCR. Powerful software bundle. Long-lasting battery.

    • CONSScanSmart Accounting Edition software only compatible with QuickBooks and Excel CSV. No memory card support.

BOTTOM LINEThe Epson WorkForce ES-300WR is a fast, accurate, and feature-rich portable scanner with powerful software that can save your business hours of time each month.

The highly portable Epson WorkForce ES-300WR Wireless Document Scanner — Accounting Edition ($399.99) is an enhanced version of the Editors’ Choice WorkForce ES-300W we reviewed last year. This latest iteration of Epson’s flagship portable document scanner lists for only $100 more, but its business-centric software, as well an overhauled and renamed document-capture interface, make it more accurate and bookkeeping-friendly, thereby increasing its overall value. If collecting financial data on the road and exporting it for use in your accounting application—eliminating the need to enter it manually—sounds attractive, you should consider the ES-300WR.

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    • 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

      Review of the Brother PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK at PCMagThe 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.

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Review of the Sprocket 2nd Edition at PCMag

  • 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.

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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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Editors' Choice

  • 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.

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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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My review of the Brother HL-L3270CDW single-function

    • 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.

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