• PROSReview of the Brother MFC-L2750DW XL at PCMag

    Near-typesetter text quality. Small and light. Single-pass auto-duplexing. Huge selection of connectivity options and workflow apps. Ships with large complement of toner.

  • CONS

    So-so graphics and image quality. High running costs after initial toner is used. Small paper capacity and duty cycle for price.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-L2750DW XL is a well-connected monochrome laser AIO printer that produces excellent text output, but its price is high thanks to the large amount of included toner.

[amazon_link asins=’B07641MHV2′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’185b2d63-087e-11e8-bae3-4784042760e2′]The Brother MFC-L2750DW XL ($399.99) [amazon_link asins=’B07641MHV2′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c1300a82-087f-11e8-bd85-f97f95246a1b’] is one of the company’s first “XL” laser printers, which, to put it simply, means that the printer comes with a bunch of extra toner in the box. This results in a loftier price than we are used to seeing in an entry-level-to-midrange monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO), but it’s reasonably fast and prints well, making it a decent pick for home-based or small offices and workgroups with light print and copy loads, or perhaps even a personal monochrome laser AIO.The downside here is that, unlike Brother’s INKvestment inkjet counterparts—which not only come with extra ink but also incur very low ongoing running costs—the XL line simply provides the convenience of additional toner at the time of purchase. In other words, you won’t be ordering toner as soon, but when you do, you’ll pay essentially the same somewhat high per-page cost for it as you would to buy toner for several other Brother entry-level machines. Essentially, then, all you get for the additional expense (without the extra toner, the MFC-L2750DW XL would most likely sell for $200 to $300) is somewhat cheaper toner for the first several thousand pages, and, depending on usage, a long gap between when you buy the printer and when you must spring for more toner—a convenience to be sure, but perhaps not much of one.Read the entire review at PCMag                               


 


  • PROSReview of the Brother MFC-L2710DW at PCMag

    Exceptional text quality. Prints fast. Compact and lightweight. Ethernet support. Relatively low purchase price.

  • CONS

    Lacks support for USB thumb drives and memory cards. ADF not auto-duplexing. So-so business graphics and photos.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-L2710DW, a reasonably fast, low price, entry-level monochrome all-in-one laser printer, is an apt fit for low-volume print and copy environments.

The Brother [amazon_textlink asin=’B0763ZCH7K’ text=’MFC-L2710DW’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a62b4ef6-084d-11e8-91e3-cdf636de9f00′] ($199.99) is an entry-level all-in-one (print, copy, scan, and fax) printer designed for small and/or home-based offices or workgroups with modest printing needs, or perhaps as a personal monochrome laser AIO. For an entry-level AIO, it has a relatively strong feature set, and it’s fast. On the other hand, its running costs are a bit too high, and print quality (especially graphics and photos) leaves a little something to be desired. Even so, it’s space-saver small, well-built, and prints well enough overall, making it a suitable choice for low-volume monochrome print and copy environments.

Read the entire review at PCMag



 

  • PROSRead the review of the Brother HL-L2370DW XL at PCMag

    Small and light. Fast. Good text quality. Ships with large complement of toner.

  • CONS

    Graphics and photo quality could be better. Running costs should be lower, given purchase price. Small duty cycle and paper capacity for price.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The vsts could be prohibitive for higher-volume environments.

[amazon_link asins=’B0763TXM5Q’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2bc163a9-0845-11e8-a181-7f43bd59e072′]The Brother HL-L2370DW XL ($279.99) [amazon_link asins=’B0763TXM5Q’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3581e154-0845-11e8-8cee-d373755d5243′] is a member of the company’s recent line of bulk-toner laser printers. These new “XL” printers and all-in-ones are essentially entry-level machines that are, due to large a large complement of toner in the box, sold at midlevel monochrome laser printer prices. Whether it or a comparable, but less expensive, model like the Editors’ Choice Canon imageClass LBP251dw [amazon_link asins=’B0188WLLVI’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a54e2eb4-0845-11e8-a797-25f7092ff1e2′] is right for you comes down to considering that your cost of ownership is going to go up once that first batch of toner is gone. If that’s not a deal-breaker, the HL-L2379DW is a highly capable single-function monochrome laser printer for home-based or small offices, and micro workgroups. It makes a good personal laser printer, too.

Read the entire review at PCMag



 

My review of the Brother HL-L2390DW at PC

  • PROS

    Low price. Small and light. Fast print speeds. Excellent text quality. Decent graphics and photos. Competitively low running costs.

  • CONS

    No automatic document feeder (ADF). Lacks memory drive support. No Ethernet support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother HL-L2390DW is a reasonably fast, sensibly priced entry-level monochrome all-in-one laser printer with competitive running costs.

