Review of the Canon imageClass MF236n at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good price. Fits comfortably on an average desktop. Automatic document feeder (ADF). Reasonably fast. Excellent print quality.

  • CONS

    No auto-duplex printing or scanning. Running costs are high. Lacks Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and NFC.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Canon’s entry-level imageClass MF236n prints good-looking monochrome documents at a respectable clip, but its running costs relegate it to a low-volume laser AIO.

Like the Editors’ Choice imageClass MF249dw, the Canon imageClass MF236n ($199) is an entry-level monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for low-volume printing, copying, scanning, and faxing in a small or micro home-based office or workgroup. You sacrifice a few things for the low price, however, such as the ability to copy and scan two-sided multipage documents automatically, as well as wireless networking. While the MF236n is a capable little AIO, what you give up for a not-so-significant price difference between it and the Canon MF249dw is more than enough to keep the MF236n as a mere contender; however, in the right low-to-medium-print-volume environments, it’s a sensible alternative to its costlier sibling.
Read the entire review at PCMag


Review of the Canon imageClass MF232w at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good price. Compact. Excellent print quality. Fast print speed.

  • CONS

    Running costs could be better. Lacks automatic document feeder (ADF). No auto-duplex printing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    It may lack an ADF and automatic two-sided printing, but Canon’s imageClass MF232w all-in-one (AIO) prints well and at a highly respectable speed for the price.

The Canon imageClass MF232w ($189) is a monochrome all-in-one (AIO) laser printer that’s a step below the Editors’ Choice Canon imageClass MF249dw. Granted, it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) and an auto-duplexing print engine for printing two-sided pages automatically. What you do get with this sub-$200 laser AIO, however, is decent print speeds and good output quality for the price, as well as competitive running costs. That makes it a sensible choice for low-volume printing and copying from a home-based or small or micro office or workgroup, or as a low-volume personal laser AIO.
Read entire review at PCMag


Brother DCP-L2550DW Review and Ratings at Computer ShopperA 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



 

  • 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.

Read the entire article at PCMag