As we’ve noted over the years, when it comes to printing photos on all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers (that is, multifunction models that can print, copy, and scan), few solutions provide better-looking photographic output than the six-ink imaging systems deployed in a few higher-end, photo-centric Canon Pixmas. (The Pixma MG6320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One we reviewed back in February 2013 comes to mind.) Hence, we always pay attention when another new model based on this tried-and-proven imaging technology comes along.
Enter Canon’s MG7120 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer, the Japanese electronics giant’s latest model based on that detail-rich, vibrant six-ink imaging system. It lists for $199.99 and sells for roughly $149 on the street. Designed for photo enthusiasts and capable of printing exceptional photographs, this AIO also performs basic office functions, such as printing business documents, scanning, and copying.
The key word here is basic, though. Notably, this Pixma lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and copying multipage documents. What this means is that each page of a document must be placed on the scanner bed one at a time, which can be time-consuming and tedious, especially if your original document is two-sided. These days, it’s unusual for a printer in the $200-list price range to come without an ADF onboard.
In addition, the Pixma MG7120 is—in terms of print speed, input and output volume, and cost per page (CPP)—a decidedly low-volume machine. While everything it prints looks good (partly because it uses six discrete, premium inks), what it prints, as you’ll see in the Setup & Paper Handling section later in this review, costs a bit too much to output for our tastes.
Usually, we ding a printer hard for high CPPs, though we do make some provision for photo printers built around five- and six-ink systems. Typically, you would buy one of these photo-centric models only if image printing were more important to you than office-productivity and convenience features. In these cases, as we see it, it’s important that you understand what you’re getting and why.
As we’ve put forth for years, Canon’s six-ink Pixmas print exceptional images. The business documents it prints look good, too, but, compared to the CPP figures we’ve calculated from many other inkjet-based AIOs, they’re also a bit too expensive. In addition, this machine’s lack of an ADF limits its flexibility as a copier or scanner, which is a pity, because the quality of its copies, as we found in our tests, is excellent.
In light of that, be clear on what the Pixma MG7120 is, regardless of its AIO exterior: a photo printer, first and foremost. There’s no denying that the Pixma MG7120 prints stellar photos, but that’s by far the main reason you should consider it.
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One of the more interesting stories in the evolution of Android tablets has been the development of Samsung’s popular line of pen-enabled Galaxy Note tablets and smartphones. It started in mid-2012 with the debut of the first Galaxy Note smartphone, which was quickly followed by the Galaxy Note 10.1—a highly impressive full-size tablet with a 10.1-inch screen that brought all sorts of firsts to the Android slate market. (“Full-size” tablets, by our definition, have 8.9-inch or bigger screens. Slates with smaller screens are “compact” models.) One of those big firsts was Samsung’s unique stylus implementation, dubbed the “S Pen.”
That was July 2012, and our take on the Galaxy Note 10.1 at the time was that, while the S Pen had lots of potential, it had a ways to go in terms of overall functionality. We did like a whole bunch of other stuff about that tablet, though, starting with the design. This first Galaxy Note tablet was snazzy-looking, befitting its premium price; it had a gorgeous screen; and it introduced several nascent multitasking features, such as the ability to run apps side by side or in floating windows (with the ability to drag-and-drop data between them). That kind of multitasking functionality was simply unavailable on most other Android tablets.
With the subsequent debut of the smaller-screened Galaxy Note 8.0 (back in April 2013), not only had the S Pen made tremendous strides in overall usability, but the multi-window, multitasking apps had also become more robust and, well, useful. In addition, as shown in the image below, Samsung overhauled the surface look of the Android operating system, making it much more colorful and attractive than the standard Android user interface (UI), and much more conducive to multitasking and stylus support in general…
This brings us to Samsung’s latest member of the Galaxy Note line, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). We find it interesting that though released in 2013, the “2014″ in the name suggests that Samsung thinks this unit will be good for a while. This 2014 Note takes up where the Galaxy Note 8.0 left off, with further-refined S Pen support and more robust multitasking. Indeed, nearly everything else we liked about the Galaxy Note products to begin with has been improved. We’ll delve deeper into the new features and enhancements over the course of this review, but suffice it to say here that, as with the previous iterations of the Galaxy Note hardware and software, we were impressed, and, like its predecessors, this Note is well deserving of our Editors’ Choice nod.