[amazon_link asins=’B0764NWFP9′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4bcde2f6-f0aa-11e7-8c9f-d7f744a3ba86′]The Brother HL-L2390DW ($149.99) [amazon_link asins=’B0764NWFP9′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’563a578d-f0aa-11e7-aae8-855395e455d1′]  is a no-frills, entry-level monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for small and home-based offices with low-print-and-copy-volume requirements. It has a lower price tag, and is faster and less expensive to use than the Editors’ Choice Canon ImageClass MF249dw [amazon_link asins=’B01K9OM9NW’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6aba9a44-f0aa-11e7-ae7c-1f8928f8923a’] and the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fw.[amazon_link asins=’B01LBWELFK’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7dcb95b8-f0aa-11e7-94df-35d8b1ea8fe5′] On the other hand, the Brother model is short on a few key features, such as an automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multipage originals to the scanner. While the HL-L2390DW is not the fastest entry-level monochrome laser out there, it’s plenty fast enough for what it is, and it delivers competitively low running costs, making it a good choice for low-to-moderate-volume printing and copying in small and home-based offices, or as a personal monochrome laser printer.
Read the entire review at PCMag


  • Review of the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw at PCMagPROS

Good output quality. Compact. Easy-to-navigate 5-inch color touch screen. Strong mobile connectivity. Supports USB thumb drive.

  • CONS

Somewhat high purchase price. No automatic document feeder. Lacks near-field communication (NFC). Slow for the price. Graphics and photo quality could be better.

  • BOTTOM LINE

An entry-level color laser AIO printer, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw prints well overall, albeit somewhat expensively, making it a good fit for companies that don’t require more than a few hundred prints and copies each month.

[amazon_link asins=’B073RG8Z72′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’aaeb5708-eff7-11e7-84cf-d1c3e8d3eaf5′]HP’s LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw ($429.99) [amazon_link asins=’B073RG8Z72′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9e584e95-eff6-11e7-91b2-7338ffdf32e4′] is an entry-level color laser all-in-one (AIO) printer similar in capacity, features, and price to our Editors’ Choice Canon Color imageClass MF634Cdw.[amazon_link asins=’B01LXTOHRJ’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c70005b4-eff6-11e7-85b3-d78b40aec23c’] The M281fdw is smaller and lighter than the Canon model, and its running costs are a little lower. However, the Canon MF634Cdw prints better and comes with a stronger feature set, including a larger touch screen and an auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF), which the M281fdw lacks. Even so, the M281fdw prints well overall, making it a decent alternative to the Canon MF634Cdw as a low-volume color laser AIO for home-based small offices and small workgroups, or for personal use.
Read the entire review at PCMag


Review ofhttps://www.pcmag.com/review/357753/alaris-s2070-scanner-by-kodak-alaris at PC

  • PROS

    Excellent OCR accuracy. Fast scanning. Relatively fast when saving to searchable PDF.

  • CONS

    Somewhat pricey. Software complicated to learn and implement. Expensive accessories.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Alaris S2070 Scanner by Kodak Alaris is reasonably fast and highly accurate, if not a bit expensive compared with like-priced competitors.

The Alaris S2070 Scanner by Kodak Alaris ($1,195) is a mid- to high-volume desktop sheet-feed document scanner. It’s fast and accurate, and it comes with a highly capable software bundle for not only scanning to popular file formats, but also for converting your scans to editable text and archiving them for easy indexing and retrieval. In many ways, the Alaris S2070 is just as capable (and in some ways slicker) than the Visioneer Patriot H60, our current top choice for moderate-to-high-volume document scanners for small and medium-size offices and workgroups. But the S2070’s higher price, lower scan volume, and slower speed capabilities render it just short of top marks.Read the entire review at PCMag



 

With all of the innovation going on in information technology these days, printers may not be the sexiest set of gear, but they remain one of the bedrocks. An absolute in the printer market nowadays is that, no matter what you pay for it—from $50 to $1,000 or more—your single-function or multifunction machine should print at least passably well, and it should perform like a champ—in terms of mechanical functionality, if not necessarily speed. Those are 2017’s printer table stakes.

Computer Shopper's Top 100 Tech Products of 2017: Printers

From small or home-based offices to huge enterprises and workgroups, an ongoing trend in printer technology over the past several years has been mobile connectivity—printing from and scanning to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop from virtually anywhere and everywhere. The year 2017 continues that trend, as well as the ongoing ink wars, in which printer makers promote various technologies and programs for providing lower-cost ink (or at least the illusion of it), especially among lower-end consumer and small-office all-in-ones (AIOs). The reality is that ink’s not really any cheaper, but these products do provide a lot more transparency into what it actually costs to keep your printer inked up.

