inkjet : William Harrel – Journalist

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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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



 

My review of the Canon Pixma G4210 MegaTank Wireless All-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent running costs. Great print quality, especially photos. Prints Instagram’s 5-by-5-inch images. Ethernet networking. Strong mobile device support.

  • CONS

    No Wi-Fi Direct or auto-duplexing. Slow document printing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Canon Pixma G4210 is a small-office bulk-ink AIO printer that produces quality output at a super-low price.

The Canon Pixma G4210 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One ($399.99) is designed for home-based and small offices and workgroups. Like its predecessor, the Pixma G4200, it sits at the top of the company’s MegaTank brand bulk-ink printers. Except for a few new features, such as Ethernet connectivity and a slew of updated utilities, this new Pixma is a lot like the old one. This all-in-one doesn’t have the speed or wealth of features that the Editors’ Choice Pixma TS9120 offers, but its exceptional output and low running costs make it a strong contender for offices where quality and cost is key.

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My review of the Epson WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent output quality. Very low running costs after initial investment. Strong mobile connectivity. Ultra-high-yield ink bags. Support for USB memory sticks.

  • CONS

    High price. No SD card support. Recommended monthly page limit is low, considering cost, paper handling, and ink capacity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    With long-lasting ink bags, Epson’s snappy, high-capacity WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One inkjet can churn thousands of pages at a fraction of the running costs of most competitors.

Save for the earlier WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank, it’s difficult to find a proper head-to-head competitor for the WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($999.99). This big inkjet is different from most other Epson EcoTank printers in that it uses large ink bags, rather than reservoirs you refill from bottles. It’s a higher-end, higher-volume all-in-one (AIO) designed for midsize to large offices and workgroups. It’s a snappy-enough printer for an office inkjet, the output quality is quite good, and you can’t beat its ultra-low running costs, making it a top-notch machine within its class. It comes up just short on the oomph, in terms of speed and rated monthly volume, though, needed to nudge it into an Editors’ Choice slot as a midsize business AIO.

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      • My review of Brother's entry-level MFC-J690DW All-in-One Printer at PCMagPROS

        Handsome and well-built. Easy-to-use color display and control panel. Borderless printing. 20-sheet ADF. Good text output quality.

      • CONS

        High running costs. Low input and output capacities. No USB drive support. Backgrounds and fills not always spot-on in business graphics. Some holes in software bundle and connection options, versus barely pricier Brother models.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Brother MFC-J690DW is a low-volume AIO that prints well enough for homes, home offices, and small offices. It’s a capable little machine, but its high running costs limit its monthly tour of duty.

The Brother MFC-J690DW ($119.99) is an entry-level all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for home offices, small offices, and workgroups. As a business-centric inkjet that prints, copies, scans, and faxes, it’s similar in features and close in price to our Editors’ Choice, the Canon Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One. Though the MFC-J690DW prints at a relatively snappy pace for the price, it costs too much (in terms of ink) for frequent use, like most other so-called budget AIOs in this class. Given its high running costs and pared-down paper capacity, it fits best for offices that have light print and copy needs.Read the entire review at PCMag



My review of the Brother MFC-J895DW All-in-One inkjet printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good overall output quality. Easy-to-use display, control panel. SD card and USB thumb drive support. 20-sheet ADF.

      • CONS

        Running costs are high. Paper input and output capacities are low. Graphics backgrounds and fills not always spot-on.

B

OTTOM LINE

  • An entry-level, office-oriented AIO printer, Brother’s MFC-J895DW prints well, churns competitively quickly, and packs some higher-end features for the price. Its running costs, though, relegate it to low-volume duties.

It sure is hard to be an inkjet all-in-one (AIO) printer these days! Compared with our top pick for low-volume home printers, the Canon Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One, the Brother MFC-J895DW ($129.99) is somewhat leaner in speed and capacity, and its color graphics output is a slight step down. But both printers churn out excellent-looking text and photos, and pack Ethernet ports for connecting to home and small-office networks. The MFC-J895DW is capable for light duty in homes and small offices, but (as we’ve noted about a few others of its kind), the competition in this class is stiff. A printer of this kind must practically run the board to take home our top nod.

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William Harrel's review of the Brother MFC-J497DW at PCMag

  • PROS

    Strong output quality overall. 20-sheet ADF. Supports borderless printing. Solid feature set for price.

  • CONS

    Cost per page is high. No flash-drive support. Input and output capacities are low.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-J497DW is an inexpensive home or small-office AIO that prints well in low volumes for those environments. Like some recent siblings, though, its running costs need tweaking.

Let’s give Brother some credit up front: This printer packs a bunch of value and functionality into a small space. The MFC-J497DW ($79.99) is a compact, low-volume inkjet all-in-one printer, along the lines of the 4-star/Excellent-rated HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One. Like the HP model, the MFC-J497DW prints well, delivering smart-looking photos on premium-grade glossy or matte photo paper. But, even for an entry-level printer, the MFC-J497DW’s running costs are exceptionally high, especially when compared to the OfficeJet 3830 (and other HP models) paired with that company’s Instant Ink subscription service. The Brother MFC-J497DW does support two-sided printing, faxing, and a few other amenities that the HP OfficeJet 3830 does not, however, making it a good fit for many homes, home offices, and small workgroups with modest print and copy needs.

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My article on How to Recycle or Donate Your Old Printer at PCMag

Whether your trusty inkjet or laser has spit out its last page, or you’re just looking to upgrade, here’s how not to land your old printer in a landfill.

ByWilliam Harrel

Donate, Recycle, or Sell Your Old Printer?

Whether your printer is a lightweight budget inkjet or a bulky workhorse laser, a single-function printer or a versatile all-in-one (AIO), the time will come when you’ll need to find a responsible way to dispose of it. Maybe it broke down for good; maybe you’ve simply replaced it with a better model. Whatever the reason why you don’t need your printer any longer, getting rid of it responsibly means making sure it gets refurbished and put back into service, or that its materials get into the right recycling streams. Here’s how to make that happen.

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