You can buy this new Note in either black or white, as shown in the image below, and choose between one of two storage-capacity options: 32GB (which costs $549.99 list) and 64GB ($599.99 list)…
This is a $50 increase over last year’s 10.1-inch models, but for good reason: With the price boost, you also get double the storage space, compared to 2012’s 16GB and 32GB versions.
At first glance, $550 to $600 for an Android tablet may seem a little steep. (Apple, for one, offered the still-compelling Apple iPad 2 at this writing starting at $399.) But as we said about the Galaxy Note 8.0, these Note slates are not your everyday “me too” Android slates. Nothing, from the heavily (and, we think, effectively) skinned interface, to the highly workable multitasking apps, as well as the nicely integrated S Pen and pen-enabled apps, suggests that the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) is your average Android tablet. It’s a premium product with a premium price, and, as we’ve said about its predecessors, well worth the extra cash.
While the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) may not be for everybody, it’s one of the most practical Android tablets available if you want to use an Android tablet for real productivity work. Whether you use it for work or play, it’s a sheer pleasure to use.
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It’s been almost a year now since we reviewed and raved about Epson’s flagship all-in-one inkjet printer, the Expression Premium XP-800 Small-in-One. It was fast; it had a remarkable feature set for so small a device; and it printed stunning-looking images and business documents. It was, as we noted at the time, a remarkable piece of engineering with just one flaw (albeit, a significant one): It cost too much to use.
Here in October 2013, Epson sent us the XP-800’s replacement to evaluate, the $229-list Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One Printer. On the whole, the XP-810 is the XP-800 reheated, with a few cosmetic changes and a $50-lower suggested retail price. However, this new Small-in-One has the same ink-inflation issue as its predecessor, which kept it from winning our Editors’ Choice nod. It uses the same ink cartridges as the XP-800, with the same projected yields. That means it also rings up the same high cost per page (CPP).
That really is too bad, because otherwise, like the XP-800 before it, we really liked this highly attractive little dynamo. As mentioned, it’s loaded with features, among them an auto-duplexing document feeder (ADF) for scanning, copying, and faxing two-sided documents unassisted, as well as the ability to print labels on appropriately surfaced recordable CD and DVD discs. When it comes right down to it, there’s not much this little all-in-one can’t do—and what it does do, it does well.
Don’t mistake this for a business printer, however, or a model meant for reams of text-document output. Like the XP-800, the XP-810 is above all a photo printer, and like most photo-centric models, its per-page cost of ink is higher than that of many business-oriented AIOs. That said, as we also noted about last year’s model, the cost per page (CPP) is even higher than most other photo printers, too. That issue—the soaring per-page cost of ink—is our only real complaint about this AIO.
But it’s a really big one that, unfortunately, relegates this otherwise impressive piece of hardware to our long list of good “occasional-use” AIOs. In other words, it’s a great printer as long as you don’t print a lot. Compared to several somewhat pricier, higher-volume inkjet AIOs, such as HP’s $399-list OfficeJet Pro 276dw Multifunction Printer, the more you use this machine, the more it will cost you. (We’ll talk more about this model’s CPP in the Setup & Paper Handling section, later on.)
Still, there’s a lot to like about the XP-810: It’s attractive and compact, it prints well (especially photos), and it comes loaded with connectivity options, making it a great match for light-printing small and home offices that need to print often from mobile devices. It works, too, for offices that need immaculate photo and document output, as long as the cost of printing them is not a primary—or even secondary—concern.
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We assume that when a small office or workgroup spends $500 or $600 on a color laser-class multifunction workhorse (for printing, scanning, copying, and faxing) with a high recommended output rating, the point is, well, to use it. If you buy a machine that has a high duty cycle (that is, the number of pages the manufacturer says you can print each month without unduly stressing the machine), you intend to churn out thousands of prints and photocopies each month. Otherwise, why spend so much money on such a high-volume machine, right?
As we’ve pointed out many times in past reviews of high-volume laser printers, when considering high-volume models, such as the subject of this review, OKI’s $549-list MC362w, a laser-class multifunction model, the up-front purchase price should seldom be your first concern—especially if you plan on using it at or anywhere near its monthly duty cycle. As you’ll see in our Setup & Paper Handling section a little later in this review, a far more important consideration when buying a mid- or high-volume workhorse is the operating cost per page (CPP). Failure to mind this ongoing expense could cost you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars more than necessary over the life of the printer. No exaggeration.