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Review of the Epson DS-780N Network Color Document Scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Networkable via Ethernet. Huge color touch screen control panel. 100-sheet ADF. Control panel supports up to 30 configurable users. Wide security options.

  • CONS

    Somewhat costly. No Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct for mobile connectivity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The networkable scans relatively quickly and accurately, and it has a huge customizable color touch screen, but it’s overshadowed by some less costly competition.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B0733P29Y4′ text=’Epson DS-780N ‘ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fc9bd450-d063-11e7-b8c9-9bedd3cf227f’] Similar in features to the Editors’ Choice Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W [amazon_link asins=’B01AD7I6P0′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’35092caa-d064-11e7-8cd2-c3441c74cc66′], the mid-to-high-volume Epson DS-780N Network Color Document Scanner ($1,099.99) [amazon_link asins=’B0733P29Y4′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’668d1479-d067-11e7-b24a-8dd9df1e70bc’] is designed for use in small- to medium-size offices and workgroups that need to do a fair amount of document scanning and archiving. It’s not quite as fast as the Brother model, and it doesn’t support wireless networking. It’s competitively accurate, has an intuitive, highly useful touch screen, and comes with efficient document management software, making it a strong alternative to the ADS-3600W, as well as a few other networkable document scanners we’ve reviewed recently. Its price causes it to fall just short of our Editors’ Choice nod, but otherwise the DS-780N is a fine document scanner.
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  • Review of the Ricoh SP 5300DN Black and White Laser Printer at PCMagPROS

    Reasonably fast. Good print quality overall. Multiple paper capacity and other expansion options. High, 250,000-page duty cycle. Strong security features. High-yield toner cartridge. Very low running costs.

  • CONS

    Expensive, with costly add-ons. Small, unimpressive control panel. Graphics and photos print slightly too dark.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Ricoh SP 5300DN is a highly capable high-volume single-function monochrome laser printer that produces quality output at reasonably fast speeds, and its low running costs make it a good value for offices that print in volume.

[amazon_link asins=’B01KDYKXKE’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cc72088b-ce6a-11e7-8ff9-b3ecd216b332′]Similar in features, speed, and capacity options to our Editors’ Choice Dell Smart Printer S5830dn [amazon_link asins=’B01G8NSNY2′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1321bc62-ce6b-11e7-9f4b-71564554023e’], the Ricoh SP 5300DN Black and White Laser Printer ($1,229) [amazon_link asins=’B01KDYKXKE’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e362fd01-ce6a-11e7-8b78-3ff441fcefda’] is a single-function laser printer designed for medium- to high-volume printing in small to midsize offices and workgroups. The Ricoh 5300DN costs a little more than the Dell S5830dn, but it’s significantly smaller and lighter and has more expansion options, and it costs less to use. On the other hand, during testing, graphics and photo output came out slightly subpar—just enough to keep it from receiving our Editors’ Choice nod. Not enough, though, to keep the Ricoh 5300DN from being an excellent choice for churning out thousands of documents each month in busy, high-volume settings.

Read the entire review at PCMag



 

  • PROS

    Reasonably fast. Excellent print quality. Strong paper expansion capacity. High-yield toner cartridge. Very low running costs. Strong security features.

  • CONS

    Expensive printer and add-ons. Fax, OCR, and Wi-Fi cost extra. ADF duplexer is not single-pass.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Ricoh MP 501SPF monochrome laser AIO comes with a wealth of top-drawer features and expansion options. It prints capably, fast, and at a very low cost per page, but the printer itself will cost you.

[amazon_link asins=’B01I7QJZV8′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f585969b-c31d-11e7-9240-b768a67d14e7′]Designed for midsize to large offices and workgroups, the RicohBlack and White Laser Multifunction Printer ($3,499) ([amazon_link asins=’B01I7QJZV8′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9ad85ccd-c320-11e7-85aa-ad36711847c1′] at Amazon) means business—and then some. Out of the box it comes with a richer feature set and greater functionality than your average high-volume monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO), and if it doesn’t do what you want by default, rest assured, there’s an add-on that can.In addition to printing well, and fast, everything about the 501SPF—its huge monthly duty cycle, highly expandable high-capacity paper input, tablet-size touch screen control panel, 350GB hard drive, and incredibly low cost per page—screams high-volume. Even so, too many of the most useful and more common features, such as Wi-Fi, fax, and optical character recognition (OCR), are (often expensive) add-ons, given its lofty price, which is just enough to preclude it from gaining our Editors’ Choice nod. Aside from that, though, the 501SPF is a highly capable and sophisticated high-volume monochrome laser printer.
Read the entire review at PCMag