Before we go on, though, perhaps you’ve noticed that we’ve referred to the MC362w as a “laser-class” printer, as opposed to simply a laser printer. That’s because this machine relies on LED technology, rather than the more conventional laser apparatus. The difference between these devices centers on the basic print technology. Instead of using a laser to charge the page image onto the print drum, LED-based machines use an array of light-emitting diodes to do that work. Printer makers substitute LEDs for lasers because they have fewer moving parts, are smaller and lighter, and cost less to manufacture. Otherwise, LED models operate much the same as laser printers do, including how they use toner.
Although an LED printer is technically not a laser printer, it looks and acts very much like one. Historically, small and home offices have chosen laser and laser-class printers over inkjet models because they print faster and cost less to use over time, despite their somewhat heftier up-front purchase price. Nowadays, though—due to the introduction of high-volume, low-cost-per-page inkjets—you typically have to buy a relatively pricey, high-volume color laser printer to see a speed or per-page-cost benefit. Many lower-volume, lower-cost color lasers no longer have the performance and CPP advantages over their inkjet counterparts. In fact, they sometimes cost more to use.
Furthermore, recent advances in inkjet technology, such as the fixed PageWide printhead in HP’s OfficeJet X line of high-volume printers, have placed even more pressure on entry-level and midrange laser-class machines like this OKI. (See, for example, our review of the HP OfficeJet Pro X576dw.) And that’s especially true of the MC362w, which is a lower-end, lower-volume model of a pair of multifunction machines OKI debuted recently. The other, the $749-list MC562w, not only has a higher recommended monthly duty cycle (60,000 pages), but it also supports higher-yield toner cartridges than the MC362w does—which translates into a lower CPP.
And that’s our primary quibble with this laser-class machine: By today’s standards, it costs too much to use on an ongoing basis. Apart from that, though, it performed well on our benchmark tests, and, while, out of the box, it didn’t print photos as well as several laser-class devices we’ve tested, its overall print and copy quality was respectable. It comes with nearly every productivity and convenience option we can think of, and it feels very much like it’s built to last.
We like the OKI MC362dw for small offices and workgroups that require fast and dependable laser output, but at relatively low volumes. If you plan to print a lot, there are better values out there, including OKI’s own MC562w. (See a review of the OKI MC562w on our sister site, PCMag.com.)
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The market for all-in-one (AIO) inkjets really is a fickle place. A couple of years ago, several models from Kodak (and a few other manufacturers) suggested the end of a long-running trend: specifically, selling entry-level printers at rock-bottom prices, then compensating by charging exorbitantly for the ink. For a while there, we were seeing under-$150 printers with costs per page (CPPs) of about 3 cents for black-and-white pages and under 10 cents for color. It appeared that small and home offices were finally going to get a break.
Alas, here we are in mid-2013. Kodak’s out of the printer picture, due to a recent bankruptcy. Dell and Lexmark have quit the inkjet-printer market altogether. And the survivors, notably HP, Canon, and Epson, are introducing some of the costliest-to-use entry-level AIOs we’ve seen. Case in point is HP’s recently debuted Envy 5530 e-All-in-One Printer. (We have a review of it in the works.) When you use the company’s standard-yield ink tanks, it costs over 9 cents per black-and-white page, and over 20 cents per for color—yikes!
That brings us to the subject of this review, Epson’s $99.99-list Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One Printer—another entry-level AIO with, alas, astronomical per-page costs. We’ll discuss that issue in some detail in the Setup & Paper Handling section a little later in this review. But those costs, really, are the most important news here.
Why? No matter how strong this printer’s feature set, no matter how well it prints or how quickly, the fact that this AIO costs so much to use relegates it to an occasional-use machine. Prospective inkjet buyers who need to use their printer frequently would be better off paying more—perhaps as much as $100 more—to get a printer with a cheaper per-page cost of ink. Period.
That said, the XP-410 does churn out fine-looking business documents and photographs, and it performed well on our print-speed benchmarks for a printer in this price range. True to its Small-in-One name, it’s light and compact, which makes it easy to situate in even the most cramped home offices. And, despite somewhat flimsy-feeling input and output trays, it feels well-built.
Unlike a few other AIOs in this class, though, it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and copying multipage documents, and it can’t print two-sided pages without user intervention—meaning that you’ll have to turn the pages over yourself to print the other side (and pay attention to the document order). While neither of these missing features is standard fare on under-$100 machines, some models do provide them. Whether or not this is a deal-breaker depends on how you plan to use the printer. Having both features can save time and frustration if you’ll use your printer for light business/home-office tasks. (And even if not, they’re nice to have, just in case.)
We recognize that many small and home offices print less and less all the time, relying on their printers as standby machines. From that point of view, the Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One works for us—as an occasional-use AIO for printing or copying a handful of documents or photos each month. For heavier duty, though, you can and should do better.
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It’s not all that often that we get to test an inkjet multifunction printer that costs more than $300. (Most inkjets are geared toward consumers and come in below that.) The most recent was HP’s $799.99-list Officejet Pro X576dw, an ultra-high-volume model based on the company’s relatively new PageWide technology, quite different from other machines built around standard inkjet mechanisms. Prior to that, the last $300-plus inkjet we had seen in some time was the Editors’ Choice-winning, $499.99-list Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4590—which we reviewed back in 2012.
What we liked about the WorkForce Pro WP-4590—aside from its strong feature set and its laser-like print quality and print speeds—was its highly competitive cost per page (CPP). This was one of few inkjets (and still is) that delivered black-and-white pages for under 2 cents per page, and color pages for well under 10 cents. Not only are these CPPs extremely low for an inkjet printer, but they are also less expensive per page than many color-laser-class machines. Combine this low cost of ownership with an extensive feature set, a high monthly print volume, and exceptional print quality and speed, and you get a great all-in-one (AIO) machine for small businesses and workgroups that print a lot.
That’s also what you get with the subject of this review, HP’s $399.99-list Officejet Pro 276dw Multifunction Printer$399.99 at OfficeMax—a highly capable, feature-rich, high-volume AIO with a very reasonable per-page cost of consumables. In fact, feature for feature—right down to an optional additional 250-sheet paper drawer and PCL/PostScript laser-printer emulation—HP’s 276dw and Epson’s WP-4590 have a lot in common. Frankly, we would find choosing between them difficult.
The good news is that no matter which one you choose, both machines provide an excellent alternative to a midrange color laser multifunction printer—not to mention the benefits you get from inkjet technology versus laser technology. Inkjet printers, for example, turn out much higher-quality photographic images and intricate graphics, and they do so while consuming less power than their laser counterparts.
As we see it, then, this really is a battle of two high-volume business-centric inkjet AIOs—the 276dw reviewed here and Epson’s highly capable WP-4590. Aside from the $100 difference in their list prices (which, on high-volume models like these, is less important than their CPPs), the devil is in the details. This Officejet, for example, comes with a high-capacity automatic document feeder, or ADF (holding 50 pages, versus 30 on the Epson printer), and a slightly higher suggested maximum monthly duty cycle (30,000 pages versus 25,000). On the other hand, the Epson model delivers slightly lower CPPs, which, if you print thousands of pages each month, can save you plenty year in and year out.
Our suggestion is that you check out our reviews of both models and compare them heads up to decide which one better fits your needs. In the meantime, as we said about the WP-4590 last year, we found very little to dislike about this Officejet. It’s hands-down an easy earner of our Editors’ Choice nod.
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It must be spring—the first in Canon’s line of updated entry-level, business-centric all-in-one (AIO) printers has just arrived in our labs. Every year, almost like clockwork, the Japanese imaging giant sends us three or so under-$150 models in its “MX” line of small- and home office-oriented machines.
And in recent years, we’ve typically responded with something equivalent to “So, where’s the beef?”
While other printer manufacturers, such as HP, Epson, and Brother, consistently turn out new, faster, and sleeker AIOs, Canon, in its recent successive generations of AIOs, has satisfied itself with tacking on a feature or two, upticking the model numbers, and calling these refreshed versions “new.”
That’s indeed the case with the subject of this review, the $149.99-list Pixma MX522 Wireless Office All-in-One. A refresh of the Pixma MX512 we looked at back in March 2012, the MX522 is the most feature-rich (and therefore most expensive) of a trio of low-cost, office-oriented AIOs in Canon’s vast Pixma stable. The other two are the $99.99-list Pixma MX452 and the $79.99-list Pixma MX392, which are, aside from a few productivity and convenience features, essentially the same machine. (Note: Because they’re intended for office use, these models can fax as well as print, copy, and scan.)
What you give up for the modest price differences among these three models, though, is substantial. For example, for the rough $70 cost savings between the Pixma MX392 and MX522, you’ll have to do without Wi-Fi connectivity or wireless networking. This, in turn, precludes support for Apple’s AirPrint technology (for printing from iPads and iPhones) and the ability to print from mobile devices in general (aside from using Bluetooth), as well as support for Google’s Cloud Print and some other mobile channels.
In addition, the MX522 is the only model of the three that comes with wired (Ethernet) network support, auto-duplexing (for two-sided printing without user assistance), and a color display for PC-free printing, copying, and scanning. Configuring the MX522 is easier, too, with the help of that display. The other two Pixmas come, instead, with two-line, old-school monochrome LCDs.
Where you won’t find many differences, however, is between the Pixma MX522 and its direct ancestor, the 2012 Pixma MX512. The newer Pixma looks and performs nearly identically to its predecessor. Primarily, what makes this Pixma “new” are its expanded alternative channels for printing from mobile devices, which we’ll discuss in the Design & Features section (the next page). In addition to these updates, Canon has done away with the slots for the wide range of memory cards supported by the MX512, leaving only a USB port for direct printing. That may or may not be important to you, depending on whether your small or home office prints a lot of photos.
Aside from that and a slightly tweaked chassis, the MX522 is essentially last year’s machine, right down to its relatively poky performance printing our test business documents, and its too-high cost per page (CPP). Combine those things with its relatively small 100-sheet input tray, and you get an AIO that makes sense only in environments with moderate-to-low printing requirements.
What it does print looks good, though, and with that said, the Pixma MX522 works for us as a light-duty solution for offices with low-volume printing needs—say, a few hundred pages each month, tops.
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Over the past few years, a trend of sorts has emerged in the market for all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers. In addition to manufacturing the standard range of practical office appliances for printing, copying, and scanning, most of the major printer makers—HP, Brother, Canon, and Epson come to mind—have added stylish-looking, luxury or semi-luxury models to their product lines. No longer does buying an AIO for your small or home-based office mean you have to choose one bulky, clunky-looking machine over another.
We’ve seen some reasonably good-looking printers over the years, but HP took the first shot in the style-over-substance wars (or at least the style-equal-to-substance ones) about two and a half years ago with the sleek Envy 100 e-All-in-One Printer. For a while, only Canon and HP sparred in this printer maker’s fashion rivalry—Canon with its glossy, elegant cube-shaped Pixma MG6220 and MG8220, and HP with its follow-on Envy, the Envy 110 e-All-in-One, which we looked at back in November 2011.
Lately, though, Epson and Brother have rolled out runway-ready models of their own—Epson, with its Expression Premium XP Small-in-One line (our fave so far being the Expression Premium XP-800), and Brother with its very good MFC-J4510DW. What this tells us: Buyers of small- and home-office printers care enough about printer appearance to warrant making good-looking printers. Not only are we seeing eye-candy models from a wider range of manufacturers, but Canon sent us a refreshed version of the Pixma MG6220, the highly stylish Pixma MG6320, a couple of months ago, and HP’s update of the Envy 110, the $249.99-list Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer—the subject of this review—arrived in our lab a few days ago.
The evolution of the Envy line: the HP Envy 100, 110, and 120 (left to right).
What distinguishes this and preceding Envys from its competitors is that, above all, their primary strength is, well, looking good. With the other products we’ve mentioned here, their good looks are secondary—a by-product, if you will, of being premium office appliances.
Take the Pixma MG6320, for instance. As one of Canon’s higher-end photo printers, its primary purpose is to churn out top-quality images, and it does. Meanwhile, Epson’s Expression Premium XP-800, as well as Brother’s MFC-J4510DW, focus first on squeezing as much functionality into the smallest “reasonable” form factor. That you get a machine that looks good in a style-conscious office or your living room is a secondary consideration, not the primary one.
The Envy 120 is, as you’ll see in the Design & Features section on the next page, a good-looking printer—one of the tops in that regard. However, as we pointed out about the Envy 110 before it, as AIOs designed for small-offices and small-businesses go, it is not a very practical choice—especially if you do even an average amount of printing.
While, for the most part, it produces good-looking output, it’s slower than most AIOs, regardless of price, and because it has one of the highest per-page ink costs among printers in this price range, it’s expensive to use. Furthermore, it lacks several key conveniences and productivity features, such as an automatic document feeder (ADF). It’s really all about the look.
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For some time now, we’ve been watching Canon release updates to its MX line of all-in-one (AIO) Pixmas, which are geared toward small and home offices. (“MX” is the company’s business-model designation, as opposed to its “MG” photo-optimized Pixma models.) Like clockwork, about every 12 months, we receive a batch of MX Pixmas that are, frankly, just not all that different from their predecessors. Sure, we’ll see a few modest new features here and there, such as support for cloud sites or tweaks to how the machines can print from mobile devices. But seldom in recent memory has the Japanese imaging giant sent us a printer re-engineered to the point that we’d sit up and go “Whoa!”
And that’s also the case with Canon’s latest business-centric Pixma, the $199.99-list Pixma MX922 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer. Aside from a classier-looking chassis and support for printing onto printable-surface CDs and DVDs, the Pixma MX922 is much like the Pixma MX892 we reviewed back in June 2012, and the Pixma MX882 a year before that. Just like the two previous models, the MX922 prints above-average–looking business documents and photos, but it does so more slowly than most competitors. Furthermore, its per-page operational cost, or cost per page (CPP), is too high for an AIO in this—or any—price range, especially when printing black-and-white pages.
Don’t get us wrong: As with most other Pixmas, we found a lot to like about this one. It’s attractive and well-built, and it comes with both an auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) and a print engine that, between them, prints, scans, copies, and faxes two-sided multipage documents without user intervention. What’s unusual about this business-optimized Pixma, though, is that it uses Canon’s five-ink imaging system. Our experience with this system, in both the business-oriented MX models, as well as the photo-optimized MG Pixmas, is that it churns out exceptional-looking graphics and photos—especially photos.
So, what you get with the Pixma MX922 is essentially an office printer capable of printing photo-printer-quality images—the best of both worlds. Our reservations here, though, are two-fold. First, as mentioned, is this model’s high CPP, which we’ll discuss in detail in the Setup & Paper Handling section a little later in this review. Second, it’s slow. Even though the Pixma MX922 comes with a relatively high-volume input tray (250 sheets), which suggests it’s designed to meet the needs of small and home-based offices with relatively high print-volume requirements, the speed numbers we saw say otherwise.
Combine the high CPP with the Pixma MX922’s sluggishness, and it misses the mark as a high-volume office printer. By definition, $200 business-oriented AIOs should print documents faster than photo-optimized models, and they should deliver better value, in terms of how much they cost to use. Hence, based on its print quality and overall abundance of productivity and convenience features, we can recommend the Pixma MX922 only with a caveat: For a budget-minded small office, this really is an occasional-use, low-volume solution.
If all you care about is print quality, though, and operational expense and speed are secondary considerations, you’ll find a lot to like in the Pixma MX922.
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Small, light, and inexpensive is the order of the day in this, our third review of Dell’s most recent round of updates to its line of LED laser-class printers. So far, we’ve looked at two single-function models: the and. Here, we’re reviewing Dell’s multifunction version of the C1760nw, the C1765nfw Color Multifunction Printer, which is capable of printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. At the time of this writing (mid-April 2013), Dell listed this model at $349.99 MSRP, but it was discounted on Dell’s Web site by $50, to $299.99.
Before we go any further, though, let’s stop and define some terms. The C1765nfw is not, technically, a laser printer; instead, it’s an LED-based machine. Briefly, the difference between an LED printer and a laser one is all inside: LED is a comparable technology to laser, but it employs LED-based lamp arrays, rather than lasers, to draw the page image to be printed on the machine’s drum. Replacing the lasers with LEDs allows for smaller, trimmer, and lighter printers that consume less energy and have fewer moving parts, without compromising on print quality. Because these LED devices take their lead from laser-printer design, and essentially work the same as their laser counterparts do on the outside, that makes them “laser-class” printers.
The C1765nfw is, to our eyes, essentially a refresh of the Dell 1355cnw that we reviewed back in January 2011. Our take on that model was that, while it printed well enough and fast enough, its low-capacity input tray and relatively high per-page cost of operation, or cost per page (CPP), relegated it to the “personal” printer category. Therefore, it made sense only for small and home-based offices with very modest print volumes—say, no more than a few hundred pages per month.
Now, over two years later, that’s our take on this updated model—except that, considering the more recent competition, this model is now less appealing. New models tend to have snazzy color touch-screen displays, auto-duplexing hardware for printing and scanning two-sided pages automatically, and extensive support for cloud sites. At the C1765nfw’s list price of $350, we’d have trouble recommending it, and even the discounted price of $300 doesn’t make the C1765nfw’s short list of convenience and productivity features, as well as its somewhat antiquated user interface (the control panel), much easier to swallow.
The C1765nfw is, then, a light-duty laser-class multifunction printer. Small and home-based offices that need laser-like speed and output quality (but only now and then) should find it a good fit. If you print more than just a few pages here and there, you might be better off with a more costly, higher-volume model that costs less to use, in terms of per-page toner cost. Besides, nowadays, several laser-class machines are available with stronger feature sets for about the same, or just a little more, money.
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